Notable Members


In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave a speech encouraging the Nation's space effort, wherein he stated, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win...."

It is in this spirit that KCOT takes on the challenge to make a difference in Tempe and beyond.  For over sixty years of KCOT's existence, the Club has been comprised of profound citizens - a mixture of dreamers who envision more equitable and just societies, and high achievers who make dreams a reality.  The Kiwanis Club of Tempe is dynamic because it is comprised of dynamic members.  Each member shares their remarkable essence; this is what makes KCOT "The Club of Clubs."

KCOT has drawn leaders from business, government, finance, sports and entertainment, not-for-profit, healthcare, law, education, journalism, and natural resources.  Onetime and current members that have been drawn to contribute their energies and skills to KCOT include:  

Former NBA player, Paul Silas, of the Phoenix Suns. 

Arizona Legislators - (former) Dr. Richard Flynn, Dr. John Oddus Grimes, D. Lee Jones, Ed Ableser, and Celeste Plumlee.  

Former Tempe Police Chief Dave Brown and former Maricopa County Sheriff Richard "Dick" Godbehere.

Superintendents - (former) Mary Ann Lawson, and Dr. Arthur Tate; (current) Tempe Elementary School District #3 Superintendent Christine Busch, and Tempe Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin J. Mendivil.

Tempe Union High School District Governing Board - (former) Dr. Jim Yount, Mary Frances Lewis, and current member Michelle Helm.

City of Tempe Mayors and Councilmembers:

Samuel Burkhard, 1932-1950

Harold Nevitt, 1948-1956

Karl Guelich, 1950-1958

Rice Ross, 1958-1962

     Mayor 1961-62

Harold Andrews, 1960-1964

     Mayor 1963-64

Bernard Caine, 1960-1964

     Mayor 1962-63

John C. Moeur, 1962-1966

     Mayor 1964-66

Wayne Forde, 1962-1966

Dr. Richard Flynn, 1966-1968

*Richard "Dick" Neuheisel 1968-1972

Thomas Kincaid, 1972-1976

*Note: Current KCOT Members

*Patricia "Pat" Hatton, 1976-1992

Gene Sears, 1976-1984

*Neil G. Giuliano, 1990-2004

      Mayor 1994-04

*Joseph Lewis, 1992-2000

*Linda Spears, 1994-1998

*Mark Mitchell, 2000-Present

      Mayor 2012-Present

*Pam Goronkin, 2002-2006

*Shana Ellis, 2006-2014

*Corey Woods, 2008-2016

*Joel Navarro, 2008-Present

*Randy Keating, 2016-Present

* Jennifer Adams, 2018-Present