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Jim Dorschel runs for Kiwanis Club



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May 15, 2013
"Every day is funny to me until someone says to me, 'Tell me something funny!' " says Jim Dorschel, the Kiwanis Club's candidate for honorary mayor. Nevertheless, he always finds something in life to laugh about.

The affable Dorschel is a popular master of ceremonies for Chamber of Commerce installations, booster club actions and for other Kiwanis clubs around the county. He's always ready with gentle, non-threatening humor to keep the event going and a smile on everyone's face.

Dorschel got the job of running for honorary mayor this year because he is already going to be the Kiwanis club present next year. "I think I was probably absent at the meeting where they decided to pick me," he told The Roadrunner this week. "The best defense is just to be there!"

Jim and his wife Penny have lived in Valley Center 17 years. She comes from the Wygant family, a family that has been in Valley Center for several generations. They have twin sons, aged 25. Jim works for State Farm Insurance as a financial services specialist. He works with 200 agents. His car is his office, and he spends much of his time between Southern Orange County and San Diego County.

Asked if he is making any ridiculous promises or coining any slogans to win this most coveted of Valley Center jobs, Dorschel pointed out that the club will be doing a fundraiser for him this weekend at Triple B Winery, when tri-tip roast and wine will be served. "So my slogan is 'A cork in every bottle, or better yet, a cork out of every bottle!' "

You can buy a ticket to this fund-raiser from any Kiwanis member or

call 760-749-9664.

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