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Members mourn the loss of 1986-87 Kiwanis International President

| Jun 02, 2020

Frank DiNoto

Frank DiNoto is being remembered as a champion of children. The 1986-87 Kiwanis International President died June 1, 2020, from complications from pneumonia.  

“Frank cared deeply about children. He cared about Kiwanis. I will always remember him as a man who worked hard to improve the health and safety of children,” said 2019-20 Kiwanis International President Daniel Vigneron.

DiNoto joined the Kiwanis Club of Rosemead, California, in 1955, and had remained a member since. He rose through the leadership ranks serving as club president, lieutenant governor, governor of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District in 1974-75, before being elected to the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees in 1979.  

DiNoto presided over Kiwanis International at a pivotal time — the vote to allow women to join the organization — which ended a 72-year tradition of limiting membership to men.

“Many clubs were already allowing women to join. The vote wasn’t close,” said 2015-16 Kiwanis International President Sue Petrisin, the first female president of Kiwanis International. “Once the members voted for change, he celebrated the diversity.”   

DiNoto joined Kiwanis to network and be involved in his community after starting a new bank in Rosemead. As the chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Savings Bank, he championed a policy of senior leaders being involved in community service. He told the Los Angeles Times in 1986, “part of the success of any business depends on community support. I think a businessman has a responsibility to give something back to the community by becoming involved in a service club.”

DiNoto leaves behind his wife, Mary Jane, of more than seven decades and three daughters. He was 95 years old.  

A funeral service will be limited only to family members. A celebration of life will be arranged after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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