MOUNT VERNON — The Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon honored long-time members at its lunch meeting Monday at the Gallagher Centre.
Kiwanis President Jim Edick said that the meeting was about saying thank you to all Kiwanis members who have served, especially those who have done so for many years.
Bob Denzer and his wife, Sue, were honored at the meeting. Bob joined Kiwanis in 1958 and is celebrating his 60th year of membership. Service, Bob said, is the joy of belonging to Kiwanis. In his years with Kiwanis, he has seen a plethora of service projects including some that are still visible in the community today, like the shelter houses at the community pool and at Ariel-Foundation Park. Reaching 60 years of membership was never the plan, Bob said, but looking around, he noted, he is excited to see people in the club that are younger than the amount of years he’s spent in Kiwanis and to know that the club continues to bring in new members.
Also honored at the meeting was Robert Ronk who was absent but who is celebrating his 45th year with Kiwanis. Kiwanis members Robert Meier, Steve Hall, James Ronk, Robert Atwell, John Seavolt, John Lambert, Bruce Hawkins, Bruce White and Mark Bennett have all been in the club for more than 30 years, Edick said.
A Rotary Club member, Bob Gregg, was also honored for his 48 years as a Rotarian. Kelly Brenneman spoke on Gregg’s behalf and said that he got a late start with the club at age 48 in 1970 but since he joined, has been a model member with the “best” attendance record. Gregg told the News that he enjoys the fellowship of Rotary Club meetings.
“I am a product of my parents and grandparents, and because of their leadership and the way they lived, it is natural to me to be part of a group like Kiwanis and to acknowledge the people before me who have been leaders in the community,” Edick said of honoring long-time members.
Elizabeth Doolittle and representatives for United Way, including Brenneman, were also present at the meeting to speak about the kick-off of the 2019 campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $1,150,000. Doolittle explained that the Kiwanis lunch was the first in a week of kick-off events. She spoke with Kiwanis members about programs that help area children, including the after school tutoring Eagle’s Nest program at local elementary schools and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which Kiwanis was the first to support in the Knox County Area and, which sends around 1,900 books monthly to area children between the ages of birth to age 5.