Service clubs gather for an evening of fun Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions and Jaycees join forces for what could become annual tradition

David Dix Published:

Some 190 members of four Kent service clubs turned out last Thursday for an evening of socializing in what could become a tradition.

Members of Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Jaycees dined at the Kent State University Student Center and listened to a talk by Glenn Saltzman, a psychologist, who spoke on the topic of leadership lacing his address with humorous quips.

Kent Mayor John Fender, present for the occasion, read a proclamation that called the day of the event Kent Service Clubs Day.

Each club president introduced his club to others present so that members of all four service clubs could become better acquainted with one anothers goals and activities.

Members, at the end of each presidents introduction, then stood en masse.

In addition to the crowds singing of the national anthem and America the Beautiful, those present were entertained musically by the Rotary Octet, a group of Rotarians who practice singing in harmony.

Rebekah Wright Kulis assembled the table centerpieces, which consisted of flowering plants and seeds, the latter component included because the theme of Rotary International this year is Seeds of Love.

According to Walter Bob Watson, president of the Kent Rotary, the fact that club members mixed it up and did not sit together as respective clubs, made the evening all the more enjoyable.

Some present for the occasion attempted to remember the last time such an event occurred, concluding it might have been about 30 years ago when John Glenn came to speak.

I dont know if this will become an annual tradition, but it was lots of fun with all of us getting together, Watson said.

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