Ticonderoga Kiwanis mark 80 years

TICONDEROGA The Kiwanis Cub of Ticonderoga has turned 80 years of age and celebrated its anniversary with a dinner party at the Ticonderoga Country Club.

Following cocktails, dinner and self-introductions by those present, the crowd was treated to pronouncements, reminiscences, thigh-slappers, some unabashed revelations and others not quite so unabashed, and even a few moments of serious reflection by a distinguished panel of speakers.

Addressing the gathering were current president Liz Swanson, longest-continuously-serving member Don Gijanto, past presidents Howard and Sue Rathbun, and former Key Club president Tracy Cross-Baker.

Among Kiwaniss achievements over the years, there were prominently cited the clubs major part in the building of Percy Thompson Bicentennial Park and the recent purchase and installation of the gazebo/bandstand in the park, 50 percent of the cost of which was borne by Kiwanis.

The creation of the Ticonderoga Key Club, a high school analog of the Kiwanis service-club approach, in 1972 and the leadership of the Key Club, from the outset until his recent retirement from the school system, of Steve Boyce, supported by his wife Sylvia, both now active Kiwanians and, in Steves case, the heir-apparent to the Kiwanis presidency, were called probably our finest hour by Sue

Also praised was Ti Kiwaniss establishment of the Kiwanis Club in Quezon City, Philippines.

And member after member, speaking briefly from the floor, along with the occupants of the speakers table, referred glowingly to the organizations collective pride in establishing its scholarship fund and called being a Kiwanian the greatest joy of my life a characterization not objected to by any of the spouses present a joy shared today by members ranging in age from their early 30s to 102.

Reminiscences included the growth of Ti Kiwanis from 11-12 members when Gijanto joined to some 70 members today, the Halloween and Christmas marches of former days, as well as the snow-shoe-contest fundraiser and the dropping of various (desirable) objects from airplanes onto the Ti golf course, the introduction of the radical concept of female membership around 1990 and the phenomenal support received by Sue Rathbun as the first female president in 1996, a factor leading to a nearly even split between men and women in todays membership and the clubs predilection in recent years for thinking of its president as Mom, rather than Dad.

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