Ticonderoga Kiwanis mark 80 years

Also mentioned prominently were two other major fundraisers: the annual bowling party and Radio Day on WIPS, both still going strong today.

Among the revelations, unabashed and other, were details about the importance of a substance known as Black Velvet, not only during old-time peregrinations associated with inter-club visits to more northerly climes, but also in connection with the Easter Egg Hunt, in which the local kids once upon a time sought actual eggs, lovingly dyed the night before that is to say, all the night before by devoted and artistically inclined Kiwanians.

Another highlight was the presentation of Cross-Baker, a 1986 graduate of Ticonderoga High, who was an active member of the Key Club, first as treasurer, then (long before the parent organization expanded its gender horizons) as president, and finally as Key Club lieutenant governor, representing Essex and Clinton Counties.

At the celebration and in a subsequent interview, she lauded the Key Club, a national organization, as an institution that had provided a small-town girl a window on the world . . . and changed the way I viewed the world before the arrival in Ti of cable TV and the Internet. Key Club taught her the importance of service, she said, from the highest level to the most menial and caused me to discover that the returns (of such service) always exceed the investment.

Kiwanis meets weekly at the Ti Country Club for lunch at 12:15, with a dismissal time of 1:30. Guests and applications for membership are welcomed.

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