The city of west point experienced a historic night this past Tuesday, January 9th, as a group of people gathered together to form a new group and a worthwhile cause. The scene was set at Pokey’s 8th Street Grill in the heart of downtown West Point. People began to pour into the restaurant that was closed for a private event. The smell of delicious food filled the air. These people were gathered for the creation of a new club, a club that will be dedicated to helping the youth of West Point and serving as a beacon to others that service in your community will make a difference in the lives of citizens. This group is the newly formed Kiwanis Club of West Point and on this night, they celebrated their creation.
As people began to take their seat and make their way through the food line, the presentation began. There was a welcome by the new club president Monica Barber, followed by an invocation, the pledge, and the national anthem. George Elkins, the Secretary of the new club, took over the reins of the ceremony, welcoming the many different guests of sponsoring clubs and the corporate sponsors. There are several sponsoring clubs including Griffin, Harris County, LaGrange, Spalding County, Columbus, and the Centennial Internet Club. After this, the past Lieutenant Governor Jim Sexton swore in the new club officers and the entirety of the club was recognized. The Mayor of West Point, Steve Tramell, also presented a proclamation on behalf of the city. After the 50/50 raffle, President Monica Barber adjourned the meeting.
Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, where they quickly established their goals of service and giving back to the community. Today, the Kiwanis Club can be found in many different nations and places, with members working hard all across the world. One of the main focuses of the club is to help children all across the world, hosting a variety of fundraisers and programs to help fund various programs. Here locally, the clay shoot, the pancake breakfast, and several other events go towards this cause. They also hold programs in the schools like the Key Club and Circle K to help students prepare for the next stages of their lives.
The LaGrange Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday afternoon at noon at the Highland Country Club. New members are always welcome to join.