Written by Erren Harter
As one drives into our fine city from just about any direction one cannot miss the large sign advising the reader that he is entering an inclusive city. One also finds the logo of several of Emporia’s fine service clubs. There are many not listed, but for today let’s talk about the ones that are. Masons meet at their Lodge on the first and third Monday right down the street from the Emporia Gazette.
The Sertoma Club meets at the American Legion Thursday at noon. This club puts out the US flags up and down main for every flag type celebration. Oh and if you like model trains, this club runs a pretty big one down in Sodens Grove.
Kiwanis—way more than an annual pancake feed. Kiwanis, there are three clubs in Emporia, a noon, morning and an evening club they all get together to put on the late winter Pancake Day. Each club helps the community in countless ways. Kiwanis clubs are located in over 80 counties. Go find one of those folks that sold you that ticket and say Hey, tell me more.
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who come together to make positive lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Check them out they meet at the Emporia Country Club every Tuesday at Noon.
The America Legion (2nd Tuesday at 7:30pm) and the American Legion Auxiliary (2nd and 3rd Tuesday 9:00 am) is the only military club listed on our city Marque. As the home of Veterans Day this and many of our military clubs provide invaluable service to our celebrations that make us uniquely us.
The second row starts with the Lions International sign. Their web site says they are the largest service club in the world, with 1.4 million members geographic area around the globe. Sight is a major focus of this local service organization. They meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at noon at Emporia State University Student Union Kanza Room.
Altrusa clubs were founded 100 years ago and several decades later they began to focus on literacy for their organization. No meeting date or place listed but the Emporia Gazette list all the active service clubs, times, date and place every week in the paper.
Next on our little sign trip is the LWV the League of Women Voters. The have been in existence since 1920 just before the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote. This very active local organization does in fact accept men into its ranks. Along in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s all these other service clubs began inviting women into their clubs (Very good move Guys!)
Emporia Garden Club of America disbanded as a non-profit. Dec 2016
And we come to last listing on our service club snapshot—The Optimist International. This local club meets at ESU each Thursday at noon just one of 2500 club roster that covers the globe who bring out the best in youth communities and ourselves.
Your Service Organization not listed—find out why.
A Lion and A Rotarian (bicycle riding buddies) were setting in the Chamber Offices the other day, discussing service clubs. Jeanine allowed that service organizations add Pride to our community. I absolutely concur. If you are a service club member ask your friend, coworker, church member, and your spouse, anyone Hey you want to join a really neat club? Let me tell you more. If you are new to the community or recently retired or just got an empty nest or whatever and want something in your life that will give you more than the effort—join a service club.
My sincere thanks to KVOE for your Community Service
I’m Gary Post and That’s Something to Think about