By William Tauro
This past Thursday, the Kiwanis Club of Somerville President Michael McWilliams and his members hosted their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Divisional Interclub Luncheon.
The event was held at the Somerville Holiday Inn where the packed function hall was filled with plenty of St. Patrick’s Irish cheer.
It began with the proud opening by the Somerville Police Department Honor Guard as they entered the hall as the “guardians of the colors” by displaying and escorting our American national flag.
The National Anthem of the United States and Ireland was performed by special guest Lieutenant Pauline Carter-Wells of the Cambridge Police Department who did an extraordinary job singing before the energized crowd.
Somerville’s own James “Jay” Lynch III was at the podium as he emceed the event with the opening ceremony and guided the crowd to join in and sing patriotic songs, the Pledge of Allegiance,an invocation and not to mention a series of funny St. Patrick’s Day Irish jokes.
Also in the crowd were many other Kiwanis clubs from surrounding cities and towns of Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere as well as members of the Somerville Lion’s Club and Somerville Rotary Club.
Lunch was served the traditional St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage cooked to perfection along with dessert and coffee.
Special Guest Speaker Columnist of the Metro Section Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe spoke regarding many issues in the news and later took and answered questions from the crowd.
About Kiwanis Clubs
Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.
Service footprint: Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects.
A family of servant leaders: Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To do this, many clubs also sponsor a Kiwanis family club—K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; CKI clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities—to reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities.
Traditional and not: No two Kiwanis clubs look exactly the same. Each member’s and community’s needs are different, and each club should look different. Some clubs are very traditional, with weekly meetings and a strong sense of history. Other clubs don’t meet at all, and instead hold meetings online and only come together for service projects. Newer clubs may follow the 3-2-1 concept: 3 hours of service, 2 hours of social activity and a 1-hour meeting each month. Clubs should reflect their communities and their members and should work to meet their needs. Flexibility is key to a successful club.
Fellowship and fun: Kiwanis members don’t just do service—they have fun. Members make new friends by being part of a club where they attend meetings and participate in social events. Kiwanis clubs also provide excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their region and the world through service projects, fundraising and by attending district and Kiwanis International conventions. Kiwanis Marketplace: Beyond the club benefits of service and fellowship, members can also enjoy a host of benefits found in our Marketplace. Exclusive insurance and travel assistance plans offer special group rates through Kiwanis Insurance. Kiwanis Travel brings a partnership for premium themed, domestic and international adventures. Kiwanis Visa® is a branded rewards credit card that gives back to you and supports the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. And the Kiwanis Project Warehouse helps boost your service projects with discounted merchandise you can purchase for your club or yourself. Learn about each program at kiwanis.org/marketplace.