The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland’s Annual Installation Banquet was held on Friday, September 11. It is their biggest social event of the year and a big money maker for the kids in our community. The in-coming president for the year, Kat Cannon, was installed, along with three new board members. Outgoing president, Bill Ward, was commended for a job well done during this past year and given kudos by everyone at the banquet with a standing ovation.
For the second year, the banquet was held at the Kirkland Woman’s Club and about 100 members and spouses gathered for the festivities. There was a photo booth capturing fun times to remember and keeping them for posterity! The K-band, the KCK’s own oldies rock and roll band, provided music at the banquet with fun tunes from the past. Clubbers jived in their seats and sang along. A spoof to the song “Stray Cat Strut” was sung to incoming President, Kat Cannon and Bill Ward, outgoing president, “grooved” with the gals in the chorus.
There was a live auction and a raffle that collected money that will fund the club’s basic operating expenses, which enable it to then allocate 100% of money through fundraising to go directly to helping kids in our community. The “Kiwanian of the Year” award was given to Ross Dessert for an outstanding job during the year.
There were three distinguished guest joining in the fun of the evening. Ferrin Lauve and his wife Nancy from the Providence Point Kiwanis Club in Issaquah, Carol Mahoney from the Sunrisers Club in Kirkland, and Harry Dingwall, member of the Mercer Island and Issaquah Kiwanis Clubs. Lauve is the current 2014-15 Lt Governor for the PNWD Division 28 and Carol Mahoney is the In-coming Lt. Governor for 2015-16 whose term will begin on October. Mahoney did the honors of installing Kat Cannon, KCK’s new President.
As the evening came to a close, KCK members and spouses gathered up their treasures from the auction and raffle and headed home with smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts, knowing that the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland will be moving into another great year of fun and service to the community of Kirkland.
If you would like more information about the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, visit our website or contact Secretary Matt Gregory at (425) 828-0231. The club meets every Wednesday at noon at Hector’s in downtown Kirkland. If you are in the area, drop in – the club will buy you lunch!