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Kiwanis Club of Portland's

Charter Celebration Delayed 95 Years!

 

 

This is a letter from our current president, Sandi Page, followed by photos from the event:   

Kiwanis Club of Portland is proud that we are celebrating 95 years of service.  The story goes KCOP was to hold a Chartering Banquet on January 19, 1919 but the Spanish Influenza was taking its hold in the United States and abroad.  The mayor of Portland asked that all group meetings be cancelled in order to keep people safe and healthy.  The Chartering Banquet was postponed indefinitely and KCOP President George Lovejoy received the charter in a private meeting on January 15, 1919.  The omission of a club charter celebration was corrected on Wednesday, January 15 at a Chartering Banquet held at the Eastmoreland Grill—95 years later. 

B.S. McKinley, Kiwanis Club of Portland Secretary, who was to attend the Charter Banquet January 15, 1919 “came back to life” to present the original charter to President  Sandi Page, Kiwanis President  and PNW Governor Pamela Smith—a task he was unable to do because of the cancelation of all group events.   

Other momentous occasions were marked at the 95th Charter Celebration.

Mayor Charlie Hales in a Proclamation from the Mayor pronounced January 15, 2014 to be Kiwanis Club of Portland Day; Curt Tigard at 105 was honored as the oldest Kiwanian.  He joined Kiwanis International on December 1, 1936 and joined our club April 11, 1967.  Bill Schumacher was honored for being the longest-serving member of KCOP—55 years.  Governor Pamela Smith pledged a brick to both Cur and Bill with their names inscribed on them to be put in the patio of the new PNW District Building.

Marilyn Schutz shared the highlights of the 95 years of service, Pink Lady provided period entertainment and many guests got into the spirit of the evening by dressing in period costumes.    

The Kiwanis Club of Portland is the first Kiwanis club to be chartered in the PNW District which includes Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Northern California. 

We look forward to providing many more years of service.

Sandi Page, President

 

 

B. S. McKinley (John Brookens), 1919 KCOP Secretary

 

Rodney Page interviewing B.S. McKinley (John Brookens), 1919 KCOP Secretary

 

Rodney Page interviewing B.S. McKinley (John Brookens), 1919 KCOP Secretary

 

B. S. McKinley (John Brookens)

 

Rodney Page interviewing B.S. McKinley (John Brookens), 1919 KCOP Secretary

 

B. S. McKinley (John Brookens), 1919 KCOP Secretary

 

B. S. McKinley (John Brookens), 1919 KCOP Secretary

 

B. S. McKinley (John Brookens), 1919 KCOP Secretary

 

Governors and Lt. Governors

 

PNW Governor Pamela Smith

 

B.S. Mckinley presenting PNW Gov. Pamela Smith
and KCOP President, Sandi Page, with 1919 Charter

 

KCOP President, Sandi Page, and Curt Tigard, Oldest Kiwanian at 105

 

KCOP Kiwanian William Schumacher with newest KCOP member Dan Dan Lee

 

KCOP President Sandi Page presenting $15,000 check to Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp
Director, Kaleen Deathridge; Foundation Board Members Versie Meyer, Rodney Page

 

Pink Lady Entertains Guests

 

John Warwick, Dan Dan and Tim Lee

 

Jane Wing

 

Pink Lady Band Member

 

Roger and Mary Turk

 

Teresa Newton celebrating KCOP's 95th Birthday

 

Women not allowed?  No problem.  Wear a mustache!

 

2014-15 PNW Gov. Bob Munger with wife Judy wearing masks
to protect from 1919 Spanish Flu

 

Jane and Tom Wing celebrating the 1919 Chartering Party