Kiwanis holds annual banquet to install officers

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    LUMBERTON — Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton honored and installed members during its annual banquet recently at Pinecrest Country Club.

    Outgoing President Tito Massol presided over the meeting. He reflected on the many achievements of the year of both the club and its satellite club, Kiwanis Young Professionals of Robeson. He expressed his appreciation for the members who stepped up in a big way even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic through a variety of service projects, fundraising, and membership growth.

    “It is intentional work, partnering with community to make things happen for the good of the kids,” Massol said.

    He cited the success of the 44th Annual All-American Golf Tournament held in August which raised more than $40,000.

    Kiwanian Dan Kenney was the keynote speaker for the event.

    Membership Committee Chairperson John Lowery, inducted six new members: Jenny Scott, Amanda Bennett, Gavin Pierce, Chase Green, Patrick Brown, and Dan Kenney. New member sponsors are William Gentry, Tito Massol, Mary Winfree, Erika Nolley, Brianna Goodwin and Amanda Bennett.

    President Massol recognized John Lowery and Brianna Goodwin as 2019-2020 distinguished members for their outstanding service and dedication to Kiwanis. Goodwin served two terms as a board director and leader of Kiwanis Young Professionals of Robeson. Club Secretary Laci Maynor was named 2021 Kiwanian of the Year.

    Massol also recognized two-time Club President Mary Winfree for her recent election to the office of 2021-2022 Carolinas District of Kiwanis Governor-Elect. After her first term as club president, Mary served two terms as Division 26 lt. governor followed by one term as Carolinas District trustee. Most recently, Mary served as Carolinas District membership development chairperson and as a member of the district’s education committee.

    Past President Joe Terranova recognized and retired outgoing board of director officers Alexis Jacobs, John Lowery, Mat Patterson and Immediate Past President Mary Winfree. Terranova then installed officers for the 2021-2022 Kiwanis year. Executive Board members are Bruce Jobe, president; Owen Thomas, president-elect; Tito Massol, immediate past president; Bruce Muillis, treasurer; and Laci Maynor, secretary. Directors are Chris Summers, Josh Jackson, and Erika Nolley. Incoming Directors not in attendance are Stephen McIntyre and Lee Scott.

    Incoming Club President Bruce Jobe said he looks forward to a year of Kiwanis service and fun as he leads the club. President Bruce, 2020 Kiwanian of the Year, has served as the club’s Pancake Festival chairperson and Fundraising chairperson. A Kiwanis member since 1996, Jobe stressed the importance of club membership expansion and challenged all members to be constantly on the lookout for potential members with a ready invitation to attend a meeting. The club meets at Pinecrest Country Club each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

    Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton is a service organization geared toward improving the lives of children through service projects and partnerships with agencies and organizations that serve children. The club is best known for its annual Pancake Festival, the All-American Golf Tournament and Read Around Robeson, in which members of the club visit second grade classrooms across the Robeson County to read and to give each student a book of their own. The club awards five higher education scholarships annually and awards grants to agencies and programs for children. Kiwanis has served the children of Robeson County since 1924.