Kiwanis celebrates 90th anniversary

Misadventures in flight might have been the unplanned theme of Marion Kiwanis Club’s 90th anniversary banquet on Thursday.

Longtime members Leland Heidebrecht and Matt Classen told stories from early in their membership. One story was about flying to Leavenworth to deliver a donation (which was small enough to be meant as a joke), but accidentally landing at the Fort Leavenworth airstrip rather than at the public airport.

Another story was about Kiwanis members flying to northwest Kansas to speak to a banker about making a loan to a new business. On the return trip, they had to make an emergency landing in a pasture short of arriving in Marion because they ran out of fuel.

Kiwanis members from clubs in Hillsboro, McPherson, Emporia, and Council Grove were guests at the banquet. Singers from Marion High School provided entertainment.

Former member and song leader Keith Collett led the attendees in singing “Stodola Pumpa.”

The club took a collection for a project to combat neonatal tetanus in Africa.

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