By Nathan Crock
Every year Kiwanis of Galion has several major fundraisers they put on which include, Pancake Day, toys for tots, the rose sale, and the chili supper. The time for the chili supper preparations have begun as Kiwanis unveiled the posters and tickets at the January 14 meeting. The chili supper is an annual tradition which began in 1997. Long time member Lonnie Eagle was present for the first one. Eagle is the chairman of the event. Eagle said that it ran for a few years at first until they took a few years off for it then returned to it once again. They have been putting it on ever since. The money from the supper goes to the scholarship fund for Galion Seniors. Every year Kiwanis chooses two senior students from the high school to receive the two $2000 scholarships. Kiwanis awards these scholarships to the students every spring. The annual fundraiser is held at Wendy’s in Galion every year. Wendy’s and Kiwanis split the proceeds 50/50.
This year the chili supper will be on Tuesday February 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members of Kiwanis will be waiters that night and will be serving the chili to the customers. The members will also be accepting tips which will go to the scholarship fund as well. The cost of tickets have changed this year. Children who are five and under are now free. There is just one ticket price that year and this is a donation of $6. There are no longer adult’s tickets and children’s tickets, just one basic ticket. The tickets are available from any Kiwanis member and include all you can eat chili and drink, plus one order of small French fries or a baked potato which include one sour cream, one butter, and chives. Also, one small salad may be substituted for chili or for the potato. First Federal Bank of Ohio is sponsoring the event.
Kiwanis members began signing up for shifts at the meeting. There will be three time frames in which they are signing up for. In all there will be five or six members per shift. Kiwanis President Doug Greene also announced that he will be attending an upcoming key club meeting to talk to them about helping to sell tickets for an incentive. Posters were passed out during the meeting and will be placed around business around town for those seeking information. There will be a makeup basketball game that night against Lexington in which Eagle would like to see a crowd come from that. Regardless, the fundraiser has been a successful event that brings together the community for a good cause and good fellowship.