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Kingston Rotary Club marks special anniversary this month

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Kingston Rotary Club celebrated 57 years of service to the community earlier this month.

At the meeting, charter member George Warlick shared stories of the early days.

A number of longtime members also chimed in with their memories of the organization through the years.

Newer members talked about why they joined Rotary, making the commemoration a sharing of the past, present and vision for the future between generations in the true spirit of Rotary.

Warlick was Kingston Rotary Club’s first president. For the past 30 years, he has served as the organization’s secretary.

Kingston Rotary Club was chartered on Aug. 6, 1954, by Rotary International.

The group began meeting on Feb. 9, 1954, as a provisional club and has met regularly ever since.  

Meetings were held at the A. Roberts Restaurant on the dike in Kingston until July 1954 and then moved to Davis Diner until 1965.

Attendance grew, and in April 1954 formal application was made to Rotary International for membership. The Rotary Clubs of Harriman and Rockwood signed on as sponsors.

Kingston Rotary Club meets at 6 p.m. each Tuesday in 2 Chef’s Café.  

For more information, call President Deborah Alexander-Davis at 717-3005.