On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Kiwanis of Riverview held their 53rd Officer Induction Ceremony. This continues the tradition of holding the annual ceremony every September since 1967.
This year’s ceremony was held at Atria Kinghaven located on King Road in Riverview. According to its President Diane Kinlen, “Kinghaven provides us the perfect setting to not only hold this ceremony, but also our weekly meetings.”
The dinner meeting ceremony was called to order at 6:15 by President Kinlen. The meetings always start with the singing of the first verse of “America” led by Dr. Donald Van Every, former Riverview Community School District Superintendent.
After a short invocation by Board of Director Andrew Swift, the Kiwanis introduce themselves and their spouses to the rest of the attendees.
Then came another long standing Kiwanis tradition of holding a “Kangaroo Court” called a “Fining Session.” During this court, guests propose fines against fellow members for doing something as frivolous as being the last to the ceremony to the more serious offences of not wearing their name badge.
These fines are used to support the administration of the club so as not to use monies raised through fundraisers.
The ceremony continued with the induction of this year’s officers. The 2019-2020 President is Diane Kinlen of Woodhaven. The Vice-President for the coming year is Matt Dominski of Riverview. The Secretary and Treasurer positions are held by Dr. David Grachek and Ted Orosz, both of Riverview. Donald Matt, Dr. Don Van Every and Andrew Swift were sworn in as members of the Board of Directors.