Over 40 people attended our “Meet & Greet” event at the Civic’s Theatre 514 on March 14, 2022. We began setting up and decorating the room after 4 PM. By 5 PM guests began to arrive. Greeter Peg Harp welcomed everyone and handed out name tags. We had three gift baskets for door prizes. Guests then treated themselves to wine tastings and full pours from Sleepy Cat Urban Winery. They enjoyed hot hors d’euvres of mini crab cakes, sweet and sour meatballs, and hot pretzels from the Shanty on 19th. We also had cheese and crackers and a veggie tray with dip. Throughout the reception area were brochures about our club, and Kiwanis in general.
Enos Martin set up a display with our club’s history book. And Enos provide a PowerPoint slide show featuring our club’s history and activities that was projected on a large screen in the theater room. Several elected officials attended the event, including Lehigh County Commissioner Phillips Armstrong and State Representative Michael Schlossburg. Other guests included local business people and representatives of various non-profit organizations. We would like to thank Diane Donaher of the Civic Theatre for offering the facility for rent that evening. It was a wonderful venue for an event of this type. We may even look into utilizing it for our annual Foundation Grant Awards Luncheon in December! And we would like to particularly thank Enos Martin, Peg Harp, Tom Harp, Deb Lamb, Bob Ashcraft and others who helped us plan and execute this special event. We canvassed the neighborhood promoting the event, which greatly increased awareness of Kiwanis as an organization, and our club in particular.
As a result of the “Meet & Greet”, we were able to sign up two new members of our club, Mario “Qbah” Fernandez of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Jennifer Framm of Embassy Bank. We welcome Mario and Jennifer to our Allentown Kiwanis family! And we hope to recruit a few more new members in the weeks ahead. We still have three new member fees that are available at no cost thanks to a generous donation from Bob Ashcraft. So if you know anyone who may be interesting in joining our club, now is the time!