LENORE – The Kiwanis Club of Lenore held their first annual Veteran’s Day dinner Wednesday, at their headquarters at the old Lenore High School gymnasium.
The Kiwanis of Lenore is well known for their athletic programs and sports leagues held throughout the year.
Lenore Kiwanis President, Ronnie Blankenship, and his sons are very active in community service and outreach, and this year they decided to try something new. Blankenship’s son, Caleb Blankenship, brought the idea to the Kiwanis council of having a Veteran’s Day dinner to serve and honor the local veterans.
“My dad thought it was a great idea, but we both knew it would be a lot of work” said Blankenship.
“I began planning for the event in the beginning of October; the food, the out reach, and most importantly, the help. I began by deciding to host the dinner on Veteran’s day, and followed with a menu. My grandma was very helpful throughout the whole thing” he added.
“We decided on her recipe for spaghetti, and to hear it from the men and women at the dinner, it was a hit,” said Blankenship.
When asked what made him decide on hosting the dinner Blankenship said “I decided on the idea while driving one day, we do a lot for the community when it comes to the kids, but I wanted to go further. A few ideas were threw around, but we ultimately decided on the dinner, and I’m glad we did. It was a personal experience with some great men who served our country.”
The Kiwanis of Lenore had an estimated ten veterans and twenty family guests. “I look forward to hosting the dinner again next year,” commented Blankenship, “I was happy with our turn out, and I want it to be even bigger next year.” Members and volunteers attending the dinner include: Ronnie and Crystal Blankenship, Caleb Blankenship, Sean and Kristie Ferrel, and Sabrina Deskins.