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From left are Lee Cassidy, president of the Service Club Council and past president of the Rotary Club of Cornwall with keynote speaker, Kevin Morrison.

The Cornwall and District Service Club Council held its annual dinner and installation of 2013 officers, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Centre.

“This is a big night,” said Lee Cassidy, president of the Service Club Council and past president of the Rotary Club of Cornwall.

The council, which meets once a month, was originally formed in order that the different clubs in the community would be able to come together to discuss their plans, so as not to overlap where fundraising efforts and events are concerned, explained Cassidy, “So that (they) don’t compete with each other.” 

As well as overseeing the city’s individual service clubs, The Service Club Council has two major projects, which it has taken under its wing – The Children’s Christmas fund, which served over 1100 families this holiday season, and the Santa Clause Parade – none of which would be possible without the help of the community and about 400 volunteers, added Cassidy.

The new council for 2013 was announced as follows: Katie Burke, president, Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise; Ralph Bruanten, vice president, Cornwall Optimist Club; Riney Eisner, secretary, Kiwanis Club of Cornwall; and Marvin Plumadore, treasurer, Royal Canadian Legion branch 297.

Annually, an award from the Canadian Blood services is presented to the service club or organization which recruits the most donors at a clinic.

This year, Cornwall Community Police Services was honoured.

Billed as the “International Hope Dealer,” keynote speaker for the evening, Kevin Morrison, said that he really enjoys addressing groups such as these, because “they get it,” he said.

Morrison travels throughout North America “assisting people in moving forward.”

“Communities would not survive without what service clubs and organizations like this do. What I want to get across is the difference each organization makes within their community. In the times we are in now, there is so much focus on things that are not important; this is something to focus on that is important.”

Morrison also stressed the importance of recruit young people. “It’s scary when you take a look sometimes at the ages that our service club members are now; I see that throughout North America. It’s difficult in today’s world because of how stressed we are for time.”

Morrison, author of Get Happy, Get Simple, said that in order to live a life that is truly happy, you have to find your purpose.

“The way you make a difference in your own like is by making a difference in other people’s lives.”

One hundred and fifty service club members from the 15 groups in the city attended the event.

Organizations: Cornwall and District Service Club Council, Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, Cornwall Optimist Club Kiwanis Club of Cornwall Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: Cornwall Community, North America

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