Clarenville Rotary Club assumes local Kiwanis Music Festival banner
Switch sees group grow by seven Rotarians
The Clarenville Rotary Club and members of the Kiwanis Club have reached an agreement to continue the annual Kiwanis Music Festival in Clarenville as the Rotary Music Festival.
The decision was initiated in talks between the two service clubs about a month ago. Former Kiwanis president Stacy Sheppard says, as a Kiwanis Club, their entire focus was on the music festival and they weren’t able to take on more group responsibilities with their committee consisting of seven people.
The annual music festival sees extensive involvement of young musicians and singers from the Clarenville area, in addition to parts of the Burin Peninsula, Port Blandford and the Bonavista Peninsula.
“We wanted to be part of more,” said Sheppard, adding that by merging the scope of the two service groups—Kiwanis and Rotary—they could participate in more as a larger group and still continue the popular festival each year.
“The hours it takes to run a festival is tremendous,” she says.
All seven members of the now former Kiwanis Club will now become Rotarians, growing the Rotary by a third, from 14 members to 21.
Rotary president Joe Twyne told The Packet they’re elated to see this growth for their group, coming with help for their volunteer endeavours, and to provide an umbrella organization for the local music festival as well.
Twyne called the decision to take on the musical festival a unanimous decision, calling it a natural fit and great promotion for their club.
“Everyone was happy,” he said.
Planning for the 2019 edition of the festival begins around this time in preparation for the spring concerts. Sheppard says it’s business as usual for the group as they prepare and all registration and other procedures will be done in the regular manner—just under a different name.
“This past year was the 32nd annual Kiwanis Music Festival, and next year will be the first annual Rotary Music Festival.”
Clarenville Rotary president Joe Twyne with former Kiwanis president Stacy Sheppard.