Clarenville Ro­tary Club as­sumes lo­cal Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ban­ner

Switch sees group grow by seven Ro­tar­i­ans

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

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.”

JONATHAN PAR­SONS — THE PACKET

Clarenville Ro­tary pres­i­dent Joe Twyne with for­mer Ki­wa­nis pres­i­dent Stacy Shep­pard.

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