by Martha Rose Woodward
I have enjoyed visiting the noon meetings of the Northside Kiwanis Club held at the Foundry these last three weeks. I was invited to speak as were two of my good friends, Dr. Gary Bickford, owner of the Healthy Life Clinics and Phillip Lim, owner of Asia Café.
Kiwanis means “trade your talents” and it is great to see that people continue to give of their time and talents in order to help others. As Dr. Bickford said, “Any meeting that begins with the pledge, a patriotic song and a prayer is my kind of meeting.” Many thanks to Tom Mattingly, well-known, local sports writer, for the invitation. It was fun to meet the great members and hear about their numerous activities. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dr. Bickford and Mr. Lim. Phillip Lim is the kind of person who bursts into a room full of humor and energy. He makes everyone feel better just by being there.
Be sure to take advantage of the Annual Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale from the Kiwanis Club to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at Broadway at Emory Place on Saturday, March 24 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Individual breakfast is $4; family of 4 is $10. There will lots going on, the food is excellent and the price is right.
Knoxville’s Torch Club held it regular meeting on Thursday, March 15 at noon at the Orangery with the president of the club, Stephen Levy, leading the group. Guest speaker, Dr. Gary Bickford, spoke about the challenges of opening and running his businesses, The Healthy Life Clinics. Members of the club enjoyed a delicious meal while discussing Dr. Bickford’s speech. Judy DiGregorio, local writer/humorist, will be the speaker for the April 19th meeting to be held at the Orangery. Meetings are free and open to the public. Those in attendance order from the menu. Call 865 951 0319 for more details.
FYI: The April 11th meeting of the Northside Kiwanis Club will host Helen Turner and Helen Ashe as the speakers for the noon meeting at the Foundry. The twins, lovingly known as The Love Sisters, have agreed to take time from their busy schedule of preparing food for the poor to speak to the group. The meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch is $9; served buffet style, pay before you go through the line. For more information contact Tom Mattingly at