A total of 232 people attended the recent 41st Annual Community Dinner at the, Rogers Community Center.
The event is a fund-raiser for community needs, put on by the Rogers Lions Club; $12,000 was raised this year. A history theme was used, which brought out a mix of long time Rogers-Hassan residents and Lions Club members, who shared pictures and stories of past years.
Dave Lewis had the idea for the first Community Dinner, and was honored with the presentation of a Magic Top Hat. Dave’s wife Marie, Kelly Weber, Carol Hines and Judy Volkers kept the event going until the Rogers Lions took it over.
Lion Paul Kleinwachter, and recently Lion Dick Engstrom chaired the event for years.
During the event the Rogers Lions had some fun, at the expense of the New Otsego Lions Club, President Chad Christian. A few Rogers Lions had stolen the New Otsego Lions Club’s bell and gavel.
An auction of the bell and gavel was held. Chad Christian bid on it, trying to get it back. It was eventually given back, along with a donation.
This event was just a practice run for next year’s event, which will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the city of Rogers’s incorporation. Many attendees commented that they were able to visit with folks they hadn’t seen in awhile.
The Hassan Historical Society was a big help in getting information to share.