by Jim Boyle
A chance to look at old photographs and reminisce brought out 232 people and raised more than $12,000 at the 41st annual Community Dinner hosted by the Rogers Lions.
The March 21 event was a fundraiser for community needs.
A history theme was used, which brought out a mix of longtime Rogers and Hassan residents and Lions Club members, according to Lion Club Member Chuck Christian.
Lions Club Member Dave Lewis had the idea for the first community dinner and was honored with the presentation of a Magic Top Hat.
During the event, the Rogers Lions had some fun at the expense of the Otsego Lions new 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 100th anniversary of the city of Rogers’ incorporation.
Many attendees commented that they were able to visit with folks they hadn’t seen in awhile.
The Hassan Historical Society contributed information to share at the event.