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Kentwood Rotary takes on the Golden Kettle!

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Kentwood Rotary Club makes the first contribution to the Golden Kettle Contest among local service clubs
Kentwood Rotarians ring bells in front of JCPenney

Kentwood Rotarians ring bells in front of JCPenney /Mika Roinila

The Kentwood Rotary takes the early lead in the Golden Kettle Contest

Local service clubs have booked times to ring bells in support of The Salvation Army, and the early lead has been established by the Kentwood Rotary Club. The group raised $333 in front of JCPenney this past Saturday and hope that this early lead will help them as they continue towards the goal of earning the first Golden Kettle Award.

Children enjoy ringing bells with the Kentwood Rotary Club

Children enjoy ringing bells with the Kentwood Rotary Club /Mika Roinila

Teenagers ring bells with A/Captain Mika Roinila

Teenagers ring bells with A/Captain Mika Roinila /Mika Roinila

The Kentwood Rotary Club was out for the first time on Saturday, Nov.23 as volunteers manned The Salvation Army's Red Kettle in front of the JCPenney entrance inside Woodland Mall. Members of the Club took on 2-hour shifts starting at 10:00am and finished their day at 8:00pm. Kentwood Rotary has participated in the annual bell ringing campaign for numerous years, and members look forward to the annual tradition.

According to Kettle Coordinator A/Captain Mika Roinila of the Fulton Heights Citadel, the Kentwood Rotary raised a total of $333.27, and have established the lead in the Golden Kettle competition.

The city-wide competition has challenged all service clubs to get involved. Other clubs have booked dates at various locations in the city, and will compete for the prize. The Comstock Rotary Club will be ringing bells on Dec.19 at the Alpine Street Walmart location. The Golden K Kiwanis Club has signed up to ring bells at JC Penney on three Saturdays, and the Grand Rapids Kiwanis will be at Family Fare on Northland Drive on Dec.14. Members of the Kentwood Rotary Club will return for a second date of ringing at the same Woodland Mall location on Dec.21. With the bell ringing contest nearing the end on Dec.24, the Kentwood Rotary will try to win the Golden Kettle from any competing clubs that will be out in force the last weekend of the Holiday shopping season.

The Salvation Army will provide updates on the "standings" for all to follow. And if you are not a member of a service club, don't worry. The Salvation Army needs more volunteers and everyone is invited to select a date, time, and location by simply going online to check


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