Good-natured holiday battle between service clubs continues
|Volunteers June Kirchgatter, left, and Mary Lou |
Stone are among the volunteers manning the
Red Kettles at Kroger in Plymouth, hoping to "ring up"
donation totals for the Rotary Club and beat local
Kiwanis Club members in total collections for charity.
It's one of the traditional sounds of the season, and holiday shopping trips would not be complete without the familiar "ding, ding, ding" of a Salvation Army volunteer ringing a bell and collecting money in a hanging "Red Kettle".
But behind those smiling faces throughout the area, there is a good-natured and long-standing rivalry between two venerable service clubs. Each year, members of the Plymouth Kiwanis and the Plymouth Rotary clubs attempt to best each other by bringing in more donations to "do the most good" for the Salvation Army and those in need in the local community.
That rivalry has even touched the new officers at the Plymouth Salvation headquarters where Majors Kris and Mary Ann Wood are responsible for the pastoral ministry, programming, operations and social services in Plymouth, Canton Township, Belleville and Northville. While Kris Wood is a Kiwanis Club member, his wife, Mary Ann Wood, is a Rotarian. Last week, during the noon Rotary Club meeting, Wood chose her words carefully, and with humor, describing the impact of the ongoing club rivalry on the couple, while urging her fellow Rotarians to volunteer to ring the bell. The Woods have been officers in The Salvation Army for 27 years and are Canton Township residents.