A happy occasion for all. Back row, Brett Larson, Romano Brothers; Patricia Vance, Township Supervisor; Dave Davenport, hosting for Romano Brothers, and Mayor Elisabeth Tisdahl. Seated: Louise Willis, (105 years old) widow of longtime member “Oz” Willis, and her son-in-law, Bob Heiberger, a past president of the club. Photo courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Evanston

Ninety years of laughter, reminiscences and service to the community was the theme of the Kiwanis Club of Evanston’s 90th-year celebration, held recently at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The club, chartered in 1920 and among the oldest clubs in the Chicago area, continues to serve the Evanston community through service projects, grants to local Evanston organizations and support of projects assisting children and youth of all ages.

In the past five years the club has awarded more than $100,000 to Evanston organizations.

The club provides food for the annual Special Olympics event and the CommUNITY picnic, as well as scholarships for ETHS students and support for Evanston baseball and softball. For many years the Club has helped to support SHORE Community Services and honors Evanston Township scholar/athletes on a monthly basis. Three years ago the club partnered with ETHS students and Olé, a Hispanic organization, to repaint the City Council Chambers.

Guests for the March 6 luncheon included both Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and former Mayor Lorraine Morton, as well as Larry Forsberg, governor of the Kiwanis Illinois/Iowa. Speakers included attorney Richard Fitzgerald, a member since 1963, Judy Greenstein, the first female president of the club and Kevin Mott of Edward A. Jones.

Ms. Greenstein made the trip from Rochester, N.Y., for the event.

“Kiwanis and the Evanston community have grown together. We’re very proud to continue the tradition of serving Evanston children and adults, a commitment that has not faltered since our inception,” said president James Wolinski.