Kiwanis Club preparing for annual chili supper

PNT Staff Report

The Portales Kiwanis Club will add a little spice to residents’ lives with its upcoming annual chili supper, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in First United Methodist’s Church’s Fellowship Hall.

Kiwanis member Bill Wood said he thinks the chilli supper tradition is at least 25 years old.

“The recipe was started by George Calton, founder of Calton Furniture,” Wood said. “The recipe has been modified a little over the years. We are also offering a vegetarian chili. Takeout will be available as well.”

Wood said proceeds from the chili supper go a long way in helping Kiwanis give back to the community.

“The chili supper is our main fundraiser,” Wood said. It helps us fund the Little Olympics, the summer swim meet and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) shcolarships and the Roosevelt County Fair Pet Show.”
Wood said no extravagant hoopla attends the chili supper, but plenty of good chili will be available and somewhere between 200-300 residents showed up at last year’s chili supper.

“It’s just a good time to visit with and see other people from the community,” he said.

Wood said Kiwanis is known for its service to children worldwide. He said the local Kiwanis Club contributes funds for Eastern New Mexico University scholarships, Habitat for Humanity, the Portales Literacy Council and the regional science fair.

The local club holds meetings each Tuesday at noon in the ENMU Campus Union Building. He said men and women are welcome to join.