Kiwanis Club distributes flags to benefit special needs picnic

Kiwanis members with flags

July 4, 2017
BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

A tradition started years ago by Dean Blevins continues to hold firm to this day.

Members of the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club were out in full force during the morning hours of the Fourth of July distributing flags to area businesses that participate in the annual holiday fundraiser. Scattered throughout downtown Elizabethton and other portions of the community, flags are placed in front of businesses as a way to celebrate 10 different holidays during the year.

“We distribute these flags during each of the major holidays,” Kiwanian Bill Kyte said. “The money from the flags is used to benefit the special needs picnic.”

Kyte and fellow Kiwanian Tim Broyles explained the significance of the flag distribution, which originated from the now-defunct Civitan Club and championed by Blevins.

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