Service groups dishing out fellowship

My father was a Rotarian and my husband is in Kiwanis, so I’m all about service clubs, especially when it involves food and fellowship.

Both organizations will be hosting fundraisers soon, and we’re all invited for tasty vittles, good visiting and the opportunity to support worthwhile causes.

The Kiwanis Club will be dishing up its traditional chili from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church. A $7 ticket (only $4 if you’re younger than 12) buys you a bowl of chili, tortillas, crackers, a drink and dessert.

Proceeds are poured straight back into our community through youth projects such as the summer swim meet, Little Olympics and the Roosevelt County Fair pet show.

The Portales Rotary Club will fire up its chuck wagon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Jake Lopez Building on the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds as part of the New Mexico Ag Expo. Your $12 ticket will buy you a delectable smoked pork chop with all the fixings and benefit Rotary Park, the club’s youth leadership programs and the international effort to eradicate polio.

Not feeling sociable? Both groups will pack meals to go, and Rotary will even deliver Tuesday within Portales if you call Eldin Cooper at 760-8137.

No wonder they’re called service clubs.