Brad Thompson, who works with the City of Martin as Director of Economic and Community Development, shared information at the January 18 Kiwanis meeting about the festivities being planned to celebrate the city’s upcoming Sesquicentennial (1873 – 2023). He said that the official kickoff will be July 1 with a concert in Festival Park and that the next events will include the opening of the Centennial Time Capsule and the Sesquicentennial Fireworks Celebration, which will feature an expanded show. He also outlined a number of other planned events and invited Kiwanis members to join a committee and to consider even adding a special entry in the Kiwanis and City of Martin Christmas Parade. Brad had sixteen pages of information related to community projects and development but only had time in his limited presentation to discuss several initiatives. He underscored how important it is for citizens to work together to connect and improve the community. Brad is pictured here with Ann Gathers, Kiwanis president, who presented him a certificate of appreciation showing that a donation is being made in his honor to Martin Public Library.