On Tuesday, May 25, we met at Country Meadows in Bethlehem Township to honor Jack Bennett on attaining 70 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Easton. Jack maintained a perfect attendance record for the first 60 of those years, and he served as Club President in 1957-58.
In the mid-1990’s Jack took the lead in creating the Easton Rotary Holiday Basketball Tournament, which now is named for him. The Tournament originally was hosted at Lafayette College and provided an opportunity for local high school teams to compete without the need to travel over the holidays. Later the Tournament moved to the Easton Area Middle School and continues to be a sports highlight for the community.
At the celebration Jack received a proclamation from Easton Mayor Sal Panto recognizing Jack’s long service to Rotary as well as his many contributions to the growth of the City of Easton. Jack also received a certificate from Holgar Knaack, President of Rotary International; a Paul Harris Fellow (his third); and an Easton Rotary Service Foundation Felloe (one of several he already has attained). Finally, Jack was greeted by Michael Leader, a fellow Rotarian and President & CEO of Country Meadows.
At age 94 Jack is still active in our Club and attends on a regular basis, even now on Zoom! Congratulations to a prime example of “Service Above Self” who has inspired at least two generations of younger Rotarians.