It was a trip to the past at the Bartow Kiwanis weekly luncheon this past Friday, Jan. 18. It was also a break from the (recent) past, program-wise. Lately, and often, programs center around children and youth and education. If not that topic, the subject matter is often of a civic nature; in other words, what people and organizations do and are doing to improve the lives of Polk County residents. Regardless, whatever is presented at the Bartow Kiwanis Club luncheon is always an opportunity to learn something in a manner informative and fun.
On behalf of the Florida Frontiersmen Inc., Casey Fletcher, vice president of finance for PallettOne, as well as a member of the Kiwanis Club, spoke on the 42nd Alafia River Rendezvous, beginning with its storied tradition. As the United States moved westward in the early part of the 19th century, especially following the Louisiana Purchase, fur and pelts were a valued commodity in high demand particularly in Europe.
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