CLINTON -- The Clinton 4th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is celebrating 40 years on May 11 with a special reunion celebration. It's not known, however, if Pepsi will be served.
The reunion will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the ward building, 2223 N. 1000 West. All current and former members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
The ward was organized in May 1973. Val D. Beus was the first bishop. During construction of the building, a Pepsi machine was placed on the roof, said former bishop Frank Tremea. Money from the machine helped to fund some of the cost of the building.
"Back in those days, the ward would hold fundraisers to help build the new facilities," he said. "Well, there was this Pepsi machine on the roof of the building. Sometimes they would move it to different places while the ward was being built. The machine created funds toward this new building. It was always a joke that our building was built on Pepsi cans."
In fact, some of the Pepsi cans are mixed in with the shingles of the roof.
"It has been a wonderful ward," Tremea said. "Things have changed over the years. We didn't like planning so many fundraisers, but once we got going, we all ended up having a lot of fun. We got to know each other while working on various projects, and we became a very close ward."
Bishops during the past 40 years have included Tremea, Beus, Terry Flitton, Robert Mayer, Ross Hansen, Dale Allen, Rod Perkins, Steve Nixon and Jason Brothy, who currently serves as bishop of the ward.
"We currently have over 100 youths, and they are a tremendous group of people," Tremea said. "They do an outstanding job in the Scouting and Young Women programs, and they work together well and do numerous service projects for others."
People who have moved out of the ward always seem to come back and visit as well, he said.
"There's a family feeling here. A real togetherness. Everyone is involved, and whether they are old or new members, they fit in and are able to feel the friendliness and love. I have really enjoyed being in this ward."
The reunion will include an area where members can bring items to be displayed.