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1948
Cearly R. KinardPresident
Cearly R. KinardPresident
Ross ArcherVice President
Tom WagleyVice President
A.M. Tonto ColemanVice President
James R. NeelyImmediate Past President
Fleming JamesTreasurer
Howard KemperSecretary
Neil DanielDirector
Clyde GrantDirector
Sam HillDirector
Harlie WoodardDirector
Frank HobbsDirector
D. C. MusickDirector
Jack FulwilerDirector
Otho PolkDirector
J. C. ShipmanKiwanigram Editor
Nick CrainKiwanigram Editor
Sid E. PassKiwanigram Editor
Raymond PetreeKiwanigram Editor
Joe C. JamesAssociate Editor
Bob PointerAssociate Editor
  • The Kiwanigram printed biographies of the club members.
  • Committees met regularly to carry out the responsibilities of their comittees.
  • Nib Shaw was chosen as the number one citizen of Abilene. Nib is an outstanding volunteer in many programs for good in Abilene; namely, Kiwanis Club, Past President, Past Lt. Gov., Boy Scout Council, Salvation Army, Community Chest, YMCA, St Paul Methodist Church, West Texas Fair, Red Cross. He is the manager of the Coco Cola Bottling Co.
  • Jerome Vannoy was selected to be the Institutional Representive on the Boy Scout District Committee.
  • "The Red Cross teams from the Kiwanis Club were recently reported to be the only group in the campaign to have reached its quota."
  • Inter-Clubs were important in the District. A traveling gavel was passed from one club to another as clubs visited each other. Jim Jennings was the Inter-club chairman and welcomed the official visit of the Lamesa Club when they came to visit on March 24, 1948.
  • On April 14, the club donates $40.00 to help defray expense of sending packages to the needy in Europe.
  • A Gum Ball Machine Committee made up of Bert Chapman, Harlie Woolard, Clyde Grand, Sam Hill and D. C. Musick started its work in April, 1948. This is the result of Dr. Bill King, former Vice-President being transfered to Kansas City. He wrote back to the club telling of the Gum Ball success the club there had with gum balls. On May 27, 1948, John Horn hosted a breakast to kick off the Gum Ball project. Forty two Kiwanians attended and before the day was out secured 225 locations.
  • The club had a family picnic on May 13 at Camp Tonkawa. It took the place of the regular meeting. Swimming, baseball and other games are on the schedule earlier in the afternoon. Plans called for members and families to go out by four or five o'clock to play. Supper served at six. After supper, campfire and a jolly good time and fellowship. Two hundred fifty three persons attended.
  • The Boys & Girls Committee took the leading part in National Youth Week. They promoted and gave leadership to the Junior Olympics at Eagle Stadium.
  • On August 11, 1948, Len Johnson started reading 5 minutes of the latest news at the regular luncheon. This also was a day set aside in the club to recognize the Coaches in the area.
  • The pictorial year book with all the Kiwanians pictures were distributed on August 18, 1948.
  • Kiwanians assisted in a Rat Eradication in the city of Abilene in the fall of 1948.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Abilene sponsored a school Safety Patrol at Central Elementary School.
  • The club gave $50 to the Abilene High School F. F. A. to send their livestock judging team to Waterloo, IA to enter national competition.
  • Mack Eplen was chosen to be a Lt. Governor in 1949.
  • On Oct. 17 Kiwanians and their families attended the First Chistian Church in a group as an observance of Go-To-Church Month.
  • A tricycle was purchased for a boy who attends Locust Street School for $3.50 and presented to him. He is in need of this because he has been hospitalized and needs this type of exercise. This was paid for from the profits of Gum Ball Machines.
  • Clothes were purchased for a needy student from Gum Ball profits.

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