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1951
Sam HillPresident
John H. FielderVice President
Garnet GracyVice President
Jim JenningsVice President
Neil DanielImmediate Past President
Fleming JamesTreasurer
Claude WrightSecretary
Len JohnsonDirector
John N. ClevelandDirector
Raymond PetreeDirector
Ben GrayDirector
Ed PowellDirector
J. B. Jordan Jr.Director
R. B. TannerDirector
Sid E. PassKiwanigram Editor
Theron GuffeyAssociate Editor
Charles LaceyAssociate Editor
Milt McKinzieAssociate Editor
Jack O'DellAssociate Editor
  • The club donated one thorough-bred Jersey milk cow to the Boys Ranch. Other clubs are also donating cows so the Ranch can have a herd of 25 milk cows.
  • Thirty five new pages of the pictorial roster of the club were distributed at the meeting on Feb. 14, 1951.
  • The Spiritual Aims Committee urges all Kiwanians to give full cooperation to the World Day of Prayer on Friday Feb. 9. Members are urged to make plans and arrangements for employees and customers to participate in the one minute of silent prayer throughout the city at exactly 11:00 on Friday.
  • Len Johnson suggested at the Board meeting on Feb 22, 1951 that the club revive the famous Pancake Suppers which were so very popular a number of years ago. By March 21, Bert Chapman had been selected to head up this project which was held at McMurry dining hall on Tuesday afternoon and night,April 10, 1951. Jim Jennings was chosen by Bert to handle ticket sales. Nib Shaw is chairman of procurement, Len Johnson, publicity and Mack Eplen will see to the provision of equipment. This project was revived after a 10 year dormant period. The goal is to sell 10,000 tickets. The first week 1747 tickets were reported sold. Dr. Grady Jolly's team reported 533 tickets sold which first place in sales. The net profit for the club was $2500.00.
  • There are 175 members in the club in March 1951.
  • Fifteen members of the club made a flying trip to Jacksonville for an inter-club on May 3. They left Abilene at 9:30 A.M. and landed in Tyler at 11:00. They took the program with them from Hardin Simmons University.
  • There was a joint meeting of all the service clubs in Abilene on May 18 in Rose Field House. This was the climax of an Armed Services Day Observance.
  • Inter-club meetings were held with Snyder, Coleman, San Angelo, Austin, Jacksonville, Big Spring, Colorado City, Sweetwater, Brownwood, Lamesa, Midland, Stephenville, The Traveling Gavel was a part of the Inter-Club program.
  • There was no "Leave of Absence" available for a Kiwanian in 1951. One either attended meetings or was not a Kiwanian.
  • Eight couples went by train or auto to St. Louis to attend the Kiwanis International Convention June 17-21, 1951. Cost was round trip, first class fare is $56.41. Additional Pullman (lower) for two persons is $26.90. The berth charge for only one person is $23.90. They left Abilene at 11:50 A.M. arrived Ft. Worth at 3:55 P.M. The Kiwanis St. Louis-bound Special left Ft. Worth at 5:10 that evening and arrived St. Louis at 11:00 Sunday morning, June 17.
  • National Kids Day was a huge success in Abilene due to the leadership of the Kiwanis Club.
  • Eleven couples attended the Texas Oklahoma District Convention in Oklahoma City, October 7-9, 1951.
  • Kiwanis "Go To Church night" was held at the First Baptist Church on October 28, with 20 Kiwanians, their wives and children attending.
  • The Board appointed a special committee to study the proposition of purchasing a permanent site for a Boy Scout hut. On December 12, 1951, Chairman Elmo Cure reported that a local realtor has donated a lot on which to build.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Abilene prompted the sale of tickets to the Abilene Symphony. Season tickets are Adults $6.00 and Students $2.40. The goal is to sell at least 1500 season tickets. Jay Dietzer is the conductor. He is working to increase the number of players to seventy this year.
  • The Texas Coca Cola Company reconditioned the Kiwanis Highway signs that were damaged in the storm of June 10th.
  • The annual football coaches tear-spilling session was staged at the regular club meeting on September 12. The three colleges and the high school coaching staff attended the luncheon.

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