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1952
Jim JenningsPresident
Bert ChapmanVice President
Garnet GracyVice President
Sam HillImmediate Past President
Fleming JamesTreasurer
Claude WrightSecretary
Owen EllisDirector
Nick CrainDirector
John H. FielderDirector
Ed HeltonDirector
Len JohnsonDirector
Raymond PetreeDirector
Lester MortonDirector
R. B. TannerDirector
Sid E. PassKiwanigram Editor
Theron GuffeyAssociate Editor
Max LanfordAssociate Editor
Ed TraweekAssociate Editor
  • Bailey Choate of Sweetwater is serving as Lt. Gov of Division XII for the year 1952. He installed the officers of the Abilene Club.
  • A new Club Directory listing the names, addresses and phone numbers was distributed on Jan. 2, 1952.
  • Inter-Clubs were held at Snyder, Big Spring, Brownwood,
  • The Wishing Well for Polio Drive was manned by Kiwanians. This activity is the responsibility of the Youth Services Committee of the Abilene Kiwanis Club.
  • Emphasis is being put on the members to pay their poll tax and to get their friends and neighbors to do likewise.
  • The club presented the Salvation Army with recreation room equipment which included two ping-pong tables, volley ball and badminton sets and a shuffle board.
  • The Board of Directors voted on Jan. 31, 1952 to underwrite as much as $650 in equipment and improvements at the new Boy Scout Council Headquarters being built at 3325 South 11th St.
  • Strong emphasis is placed on a perfect attendance record for every member. A list of those having perfect attendance is published each month in the Kiwanigram.
  • Easter Seal Mailing is a new project for the club. Stuffing 25,000 envelopes was a big job.
  • Division XII, led by Lt. Gov. Bailey Choate had a very successful Division Meeting and Ladies night on April 3. Mr. & Mrs. Jim Jennings hosted a reception at their home for Kiwanians and wives from Division XII in the afternoon before the dinner and meeting.
  • Pancake Supper Kick-Off was April 9, 1952. Fifteen businesses have made gifts to be presented to high ticket sales Kiwanians. No dishwashing this year as paper plates, spoons & forks will be used. 5,365 tickets were sold which produced a net profit of $2250.32. A film and a Scrapbook was made to use as a record of its development.
  • Thirty one Kiwanians helped Mack Eplen serve 485 people at the Army Day Luncheon. For this help, Mack sent the club a check for $50.00
  • Seven couples and their families which accounted for twenty two people from the Abilene Club attended the International Convention in Seattle, Washington. The Abilene Pancake Supper Scrap Book went with them and received a lot of attention. It went on a tour to Hammond, Indiana at that club's request.
  • The club helped raise $3600 for the cerebral palsy fund to make certain the establishment of a treatment center here. (The beginning of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center).
  • The Club purchased for $240 two stretchers to be used in the Polio Ward in Hendrick Hospital.
  • The annual Club Picnic at Camp Tonkawa was again enjoyed by all.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Sweetwater will run Lt. Gov. Bailey Choate for Texas-Oklahoma District Governor for 1953. The Club pledged its support of Bailey.
  • The first official meeting of the Key City Kiwanis Club was held at the Drake Hotel on September 5. This club was organized by a committee of Abilene Kiwanis Club members. The first President of this Club is Leon Reese. Charter night was October 2.
  • On Thursday night, Sept. 25 the formal opening of the Kiwanis Club's Boy Scout building was held. This is the culmation of several month's work to get a home for the Club's Troop 6. A Board of Trustees to oversee the use and maintenance of the building was appointed by President Jennings.
  • A thousand brightly colored pencils were sent to the Texas-Oklahoma District convention inscribed with VOTE FOR CHOATE by the Abilene Club. Choate was elected Governor for 1953.
  • Circle K was organized at A. C. C. and McMurry.
  • Fifteen or twenty Kiwanians turned out to distribute the Goodfellow food baskets just before Christmas.

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