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1953
Bert ChapmanPresident
W. C. BarnesVice President
Elmo CureVice President
Len JohnsonVice President
Jim JenningsImmediate Past President
Fleming JamesTreasurer
Claude WrightSecretary
Jim BinionDirector
Owen EllisDirector
George BrownDirector
John H. FielderDirector
Garnet GracyDirector
Lester MortonDirector
Reed IngalsbeDirector
Charles RomineDirector
Sid E. PassKiwanigram Editor
Theron GuffeyMailing List
  • The Club sponsored a book shower for the Salvation Army. The purpose of this is to obtain books for the new Salvation Army headquarters.
  • A Colossal Circle K Charter Night Banquet was held on Feb. 10 in Rose Field House. Three Clubs received their Charters. A. C. C Club has 83 members, McMurry has 71 members and Hardin Simmons has 56 members. Five hundred and thirty four were in attendance.
  • The club purchased a Kiwanis Banner to hang at every Club meeting.
  • The Vocational Guidance Committee set up a Merit Badge Counsellor program where club members would provide counseling in a number of Boy Scout Merit Badges.
  • Pancake supper ticket sales started on March 4. Garnet Gracy is the general chairman; Leonard Belfanz, ticket sales; Nib Shaw, procurement; Mack Eplen, head chef; Jim Jennings, cooking equipment. The Pancake supper was held on March 24, for the first time at Rose Field House on Hardin Simmons Campus. The real Aunt Jamima of pancake fame arrived in town on Monday afternoon to make some recordings and begin her publicity for the Pancake Supper. Tuesday, she visited a number of grocery stores and was paraded downtown in a red convertible. The three colleges provided entertainment throughout the evening. The supper was declared a success with 162 out of 180 Kiwanians working to serve pancakes. A total of 6,437 tickets were sold for a gross sales in amount of $3218,50.
  • On April 6, the Abilene Club and the Key City Club hosted a banquet for the Kiwanis International President and his wife, Walter and Marion Ray. There was a reception party at T&P Station at
  • 1:24 P.M., a reception at Hunter Hall, Hardin-Simmons University and a Banquet in Rose Field House at 7:30 P.M. President Ray was presented a pair of hand made boots made by Kiwanian Myron Pumphrey.
  • Bailey Choate was elected secretary of the District Governor's Council of Kiwanis International.
  • The Club donated to Hardin Simmons University an electric motor to be used to raise and lower the basketball backboards.
  • A special Mothers Day program was enjoyed by the club where club members brought their mothers and heard a fine talk by Melvin Munn.
  • Nineteen Kiwanians went by chartered bus to Brownwood for an Inter club on Thursday, May 14.
  • Eighty one Kiwanians attended the Armed Forces Day Program.
  • Chewing gum promoter, Jim Jennings states that exactly 700 locations for gum ball machines were reported to him as of Saturday night June 6. This is 200 more than had been the goal. Seventy five Kiwanians met for breakfast at the Drake Hotel and took off and secured the locations.
  • About 220 persons attended the Kiwanis Family Picnic at Camp Tonkawa on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1953. Great fun by all, swimming, nail driving contest for ladies, food by Mack Eplen etc.
  • The club gave leadership to raising money in Taylor County for the Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation. $4000 was collected.
  • "Under the able management of Gene Galbreath the annual Kids Day activities of the Kiwanis Clubs of Abilene showed that children do respond to wholesome entertainment and recreation." quote Kiwanigram, Sept 30. 1953.
  • The club sponsored Stanley Wiggins to attend Boys State in Austin.
  • The Goodfellows fund has asked the Kiwanis Club to prepare the form and script and responsibility of distribution of the food certificates to the proper families.
  • Thirteen members of the Abilene Club attended the TX-OK District Convention in Houston.
  • Senator Lyndon B. Johnson was the speaker at the regular club meeting on October 14, 1953.
  • The club had a float in the Annual Christmas Parade.

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