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1954
Len JohnsonPresident
Garnet GracyVice President
George BrownVice President
Charles RomineVice President
Bert ChapmanImmediate Past President
Fleming JamesTreasurer
Claude WrightSecretary
Elmo CureDirector
Jim BinionDirector
John N. ClevelandDirector
Reed IngalsbeDirector
Robert GlewDirector
Cleve CobbDirector
Gene GailbraithDirector
George StoweDirector
Sid E. PassKiwanigram Editor
Theron GuffeyMailing List
  • The first meeting of the new year was arranged so every member sat at his committee table.
  • New metal exterior blinds were attached to the windows of the Boy Scout Building to protect the windows from vandalism.
  • Club supported the Abilene Symphony Orchestra with a donation of $250.
  • The Wishing Well to support the March of Dimes was manned by Kiwanians under the leadership of Elmo Cure.
  • The Poll Tax Collector came to the club and collected $3.50 Poll Tax. He issued 114 receipts.
  • Six Kiwanians and three wives went to San Angelo for the charter presentation on January 14 to the West Angelo Kiwanis Club. Retiring Governor presented the charter.
  • Len Johnson resigned as President as he accepted the position of manager of radio station KERV in Kerrville. Charles Romine took over the Presidency of the Club on March 3, 1995.
  • The Pancake Supper was held on March 16, 8813 tickets were sold. The Lawton, OK Kiwanis and Rotary Club flew in 30 plus members to watch the operation of the very successful supper. $4400 was the gross income.
  • The Cerebral Palsy Center at Fanning School was given a wheel chair by the club. Dr. Grady Jolly recommended this purchase. (Note: This is the forerunner of what became the West Texas Rehabilitation Center.
  • Nearly 200 people were on hand to hear Dist. Gov. Ed Keefe speak at the club on March 31. He was introduced by Ex Lt. Gov. Bailey Choate. Kiwanians from several clubs were in attendance.
  • Circle K is going big in the 3 colleges. The club gave $75 to help with expenses to attend the Circle K District Convention in Dallas.
  • The Kiwanis Club sponsored a Pony League Baseball team with personnel and $175 toward expenses of operation.
  • The club purchased $250 worth of shares in the Blue Socks Baseball team.
  • The club was host to the Exchange students from North Adams, MA. A. E. Wells was program on May 5. Texas sized teaspoons were presented to each visiting student & sponsor.
  • Jerome Vannoy, the Program Committee Chairman is furnishing good programs every week.
  • Russ Glasser was authorized to proceed to purchase several thousand forks for use at the Pancake Supper in 1955.
  • The Coca Cola Co. was host to the entire club meeting on June 16 in celebration of the local bottling Co's 50th Anniversary.
  • There are 188 members in the Abilene Club, June 14, 1954.
  • Thirty-four Kiwanians went to Brownwood by bus and auto to hold an interclub and delivered the traveling token.
  • Garnet Gracy was installed as the third new President of the year at the Annual Family Picnic at Camp Tonkawa. President Charles Romine has resigned as he is moving to Colorado. As usual this picnic was a highlight with 180 attending.
  • The Kiwanis Club sponsored a Pigskin Parade featuring all the fooball teams in town. The net income from this to benefit the Taylor County Society for Crippled Children was $3000.
  • Thirty-two members and wives attended the Distict Convention in Dallas.
  • The Club was again the first to donate $100 to the Annual Goodfellow Fund to provide food and toys as Christmas gifts.
  • Farmers from over the county were special guests at "Bring a Farmer Day" where they were recognized for the good they are bringing to us.
  • Two hundred thirty nine attended the Ladies Night Banquet.

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