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 THE KIWANIS CLUB OF ABILENE
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1955
N. W. McCormickPresident
John N. ClevelandVice President
Reed IngalsbeVice President
O.R. TullisVice President
Garnet GracyImmediate Past President
Fleming JamesTreasurer
Claude WrightSecretary
Jim JenningsDirector
Elmo CureDirector
Charles A. MoserDirector
John H. FielderDirector
Sterling PriceDirector
Nib ShawDirector
Gene GailbraithDirector
Russ GlasserDirector
Sid E. PassKiwanigram Editor
Theron GuffeyMailing List
  • Len Johnson returned to Abilene from Kerrville.
  • The club paid for an eye operation on a boy to correct a cross-eyed condition.
  • Inter-Clubs were held with San Angelo, Brownwood.
  • Circle K responsibility was divided so that Key City works with the A. C. C. Club and Abilene Club has Hardin-Simmons and McMurry.
  • Grady Jolly transferred to the Key City Club on March 2, 1995.
  • The club purchased 2 ovens to cook bacon at the Pancake Supper
  • Pancake Supper ticket sales kicked off on March 31 with Len Johnson and Jerome Vannoy serving as group commanders. A total of 2827 tickets were sold the first week. Vannoy's team sold 27 more. Total ticket sales were 7505. Tickets sold for 50 cents. Homer Scott sold $260, Bailey Choate sold $220 and John Horn sold $217. The winning team was captained by Garvin Beauchamp. Net proceeds were $2400.00
  • About 20 Kiwanians gave leadership to 600 children as they participated in the Easter Egg Hunt in Rose park.
  • The club sponsored a boy to attend Boys State in Austin.
  • The gum balls produced an income each month to help those in need. A total of $998.73 was recieved in 1954. There are 516 machines in operation in June 1995.
  • Division XII luncheon was held at the V F W on April 27. Luman Hollman, International Trustee was the speaker. Two hundred fifty six persons attended which included ladies and Kiwanians from Coleman, Sweetwater and Key City Club. Special guest were District Governor Walker from Ft Worth and Lt. Gov. Robbins from San Angelo.
  • As has been customary, June was celebrated as Dairy Month with Bordons and Foremost Dairy giving out gallons of ice cream.
  • June ended with 186 members.
  • The club voted to sponsor a girl's softball team and allocated $75.00, also gave $25 for Cherry Street Youth Club, and clothing and $25 to a boy from Boys Ranch for college.
  • The club sponsored under the leadership of Hurston Battey the Kiwanis Freedom Award. Abilene citizens were requested to write their nominations for the award. Nib Shaw presented the Award to Bob Bassetti, long time Boy Scout leader and educator in Abilene. The writer of the winning letter was Mrs. John Hutto.
  • Fourteen Kiwanians worked on the "Slow Down and Live" auto sticker safety campaign at North First & Grape Street intersection.
  • The annual Kiwanis Family Picnic at Camp Tonkawa was a great success with 143 people attending.
  • The Kiwanis Pigskin Review has become an annual tradition to give the football teams a rousing kick-off and to raise funds for the Taylor County Crippled Children's Center. The stands at Eagle Stadium were about two thirds full. Leonard Belfanze said there were 28 Kiwanians who showed up to work at the big affair. The net profit from this event was $2274.03 for the Crippled Children's Center.
  • Seven couples attended the District Convention in San Antonio.
  • The Club Roster is a loose leaf book that contains the pictures of all club members and up dated quarterly. Cost $7.50.
  • The club had a float in the Annual Christmas parade in Abilene.
  • Ladies night was a huge success on December 10th. This was a combination District Circle K Conference and our ladies night. This meeting was held in the new high school cafeteria.
  • The club purchased 10 Girl Scout uniforms for members of the State Hospital Girl Scout Troop.
  • Kiwanian Chuck Moser has coached the Abilene High School team through winning twenty consecutive games during 1954 & 1955. For the second time Abilene High School Football Team became State Champions.

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