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1959
Reed IngalsbePresident
Henry H. McGintyVice President
Robert H. NiemannVice President
Clive PierceVice President
George W. ErvinImmediate Past President
Max LanfordSecretary
Darrell KnightTreasurer
Cleve CobbDirector
Mel ColthrapDirector
Charles P. HeardDirector
Billy C. EarlesDirector
Grady C. HughesDirector
Harold NixonDirector
A. Sam WaldropDirector
Ed N. WishcamperDirector
Sid E. PassKiwanigram Editor
Theron GuffeyMailing List
  • Louis Beck, Lt. Gov. from West Angelo, was the installing officer for the new Officers and Board of Directors on January 7, 1959. Eleven ladies were on hand to see their husbands installed in some place of responsibility.
  • Charlie Heard is the Chairman of the Pancake Supper and Cleve Cobb is the Assistant Chairman. Chuck Moser is the ticket sales chairman. The date is March 31 serving from 4:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Rose Field House, Hardin-Simmons campus Ticket sales kick-off was on March 11, with Chuck Moser giving leadership and assisted by John Cleveland and Clive Pierce, the two team quarterbacks for the Battle of Flapjacks. Roy Shirley is the procurement Chairman. Kiwanians J. B. Jordan, Jr., Frank Nevans, Thurman Morrison, and Max Lanford furnished organ music during the entire supper.
  • A drawing was conducted to see which 20 Kiwanians would have $25.00 paid toward their expenses of attending the Kiwanis International Convention in Dallas, June 14-18.
  • The 1959 Kiwanis International Convention was held in Dallas June 14-17. The Hardin-Simmons Cowboy Band was on the program there and the Kiwanis Club of Abilene paid $300 of their expenses. Eighteen Kiwanians, 16 wives and 4 children attended. The club's delegates were Reed Ingalsbe, George Ervin, and alternates, Clive Pierce and Henry McGinty.
  • The Key City Club and the Abilene Club held a joint meeting on February 25 where District Governor, Carlos Clover, from Odessa, was the speaker.
  • A group of Kiwanians reported to Cobb Park on Friday, April 3 to hide Easter eggs. This has become an annual project.
  • Charles Lacy and Mel Thurman have put in many hours printing up the pictorial directory which has a picture of every member in a loose leaf binder so it can be maintained up to date. Cost for each directory is $7.50 and is a very good member reference.
  • About 50 Kiwanians volunteered to help with serving food for 400 at the Armed Forces Day luncheon. All service clubs in the city cooperated in this joint venture at the VFW hall.
  • Mel Coltharp, Inter-Club Chairman, arranged for Inter-clubs with West Abilene Club, Key City Club, West San Angelo Club, Brownwood, Coleman, and Sweetwater.
  • In a called meeting of the board of directors, it was voted to provide another $400 local college scholarship in cooperation with the education committee of the Chamber of Commerce. This is the third year in which we have assisted with this scholarship.
  • The Boys and Girls Committee was given the responsibility by the board of directors to select a representative to Boys State in June. This project is sponsored by the American Legion. The club furnishes $50 toward the boy's expenses.
  • The Abilene Symphony Orchestra invited all members of the Kiwanis Club of Abilene and their wives to be guests of its final concert of the season on April 14.
  • The Club sponsored Little League and Pony League Baseball teams and contributed $175 toward the support of each team. This action was taken at the recommendation of the Boys and Girls Committee headed by Claude Willis.
  • Hugh Colbert, President of the West Abilene Kiwanis Club, reported that ticket sales were good for their Annual Chili Day.
  • Members of the club assisted with the Boy Scout Circus which was staged at Fair Park Football Stadium on May 2nd.
  • The Club paid $72.50 in International and District Dues for the Circle K Club at Hardin-Simmons University. This amount represents only one half the total dues. The college men pay the difference.
  • The West Abilene Club moved their regular meeting to Abilene State School to participate in observing National Mental Health Week.

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