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1962
Billy C. EarlesPresident
Homer G. McPhersonVice President
R. H. NeimannVice President
Hart C. ShoemakerVice President
Mel ColtharpImmediate Past President
Burl KingTreasurer
Sid E. PassSecretary
Sid E. McKinneyDirector
Henry ConklinDirector
Jim MillermanDirector
Grady C. HughesDirector
Otho PolkDirector
Hugh L. SkinnerDirector
Jim MurphyDirector
Charles F. TrubyDirector
  • Raymond Fain was introduced by Henry McGinty as the new Scoutmaster for Troop 6 which is sponsored by the club.
  • Jim Griggs was the first new member to be introduced in 1962.
  • The Kiwanigram cost the club $21.00 per week to get printed.
  • Reed Ingalsbe read a Resolution of Respect to Claude Willis. Claude "Skipper" was a great Kiwanian and was noted for being principal at College Heights School, Sea Scout Skipper and director of the water safety program at Camp Tonkawa.
  • The club held a recognition program for the basketball coaches of the various schools of the city.
  • The club awarded $400 to support the high school science fair program.
  • Clive Pierce was chosen to head up the ticket sales portion of the Pancake supper which is scheduled for April 24 in Rose Field House. The Mayor and County Judge has issued a Proclamation that April 24 be set aside as KIWANIS PANCAKE FESTIVAL DAY. Six batter dispensers were purchased. Three new pancake griddles were built by Raymond McDaniel and Nib Shaw using materials donated by the Central Texas Iron Works and the facilities of the Texas Coca Cola Bottling Co. Aunt Jemima was an outstanding guest at the Festival. Ticket sales added up to 9,812 with an income of $4,903.17 and a profit of $3,504.89.
  • Six club members and their wives attended the International Convention in Denver.
  • The Club supported a 4-H exchange trip to Anamosa, Iowa with $140.
  • Sixteen members went on the old Eagle Bus to Brownwood for an Inter-Club. Dr. Joe Humphrey was the program for the day.
  • Assistance was given the YMCA to purchase a bus by the club in June.
  • The club cooperated with other clubs in a "Welcome Home" celebration of the 490th Civil Affairs Co. at the VFW Hall.
  • International Kiwanis President Merle Tucker was the Commencement speaker at Hardin-Simmons University.
  • Reed Ingalsbe started his campaign for election for Lt. Gov. Division 12 with a bus load of Kiwanians going to San Angelo for an inter-club and promotion.
  • The club sponsored a distribution of blotters to all members of the Chamber of Commerce urging local business and professional men to hire college students. It contains the names of all the student placement officers of the local colleges. Cost the club $150.00 and was done by the Vocational Guidance Committee.
  • The club furnishes helmets, belts and flags to nearly a thousand safety patrol members.
  • Kiwanis International installed a computer punch card system to keep the records of all Kiwanians.
  • A list of the former members that have been recently deleted was printed in the Kiwanigram in an effort to get some Kiwanian to invite them to return to the Club.
  • Nearly 2500 registrations at the Texas-Oklahoma District Convention at Oklahoma City set a record for attendance for this annual event.
  • The Ladies Night Banquet was held at the Abilene High School Cafeteria on December 20, 1962. The speaker was Dr. Kenneth McFarland, who is rated as America's No. 1 Speaker. Three hundred thirty-two were in attendance to hear an outstanding address and a fine program.

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