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1963
Hart C. ShoemakerPresident
Sid E. McKinneyVice President
Otho PolkVice President
A. Sam WaldropVice President
Billy C. EarlesImmediate Past President
Burl KingTreasurer
Sid E. PassSecretary
R. J. BrownDirector
Dave HortonDirector
Elmo CureDirector
Grant JonesDirector
Grady C. HughesDirector
Henry H. McGintyDirector
Charles F. TrubyDirector
Homer G. McPhersonDirector
  • A total of 382 new locations were secured for gum ball placement in a one day effort on Dec. 14, 1962. Virgil Turner, Floyd Hubbell, and Jim Griggs were team leaders.
  • West Abilene Club and South Abilene Club joined hands to sponsor the Annual Kiwanis Chili Day in Abilene High School Cafeteria on January 19, 1963.
  • Jerry Herron, 1963 Pancake Supper Chairman, called a meeting of a group of Kiwanians on January 11 to make plans for the event. They set a goal of 11,001 tickets to be sold.
  • Fourteen Kiwanis Clubs were represented at the luncheon for President Merle Tucker and Governor Walter Moore on Feb. 4. A total attendance of 279 was registered.
  • The club received a check in the amount of $97.62 for the January Gum Ball receipts.
  • The President read a letter from Henry McGinty, the Boy Scout Executive, wherein he thanked the club for the $500 contribution to help build the ranger's house at Camp Tonkawa.
  • A new reminder system was set up by the Attendance Committee to check up on absentees. After the last meeting of each month the committee will mail a 4cent post card to all who need a make-up. The first month 78 cards were mailed out which resulted in a sizeable batch of make-ups. The cards are printed with a message that encourages members to make up their attendance by the 6th of the following month. Date, time and meeting place of other clubs are listed for information.
  • Twenty-eight past presidents of Kiwanis Clubs were honored with a special program on March 27, 1963, the same day the ticket sales for the Pancake Supper kicked off.
  • The West Abilene Kiwanis Club moved to Wyatt's Cafeteria in Westgate Shopping Center.
  • Kiddyland Park operated by the Key City Kiwanis Club netted them $6000 in 1962. The park has kiddy rides for children.
  • Written committee reports are the order of the day at Kiwanis this year. A high percent of the committees are indeed turning them in.
  • The Pancake Supper held at Rose Field House on April 23, 1963 was recorded as a great success. Total income from ticket sales reached $4613.15 which is for 9,304 tickets. Lincoln Junior High Band provided entertainment during the supper. KPS buttons were worn by all Kiwanians while selling tickets. The net profit was $3,812.71.
  • The Kiwanis Club cooperated with the Chamber of Commerce and canceled their regular meeting and went to the Vapor Trails Service Club at Dyess for the observance of Armed Forces Day. About 600 people attended this observation with Lt. General Archie Olds as the speaker.
  • The club now has 752 gum ball machines earning money for projects.
  • The sum of $100 was donated to the Abilene Public Library as memorials to deceased Kiwanians Skipper Willis and N. W. McCormick.
  • A supply of window decals which read,"Closed Sundays - See you in Church." Securing these for distribution to businesses was a project of the Support of Churches Committee under the leadership of Jim Griggs. They also procured four recordings of spot announcements to be played on the radio during May.
  • The club received a Certificate for Meritorious Service from the Abilene Public Schools in appreciation of the $1000 donation toward the construction of an FFA and 4H project barn.
  • Kiwanians who recruit a new member are given a red circle of distinction to wear under his Kiwanis pin.
  • President Shoemaker and Vice President McKinney along with Lt Gov. Reed Ingalsbe attended the International Convention in Atlantic City.
  • The Boy Scout office produced the Club Directory for 1963.
  • The gum ball program added $12,874 during its first 10 years.
  • College Football was highlighted at the regular club meeting of Sept. 18 when coaches Let Wheeler from ACC, Floyd Huggins from HSU and Grant Teaff from McMurry were guests of the club and brought the program.
  • The Club moved its meeting place to the Windsor Hotel on December 18, 1963 after the Wooten Hotel was sold.

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