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1965
Sid E. McKinneyPresident
James H. GriggsVice President
Henry H. McGintyVice President
Homer G. McPhersonVice President
A. Sam WaldropImmediate Past President
Burl KingTreasurer
Sid E. PassSecretary
John H. FielderDirector
David L. AdamsDirector
D. C. MusickDirector
Hadden R. AndersonDirector
R. C. WheelerDirector
J. O. CummingsDirector
W. R. SivelyDirector
Ed N. WishcamperDirector
  • Lt. Gov. Homer Jordan of San Angelo inducted the new board and officers for 1965.
  • This will be the Golden Anniversary year of Kiwanis International.
  • D. C. Musick, our faithful Fire Chief, took the club gong home and gave it a good shining. This was the first face lifting the aged gong has had in many a year.
  • Pancake Supper activities began on January 14 when a group of 15 Kiwanians met to begin planning. J. O. Cummins is the General Chairman. The date was set for March 16. Total Tickets sold 12,649. Total receipts $5,861.29. Dispersement $1,544.86. Net profit $4316.34
  • Dr. Rex Kyker, Past Lt. Gov. reviewed the circumstances surrounding the organization of each of the clubs in Division 12. Abilene was organized Feb. 6, 1921; San Angelo, 1921; Brownwood, 1923; Coleman, 1926; Sweetwater, 1946; Key City, 1962; West Angelo, 1963; West Abilene, 1956; South Abilene, 1960; East Abilene, 1964.
  • The week of January 17 was proclaimed by Mayor Lee Byrd as Kiwanis Golden Anniversary Week. The Abilene Reporter News ran a double page giving recognition to the Golden Anniversary Week of Kiwanis.
  • Key City's Kiddyland had a good year in 1964, and has purchased some new rides and repainted the train.
  • On March 10 a history of the Pancake Supper up to 1965 was printed in the Kiwanigram. It states "Wiley Caffey was general chairman of the first Pancake Supper which was held in 1940 in the ballroom of the Windsor Hotel (known then as the Hilton). Bert Chapman, Mack Eplen, and Rainey Owen were the cooks. The hotel was the place in 1941. Then came World War II and operations were suspended. The Supper started again in 1951, and was held in the Iris Graham Dining Hall at McMurry College.
  • This proved to be grossly inadequate, too. The big event was moved to Rose Field House in 1952 where it has been held ever since. Bert Chapman was general chairman in 1952 and 1953. The crowd has grown from 500 in 1940 to around 7000 now."
  • Dr. Rex Kyker announced that he is a candidate for District Governor-elect in 1966 and District Governor in 1967.
  • President McKinney announced on March 24 that there would be a dedication ceremony at Camp Tonkawa on Easter Sunday, April 18. The dedication of the Camp Chapel will be conducted by Kiwanian Frank Royal in memory of former Scouter and Kiwanian Skipper Willis.
  • Dr. Don Morris, President of Abilene Christian College spoke to the club on April 21, Dr. James H. Landes, President of Hardin-Simmons spoke on May 5, and Dr. Gordon Bennett President of McMurry spoke on May 12.
  • On July 1, Kiwanis International began a project called "The Golden Citation of Service". A Golden Anniversary Citation Card is presented to each Kiwanian who qualifies. The Mid-West Sign Company donated space for four Golden Anniversary bulletin boards.
  • Members of the club have been asked to individually support financially the campaign of Rex Kyker to get him elected as Governor-Elect of the Texas-Oklahoma District. August 4 was chosen for the kick-off for his campaign. He was the principle speaker. Fifty Kiwanians were guests at the kick-off as well as the whole "Kyker Klan". Son Rob was presented his Eagle Scout badge as part of the program. Rex was elected District Gov-Elect on Sept. 25 at the District Convention in Lubbock. More than 1600 attended the convention.
  • The three Vice-Presidents were responsible for organizing the Summer Picnic at Lytle Shores Auditorium on August 25.
  • In keeping with the 50th Anniversary of Kiwanis, the Inter-club committee set a goal of 50 Inter-clubs and accomplished that goal on September 29.
  • The club donated $1000 to the Abilene Zoo for the purchase of a pair of Patagonian Cavies and four Giant Malabar Squirrels.
  • The Annual Ladies Nite Banquet was held in Cooper High Cafeteria. There were 221 in attendance to hear Dr. Charles Jarvis the speaker.

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