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1968
Hadden R. AndersonPresident
Cleve CobbVice President
Joe C. HumphreyVice President
Ed N. WishcamperVice President
R. C. WheelerImmediate Past President
Burl KingTreasurer
Sid E. PassSecretary
James E. BaileyDirector
Garnet GracyDirector
Jim JenningsDirector
Darrell KnightDirector
Charles H. MoserDirector
Charles NolanDirector
J. D. ThomasDirector
Tom WagleyDirector
  • Fifty new song books were distributed to the members as they stared out the new year of 1968.
  • The Greater Abilene Kiwanis Club had its formal beginning on Dec. 29, 1966 when Lt. Gov. Harold Hodapp installed the 1968 Officers. There were 25 Greater Abilene club members present. This Club was from the disbanded East and West Abilene Kiwanis Clubs together with a number of new charter members.
  • As of the first of the year the club has received a total of $18,768 from the gum ball machines. Program is about 15 years old.
  • The club directory is again being put together by Henry McGinty and staff members of Ed Helton's office and the Boy Scout office.
  • A fine program was given by Bernice Proctor who filled us in on the program of the new Abilene Girls Home. This is a residential home for girls that is comparable to Boys Ranch and is located on Potosi.
  • Lowell Perry gave a program where he presented slides of his two year stay in Brazil.
  • There were no Poll Taxes this year and every Kiwanian was urged to get his Voter Certificate.
  • The sum of $500 was presented to the West Texas Rehabilation Center, along with $50 to the Wylie FFA Chapter, and $115 to a boy who has a hearing and speech problem for which he needed surgery.
  • Pete Tippen is the finance chairman who presented a $32,000 budget to the board for approval.
  • On March 7, International President James M. Moler spoke to about 400 Kiwanians and guests at the new coliseum at ACC. Mayor Hooks and the HSU band were on hand to greet him at the airport. Neil Daniel was master of ceremonies. Kiwanians from as far away as Monahans, Lubbock, Dallas, Waco as well as District Governor Slim Liverman were here to meet him.
  • Reports from the Pancake Supper are great. Jim Cross, General Chairman said 13,744 tickets had been sold. The supper itself went of without a hitch. The net income is $5,476, which is $400 more than last year.
  • On April 3, the Club sponsored the National Merit Scholarship program wherein nine Cooper and Abilene High School students were presented plaques provided by the club. This was the work of the Vocational Guidance Committee.
  • There are 9 elected and three appointed at the Taylor County Court house and city hall at this time who are Kiwanians.
  • The Boys and Girls committee has the authority to spend up to $100 in case of emergency requests with out prior board approval.
  • The swimming pool at Abilene State School has been completed. The Kiwanis Club of Abilene was an initial contributor to kick off the $38,000 drive for the pool with $1000.
  • The Sea Scout Ship sponsored by the Club is on a ten day trip to Miami and the Bahamas under the leadership of Skipper Bob Joy. The club approved assistance in the amount of $200.
  • The board approved $500 toward the purchase of a small bus for Boys Ranch, $100 to a teen-age baseball team, $100 to the Taylor County 4H Clubs, and $500 to make a survey to locate disabled pupils who can be trained in a sheltered workshop.
  • The Club secretary has had to move his office to 100 Wagstaff Bld. because his former location is being taken by the city for building the proposed civic center.
  • President Anderson, Joe Humphrey, and Joe Smith and their wives attended the International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Paul Harvey was the principle speaker.
  • Election of Officers was held on Sep. 4 for the officers to serve from Jan 1, 1969 thru Sept. 30, 1969. This change is the result of International changing the fiscal year for all Kiwanis Clubs.
  • There has been discussion of dividing Division 12 into 2 Districts-one - Texas and the other-Oklahoma. This idea failed to pass at the Convention in San Antonio.
  • Tom Wagley was honored by being named "The Kiwanian of the Year" at the Ladies Nite Banquet on Dec. 12 at Abilene High School Cafeteria.

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