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C L U B     O F F I C E R S
J. B. Jordan, Jr.
N. L. "Nick" Nicholson
Bill Landers
Donald McDonald, Jr
Lee B. Pinkerton
Kirby Leeson
S. E. Pass
Bradford E. Halbert
President Elect
Secretary & Asst. Treasurer
Immed. Past President

Row W. CoffmanMason Davidson A. E. Fogle Walter Ott
Jack Stuard Clive Pierce John Womble Earl Willliams
  • We started the year out with 179 members versus 182 last year. The new officers were inducted by Lt. Gov. Carlos Tally in an impressive ceremony.
  • The new member push is on and the goal for the Bicentenial year is "76 in '76. Seventy six new members in 1976. Clive Pierce, Chairman, Membership Development Committee.
  • Inter-Clubbing is a "great sport" this year. There is a challenge from Key City Club to see which club can have the most Inter-Clubs. Mel Coltharp is Chairman.
  • Kiwanian and State Senator Grant Jones addressed the club for forty minutes on many provisions of the new State Constitution to be voted on Nov. 4.
  • Nick Nicholson, Ladies Night General Chairman, assisted by Bill Landers, Donald McDonald, Jr. and Lee Pinkerton have set the evening of Dec. 11 for the Banquet at the Student Center A.C.C. Legion of Honor awards were presented to Lindell O. Harris, Sam Hill, Raymond McDaniel, Sr., J. C. Shipman, Jerome Vannoy, Ed Wishcamper, and Ed Compere. Lee Pinkerton was honored by being selected as "Kiwanian of the Year". 205 attended.
  • H. B. Terry, and the Support of Churches Committee lined up Kiwanians to man the Salvation Army Kettles.
  • There were 50 guests at the December 3rd meeting to hear Judge Henry Strauss speak on "Changes in Juvenile Laws".
  • We collected $215 for our wonderful waitresses and Clive Pierce expressed our appreciation to Bessie Robertson and her fine ladies at the Christmas season.
  • Van Boozer is encouraging all Kiwanians to purchase the Kiwanis Sponsored Bicentennial Sticker.
  • In an effort to stimulate new member recruiting, the Membership Committee has developed a plan to call on 25 businesses for the purpose of seeking new members from their firms.
  • Maurice Hufstedler printed our Club Directory at no cost except materials which cost $90.
  • Heading the Pancake Supper in 1976 is John Dunn, General Chairman, Bynam Miers, Vice Chairman; Brad Helbert, Ticket Sales Chairman, Allison Koonce, Entertainment, Jerry Carter, Finances; Richard Dillard & C. W. Stephenson, Publicity; Bob Niemann & Dan Farmer, Supplies Procurement. Date:Tick sales kick-off March 10; Supper: April 6. Tickets are selling for $1.50. The supper went off well at the Coliseum. Ronald Reagan, Ex-Gov. of California (and later President of the United States) dropped in, donned an apron and chef's cap and flipped pancakes for us. The cap was later auctioned off to A. D.Barnes for $60 and the apron to Glenn Wallace for$50.00. It is estimated that his appearance added $3000 to $4000 to the take for the supper. This was the only stop in Abilene the campaigning Republican made. Gross income, $13,044.75. Net income $8,708.04
  • In 25 years the Gum Ball Machines have netted the Kiwanis Club of Abilene $42,182.00. Earl Williams is the Gumball Chairman.
  • J. B. Jordan, Jr. and Nick Nicholson are the club delegates to the International Convention in San Diego, June 20-23. Jim Jennings and Bert Chapman also attended the convention.
  • Bob Hitt invited all Kiwanians to attend the dedication of the Vera Hall Memorial Minter Park in downtown Abilene on Sunday April 4. On the 7th he and Ed Wishcamper reported on what started out to be a $10,000 project and turned into a $46,000 memorial. Wishcamper said that about $11,000 more would be needed to complete payment on the beauty spot. He said he visualized this park to be a community activity center. Mrs. Julie Minter Leventhal, daughter of deceased Bill and Vera Hall Minter responded with a brief but fitting "thank you" to Club and public for honoring her mother. The Kiwanis Club of Abilene invested $5,300 in this project. A job well done.
  • Roy Coffman takes over the job of recruiting ticket sellers & takers for the West Texas Fair, the job Nib Shaw has headed for many years.
  • Sept. 24 & 25 Division wide garage sale headed by Lt. Gov. Carlos Talley to raise funds for chapel building at Abilene State School.
  • New members inducted this Kiwanis year equal 65. Clive Pierce, Chairman, inducted 11 new members. Last year end membership 179, this year 220, net increase 43. Inter-Clubs 65.

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