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1978
C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Raymond A. McDaniel, Jr.
Walter Ott
Kenneth E. Biggs
John H. Dunn
Earl Williams
Kirby Leeson
S. E. Pass
N. L. (Nick) Nicholson
President
President Elect
Vice-President
Vice-President
Vice-President
Treasurer
Secretary & Asst. Treasurer
Immed. Past President

DIRECTORS
Jerry Carter Mel Coltharp Joe Felton Robert E. Hitt
Bob JoyJim Jennings Richard Petree J. B. Jordan, Jr.
  • Outgoing President Nicholson closed out his year, and reported on the accomplishments of his presidential year and then our own Lt. Gov. Clive Pierce installed the new officers on Oct. 5. REACH OUT is the new theme for the 1977-78 year in Kiwanis. A new club is in the process of being organized in Haskell. Lt. Gov. Pierce, Clyde Grant and Mel Coltharp are making trips to Haskell to accomplish this. A bus load made up of 37 Kiwanians and wives went to the Charter Nite Banquet on Nov. 10. District Governor Charles B. Gillespie presented the Charter.
  • Walter Ott made an appeal for Kiwanians to bring clothing suitable for Boys Ranch and Girls Home to the next meeting.
  • The new president of Hardin-Simmons University, Dr. Jessie Fletcher spoke to the Club on November 16. He was introduced by Dr. Lindell Harris.
  • Lt. Gov. Clive Pierce and J. B. & Molly Jordan attended the Albany Charter Night Program on November 18.
  • District Governor Charles Gillespie made his official visit to Division 35 on November 28 at the Abilene Civic Center. The theme of the banquet was an African Safari with a Jungle Beating, Head Hunting good time. President Raymond McDaniel served as Tribal Chief and gave general directions to the various activities. The attendance was 184 Kiwanians and guests.
  • The Club contributed $50 for purchasing "A Patch of Blue" Blue Bonnet seeds to help beautify the T & P right-of-way through town.
  • The Charter Night for the ACHS Key Club Charter Night Banquet was December 6 at the ACU Campus Center.
  • All Kiwanians and the public are invited to attend a party on Sunday, Jan. 1 honoring Kiwanian and Fire Chief D. C. Music in the Red Carpet Area of the Abilene Civic Center. This is in response to his retirement after nearly 50 years in the fire department.
  • Kiwanians from Divisions 7, 12, 22 and 35 met on Jan 14, 1978 in Sweetwater for a 4 Division District Governor's Conference. Eleven Clubs are involved.
  • The dues were raised on Feb 1, 1978 from $14 to $15 per month. This was necessary because the Hotel has raised the cost of meals to $3.30.
  • Thirteen members of the club are members of the Board of the newly formed Expo-Center of Taylor County. Van Boozer is the President.
  • Ladies Night Banquet was held at the Officer's Club, Dyess A. F. B. on February 8. Clive Pierce was recognized as the Kiwanian of the Year.
  • Beginning Feb. 15 speakers are given a small marble paper weight.
  • Kick-Off time for Pancake Supper Mar.29. Ted Lofton is Ticket Sales Chairman. Gross income $9,166.95. Net income $6048.97
  • There was a demonstration of the new Voting Machines at the Club meeting by Kiwanian Richard Petree on April 12. Kiwanians used the machines for the election of the Club's officers as part of the training for their use.
  • Charles Stenholm is running for Congress and spoke to us on May 24 and Dusty Rhodes, the other run-off candidate, spoke to us on May 31.
  • Charter Night Banquet for the new club in Breckenridge was June 8.
  • On June 28 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Gum Ball Program. We now have 1131 machines working. The $251.88 check turned in by Earl Williams put us over $50,000 income in 25 years.
  • The District Convention is at Amarillo Aug. 3,4 & 5, 1978. It was decided to establish a permanent office in the Ft Worth-Dallas area. A Past Lt. Gov. Organization was set up at the convention.
  • Mel Coltharp headed up the ticket sellers and takers program at the West Texas Fair and reported that there were 62 Kiwanians that worked there and put in 700 hours of service.
  • Our highest membership was 245 on April 12. Fifty five new members were inducted during the 1977-78 year. Forty one deletions this year. Membership at end of year 232 compared to last year 218, a 6.5% increase.

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