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1979
C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Walter H. Ott
Kenneth E. Biggs
Norman E. C. Nail
Richard R. Petree
Stanley Whisenhunt
Kirby Leeson
S. E. Pass
Raymond A. McDaniel, Jr
President
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Vice-President
Vice-President
Vice-President
Treasurer
Secretary & Asst. Treasurer
Immed. Past President
DIRECTORS
Mel Coltharp Garvin Beauchamp Robert Hitt J. B. Jordan,Jr.
D. C. Musick James H. McMillon Van Boozer James H. Griggs
  • Lt. Gov. Roger Eaton from Sweetwater installed the new officers on September 27. "Light Up A Life" is the theme of Kiwanis International for this Kiwanis year. The Major Emphasis Program is "Right Start-The Formative Years".
  • Republican candidate for Texas Governor, Bill Clements, was the speaker on Oct. 11 which drew a crowd of 192 to our luncheon.
  • J. C. McCurdy is the Finance Committee Chairman and developed a budget of $44,945 for the administrative account and $13,200 for the Welfare and Activities account. Total Budget $58,145.
  • On December 14, four Kiwanians, Ted Ho, Bill Williams, Harry Wardsworth, and Henry McGinty hosted a Christmas party financed by the club at Abilene State School. A Red Wagon, a stereo, and toys were given to 3 dorms. Refreshments were served at each dorm.
  • The hotel has again increased the meal cost from $3.30 to $3.60 effective January 1, 1979.
  • A total of $480 was donated by the club members as a tip for the waitresses that serve us throughout the year. Clive Pierce in his delightful manner made the presentation to Bessie Robertson, the Chief Waitress.
  • For five consecutive years Division 35 has been the only Division that has had all its clubs contribute to the Texas-Oklahoma District Foundation Fund. Our club has given $100.
  • The Ladies Night Valentine Banquet was held on Tuesday evening, February 13 at the new Briarstone Manor located on Eplen Drive. This is former Kiwanian Mack Eplen's new banquet hall. Tickets are $6.00 per person. Over 200 attended. Norman Nail was recognized for having given leadership to the campaign which resulted in inducting 55 new members in 1977-78.
  • Legion of Honor Certificates were given for 25 years to Lee Pinkerton; 30 years to Ed Helton, Henry McGinty, and Roy Scaggs; 35 years to Joe Humphrey, Jim Jennings, D. C. Musick; 40 years to Clive Pierce and 55 years to Frank Hobbs. Mel Coltharp was awarded the Kiwanian of the Year Plaque. Retired Lt. Gov. Clive Pierce was given a color TV in appreciation for his leadership and Raymond McDaniel, Immediate Past President was given a Past President's Plaque and an attache case in recognition of his service last year.
  • Pancake Supper General Chairman, Kenny Biggs, and Ticket Sales Chairman, Clive Pierce, are putting things in place for the April 10th event. Ticket sales kick off on March 14. Norman Nail is in charge of publicity which has been intense on radio, TV, newspaper and in the Mall. Ticket sales receipts $14,780.00. Norman Nail put together a Pancake Supper scrap book. A fire at the Coliseum destroyed much of the Pancake Supper equipment and left over useable items.
  • This year we increased the scholarships awarded to the Vocational Students to $330. This is an increase from $250.
  • A new club is being organized in Stamford. Charter Night is May 22. The Club is sponsored by Anson and Clyde Clubs.
  • International Convention was held in Toronto. Attending with their wives are Kenny Biggs, Walter Ott and Clive Pierce.
  • The Board approved $1000 to be appropriated to assist in replacing the roof on Abilene Girls Home that has to be replaced.
  • Texas-Oklahoma District Convention is being held at Galveston on August 9-10-11. Past Dist. Governor Rex Kyker convinced the Board of Delegates to have the 1981 District Convention in Abilene. The Abilene club was designated as a Distinguished Club last year during the administration year of Raymond McDaniel, Jr.
  • Again the club cooperated with other service clubs of the city and canceled their meeting and attended the United Fund Drive Kick-Off on September 12.
  • Lt. Gov. Joe Marshall held his first Division 35 Council Meeting in preparation for the opening of the 1979-80 Kiwanis year on Oct.1.
  • Inter-Clubs during this year total 41.

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