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1981
C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Norman E. C. Naill
James H. McMillon
Van M. Boozer
Ron Keener
Stanley Whisenhunt
Kirby Leeson
S. E. Pass
Kenneth E. Biggs
President
President Elect
Vice-President
Vice-President
Vice-President
Treasurer
Secretary & Asst. Treasurer
Immed. Past President

 

DIRECTORS
Mel Coltharp Bert Chapman Robert E. Hitt Jim Gidley
Robert E. Joy Allison Koonce Richard Petree John Womble

 

  • The new officers and board were installed by Lt. Gov. Billy Currey, a member of the Key City Club. President Norman Nail immediately upon assuming his responsibility challenged the members for special emphasis during the next year, our club's 60th anniversary. Norman has all of his committee assignments made and off running. Again, the club followed precedent and recognized and honored the new faculty members of the 3 schools of higher learning. Bryan Bradberry used as his theme "We are Heirs of Heroes."
  • The International Major Emphasis theme is "Take Time to Care".
  • Clive Pierce Day was celebrated on November 19. Past Gov. Charles Gillespie of Midland praised Clive for his unselfish service to others. Ed Wishcamper was the MC for the program which paid honor to a great Kiwanian.
  • A $300 check was presented to Ray Hartt as the lead off check for the Goodfellow campaign. It has been tradition that the club be the first to contribute to this program.
  • New song books have been secured and are on the tables on Dec. 1.
  • On Dec. 10 the club meeting got moved from the hotel ballroom to the old Petroleum Club facilities in the adjacent building. There was a bit of confusion as it was a surprise move, but we survived. On Jan. 21, we started meeting regularly in the Petroleum Club facility. This meeting place lasted until Mar. 4, 1981 when we moved to Briarstone Manor.
  • Plans for the Texas-Oklahoma District Convention to be held in Abilene Aug. 13-15 got under way on Jan 30 when Art Swanberg, Dist. Governor had a planning meeting here.
  • The Ladies Night Valentine Banquet scheduled for February 12 at Briarstone Manor was a big success. It was a musical evening. Legion of Honor Awards were presented to 6 members. Kiwanian of the Year Award was presented to Bob Neimann.
  • Charter Night for the new Southwest Abilene Kiwanis Club was March 24th. They are meeting on Tuesday noon at Adams Rib Restaurant.
  • Dues were raised from $18.00 to $20.00 per month and initial membership fee raised from $15.00 to $20 effective on Jan 1, 1981.
  • Bell ringing for the Salvation Army again was a Kiwanis project.
  • Texas-Oklahoma District Governor, Art Swanburg was in Abilene on Jan. 29 for his official visit to Division 35.
  • J. D. Thomas and his Senior Citizens Committee presented to the club a review of the programs in the city that are available for seniors. The committee arranged for space and a storage building where seniors can have a small garden space with water provided.
  • The club contributed $5000 to the Chapel Building Fund at Abilene State School.
  • Pancake Supper Kick-Off was on Mar. 18. James McMillon is the General Chairman, Ron Keener, Publicity and James Greer, Ticket Sales. Event date: April 15. Gross sales $18,140. Net $12,099.50.
  • March 25 ended the long term printing of the Kiwanigram by Joe Russey & Co. They have been printing it for 36 years. Now Dave Brumbeau at AAA Printing will take over and print a 3 fold bulletin which will carry 2 pages of advertising and 3 pages of Kiwanis information. This new format is on a 6 month trial.
  • International Convention is at New Orleans. Recruiting men 39 years of age and younger is being emphasised.
  • Ground breaking ceremonies for the new Kiwanis International Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN was held on May 5, 1981.
  • Key Club was started at Cooper High School says Russell Berry.
  • Red Kiwanis T-Shirts set us apart from the others at the District Convention here in Abilene. Kiwaniqueens baked hundreds of dozen cookies for the hospitality room. Reception, on evening of Aug. 12 at the Putting Green, Kiva Inn for Art Swanberg, District Governor. A big Kiwanis Convention Tabloid was printed in the Abilene Reporter on Aug. 9. The District Convention was credited as being one of the best ever anywhere.
  • We sponsored Senior Citizens Day at West Texas Fair.
  • Membership Sept.30: 244 net gain of 10. Deleted 42, inducted 52.

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