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C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Bill Hoogstra
Gordon Dowell
Carl Cook
Jack Harkins
Ken Poynor
Ron Colwell
Nell Sims
Henry McGinty
Kimberley Cole
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DIRECTORS
Gloria Fanous
Kelly Jones
Ken Lenoir
Duane Shackelford
Lorin Watson
Doug Williamson
Margaret Hoogstra
David Jones
Roy Lewis
Nancy Miller
Lake Monhollon
Clinton Nix
  • The year started with 134 members. Special emphasis areas for the year were to increase club membership (Roy Dent-chair), have a vibrant interclub program (Clarence Presswood-chair), get recognition for the excellence of the club Kiwanigram (LuGene Lewis-administrative assistant), and better inform the club members about the various standing committees in the club (various committee chairs).
  • Congressman Randy Neugebauer spoke to us about the current political climate and his activities on several committees.
  • Roy Dent, membership growth chair, spoke about the need to reverse decline in membership and that there are incentives that include an Achiever's Pin, and the Ruby K Award.
  • Dennis Laster headed the second annual United for Kids hamburger fundraiser in conjunction with the Abilene High versus Cooper High football game. United Supermarkets provided the food, Mrs. Baird's Bakery provided a 55 foot long custom bar-b-que trailer capable of cooking 2,000 pounds of steak, 1,000 hot dogs, and 500 hamburgers at the same time. The United for Kids Tailgate Party sold 1,290 tickets and made a profit of nearly $4,000 which was distributed to Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
  • Lt Governor Kristen Carnohan spoke to the club about her efforts to reinvigorate Division 35 and expand local Kiwanis influence in our area of Texas.
  • Colonel Garrett Harencak, 7th Bomb Wing Commander at Dyess AFB spoke about the huge roles the B-1s and C-130s play in our global projection of strength and security for our nation.
  • Dwight Kinney of the Abilene Police Department gave us a most eye-opening talk about identity theft. Lora Lynn Christensen showed the club how to make "Linus Blankets" as a club project in support of the T-O Governor's wife special project. The blankets will be donated to local fire and police departments to give comfort to little ones who have had a severe and life-changing event in their lives.
  • Ken Poynor, head of the club's medical fund, was presented $1,500 to continue to fund medical and dental services provided to children whose families cannot afford that medical care.
  • Earl Williams, Gumball King, told the club that there were 1331 machines in operation and that the grand total collected since 1948 is $212,645.80.
  • Tony Pinon, president of the Lake City-Philippines Club was a special guest on December 15, 2004. Our club sponsored this club in the 1970's when Van Boozer was president. The seed took.
  • Dave Fairchilds of the "Greater Abilene" club and Bill Hoogstra are taking on a new Division 35 project of disaster relief training with the Salvation Army.
  • Three new members have been inducted into the club as of Christmas.
  • T-O Governor Gene Jantzen spoke to the club about Kiwanis service and the need for clubs to grow their membership.
  • A governor's banquet had Gene telling us about a single mom in League City thanking Kiwanis that a $1,000 gift got her son a computer and entry into college; he is now an international linguist speaking 6 languages and working all over the globe.
  • Past Lt Governor Donna Haley presented the Club and Immediate Past President Ken Poynor with a patch for being a distinguished club last year.
  • David Jones spearheaded the McMurry/Hardin- Simmons basketball shootout. The proceeds were $3,504.85 which go to Children's Miracle Network, Meek Children's Hospital. Club members participated in the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. Ann Giddens did an innovative talk Hats Off to Myths of Breast Cancer. She had Bill Zavatson dressed up as Busy Bud while Rosanna Herndon was Queen of Denial. An educational and entertaining program.
  • Quote from the March 16 Kiwanigram; "What would men be without women? Scarce, Sir---mighty scarce"---Mark Twain.
  • Gordon Dowell, pancake chair and president-elect, kicked off preparation for Pancake Day including that Dub Pritchett is involving the local high school bands in ticket sales and helping conduct this year's pancake day.
  • As of April 27 there have been 6 new members inducted including Charles Kirkpatrick and Bruce Davis.
  • James Hallmark kept the club in suspense as he gave impossible to guess hints of who the Layman of the Year was---Roy Lewis.
  • Margaret Hoogstra, Regional Coordinator of the Texas Forts Trail attended a White House Ceremony to receive the Preserve America Presidential Award---one of only two national awards for heritage tourism.
  • April 30 was a highly successful Pancake Day. Perhaps most memorable was a house fire several blocks north of the Civic Center. The club delivered take out meals to the fire fighters containing this house fire. The Silent Auction netted $11,021, initial ticket sales resulted in $30,919. Henry McGinty, PC Day treasurer, reminded the club of when Aunt Jemima and presidential candidate Ronald Reagan visited prior pancake days. This year's event resulted in an income of $45,707.44. IHOP Restaurant was again a corporate sponsor and President Bill Hoogstra presented store manager Johnny Tharp with a framed certificate of appreciation. Top ticket sellers were Billy Clay, Jack Rentz, and Marcus Anderson. Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald visited the club to say thank you for what the Kiwanis Club of Abilene does for the community.
  • Ali Esfandiary, owner of the Beehive Restaurant in Albany, gave us a most fascinating story of how he came from Iran with $25, in 1968 went to school on airplane maintenance, entered the U.S. Air Force, and ended up convincing the restaurant owner to loan him the $12,000 needed to buy and run the restaurant. The Beehive has flourished and is respected as one of the best local places for truly fine dining.
  • As of June 22 there have been 9 new members inducted including Ty Purcell and Tom Dolan. By August 10 Mark Young and Allen Wright were inducted as new members and we mourn the loss of longtime member C.J Clemmer.
  • The annual Celebration Banquet was on September 13. The club thanked LuGene Lewis for her dedication as its administrative assistant and that LuGene would be retiring but remain an active member of the club.
  • The club inducted a total of 15 new members for a net gain of two and club membership rose to 136. There were dozens of interclubs and winners of the competition should be announced in the next Kiwanis Year. Likewise, we should hear next year how the Kiwanigram did as an outstanding weekly club newsletter.
  • Henry McGinty presented the club with a check for $34,287.37 as the net proceeds of the Pancake Day. President-elect Gordon Dowell spoke about the challenge of membership for the upcoming year. It was a successful year.

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