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C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Gordon Dowell
Margaret Hoogstra
David Jones
Carl Lockett
Clarence Presswood
Bill Hoogstra
Ricki Brown
Nell Sims
Henry McGinty
Kimberley Cole
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DIRECTORS
Russell Berry
Lora Lynn Christensen
Dennis Laster
Guinn Smith
Sheila Watts
Gloria Fanous
Kelly Jones
Ken Lenoir
Lorin Watson
Doug Williamson
  • President Gordon Dowell presented his vision for the 2005-2006 Kiwanis year. The motto is "Changing the World One Child and One Community at a Time" and the theme of his presidency is "It is a time for renewal." This year is our club's 85th anniversary. Gordon challenged the club to bring in 25 new members during the year.
  • Jerry Harris presented a check to Kerry Fortune, President of Ben Richey Boy's ranch, in the amount of $1000. What a great way to start a new year.
  • Jamie Breed, Executive Director for Harmony Family Services, was inducted. Welcome Jamie!
  • Past President Bill and President Elect Margaret Hoogstra celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
  • Briarstone raised the price of our meals, but the increase was not passed along to the members. Meals for guests was raised to $8.50.
  • Jack Harkins reported that Past President Bill Hoogstra has been bidding on the barbecue grill at the Pancake Day Silent Auction for two years, but has failed to win the bidding war. Today, to Bill's surprise, the club presented him with a gift of a barbecue grill!
  • Kiwanians joined together on October 28 before the Abilene High - Cooper High football game for a tailgate party. Hamburgers, chips, and soft drinks were enjoyed by all in a fund raising event for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
  • Pam McGrew presented a check to Betty Bradley of Meals on Wheels for $2500, Sherri Statler of Christian Homes accepted a check for $1,000 and Carl Cook of Oak Haven accepted a check for Oak Haven.
  • Roy Dent presented the Ruby K 5 pin to LuGene Lewis for recruiting five new members into the club.
  • Bill Hoogstra reported that the 3rd Annual Tailgate Party was a huge success. There were 1100 meals served and $4000 was raised to benefit Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers & Big Sisters. The recent Hole in One contest raised $11,000. Most of the funds will go to support Camp Courage.
  • 85th Birthday Celebration! President Dowell welcomed about 125 members who attended our lunchtime celebration on February 8, 2006. Ken Poynor led the group in roaring loud rendition of HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Henry McGinty gave a brief history of the club and recognized members who have long years of service. He was the last one recognized for his 55 years of service. Dr. H. Bedford Furr shared a poem which he had written for the occasion. Mayor Norm Archibald offered his congratulations and read an official proclamation.
  • Nancy Miller shared some important Kiwanis facts: We are in Division 35 of the Texas-Oklahoma District; there are 38 Divisions in our District; Kiwanis International is in 96 nations with 8400 clubs and 280,000 members.
  • International President Steve Siemens posed three important questions for Kiwanians: "If we don't do it, who will do it? If we don't do it now, when will we get it done? If we don't do it together, how will it get done?" He challenged Kiwanians to work together on membership and service.

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