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Lora Lynn Christensen
Immediate Past President
Taylor County Extension Agent and Kiwanis Club of Abilene member Gary Bomar was recognized as the first "Wheat County Agent of the Year" from the Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association.
The United for Kids Tailgate Party was held at Shotwell Stadium on Friday, November 3 before the big Abilene High/Cooper High football game. Burgers with the trimmings, chips and a drink cost $5; all proceeds benefitted Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club.
As a fundraiser for the administrative account, the Club purchased 400 pounds of pecans to be sold at $8.50 per pound.
A new Builder's Club was chartered at the Fannin Boys and Girls Club in November.
All five of the Abilene Kiwanis Clubs participated in this year's Downtown Christmas Parade on November 28th. Children riding the Kiwanis float were members of the new Builder's Club.
In partnership with the Salvation Army, club members participated in "Disaster Food Services: Handling and Delivering" training.
The McMurry University Indians hosted their cross-town rival the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys in the 10th Annual Kiwanis Club of Abilene Basketball Shoot Out on Monday, January 22. The Kiwanis Club received the income from all general admission tickets sold at the door and were allowed to pass donation buckets at halftime. All proceeds benefit Meeks Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network. A new twist to this year's Shoot Out was the addition of "change bandits." The McM and HSU women's basketball teams "held up" friends and foe alike to raise over $1,400 in change before the Shoot Out! A total of $5,302.54 was raised.
In January, the Kiwanis Club of Abilene considered a recommendation from the board of directors that club meetings move from the Briarstone Manor to the Abilene Country Club and that dues increase accordingly from $43 to $55 per month. Membership did not approve this recommendation.
Through the end of January, the club's Medical Assistance Fund had assisted 51 students in the amount of $1,992.80. In collaboration with school nurses and the school district, in a very discreet manner the Kiwanis Club of Abilene helps children in the Abilene Independent School District who have a special medical or dental need.
The Kiwanis Club of Abilene had a booth at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.
On recommendation from the board of directors, membership voted that effective April 1, membership dues increase from $43 to $46 per month; senior membership dues increase from $19 to $22; and, Leave of Absence dues increase from $10 to $13.
The 58th Annual Pancake Day was sponsored by IHOP on Saturday, April 28th at the Abilene Civic Center. A total of $38,000 was raised!
Top Pancake Day ticket sellers were:
Bill Clay with $2,836.50
Jack Rentz with $2,835.00
Gordon Dowell with $2,654.00
Marcus Anderson with $2002.50
These four club members sold over $10,000 worth of tickets!
The Division 35 Prayer Breakfast was held in May at the Briarstone Manor; LtGovernor Gene Linder announced that our member Russell Berry was selected as the Division's Lay Person of the year.
The Kiwanis International Convention was held in San Antonio, Texas, from July 2-6; the Texas/Oklahoma District Convention was held in The Woodlands, Texas, from August 2-5.
In August, Earl Williams (affectionately known as the "Gumball King") presented the club with a check that brought our gumball proceeds to a grand total of $229,069.48.
At the September 12th meeting, President Hoogstra announced that the Kiwanis Club of Abilene would be instituting an annual award to recognize an outstanding first responder - a law enforcement officer, firefighter, volunteer firefighter or EMT - at the regular club meeting closest to September 11. The recipient will receive an award and a donation to a non-profit will be made in honor of the award recipient. The award will be known as the "Melvin Martin First Responder Award." Additionally, the Kiwanis Club of Abilene and the Dodge Jones Foundation joined together in honoring Abilene Police Chief (and club member) Melvin Martin with a gift of ten thousand dollars to Safety City.
The Celebration Banquet was held at Lytle Bend Ranch on September 18th.
Speakers and programs this year included:
FBI Agent Gary McNoll - "Today's FBI"
Business Owner Randy Vorhees - "Prime Time Entertainment"
Abilene Police Lt Stan Stanbridge - "Understanding Islam"
AISD Superintendent Dr. David Polnick - "Abilene Independent School District"
Dr. Ed Enzor - "Global Samaritan Resources"
President Dr. John Russell - "McMurry University"
State Representative Susan King - "Legislative Update"