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C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Carl Lockett
Russell Berry
David Bacon
Pam McGrew
Mark Young
Margaret Hoogstra
Ricki Brown
Ty Purcell
Faye Dodson
Ricki Brown
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Foundation Treasurer

DIRECTORS
Jamie Breed
Jerry Carter
John Thomas
Faye Dodson
J.R. Velasco
Charles Kirkpatrick
George Knight
LuGene Lewis
Pam McGrew
Kenny Smith
  • OPENING CEREMONY FOR 2007-2008: Carl Lockett presided over the meeting. Randy Williams led the singing and Millie Brady played the piano. The program was presented by Ralph Fisher who is President of BUZZARD WHISPERER, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of the public on buzzards and several other animal species. The highlight of the program was when Oscar the buzzard landed on President Lockett's head.
  • Earl Williams presented the club with a check for the month of September in the amount of $436.08. The amount was from a reading of 333 machines for a grand total of $230,141.92.
  • What is Ruby K pin? President Lockett asked members of the club to stand if they had a Ruby K pin. He was encouraging all members to set a goal for themselves as well as the club to achieve a Ruby K pin this year. The Ruby K pin signifies that you have introduced five (5) new members into the club. Think about helping the children of the community, one new member can make all the difference in a child's life.
  • Bill Zavatson had the pleasure of recognizing members for having perfect attendance. Van Boozer assisted him in handing out the tabs to: Clarence Presswood 9years, Kristen Carnohan 11 years, Nell Sims 14 years, Billy Phillips 15 years, Donald McDonald 16 years, Glynn Hammons 21 years, Chris Carnohan 21 years, Ken Poynor 23 years, Russell Berry 23 years, A. C. Johnson 25 years, Grady Jolly 48 years.
  • Jeff Goodin presented a special Veteran's Day program. Jeff entered the United States Army as a commissioned officer and had a distinguished career. He saw combat service in Vietnam in 1966-67, and again in 1969 as an attack helicopter pilot. He logged more than 1500 combat flying hours, and survived being shot down four times. This much decorated war hero was awarded the Silver Star, the Soldier's Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal for Valor twice, the Army Commendations Medal twice, the army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Vietnam Cross for Gallantry with Gold Star by the Vietnamese people, and 47 other Air Medals. He retired from the Army in 1980 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service.
  • The Denton Challenge: The Denton club and the Abilene club were very similar in size so Past Gov. Nancy Miller suggested that we should offer them a membership drive challenge. Denton quickly accepted the challenge and conducted an interclub to Abilene to prove how serious they were. The winner of the challenge would purchases books for the school selected by the winning club. Kimberley Cole designed the slogan "152 it is up to you." It was believed that it would take 152 members to win the challenge. The members of the Club responded and won the challenge; under the direction of Dub Pritchett the chair of the membership committee. JR Velasco arranged transportation through Arrow Ford for an interclub to accept our award. Those in the interclub were Sharon Jones, Van Boozer, Clarence Presswood, Richard Kincaid, Curtis Blackburn, and Carl Lockett.
  • The Governors Banquet was held Monday evening December 3rd at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church in Clyde, TX. It was great to see so many members in attendance; Grady and Margaret Jolly, Nancy Miller, Bill and Margaret Hoogstra, Kelly and Sharon Jones, LuGene Lewis, Bruce and Charlotte Davis, J.C. and Arlyene McCurdy, Clarence and Dorothy Presswood, Caroline and Richard Lee.
  • Henry McGinty and President Lockett presented the staff of Briarstone with a check in the amount of $668.50. This presentation happens each year at Christmas time and is a collection of gratuities from members to thank the staff for their work in serving us throughout the year.
  • Russell Berry chair of the SOS committee presented Moses Hall Jr., Principal and Michelle Bateman, Instructional Coordinator at Reagan Elementary School with a check in the amount of $750.00.
  • It was a special day for J.C. McCurdy as the Kiwanis Club of Abilene honored him for 50 years of Perfect Attendance. J.C.'s wife Arlyene and their daughter Janey accompanied him to this weeks meeting. President Lockett had the pleasure of presenting J.C. with a Kiwanis tab acknowledging 50 years, and a Certificate of Achievement from the City of Abilene.
  • International President's Visit: During the international convention in San Antonio President Elect Carl Lockett invited the International Elect President Dave Curry to come for a Visit to The Kiwanis Club of Abilene. He accepted the invitation and International President and his Wife Eva spent four days in April 2008 with our club. We gave them a tour of Abilene, including Frontier Abilene, where lunch was arranged by Margaret Hoogstra. While Eva took time out to relax the President had a visit with Major Norm Archibald and a tour of the City Hall. The next day President Curry and Eva visited the Melvin Martin Safety City, had lunch at Lytle Land and Cattle Company, and dinner at Perini's. Eva asked if we served anything other than steak in Texas. She added, "I am not complaining I am just having a hard time deciding which one is the best." Eva fell in love with Perini's bread pudding and President Lockett presented her with a copy of Perini's Texas Cowboy Cook Book. It was a very busy schedule - so busy that President Lockett forgot the appointment they had at Regan Elementary School where President Curry was to meet the Principal and review our reading support for Regan. The Chairman of the reading committee Russell Berry made up a great excuse for Lockett. President Curry and his wife really enjoyed visiting the Kiwanis Club of Abilene and the members of the club enjoyed their visit especially the program presented by President Curry. President Curry said that he may come back if the Montana Winters get too hard for him.
  • Gordon Dowell announced that the Kiwanis Club of Abilene has selected Charles Kirkpatrick as Lay Person of the Year. That nomination will now go on to the Division 35 level for consideration. CONGRATULATIONS CHARLES!
  • President Lockett announced that the Kiwanis Club of Abilene Board of Directors has committed to raising $50,000 over the next three years to sponsor one of the play/therapy rooms. This can be accomplished if each member commits to one of the following options:
    1. One payment of $390.62
    2. One payment each year for three years of $130.20
    3. One payment per quarter for three years of $32.50
    4. One payment of $10.84 for 36 months

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