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C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Russell Berry
Mark Young
Jamie Breed
Randy Williams
Charles Kirkpatrick
Carl Lockett
Ricki Brown
Faye Dodson
Henry McGinty
Kimberley Cole
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DIRECTORS
Ty Purcell
Mac Sipe
Shirley Velasco
Kelly Jones
Mark Hoover
Sharon Jones
J.R. Velasco
Jerry Carter
John Thomas
Lora Lynn Christensen
  • Theme of the year was the encouragement for our members to get involved through attendance, participation in at least one or two projects beside Pancake Day, and inviting others to join our club. .. in other words. "Do Something".
  • Started the year with a total membership of 124, but was quickly reduced to 118 when 6 members requested removal for various reasons at the first board meeting of the year.
  • To get the year started, several members attended the K-Family Conference at the DFW Marriott with presentations by Past International President Art Swanberg, International Trustee Randy DeLay, and our own T/O Governor Nancy Miller.
  • With the capable assistance of Charles Kirkpatrick we published the first pictorial directory in several years and distributed them at the first meeting of the year.
  • Board meetings were held in the "Upper Room" of the Alley Cats on the 2nd Tues. of each month.
  • John Snapp led the club in our annual effort of Heart Walk with the American Heart Association.
  • Books were presented to Reagan Principal Mike Kozelsky for every first grade student.
  • Membership Committee, led by Guinn Smith, introduced the initiative proclaiming the first meeting of the month as "Bring A Guest Week".
  • We enjoyed inspiring weekly devotionals in the Kiwanigram by Spiritual Aims Co-Chair James Shields and George Knight.
  • Started the year off by giving $400 of Pancake Money to Medical Care Mission, $500 to the Classical Youth Chorus, $1000 to West Texas Rehab Center, $750 to Reagan Elementary, and $1000 to Harmony Family Services.
  • Our club was blessed to have the T/O Governor, Nancy Miller (a second term Governor) and a member of our club, as well as the Division 35 Lt. Gov. Bill Hoogstra. Both of them gave the program presentation on the Nov. 12 meeting.
  • The club voted to fall in line with recommendations by International and T/O District to require each member to agree to background checks. The club voted to do this without cost to the club members - rather use the funds from the two missed meetings for Christmas and New Year to pay for the expense of the project.
  • Additional contributions at the end of the calendar year were $750 for 4-H activities, $1000 to Meals on Wheels, $500 to National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, and $500 to Love and Care Ministries.
  • The Meals on Wheels Committee, under the leadership of Ken Lenoir continued their excellent service to this organization by delivering daily meals on our designated Kiwanis route as well as other routes throughout the city.
  • One of the favorite programs of the year was arranged and introduced by Dub Pritchett. He presented James Olson, a former CIA spy and currently a professor at Texas A&M. The A&M club and the Rotary Club next door joined us for the program.
  • The 12th Annual Basketball Shootout was a financial success with $6,475.48 raised to help Children's Miracle Network and Hendrick Children's Hospital.
  • The Governor's Banquet was held in the Tom Roberts rooms of Hendrick Medical Center with arrangements made by the Celebrations Committee headed by Margaret Hoogstra.
  • The Ramp committee built the first ramp on June 13 on LaSalle Street.
  • Chairman John Thomas and Lt. Gov. Bill Hoogstra spearheaded the effort to establish an Aktion Club at Abilene State School.
  • The club co-operated with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Abilene in establishing a Kiwanis Club in Breckenridge.
  • Pancake Chairman, Mark Young appointed Kimberly Cole as the ticket sales chairman, and she announced the theme of "Generations" with teams of "Boomers," "Hippies", and "Groovers." These teams sold $29,296 worth of tickets and the Auction Committee led by Carmen Martinez collected $8,770 for a total of Pancake Dollars of $38,066, $500 more than 2008. . .with a net of $32,700.
  • Continued giving Pancake Dollars away; $100 to the Galveston Kiwanis Club for service projects, 5 $500 scholarships to Career and Technology students, $250 to the Abilene Chamber Foundation for Spotlight on Teachers, City Recreation Department for $350, and $500 to Hendrick Home for Children.
  • Led by See By Three Chairman, Glyn Hammons, 24 different persons screened 268 3-4 year-olds for vision screening
  • Division 35 Prayer Breakfast was held at Bobbie & Bernice Wolfe's barn where Jarrell Young from our club was named Layperson of the Year.
  • Presented Agriculture scholarships of $500 each to 4 students.
  • Melvin Martin First Responder Award was presented by Melvin to Lt. Randy Doan of the Abilene Fire Dept. and Randy chose to donate the $1000 award to the Melvin Martin Center for Children's Safety.
  • 2009 T/O Convention was held in Rockwall, presided over by Governor Nancy Miller.
  • The three vice-presidents and president-elect got plenty of practice in presiding over the meetings during the 9 absences(all made up, by the way) of President Russell Berry.
  • Led by the quality reporting of Chairman of the Gumball committee, Earl Williams, the monthly totals for the year amounted to $4,593.64.
  • Because of the outstanding leadership and dedication of Chairman Keith Garner, our club had a record interclub report for this decade of 111 interclubs with 104 different individuals having attended at least one interclub during the year.
  • Led by International Project Committee Chairman, Gordon Dowell, the club contributed $2,500 to the Eternal Threads Project that provides literacy and vocational training program for Nepalese young girls who are otherwise facing trafficking into Indian brothels.
  • The club inducted 17 new members in '08-'09.
  • The club collected $10,595.88 from a total of 48 members during the year, making our total collected at the end of the second year of $21,849.05 toward our $50,000 pledge to Hendrick Children's Hospital Wing.
  • The Celebration Banquet, chaired by Margaret Hoogstra, was held at the Abilene Women's Club. Guest entertainment was the son of President Russell Berry, Jeff Berry who sang the year's theme song, "Do Something". David Jones was recognized as our Kiwanian of the Year for his outstanding leadership with the Basketball Shootout and Entertainment Chairman of Pancake Day.

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