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C L U B     O F F I C E R S
Mark Young
Lora Lynn Christensen
Jamie Breed
Charles Kirkpatrick
Randy Williams
Russell Berry
Ricki Brown
Faye Dodson
Henry McGinty
Kimberley Cole
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Rob Allen
Marty Anderson
Clay Copeland
Dick Kincaid
Don Paige
Mark Hoover
Kelly Jones
Ty Purcell
Mac Sipe
Shirley Velasco
  • Our first meeting of the new Kiwanis year was held at the Abilene Country Club, Noon, October 7, 2009. The opening prayer was led by Bobbie Wolfe, Chris Carnohan led the singing and Lora Lynn Christensen accompanied on the piano. Zack Briley led the pledge and Don Paige introduced our guests. Division 35 Lt. Governor Gordon Dowell installed the new officers and recognized outgoing officers for their service to Kiwanis.
  • President Mark Young stated that theme for the year is "Fun by Serving" and his main goals are: (1) Have fun on Wednesday. (2) Find a committee you like and plug in to serve. (3) Quarterly service projects with 100% participation. Some good projects would be See by Three, Basketball Shootout, and Pancake Day.
  • David Jones was introduced as the Kiwanian of the Year. David is the organizer and director of the Annual Basketball Shootout and also secures and organizes the entertainment for our annual Pancake Day.
  • Will Smith retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the USAF and immediately enlisted to serve children in the Kiwanis Club of Abilene! Welcome aboard, Will. Twyla Young said she would join the club when Mark, her husband, became president. She made good on her promise!
  • Guinn Smith introduced our own Kimberley Cole as the speaker today. (Oct. 14) Kimberley, DFM, with American State Financial Management gave a very informative presentation regarding investments and making the best of low interest rates.
  • Kiwanis International is promoting membership with a program for those who sponsor a new member. It is a lapel pin in the shape of a key with the Kiwanis seal embossed on the end of it. Bring in one member and get a bronze key; two members, a silver key and three members, a gold key.
  • Russell Berry introduced former Kiwanis Club of Abilene member, Jay Moore as our speaker today. Jay, who serves as the Department Head for Social Studies at Abilene High School, presented an excellent program on "History in Plain Sight." Not only did Jay present highlights of Abilene Country Club history, but also weaved in history of the Kiwanis Club of Abilene and the impact we have had in the community since 1921. Jay complimented Henry McGinty for the informative information found on the Kiwanis Club of Abilene website and shared several tidbits from that resource.
  • We are more than half way to our goal to raise $50,000.00 for the Hendrick Children's Hospital. We still need $18,553.95 to reach our goal.
  • Cassie Santiago introduced opportunity to provide Christmas Gifts to children this year. She placed 32 ornaments on the Christmas tree listing items these children need for Christmas. If you selected an ornament, please bring the wrapped gift with the ornament attached to our next meeting. Call Cassie if you are unable to attend the meeting next week and need to arrange for pick up of the gift.
  • Russell Berry introduced the program today. What a great way to kick off 2010 as the singing group, High Valley from Canada sang for us. Brothers Brad Rempel, (lead singer), Brian Rempel (bass), and Curtis Rempel (mandolin) joined by Brent Clifford (snare drums) sang from their hearts as they shared music they had written.
  • Jerry Harris presented a $500.00 check to Debbie Lillick, Executive Director of the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL). Debbie expressed her appreciation to the club and shared that the funds would be used to provide art supplies to student tour groups who came to the NICCIL from the community.
  • Russell Berry introduced Lt. Governor Gordon Dowell as our speaker today. Lt Governor Dowell expressed appreciation to the Kiwanis Club of Abilene for the impact we have in the community and commended us for choosing to be a Kiwanian. He thanked us for caring about children and stated that we may never know when a small seed can make a difference in a child's life.
  • Melvin Martin introduced Police Chief Stan Standridge as the speaker today. Stan, who joined the police force in 1995, holds the honor of being the 4th Police Chief for the City of Abilene. Stan did an excellent job today as he shared accomplishments of the Police Force and the vision he has as he serves in this role. He stated the Policemen are more than Police Officers, that 90% of the time they are "Peace Officers", not "Law Enforcement Officers".
  • SEE BY THREE COMMITTEE By Glyn Hammons, Chairman We have now completed all See by Three screenings for 2009 (and Spring of 2010). There are many hard workers who deserve a big THANK YOU for your work with this program. We did eye screenings on a total of 274 kids at 16 locations. A total of 203 passed the tests, 31 were referred for further testing and 40 will need to be re - screened this fall.

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