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Lora Lynn Christensen
Charles Kirkpatrick
Mark Hoover
Marty Anderson
Mac Sipe
Russell Berry
Ricki Brown
Faye Dodson
Henry McGinty
Kimberley Cole
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Twyla Young
Kirk Hancock
Guy Lucas
Royce Manning
Will Smith
Rob Allen
Roy Dent
Lew Lewis
Dick Kincaid
Don Paige
  • The Kiwanis year of 2010-2011 was a celebration of 90 years of being a club. Throughout the year President Lora Lynn Christensen included historical facts about the club in her column in the weekly Kiwanigram. "Name this Kiwanian" featured club members throughout the year as Keith Garner urged club members to know more about each other. A three-year long project of raising $50,000 for the Hendrick Children's Hospital Wing was fulfilled. Member Jerry Carter helped President Christensen cleanse and clear the office-a major undertaking.
  • October meetings included installation of officers, a program on Friends for Life (charity which advocates for elderly and disabled persons), Expo Center Update with Commissioner Stan Egger, and the establishment of the Wylie Bulldogs Education Foundation.
  • November programing informed the club of Fields of Faith (local Fellowship of Christian Athletes event), Airmen and Family Readiness Center at Dyess Air Force Base, and Abilene Education Foundation. Updates were given on the Aktion Club activities (and they were numerous) and the Serve our Schools Committee (serving 111 children at Reagan Elementary that month alone).
  • In early December the club was instrumental in hosting the Division 35 banquet to honor Texas-Oklahoma District Governor Sam Curry and First Lady Joyce Curry. December weekly meetings began with the Christmas Store program (an outreach of Christian Ministries at Highland Church of Christ), an informative presentation on Adult Protective Services; moved on to gift giving ideas presented by Walmart, and ended with an inspirational program of Christmas music. The See by Three Program completed 12 screenings helping 249 children; 13 were referred for further testing, Chairman Glyn Hammons reported. The club's Christmas project included gathering gifts for a needy family and delivering them a few days before Christmas.
  • The new year began with a trip to the Ukraine through member Don Scargall's eyes and photos (the Singing Men of North Central Texas tour of 11 concerts from Kiev to Odessa). The club then traveled back in time with member James Hallmark to August 30, 1953 when television came to Abilene. Another club member, Mac Sipe, presented an uplifting program on goal setting and positive thinking. The annual Basketball Shootout between McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons University (which raised $5,603.80) required a pep rally at noon, of course. An interclub traveled to Ft. Worth, Texas to invite the Ft. Worth Kiwanis Club to the 90th anniversary celebration banquet. This club was the sponsoring club for Kiwanis Club of Abilene, a mere six years after Kiwanis International was founded.
  • February was all about the celebration of 90 years; presenting the $50,000 raised for the Hendrick Children's Hospital Wing Teen Room; having the Texas-Oklahoma Governor Sam Curry attend and speak; celebrating with an interclub from the sponsoring Ft. Worth Club along with presidents from several other Division 35 clubs and a musical entertainment by the barbershop quartet, The Memory Men. The club still found time to send members to the Disaster Certification Training with The Salvation Army, Mid-Winter Conference, hear about the upcoming changes at the Abilene Zoo and enjoy an upcoming music group, High Valley. The club sang "O, Canada" that day in their honor.
  • March included an update on Camp Courage, beautiful photography of local birds by John English, Pancake Day Kickoff, Hendrick Hospice Care and music by the Austin Elementary School Raiders fifth grade choir. Throughout the year, Spiritual Aims Chairman Randy Williams brought meaningful, thought-provoking columns in the weekly Kiwanigram.
  • April brought thoughts of gardening, Abilene history and the president of Abilene Christian University, Dr. Phil Schubert. And of course the 62nd Pancake Day.
  • May programs included Career and Technical Education student lunch, the Valedictorian lunch, Dyess Air Force Base Col. David Been, and a moving ceremony by the Joint Service and Base Honor Guard (they reenacted the flag ceremony done at military funerals-over 3,700 annually). Many scholarships and certificates were given out.
  • June found the Pancake Day Wrap up presented at the Ben Richey Boys Ranch Pavilion. The Boys Ranch invited the Kiwanis Club of Abilene to lunch to thank them for generosity through the years. The club sent what would have been the cost of the meals at the Country Club to the ranch. It was a win-win and a fun picnic day. The net profit from the April Pancake day was $30,816. $9,266 of that was from the Silent Auction (which included generous donation of a custom smoker by member Jack Rentz and a television by members Zach Briley and Lou Briley). Other programs that month included U. S. Energy Policy by Vance Long, Global Samaritan Resources by Larry Musick, and a patriotic music program by Jeff Cottrell, trombone and euphonium and member Lora Lynn Christensen, piano.
  • Long time member Henry McGinty was honored with a plaque and the naming of the Boy Scout Troop 206 hut in his honor.
  • July again saw one of many programs by our own members: Margaret Hoogstra on the Texas Forts Trail Region; then weatherman Dr. Steve Lyons (Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in San Angelo) talked about the weather; Abilene Youth Sports Authority Mike Walls talked about organized youth team sports; Senator Troy Fraser presented an update on the State Legislature, and Gaye Lynn Williams (wife of member Randy Williams) presented a program on the seven "smarts" of children. The club sent donations to aid the tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri and worked the 4-H State Horse Show.
  • August, member Mark Young, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club talked about the future of the club, the club got to hear about the TSTC Culinary Arts Program (but no samples were brought), the annual "coaches" program brought Abilene High's Steven Warren, Cooper High's Todd Moebes and Abilene Christian High's Mark Coley for a rah-rah program; and member Alan Eggleston talked about training youth in gun safety. Henry McGinty celebrated his 92nd birthday at the club meeting and the first information about ELIMINATE was presented.
  • September closed out the club year with a presentation by Linda Egle on Eternal Threads, an organization which works to stop trafficking and exploitation in Nepal, Thailand, Madagascar and Afghanistan; the annual Melvin Martin First Responder Award was presented to Kim Vickers and the Texas Forest Service (after a long, hot summer of fighting ferocious and costly wild fires); the annual Celebrations meeting was held at noon, honoring the Kiwanian of the Year Will Smith, the Bailey Choate Award winner Earl Williams, Golden Wrench Award winner LuGene Lewis, perfect attendance, Legion of Honor (Henry McGinty 65 years, Dub Pritchett and Grady Jolly 55 years, James Cassle 50 years), the award-winning Kiwanigram (editor Doug Williamson) and Kiwanis web site (web master Charles Kirkpatrick), members lost during the year, and the outgoing officers. Gumball receipts (from 1953) reached a quarter of a million dollars at the end of September. Thank you Mike Casey and "King" Earl Williams. Thank you Nedra Pape for being an amazing Aktion Club president. Over all, it was a great year-long celebration of Kiwanis in Abilene for 90 years.

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