TIFTON KIWANIS CLUB
The club was organized on April 11, 1922 with 62 members and
chartered on July 20, 1922.
Holmes Murray was elected the first President.
Jason Scarboro led members in baseball games and one opponent
played more than once was a group of college women.
Formal support was given to the Boy Scouts.
President Murray made it a policy of the club to have farmers
invited to every meeting.
Member Hargrett reported on keeping the park in city hands and
member Simons offered to wire the park for free.
On June 22, 1922 the Tifton Gazette started a weekly section
titled Kiwanis Kazette.
Meeting time was set at 1:00 PM at Hotel Myon.
President J. L. Herring suffered a heart attack at a Ladies
Night Program to honor local school teachers and passed away on October
23, 1923. Vice President Buddy Wallace finished the year as President.
The Tifton club was invited to the chartering of the Ocilla
club and the Slyvester club on the night of May 11. A total of 37 members
and spouses went to Ocilla to sing songs and twelve went to Slyvester.
A. H. Moon was the first club member to die.
The Social Half Hour was a time for fellowship but was used
for programs as well.
A deaf mute child was sent to the Stapler Institute in Macon
for treatment, something all Georgia Kiwanis clubs were allowed to do.
Kiwanis ladies entertained the club members in a Washington
The Wesleyan Glee Club was entertained at one meeting by the
Club supported Representative Elliss efforts to get a
college in Tifton.
Club discussed lockers for visiting high school football players
and purchasing a motion picture machine for the school.
Jason Scarboro was President.
The club put on a variety show with acts from Tifton and neighboring
A livestock and poultry show was planned for November.
Interclubs involved as many members as could make the trip and
the visiting club provided the program.
Dr. L. A. Baker was President.
Attendance at meetings was an issue and club missed having meetings
for some weeks. There were 25 members in the club when they had an attendance
contest. Club was split into two teams and the winning team got pushed through
the business section of town in wheelbarrows. Club went through a reorganization
Still met at 1:00 PM at the Hotel Myon.
Singing continued to be a major part of meetings.
Education committee recommended establishing a community center,
more attention to the underprivileged children, formation of a health unit,
and free health exams for those requiring it
J. C. Sirmons was President of the Club.
Resolution of respect for Henry Tift passed by club.
Club asked the City Manager that the parking places be marked
and regulations enforced in the business district.
Kiwanis buttons arrived and are distributed to club members.
Governor Osborn felt there was not enough work with underprivileged
children in Tifton and encouraged the club to support the college.
Reverend H. T. Freeman was made an honorary member of the club.
One meeting report said that 16 Kiwanians made the meeting
Mrs. Baker was listed as the chair of the Music Committee.
The club had 33 club members at one point.
The club worked with the Garden Club to plant trees on college
road and also did some work at the cemetery.
The aviation field committee was another committee active in
Bessy Tift College Glee Club provided the entertainment at one
Attendance for February averaged 79%.
A committee of three was appointed to work with the new hospital
to raise funds.
The girls basketball team was honored at another meeting.
The flying squadron was a group of four Kiwanian
singers (H. D. Webb, J. C. Sirmons, Otis Woodard, and A. F. Darden) in the
Twenty-one people were reported present at one meeting and this
represented 95% of the club.
Birthdays were celebrated by having a historical sketch presented
on members who were celebrating their birthday that week.
The Valdosta Club presented the Tifton Club in April the Tom
Marshall Award which was based on percentage attendance at meetings
and miles traveled in interclubs.
A sunshine speaker at each meeting brought good
stories to the club.
The Garden Club asked the Kiwanis Club to help them keep vacant
house yards cleaned up.
Club meetings were held at the Womens Club on Friday at
1:00 PM with different committees working on serving food at times.
A club minstrel was held and the charge for attending was only
ten cents and twenty cents. Members had to call 24 or 58-J to say if they
were coming to a particular meeting.
President J. G. Woodroof of Abraham Baldwin college joined the
club and was the youngest member in the club.
C. W. King talked about the district convention in Atlanta and
seven other people were present at the meeting including Mrs. Baker and
Kiwanis International terminated the charter of the First Kiwanis
Club in Tifton on November 8.
Lions Club organizer comes to Tifton and recruits former Kiwanis
Club and Lions Club members to form a new Lions Club.
The existing club was organized on February 15 and the charter
was presented on March 12.
The club had 28 members and Rev. John R. Bentley was elected
Meetings started out in the Methodist Church Sunday School or
Education Building on Tuesday at 12:15 and then switched to the Myon Hotel
on September 23.
A Kiwanis Karnival was held in the Twin Brick Warehouse in October.
Pilot Club attended a joint meeting with the club.
The Tifton Gazette and the club hosted an Empty Stocking fund
to provide Christmas stockings for children in the community.. A total of
$295 was raised including $100 from the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club $75, Pilot
Club $5.00, Tift Theatre $5.00, and the Lions Club donated toys. There were
a three month and a monthly attendance contests with the winner being treated
to dinner at the Ferry Lake club house.
The club switched to meeting at night at the Womens Club
on March 17 on Monday nights with starting times being at 7:30, then 8:00
and back to 7:30 PM.
Dr. Evans was President.
Tom Cordell was Lt. Governor.
The club had the last meeting at the Womens Club on June
29, and for several weeks the club met at either homes of members or various
locations in town. Eventually the club settled back in the Myon Hotel for
8:00 PM meetings on Monday night.
The club had a garden and corn contest for 4-H and FFA members
and the prizes were awarded on December 10.
The third Kiwanis District held their meetings in Tifton on
Club President A. G. LeRoy resigned from the club in August
and the First Vice President, W. A. Newton, also resigned to go live in
Griffin. Second Vice President, Orion Mitchell, became President of the
Nine members of the club went into military service.
The club won the Army E award for the second period of this
year and if won in the third period then the club would win the International
Council of Honor Award.
Club ran big patriotic ads in the newspaper on Monday.
Club Treasurer was authorized to purchase a War Bond each month.
Approval was given to support a pack of Cub Scouts with three
dens and 7-9 boys per den.
Started the year with 18 members with five in the military service
and finished with 34 active members plus two privileged members and seven
more in military service.
A total of 19 new members were added during the year.
Average attendance for the year was 95%.
The club sponsored 295 Victory Gardens and entertained five
farmers and farmettes.
Vocational guidance and good citizenship skills were presented
to 235 boys and girls.
125 needy families were given relief and 1,600 children were
helped in some way.
For military service the club donated $25 to purchase cigarettes
for the soldiers, seven gifts were sent to men in service, two blood donations
made, instrumental in selling $75,000 worth of War Bonds and contributed
$400 for home front activities.
The club quartet sang at some meetings.
Meetings were held at the Kopper Kettle for several months.
Three joint meetings between the Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis were
held during the year and the clubs rotated finding a speaker.
Jake Herring was President of the club.
National Newspaper Week was observed by awarding a Testimonial
of Appreciation to the Tifton Gazette.
Charles M. Jones, Lt. Governor from Albany visited the club
on March 18.
Meetings were held at ABAC, Hotel Myon, and the Womans
The club participated in a city softball league, lost their
first five games before beating the Lions Club 15-14 and then the Lions
Club won the next two games between the clubs.
Perfect attendance tabs were given to Joe Carrol, Ferrol Jolley,
and G. O. Wheless.
A bulletin board was put together on the courthouse lawn.
Cliff Parker was President of the club.
National Newspaper Week observed by the club.
Boy Scout Troop 60 was presented with its charter.
Tifton, Thomasville, and Slyvester clubs planned a joint meeting
for August 23.
Dan Boggess received a five year perfect attendance pin and
Don Winter received a one year perfect attendance pin.
Numerous programs on the war were presented.
Odis Johnson, Lt. Governor from Thomasville visited the club
in April and said the two most important Kiwanis committees are the Education
Committee and the Membership Committee. The Tifton club was responsible
for the inter club meeting of the Third Division on December 3 and the Kiwanis
International President, Hamilton Holt from Macon, attended the meeting.
John Pehler was President of the club.
The Kiwanis Club finished third in an inter club golf tournament
with the Tifton Lions Club and the Tifton Rotary Club.
Soil Conservation---A Stepping Stone to a Permanent Agriculture
was the topic of the school essay contest the club sponsored in conjunction
with the Middle South Georgia Soil Conservation District and Betty King
and Marion Fletcher were the first place winners in the senior and junior
The club pianist, Miss Norman Willis, resigned on January 24.
Club members were asked to support the Victory Clothing drive
and the infantile paralysis fund drive.
The first international meeting in four years was held and John
W. Pehler and Horace Paulk represented the club at the meeting in Alantic
City, New Jersey.
W. H. Underwood was President of the club.
Entire club worked on raising funds for the recreation center.
An iron lung was purchased by the club and the formal presentation
to the hospital was made on March 30.
Ten members from each club in the Third Division (Albany, Cairo,
Moultrie, Pavo, Quitman, Syvester, Thomasville, and Valdosta) came to Tifton
for the first divisional meeting of the year on May 14.
The formation of a naval reserve unit in Tifton was studied
by the club.
An investigation was also made into public restrooms for visitors
The first annual Fat Hog show sponsored by the club.
The Tifton High School Key Club was organized on November 14
with 25 members and received their charter on December 8.
Tom Cordell was President of the club.
During the District Convention the club received a silver loving
cup award for achievements during the year.
Club worked on raising funds to support the Boys Estate near
Fifty Tift County farmers were honored on Farmers Night.
The club sponsored the Albany Concert Orchestra in Tifton to
raise money for the Tifton High School Blue and White Band with the admission
price being 75 cents.
Club sponsored an essay contest for the Soil Conservation Service.
The Chamber of Commerce and the club worked together in efforts
to obtain an up to date farmers market.
All the civic clubs had a joint meeting at a grammar school.
In the achievement report the club reported over 700 hours of
assistance for Boy and Cub Scouts. Key Club was reported active in the community
A total of $1,348.96 was spent on youth and under privileged
The annual Fat Hog Show had 43 entries and raised $1,770.60
Eighty farmers were honored at Farmers Night and 22 short courses
were sponsored at ABAC.
A total of 46 members [out of 51 in the club] hold offices in
R. M. Kennon was President.
Leonard Elliott was Lt. Governor.
Club worked on establishing nursery plots of coastal bermuda
grass and financing corn seed purchases by corn clubs of the rural youth.
A resolution was passed encouraging a forest fire control unit.
The U. S. Marine Corps Band was sponsored in coming to Tifton
and the club was active in the Community Concert Association as well.
A safety program was started on the radio.
New members of the community received cards from the club containing
The club had 51 members.
The Key Club was active with such projects as Teen town talks
( a radio series covering several weeks), collecting one-half of the cost
for an electric scoreboard for the high school gym, and hosting 65 boys
at a basketball tournament.
The club participated in the Better Home Town Contest by working
on an effective fire prevention program and increasing recreational opportunities
for Tifton young people.
A home talent show called Crazy Daze was sponsored and over
100 local people participated in the three act comedy and seven revues.
Meetings were held at the Alpine Restaurant.
John Henry Davis was President of the club.
Fat Barrow Show awarded approximately $300 in prize money.
Bruce Gressette told the Rotarians that the Kiwanians organized
the lunchroom program at a local grammar school, the first such program
in the city.
Ladies night was held twice.
The club spent $1,710.26 on charitable purposes including Boy
and Cub Scouts ($100.17), doctors ($110), March of Dimes ($25), Boys Estate
($100), Red Cross ($100), Little League ($287.50), FFA Hog Show ($205..55),
and empty stocking ($175).
Horace Paulk was President.
A proposal to reduce the fine for not wearing a pin to ten cents
was soundly defeated.
The club won the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor
Medal from the American Heritage Foundation for its role in the Ballot Battalion,
a move to get the voters out.
A duck was awarded to the team of four with the worst attendance
percentage and they had a week to care for the animal.
May was loud shirt month and members wore different
colored shirts to meetings.
Two Kiwanis members were supposed to visit every Key Club meeting.
Horace Paulk was the first club Kiwanian of the Year.
Bruce Gressette was President and his son, Robert Gressette,
was President of the Key Club.
Bruce set the following objectives when he became President:
better programs; better club member attendance; more fellowship with local
club members; more fellowship with other Kiwanis clubs and more members
attending division meetings; building a club in Ashburn; and starting a
Kiwanian of the Year in the club.
Dr. E. L. Evans was recognized as the second Kiwanian of the
The annual Farmers Night was held at ABAC and about 250 people
Club received its 10 year Scout Charter (club sponsors two Boy
Scout troops) and the club voted to sponsor one month of Blue Sox baseball
Henry Bostick talked to the club about the Jury Commission.
Meeting time moved from Monday to Friday at 12:30 PM in October.
A traffic survey and a safety campaign were completed.
Nearly $1,900 was used to help under privileged children.
One of the major fundraisers was a lightbulb sale.
The club had 43 members.
Tifton High School Key Club was cited as being one of the top
Key Clubs in the United States. The Key Club put together a directory of
high school students, clubs, and faculty, conducted the March of Dimes at
the school, sponsored a go to church movement, held a banquet for high school
faculty and provided some assembly programs.
Ray Jenson was President.
Bruce Gressette was given a bound book of bulletins for the
The Key Club won top honors in Georgia and third place for all
Key Clubs in Kiwanis International.
Losing group in an attendance contest had to give an impromptu
program one day so members sang songs such as Ill be glad when
you are dead and Sweet Genevieve.
Losing members in another attendance contest had to care for
a goat for a week.
The Farmers Night program was held and a tour of the Experiment
Station was added.
Farm information was distributed to 2,350 farmers and youth.
The youth committee worked with Boy Scouts Troop 60, Cup Scouts,
Little League baseball, Future Farmers of America and provided three scholarships
Club grew in size from 43 members to 45 members.
Tifton sponsored and attended the charter night celebrations
of the Ashburn Club (July 19) and the Fitzgerald Club (July 21).
Eight Kiwanis clubs in the 13th District held an officers meeting
at the Alpine Restaurant.
Mr. Keohane was President of the club.
Bruce Gressette was Lt. Governor.
Club raised funding for Tiftarea Fat Cattle Show one day after
the city announced it could not afford the show.
Selling light bulbs was a major fundraiser once again and Christmas
trees were obtained from a tree farm and sold to other clubs so they could
sell them as a fundraiser.
The Farmers Night program had about 100 people attend.
One Ladies Night program was a dance at the country club.
Key Club won top honors again in the state and Kenny Kent, outgoing
Key Club President, received a Golden Key award.
Semi-annual District 13 meeting had 145 persons attending at
the Alpine Restaurant.
Family Night was held.
A softball team was formed with the Key Club.
Allison Bowen was President of the club.
Mr. Keohane received a scrapbook of his year and Mr. Gressette
received a fountain pin set for his year as Lt. Governor.
Light bulbs and Christmas trees were sold as fundraisers.
A program was set up to recognize farmers of the month and a
farmer of the year was selected from the farmers of the month winners. Willard
Dunn was selected Farmer of the Year.
The district voted to have a rotating system for selecting Lt.
Nineteen members received perfect attendance pins with Mel Kennon
and Tom Cordell receiving 14 year pins.
Hilton Hutchinson was President of the club.
The meeting right before Christmas was just for coffee and the
funds that would have been spent on food were used to buy Christmas presents
for needy children.
The 16th year charter for Boy Scout Troop 60 was presented to
Key Club entertained faculty and student leaders at the American
Legion in an annual event with songs such as Western Movies,
and Stupid Cupid being sung.
The Key Club also put together a 55 page book containing a list
of faculty, list of students in each grade, list of organizations with officers,
a football schedule and list of Key Club members. Goals for the year included
expanding programs for youth, conservation of natural resources, safety
and law enforcement, help with mental disabilities, promoting high standards
of business, and strengthening ties with Canada.
Club assisted city in taking applications for gas installation.
Light bulbs sold as a fundraiser.
Ladies Night in December was held at the Elks Lodge and the
musical program that was put on was called one of the best programs the
club had heard or seen for some time.
T. M. Cordell and Hilton Hutchinson received 15 year and 13
years perfect attendance pins respectively.
In July, President Gray listed club achievements as being: sponsoring
a Boy Scout troop, and a cubpack troop; giving a scholarship to a worthy
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College student; providing glasses and tonsillectomies
for under privileged children; recognizing the farmer of the month and the
farmer of the year; got out the vote; attending church in a body on stated
days; and sponsored a Key Club in the High School.
The iron lung that the club purchased ten years earlier was
transferred to the Talmadge Memorial Hospital in Augusta.
Judge J. Bowie Gray was President of the Club.
There were four native Tifton people in the club (James Carmichael,
Willard Gaulding, Hilton Hutchinson, and Ralph Carmichael).
President Gray listed objectives for the year and some of these
were: concern for the high, moral and spiritual values; youth work; safety;
and world affairs.
A barbeque was held on election day in the Norman Used Car Lot
adjacent to Tift Avenue and New Street.
Dr. George P. Donaldson was named an honorary member.
Club helped out at a rodeo and got part of the proceeds.
National Childrens Week observed with children of club
members and the program was a Walt Disney film Natures Half
The Key Club work during the year included: model assembly programs;
directory of the school made and distributed; held a Christmas party for
underprivileged children; donated magazine covers to the high school library;
held a mother-father banquet; took up tickets and operated concessions at
ball games; helped the Kiwanians with a barbeque and at the rodeo; took
magazines to jail; helped with the March polio road block; and donated money
for a new high school stage curtain.
The Youth Center got new light fixtures thanks to the club.
Four tonsil operations were paid for by the club for underprivileged
Pam Tawzer and Morgan Calhoun won the club essay contest on
What Freedom Means to Me and each got a share of Peerless Woolen
Perfect attendance pins were given to: Bruce Gressette and Vernon
Yow (10 years); Horace Paulk (13 years); and Hilton Hutchinson (14 years).
Horace Paulk received a pin for 15 years of perfect attendance
and Vernon Yow got one for 11 years of perfect attendance.
Key Club sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser.
Vernon Yow was placed on the International Agricultural Committee
for Kiwanis International.
Miss Joan Gray, club sweetheart, left to go to college.
Dr. Otha Hale spoke about plans for Boy Scout Troop 60 and Explorer
Club played the Key Club in a basketball game and five club
members were chosen to be cheerleaders (Jesse Chambliss, Ray Jensen, Ralph
Carmichael, Dr. W. T. Brightwell, and Hilton Hutchinson).
Jesse Chambliss was President of the club.
WWGS and WTIF radio stations were given certificates of appreciation
by the club.
A Variety Show was held to raise funds.
Tifton Key Club won a silver loving cup for achievement in the
groups of clubs with 26 members or less.
The annual stag party was held on March 27.
In 1961 three out of the 28 charter members in 1940 were still
part of the club (J. Cliff Parker, Dr. G. O. Wheless, and R. M. Kennon).
Eleven past presidents were still part of the club.
The Key Club held a Faculty-Student Leader Banquet on January
20 in the school library.
Key Club raised $45 during the Christmas tree sales.
Calendar sales started on the first Monday in August.
Perfect attendance pins were awarded to: Harvey Simpson and
Dr. W. S. Brown (18 years); Vernon Yow (12 years); Judge J. Bowie Gray (6
years); and Bill Greer (5 years).
Lee A. Womack was selected as the Farmer of the Year.
Vernon Yow was President.
The club sponsored a concert by Rubinoff at the Tifton Junior
High School as a fundraiser.
Clayborn Harris was named Farmer of the Year.
Fifteen Moultrie High School boys and girls entertained the
club during ladies night at the Elks Club.
Pen Simpson received a 19 year pin, Dean T. M. Cordell received
an 18 year pin, Hilton Hutchinson 17 years, Jerry Keohane and John Henry
Davis 11 years.
Vernon Yow was elected to be Lt. Governor.
In the calendar sales each member was asked to sell 10 calendars
and sales were completed by September 9.
One scholarship was awarded to a student to attend ABAC.
Key Club members were purchased for four hours of work on a
Saturday. Tifton Kiwanis Club members bid on which Key Club member they
wanted during this fundraiser.
Vernon Yow was Lt. Governor.
Eight or nine tonsilectomies for needy persons were paid for
by the club.
The Youth Services Committee sponsored a Little League team,
Brownie and Scout troops, and bought uniforms for the Tift County High School
Two scholarships were awarded to students to attend ABAC.
There were 43 members in the club.
Two barbeques and the calendar sales represented the fundraisers
for the year.
The Key Club raised $500 in a radio auction.
Perfect attendance pins were awarded to: Vernon Yow (14 years);
Judge J. Bowie Gray (9 years); Glenn Moore and Clarence Smith (5 years);
and Donald Pearson and Roy McClusky (2 years).
Three of the original members in 1940 are still active in the
Meetings were held at 7:30 PM on Monday night at the Hotel Myon.
The $1,800.00 budget for the year included: $125 for agriculture
and conservation, $650 for boys and girls, $125 for the Key Club, $300 for
vocational guidance, $150 for special charities, and $275 for the Bulletin.
The club presented the Golden Heritage of Free Speech Award
to the Tifton Gazette during National Newspaper Week.
Lynwood Warren was named Farmer of the Year.
The Key Club held a dinner for their parents.
The $1824.00 budget for the year included: $125 for agriculture
and conservation, $650 for boys and girls, $125 for the Key Club, $50 for
Circle K, $300 for vocational guidance, $150 for special charities, and
$264 for the Bulletin.
The grade for March was 94.4 and attendance was only 84.3.
The club meeting location moved from the Holiday Inn to the
Howard Johnson and kept the meeting time of Monday night at 7:30 PM.
Roy McClusky resigned as Secretary in February and Roy Davis
was appointed as the new Secretary.
The fine for not wearing a Kiwanis pin at a meeting was set
at 25 cents.
Members were assigned to a committee as soon as they joined
550 calendars were sold and approximately $1,227.00 was raised.
The Election Day barbeque generated a net profit of approximately
The ABAC Circle K club was formed.
The budget for the year included: $650 for boys and girls, $200
for Circle K, $300 for vocational guidance, and $150 for special charities.
The International President of Kiwanis visited the Tifton Kiwanis
Club, one of two clubs in the state that he visited.
Joe Willett replaced Leroy McClusky in his duties with the board.
The club sponsored a girl to attend Girls State.
On June 26 the club moved its meeting location to the Alpine
Restaurant because the Howard Johnson went up to $2.07 each on meals.
Names of members who missed meetings were posted in the newsletter.
The goal for calendar sales was set at 900 calendars and two
members promised to sell 100 each.
The $2,000.00 budget for the year included: $175 for agriculture
and conservation, $565 for boys and girls, $75 for the Key Club, $200 for
Circle K, $100 for Scouting, $300 for vocational guidance, $200 for public
relations and Operation SURGE, $60 for international relations, $125 for
special charities, and $200 for the bulletin.
Dr. W. S. Brown and J. D. McCall were made honorary members.
The 28th anniversary of the club was observed.
The Tifton Club had 45 members and the Circle K Club had 46
Circle K held a rummage sale as a fundraiser.
Miss Anne Yow agreed to be the club sweetheart.
The club held a pancake day to raise funds specifically for
the Chapel of All Faiths at Baldwin College.
The two ABAC scholarship recipients were Deborah Karen McCary
and Janice Lynn Farrer.
Tiftarea Kiwanis Club chartered on October 31.
The two other fundraisers held were the calendar sales (which
some members were tired of) and the Election Day Barbeque.
Jessie G. Chambliss was Lt. Governor.
The Tift County High School Key Club won the two highest honors
in the state. The Most Outstanding Club won them the District Chairman Trophy.
They also won honorable mention in the annual report and scrapbook categories.
The Key Club also financed a student handbook, helped teachers
distribute textbooks to the classrooms, placed the room number and name
of the teacher above the classroom doors, ushered at home football games,
worked with the bloodmobile and raised the flag in the morning.
The ABAC Circle K Club built a cement sidewalk around the flagpole
in front of the Administration Building.
Jimmy Carter was scheduled to visit the club on November 10.
The ABAC Circle K Club published the first student/staff directory
and had one of the most active clubs on campus with 40 members.
The Key Club won an Achievement Award and second place in a
national competition for a single project.
Another project for the Key Club at Tift County High School
was to serve as Big Brothers for mentally retarded children
at the Tift County Day Care Center.
Tifton Key Club won first in state for a single project, third
place in the state for the scrapbook competition, third in the achievement
record and the overall top Key Club in the state.
Parents Magazine recognized the Tifton Key Club for the work
they did in the community.
Loyd V. Norman was Lt. Governor.
Kiwanis International and Key Club International both won George
Washington Honor Medals from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.
The Public Relations Society recognized Kiwanis International
for their work on Operation Drug Alert.
The Tifton Key Club won four awards at the state meeting (Single
Service Project first place for the third year in a row, second place in
Achievement, second place in Kiwanis Cooperation, and second place in the
John Reichart was selected to run for Lt. Governor of Key Club.
Key Club Week was celebrated on November 26 - December 1.
A reverse Trick or Treat was held by the Tiftarea Club. Members
visited a local nursing home and presented a gift.
Walter Arrington was the Farmer of the Year.
Projects supported by the Tiftarea Kiwanis Club included Little
League, Special Olympics, blood pressure clinics and aid to needy students.
Chicken-Que plates were sold for $2.00.
Calendars were sold for $2.50.
The Tiftarea Club established a senior citizen visitation program
and 21 volunteered to visit a nursing home.
Dale McGriff was introduced as a new member.
Ernest Yates was Lt. Governor.
Club heard of two proposals during the Kiwanis International
Convention. One was to admit women as members and the other was to allow
Kiwanis Clubs to hold games of chance like bingo.
The major emphasis theme from Kiwanis International was Safeguard
Against Crime and the club scheduled speakers and projects around
Royce Jones was Lt. Governor.
The club started a new project, RIGHTSTART, which involved children
from first grade through the teen years in athletic and scholastic competitions,
part time work, and how to protect themselves against criminals.
Club started Chicken Que Project with Warren Marchant as chairman.
Each Kiwanian purchased a gift, wrapped it up, and delivered
it to Charlotte Dasher, the vocational rehabilitation teacher at Tift County
High School, to be distributed to a needy child.
The club presented a check to the Friends of the Library club.
Students in grades 7-12 were given the chance to compete in
a Talent Show.
Mike Chason was President.
Club sponsored a Farm City Week banquet featuring Bobby Rowan
and the ABAC Bluegrass Band.
Club sponsored a new club in Nashville.
Dale McGriff received a Ruby K pin for sponsoring five members
in one year.
Harvey Simpson received a Legion of Honor Certificate for 40
years as a Kiwanian and 37 years of perfect attendance.
Springtime for the Young at Heart was a series of
events for senior citizens. Among the activities were: a workshop on social
security and medicare, a fishing day at the Agrirama, a play done locally,
a fun day with the Recreation Department, tea with the ABAC Golddusters
and the American Legion Auxililary, and a banquet with entertainment at
the ABAC Dining Hall.
John R. Cole, Jr. was Lt. Governor.
Mike Chason received a banner patch and pin for being a Distinguished
Tifton club was the number one club in the division.
Governor Ralph Bishop Jr. from the Georgia District visited
Tom Cordell received a 45 Year Legion of Honor Award and had
37 years of perfect attendance.
John R. Cole. Jr. qualified for the Kiwanis International Foundation
Award because all of the clubs in his division had met the criteria necessary.
The club had 80 members.
Kiwanis Week in Georgia was celebrated during January 19-25.
Club was selected as one of the five best clubs in the Georgia
District and was selected as an Outstanding Club.
Club was in the 35th year of sponsorship for Recreation Department
Other projects supported by the club included: a beauty pageant
for senior citizens, provided prizes for the spelling bee, sponsored visit
of the bloodmobile, an annual scholarship to ABAC, Brother Charlies
Rescue Center, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, a Christmas Party for
disadvantaged youngsters, and the annual Tift County Talent Showcase.
Candy Frederick won the Senior Division Talent Showcase with
a modern dance.
John Gibbs, Jr. was President.
There were 92 members in the club.
Outstanding Kiwanians included: Larry Patton, Ronnie Bateman,
Bob Keith, George Medford, Floyd Jones, and Warren Marchant.
Jim Johnson was President.
Wal-Mart provided Kiwanis with $1000 for the sign coming in
to Tifton to show what civic clubs were located in Tifton.
Club donated $150 to the Friends are Friends Forever program.
The Kiwanis Boys Coach Pitch baseball team was sponsored in
a trip to Atlanta to watch the San Francisco Giants play the Atlanta Braves.
Warren Marchant was President.
The club exceeded one hundred members for the first time.
The first fishing rodeo was held on June 10 at Baldwin Lake
on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Scott Brady and Keith
Delk won the awards for the event. A total of 17 Kiwanians helped 65 children
fish during the event.
The first annual Kiwanis Club of Tifton Prayer Breakfast was
held and cost $3.50 per person.
Bill Alverson was President.
Chad Purvis received the club scholarship to ABAC.
Club celebrated 50th Anniversary with a Ladies Night program
on February 16.
Projects supported by the club included: a scholarship to ABAC,
Key Club, Fishing Rodeo, Special Olympics, Boy Scouts, Boys State, Girls
State, Meals on Wheels, Brother Charlies Rescue Mission, the American
Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association,
and the Georgia Auditory Clinic.
It was reported during the anniversary celebration that the
club had sponsored the first little league team in Tifton.
The Tiftarea Community Leadership Luncheon was held with 400
in attendance to hear Governor Joe Frank Harris.
Jennifer Maze received the scholarship to ABAC.
The fishing rodeo theme was Get hooked on fishing not
drugs. Brock Elmore caught the biggest fish and Scott Brady caught
the most fish out of 60 kids who participated.
Chicken Que was held on April 28 and plates cost $4.00.
Membership was up to 113 members.
Michael Jones was President.
Warren H. Marchant was Lt. Governor
David Bosse, Secretary of the club for two years, received an
Outstanding Service Award.
Tifton club finished first in its division.
Tifton club was the number two club in the state.
A total of 2,100 chicken plates were sold at the Chicken Que.
The Tift County Junior High School Builders Club was chartered
in October with 60 members. Adam Fristoe was the first President.
Tom Cordell was honored for being in Kiwanis for 53 years and
37 years of perfect attendance.
Bylaws changes were voted on and one change included charges
for quarterly ($80.00), semi-annual ($150.00), and annual ($300) payment
of dues and meals.
Meals cost $5.31.
Hours reported by the club included: Bloodmobile (475), Fall
Planning Conference (338), School Reading Program (276), Red Cross Disaster
(176), Meals on Wheels (140), Recycling Trees (125), Cheryl Gaskin Fundraisers
(80), Adopt-A-Mile (77), and the Love Affair (58). In all, 3,008 hours were
The Georgia Department of Commerce named the club the best statewide
civic organization for its work in recycling Christmas trees.
The fishing rodeo moved to Paradise Lake and prizes were awarded
for three age groups, nine and under, 10-12, and 13-15.
D. J. Nobles was President.
Wendy Nalls received the scholarship to ABAC.
Thad Brewer was President.
John Lindsey was President.
Club supported Habitat for Humanity strongly.
Club was active in Focus on the Flame to support the Olympics.
A missionary travelled to visit terminally ill children in Romania
and was supported by the club.
The Larry Patton Golf Tournament had 54 sponsors at $150 each
and 80 golfers who paid $50 each.
All past members were honored and a plaque of deceased members
was assembled. John H. Lindsey and Bob Keith headed the committee to put
together the plaque.
Greg Crumley was President.
Mike Jones was Lt. Governor.
Thad Brewer carried the Olympic Torch in Tifton.
Over 5,000 hours were put into community service.
Nelson Patterson was President.
Club decided to support the Accelerated Reading Program with
a donation of $5,000..
Club held a Senior Prom, Young at Heart and it was
a tremendous success.
Members donated money monthly (approx. $115 per month) to support
the food bank in Tifton.
Club received first place in the district scrapbook competition
for clubs with more than 100 members.
Club received an award for its work on cleaning the Adopt-A-Mile
on Highway 82.
Club participated in the Christmas Parade with a float showing
Support was given to the Miss Tifton Beauty Pageant.
Lynn Kelley was President.
Meal costs at the Holiday Inn went up from $4.50 to $4.95 per
Jack Keith resigned as bulletin editor and Duncan McClusky took
The club provided $250 to support a South African student at
The club was recognized for their support of the Accelerated
The Senior Prom (dance for Senior Citizens) was held at the
new high school.
Jimmy Carson was President.
The club paid for the first Hixson Award given out by the club
and it went to John T. Lindsey.
Newsletter included a Kiwanians in the Know section
to give information on club members.
Club achieved 55 volunteer hours per member per year, its highest
The club gave the fire department funds to purchase fire detectors
for elderly and low income families.
Harold Abbott was President
Happy Bucks was started as a fundraiser for the Administrative
Club raised dues by $2.00 per month.
Seven club members showed up to work on a Habitat for Humanity
Project and found about 70 others already there working.
Club provided $6,000 for IDD relief.
Club members had the opportunity to purchase club shirts.
Club Directory was printed with one member per letter size paper.
Bill Keith was President
Rotary challenged the Kiwanis Club to a reading contest.
Our annual incorporation papers were brought up to date. We
were about 28 years out of date.
The club had our Tift County High School Key Club charter revoked.
The ABAC Circle K Club was reactivated on the last day before
losing our charter.
A monkey was used as a membership recruitment tool. Any member
who got the monkey had to bring it to every meeting until they found a new
Steve Pearman was President.
Bill Keith was Lt. Governor.
Club helped start a new Kiwanis Club in Quitman.
Club sponsored a Key Club at Tiftarea Academy
Club sponsored Circle K Club at Abraham Baldwin College.
Club brought in an all-time high of 35 new members.
Club had an all-time high of 139 members at year end.
Club had 30 members named "Outstanding Kiwanians".
Club sponsored 3 scholarships to Abraham Baldwin College.
Club designed and sponsored a "Character Building Book" for all 2nd and 3rd graders in Tift County schools.
Club had 3 successful fundraisers. They included chicken que, golf tournament and calendar sales.
Total funds raised were an all-time high of $26,400.
Club donated $5,000 to Tifton's new YMCA.
Tifton Kiwanis Club was honored as a Distinguished Club by Georgia District of Kiwanis International.
Steve Pearman was honored as Distinguished President.
Renae Woods was honored as Distinguished Secretary.
Bill Keith was honored as Distinguished Lt. Governor for our district.
Joe Pope was President.
The club received back $500 from the Magnolia Tree Foundation
that ceased to exist and hosted a Sunset Tifton (Chamber of Commerce mixer).
Todd Gann was President.
Jim Sinclair was President.
Keith Rucker was President of the Club
Holiday Inn raised prices on meals from $7.48 to $8.60 per plate.
The club considered changing locations but some members were
against a move.
The club dropped the calendar sales project and started the
Hometown Holidays Fun Run Fundraiser.
Club members donated funds to pay dues for a member, Jack Gibbs,
suffering from cancer.
The Tift County High School Key Club was restarted with Julie
Rucker as the faculty adviser.
Lea Harvin was the first female President of the Club.
Hal Henderson became Lt. Governor in mid year.
Started the year with about $64 in the Administrative Account.
The club worked on reducing the amount of money owed to the
club by club members for dues.
The Club cooked for the UGA Tifton Campus and raised $500.
A Tift County High School Student, Jason Ni, won third place
in the District Talent Showcase.
Club sponsored Recreation League T-Ball and Midget football
Club member Bret Wagenhorst received the Exchange Club award.
Membership dropped to 79 members and averaged 48 service hours
per member for the year.
Hal Henderson served as Lt. Governor for the division and all
the clubs in the division participated in a division agreement.