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Unless otherwise indicated, program events occur at the
Marriott Shoals Conference Center at 12:00 noon every Friday.

2019 Event Coordinator - Jan Scofield
January 2019 - Dave Smith
February 2019 - Carmen Burkhalter
March 2019 - Carmen Burkhalter
April 2019 - Beth Haddock
May 2019 - Tom Wissert
June 2019 - Jan Scofield
July 2019 - Rachel Strong
August 2019 - Bill Gullett
September 2019 - Andy Betterton
October 2019 - Kaytrina Simmons
November 2019 - ___________
December 2019 - ___________


June 2019

June 7 - Norbert Putnam – Norbert's presentation is titled The Magical Muscle Shoals. Putnam grew up near Florence, Alabama and was part of the Muscle Shoals musicians brought to Nashville to play for Elvis Presley in 1965. Putnam worked there as a bassist on recording sessions with Presley, Roy Orbison, Al Hirt, Henry Mancini, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, J. J. Cale, Tony Joe White, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael Card, Ian & Sylvia and Bobby Goldsboro. Mr. Putnam will have copies of his book, Music Lessons, available for sale and he will autograph them, too
June 14 - Kevin Lamb – Kevin's presentation is titled The Muscle Shoals Ripple Effect. He was raised in Florence. Graduated from Bradshaw in 1974, graduated with BS in Commercial Music from UNA, 1978, 10 years at Wishbone Recording Studio, Muscle Shoals, VP of Music Publishing, 9 years at Maypop Music Group, VP. Maypop was owned by the group ALABAMA, 21 years VP, Nashville of peermusic.
June 21 - Briana Butler, Membership Manager Girl Scouts of North-Central America – Will give an update on the Girl Scouts!
June 28 - Prof. Richard B. Hoover, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, Univ. of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK; and Astrobiology Laboratory, Athens State University, Athens, Alabama, USA– Will share a presentation entitled, "Back to the Moon and Beyond"


May 2019

May 3 - MARK LINDER – UNA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR – Will speak on UNA’s entrance into Division 1
May 10 - TERRELL BENTON – TOUR GUIDE – MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND STUDIO – Will talk about the tour at MSS studio
May 17 - TIM GOTHARD – LAUDERDALE COUNTY 4-H COORDINATOR – Will answer: “What is 4-H and what do we do?”
May 24 - NO MEETING, ENJOY THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
May 31 - DEAN VICKY PIERCE – UNA SCHOOL OF NURSING – Will share information on the new building and provide an update on the Nursing Program.


April 2019

April 5 - Judy Hood – Founder and Tour Guide of Swampette Tours – Will discuss music history and industry in the Shoals.
April 12 - Treavor Simpson, 2018 Shoals Student of the Year – Will share his story of success.
April 19 - Camille Bennett - Founder/Executive Director at Project Say Something – Will discuss Project Say Something and how it is impacting our community.
April 26 - Beth Haddock - Executive Director, United Way of Northwest Alabama – Will update everyone on United Way and our internal initiatives. The following will be speaking on this date:
·      Rebecca Lopez – Campaign Director
·      Indigo Fort – 2-1-1 Information & Referral Program Manager
·      LaKetta Williams – Help Me Grow and Success by 6 Program Coordinator


March 2019

March 1 -Curtis Vincent – North Region head Engineer for the Department of Transportation. Will talk about the roadway changes and updates for the Northwest area.


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March 15 - Honoring Our Local First Responders – Fire Fighter of the Year Award and an update on Florence Fire & Rescue.
March 22 - Dr. Scott Gravlee  – Will inform us about the Shoals corporation – Data Life Labs, Inc. which is dedicated to elite equine nutrition.
March 29 - Dr. Tom Osborne, Retired UNA History Professor – will speak on “The Bicycle and the Liberation of Women”.


February 2019

February 1 - Judge Ben Graves will give an update on judicial priorities in the area.
February 8 - Presentation of the Deputy of the Year Award and an update from the Lauderdale Sheriff Department.
February 15 - Zachary Curtis, Program Director, from Air-Evac will talk about the importance of air ambulances.
February 22 - Rick Smith, Senior VP of Distribution at Books-a-Million will discuss the economic strength and development of Books-a-Million.


January 2019

January 4 - John Norton – The purpose of the Florence Tree Commission and Florence’s status as a USA Tree City
January 11 - Policeman of the Year Award and an update from the Florence Police Department
January 18 - Tommy and Randy Chafin – Florence/Lauderdale Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park
January 25 - Michael Howard – COO of the North Alabama Medical Center – Updates on the new hospital


December 2018

December 7 - 51st Kiwanis All-American Poster and Essay Contest Winner Awards Presentation (Part II)
December 14 - Christmas Music – Florence High School Chorus, under the direction of Kevin Reese
December 21 - No meeting, enjoy the Christmas Holiday!
December 28 - No meeting, enjoy the New Years Holiday!


November 2018

November 2 - Christa Martin, Executive Director of the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama. – Topic: Homelessness
November 9 - Pastor Moshiu T. Knox, Galilee MB Church, Florence, Alabama
Topic: His Career and Experience as a United States Air Force Veteran
November 16 - Anna Duncan, American Cancer Society Community Development Manager – Topic: American Cancer Society
November 23 - No meeting, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!
November 30 - 51st Kiwanis All-American Poster and Essay Contest Winner Awards Presentation (Part I)


October 2018

October 5 - Rev. Dale Cohen, Senior Minister Florence First UMC – Walking the Camino de Santiago (540 miles across Spain).
October 12 - Beth Dickerson, Florence City Schools Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent – The Bumps & Blessings of My Journey (cancer).
October 19 - Tyler Ross, Owner of Wildwood Tavern & adventurer – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (2,659 miles).
October 26 - Dr. Terrence Brown, Executive Director of the UNA School of the Arts – Discussion of their new facility at 128 Tombigbee Street.


September 2018

September 7 - Our own, Ron Paulus, will share his fantastic first hand experiences of working with NASA during the early years.
September 14 - Dean Carmen Burkhalter, Dean of Art and Sciences at University of North Alabama – Discussion of the responsibilities and duties of a University Dean.
September 21 - Jeffrey Still, Owner/Chief Executive Officer, Trident Service Solutions, LLC – Dogs and Seals..
September 28 - No Meeting - Enjoy the weekend!


August 2018

August 3 - Jan Scofield, Vice President, Florence Kiwanis Club – Will give a Kiwanis International Convention Update – Held in Las Vegas, Nevada
August 10 - Dana Hickman, Public Relations Director, Camp ASCCA – will update Camp ASCCA growth and new plans.
August 17 - Theresa Robertson, Executive Director, Colbert and Lauderdale Attention Homes – She will update us on the Boys and Girls Attention Homes.
August 24 - Louise Tanner, Executive Director, Help Center – She will explain the operations of the Help Center and current needs.
August 31 - No Meeting - Enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend!


July 2018

July 6 -No Meeting - Continue to enjoy the 4th of July holiday!
July 13 -Jennifer Gray, Executive Director of the Childrens Museum of the Shoals - Discussion of Childrens Museum of the Shoals growth and new plans.
July 20 -Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Syndicated Columnist and Author of Seven Books. She will answer questions about her books. Plus, discuss her future writing plans.
July 27 -Dwight James, Kiwanis District 2 Lieutenant Governor, speaking regarding metal detecting. He will update us on Kiwanis International goals and plans.


June 2018

June 1 -Michael Stamps, New Executive Director, Arc of the Shoals - Discussion of the “Arc of the Shoals” programs and future plans.
June 8 -Melinda Maxwell, Relay For Life, Team Captain and Member, Event Lead Committee - Discussion of Relay For Life Events throughout the Shoals Area.
June 15 -Tony Pujol, New Head Men’s Basketball, University of North Alabama – Discussion of his vision as the UNA Men’s Basketball Program moves into Division 1.
June 22 -Heidi Tilenius, Lauderdale County Extension Coordinator, Alabama cooperative Extension System – Discussion of Lauderdale 4H program and general Extension programs.
June 29
-Tori Bailey, Chairman, W. C. Handy Festival – Discussion of the upcoming W.C. Handy Festival.


May 2018

May 4 -Will Hester, Head Football Coach, Florence High School - Discussion of the upcoming season with any changes as the New Head Football Coach.
May 11 -Brian Murphy & Katie Randall, Public History Teachers, University of North Alabama and New Curator at the Indian Mound - Discussion of Downtown Florence Historic Building Project.
May 18 - Lane Vines, New CEO, YMCA of the Shoals – Discussion of the YMCA’s role in the Community and his vision of The YMCA of the Shoals.
May 25
-Dr. Brian Cole, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, Heart Health Center – Discussion of good Heart Health.


April 2018

April 6 - Roy Nagle, Publicity Chairman, Muscle Shoals Amateur Radio Club – Discussion of the Club Activities in the Shoals.
April 13 - Steve Holt, Mayor, City of Florence – Discussion of City Growth and 200 years as a City.
April 20 - Gene Schreiber, Owner, Cypress Creek Indoor Range – Discussion about activities available at the Indoor Range.
April 27
- Wray Dillard, Owner, Wray Graphics – Discussion of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media.


March 2018

March 2-3 - 67th Annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Days – Florence/Lauderdale Coliseum.
March 9 - Larry Bowser, General Manager, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Conference Center – Update on the growth of the Hotel & Conference Center.
March 16 - Ken Kitts, President, University of North Alabama – Discussion about activities on the campus.
March 23 - Tim Melson, Alabama State Senator – Discussion on events in Montgomery and new Ag Center.
March 30
- Matt Pezzata, Manager, Publix Super Market – Discussion on changes in the Grocery Industry.


February 2018

February 2 - Caitlin HollandPresident Shoals Chamber of Commerce – She will be talking about growth of the Shoals Area and the impact of the new car plant. 
February 9 - Pat BurneyChairperson of Florence City Bi-centennial – She will be talking about the many events planned for our Bi-Centennial year.
February 16 - Ellen WeatherfordHealth Connect America - Program Director, Therapeutic Foster Care.
February 23 - Krista ManchesterRoom in the Inn Shoals, an interfaith, community-based partnership that provides food and shelter to homeless during the winter months.


January 2018

January 5 - Libby JordanSuperintendent of Museums, City of Florence – She will be discussing the different Museums of the City of Florence!
January 12 - Anthony Crissafulli – Professor of Art, University of North Alabama – He will be talking about the Arts and the Economy
January 19 - Timothy D. Butler – PhD Director, Steele Center for Professional Selling & Assistant Professor of Marketing Department,UNA
January 26 - Assistant DA Angie Hamilton Assistant District Attorney, Lauderdale County, Talking about Criminals.


December 2017

December 29 -No Meeting – enjoy celebrating New Year 2018!
December 22 -No Meeting – have a very merry Christmas!
December 15 -Florence High School – Chorus will present Christmas Music
December 8
-Presentation of Awards for Kiwanis Club’s – All American Week Poster and Essay Contest Winners
December 1 -Presentation of Awards for Kiwanis Club’s - All American Week Poster and Essay Contest winners


November 2017

November 24 - No Meeting - Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!
November 17 - Tim Melson - Alabama State Senator.
November 10
- No Meeting - Honor all American Veteran's on this holiday!
November 3 - Barry - Muscle Shoals Airport Manager.


October 2017

October 27 - Roy Steven, Vice President UNA retired will share his WWII plane story
October 20 -Billy Ray Casteel, Entrepreneur, will speak about the new Gun Runner Boutique Hotel located on E. Tennessee Street in Florence.
October 13
-Paul Michael, GIS Specialist, Florence Electricity Department, will discuss GIS mapping.
October 6 - John Thomas, Project Engineer, Layton Construction, will update us on the Construction of North Alabama Medical Center.


September 2017

September 29 - No meeting–Awards & Installation Banquet
September 26 - The Kiwanis Club of Florence Annual Meeting: Tuesday, 6:00pm at Stanfields, 5745 River Rd, Muscle Shoals (Ford City).
September 22 - Macke Mauldin, President, Bank Independent
Topic: The local economy and how we can prosper in the new world economy
September 15 - Pat Slusher, Board of Directors, Children’s Museum of the Shoals
Topic: Join the Fun at the Museum
September 8
- Jane Wilson, Operations Coordinator for McKinney Department of Human Sciences, Hospitality and Design & Johnette Davis, College Development Officer, UNA
September 1 - No Meeting–Labor weekend


August 2017

August 25 -Chief Ron Tyler – Police Chief City of Florence – Home Security & Neighborhood Watch
August 18 - Rob Carnegie – Tourism Director, Shoals Area Chamber of Commerce
August 11
- Fran Davis – Director, City of Florence - Senior Center
August 4 - Mark Linder – Athletic Director, University of North Alabama – Discuss move to Division 1 & UNA Athletics


July 2017

July 28 - Coach Chris Willis – Head Football, University of North Alabama
July 21 - Dr. Jimmy Shaw – Superintendent, Florence City Schools
July 14
- Judge Gilbert P. Self, President, Alison Stanfield, Secretary & Publicity & Tori Bailey – Chairman, Music Preservation Society, Sponsor of the W.C. Handy Festival
July 7 - Judge Will Motlow – Probate Judge Lauderdale County, will discuss the responsibilities of Probate Judge


June 2017

June 30 - No Meeting, enjoy the Fourth of July weekend!
June 23 - Eli Grba – Former Major League Baseball Player
June 16 - Rick Singleton – Lauderdale County Sheriff
June 9
- Phillip Marks – Small Business Development Center – UNA
June 2 - Celeste Coffman – Thoughtful Journey Counseling


May 2017

May 26 - No Meeting, enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!
May 19 - Sandi Stevens McGee, Paradox (speaking on what the new escape rooms are all about)
May 12
- Ashley Morrow, Entrepreneur (speaking on her success as a young entrepreneur)
May 5 - Caitlin Holland, Shoals Chamber of Commerce


April 2017

April 28 - Brad Holmes, FPD & Lauderdale County Commissioner
April 21 - Dr. Ken Kitts, UNA President
April 14
- Dr. Jeremy Stafford, UNA Management Professor
April 7 - Will Powell, Lauderdale County Circuit Judge


March 2017

March 31 - No speaker, Business Meeting
March 24 - Chris Willis, Air Evac
March 17 - Dave Davis, Loaves and Fishes
March 10
- Leah Fox, Director, Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter
March 3 & 4 - Pancake Days


February 2017

February 24 - Ryan Mason, UNA student will share how he started a local manufacturing business, LuxeBrand, by drawing upon his education at UNA.
February 17 - Special guest speaker will be Emily Borden discussing the regional Foster care system.
February 10
- Special guest speaker will be Dr. Carrie Barske discussing changes in the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and the State Bicentennials.
February 3 - Special guest speaker will be Mr. Dwight James, Lt. Governor for Kiwanis Alabama District


January 2017

January 27 - TBA
January 20 - Essay & Poster Contest Winners
January 13
- Essay & Poster Contest Winners
January 6 - Clinton Harris will share his impression of current conditions in Cuba, based on his experience spending two weeks there in August digitizing historical records. He was part of a group of three graduate students and a professor whose trip was funded by the British Library and Vanderbilt Univ.


December 2016

December 30 - No meeting - Enjoy the New Year's Eve Holiday
December 23 - No meeting - Enjoy the Christmas Holiday
December 16 - Special Guests will be the Florence High School Chorus.
December 9 - Special guest speaker will be Jessica Willingham Davenport (she has two children with Schimke Immuno-oseeous Dysplasia, only 6 children in the US have this disease).
December 9 & 10 (Friday & Saturday) - Sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Project. Money counters are also needed for this project. Contact Sylvester White to sign up.
December 5 (Monday) - Kiwanis Club Board Meeting – 12 noon at the Marriott Conference Center
December 3 (Saturday) - NAMI Christmas Party for Consumers. 11am-1pm at Highland Baptist Church Gym in north Florence on Chisholm Road. Kiwanians can help with set up Friday 12/2 from 5pm -10pm or Saturday morning at 9am. Don Rohling is contact for this event.
December 2 - Meeting will be held in the Roosevelt room. Speaker TBA


November 2016

November 25 - No meeting - Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday
November 18 - Russell Pigg - CEO ECM Hospital
November 11 - No meeting - Veteran's Day Holiday
November 4 - TBA


October 2016

October 28 - Dave Hargrove - Regional Director AT&T of Alabama
October 21 - Jacari Holt - FHS Senior & Eagle Scout, Community service
October 14 - Jim McGee - Vision for the Club
October 7 - Murray Townsend - Arc of the Shoals & Special Olympics


July 2016

July 29 - Jason Wallace - Head Football Coach of Florence Falcons
July 22 - Missy Homan - Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk
July 15 - Bobby Wallace - Head Football Coach of UNA Lions
July 8 - Chris Connolly- Lauderdale County District Attorney
July 1 - No meeting - Fouth of July Weekend


June 2016

June 24 - Renea Peters Dyer - US Dept. of Agriculture
June 17 - Robert Steen - Historical Board
June 10 - John Norton - Memorial Grove Committee
June 3 - Libby Jordan - Florence Museums Director


May 2016

May 27 - No meeting - Memorial Day Weekend
May 20 - Mayor Mickey Haddock - City of Florence Update
May 13 - Barry Griffin - Current status of airport / air service w/ Boutique Air representative
May 6 - Dr. Pete Rim- Chair for Engineering Technologies @ UNA


April 2016

Apr. 29 - Dr. Santanu Borah, UNA Management Professor - Shoals Tech MeetUp, Strategic Doing, Big Idea Competition, etc.
Apr. 22 - Melissa Bailey, City Planning Department Director - UNA & Downtown Florence parking study
Apr. 15 - Billy Warren - City of Florence Historian
Apr. 8 - Alaina Pettus - Brooks High School Robotics Team
Apr. 1 - Russell Pigg, CEO ECM Hospital - New Hospital Update


March 2016

Mar. 25 - Eli Grba - Former Major League Pitcher for the Yankees and Angels
Mar. 18 - Betsy Heckert - American Chestnut Association
Mar. 11 - Rachel Mansell - City of Florence Recycling Coordinator
Mar. 4 - Pancake Day (no meeting)


February 2016

Feb. 26 - Dr. Scott Angle - International Fertilizer Development Center
Feb. 19 - Halley Phillips (Sam Phillips’ grand-daughter) - Big River Broadcasting
Feb. 12 - Teryl Shields - Florence Main Street
Feb. 5 - Stephanie Newland - Shoals Chamber about Workforce Development


January 2016

Jan. 29 - Matt Golley - Arise Coffee Co
Jan. 22 - Josh & Ginger Willingham - The Josh Willingham Foundation
Jan. 15 - Michael Reaves - AIDT service to industry
Jan. 8 - Billy Ray Warren - All American Poster & Essay awards for high school students
Jan. 1 - No meeting - Enjoy the New Year's Holiday!

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