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History of the Kiwanis Club of Florence, Alabama

In 1922, the Downtown Florence Kiwanis Club formed. Fifty Florence businessmen were
represented in charter membership at Hotel Reeder in Florence, Alabama.

The Florence founding club members met Friday, December 1st, with a luncheon and smoker at the hotel. It was presided over by Kiwanis International Field Secretary Jeff Bailey and President Jas. O. Lewis, former vice-president of the Kiwanis Club of Johnson City, Tenn. At this time, there were 26 live organizations in the State of Alabama. Kiwanis was then in its eighth year and had a membership approximating 100,000. On Friday, January 5, 1923, at the Jefferson Hotel, the Kiwanis was given official recognition at a big banquet which included presidents of other civic organizations, editors of the Florence and Sheffield papers, and a number of visiting Kiwanians. Prominent speakers, readings and the high school orchestra were featured throughout the dinner. The paper later reported the event to be one of "the peppiest parties that has been held here in some time".

The founding organization made the front page of The Florence Times and the newspaper stated "...wherever a club is located there you will find one of the livest organizations of any similar club and one that is doing wonderful work for its respective community. Kiwanis believe in doing things, and not in a single instance has any club ever failed to live up to their motto."

In 2013, Kiwanian David Beasley published a book. History of the Florence Kiwanis Club chronicles the civic works of the club through the historical eras of times past as reported by the newspapers of the time. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in how ordinary citizens and community leaders strived to improve their club, community and nation through the annals of history. There are a few copies of this book available. Please send an email to the club requesting information.


Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Florence


1922 - J. Oscar Lewis
1923 -
J. Oscar Lewis
1924 - Horace P. Lucas
1925 - M. B. Cason
1926 - W. G. Porter
1927 - Hershel Larimore
1928 - Prof. B. Lee Jones
1929 - William Milliken
1930 - R. L. Motley
1931 - M. W. Darby
1932 - Lewis R. Timberlake
1933 - Dr. F. F. Cunnigham
1934 - Dr. Wilder D. Hubbard
1935 - Judge O. B. Hill, Jr.
1936 - J. Fred Johnson
1937 - J. B. McClure
1938 - M. W. Roper
1939 - J. L. Nichols
1940 - Wm. A. West, Jr.
1941 - Howard Orr, Jr.
1942 - Thos. E. Chambers
1943 - Merwin T. Koonce
1944 - R. O. Gardner
1945 - D. M. Levinson
1946 - Henry Lamar
1947 - R. C. Fuller
1948 - Carl Middleton
1949 - E. L. Pollard
1950 - George S. Fogleman
1951 - Phil F. Kingsley
1952 - Bige E. Raines
1953 - Wm. W. Hairston
1954 - Leonard C. Johnson
1955 - Bonard Chambers
1956 - Earl Kightlinger
1957 - Jesse A. Keller
1958 - John C. Doolittle
1959 - Jack Gonce
1960 - Wilber F. Hodge
1961 - John W. Whittleman
1962 - George W. Brunson
1963 - Joe Floyd Broyles
1964 - J. R. Barnwell, Jr.
1965 - Melvin L. Kornman
1966 - C. Smith Trimble
1967 - Roy Webb, Jr.
1968 - Bill D. King
1969 - William A. Mapes
1970 - James C. Baber
1971 - Julius D. Fleming
1972 - Henry W. Tyree
1973 - Richard E. Moss
1974 - William S. Tune
1975 - Robert L. Gonce
1976 - William W. Wood
1977 - James R. Savage
1978 - Clyde V. Orr
1979 - R.O. Woodward
1980 - NeVille Stewart
1981 - John C. Harris, Jr.
1982 - Robert L. Cox
1983 - Jack C. Turner
1984 - Richard C. Smith
1985 - Welton Reynolds
1986 - Don Rohling
1887 - W. Jospeh Free
1988 - Yong K. Kim
1989 - Ivan D. Stafford
1990 - Steven F. Pierce
1991 - Rick Singleton
1992 - Ray Miller
1993 - Bob Watkins
1994 - Jimmie Ray Stanfield
1995 - Randall Smith
1996 - Doug Weathers
1997 - Mickey Haddock
1998 - Sylvester White
1999 - Eric Raney
2000 - Jim Engelthaler
2001 - Dennis Sherer
2002 - Pat Burney
2003 - Sam Brentnall
2004 - Jim Durrett
2005 - Don Rohling
2006 - Robert T. Hughes
2007 - Bill Gullet
2008 - David Beasley
2009 - Andy Betterton
2010 - Bert Bock
2011 - Beth Haddock
2012 - Michael Broder
2013 - Julie Moritz
2014 - Willson Jenkins
2015 - Keith Underwood
2016 - Brad Haddock

2017 - Jim McGee
(Passed away during term)
2017-2018 - Adam McDaniel
2018-2019 - Gilbert Melson

2016-2017 Officers Installed for Florence Kiwanis Club


President Jim McGee with
his wife, Pam.


Misty McDaniel pins her husband Adam
as President Elect for Florence Kiwanis Club.


Vice President Dr. Gilbert Melson
and his wife.

Tom Wissert
Outgoing president, Brad Haddock, pins Tom Wissert for Secretary.

 

Florence Kiwanians Help Build Camp Westmoreland Craft Lodge
Trevor and Bob Willhide did the most work. Kiwanians Michael and Jacqueline Broder, Ron Paulus along with Keith Underwood and his nephew pitched in to help construct this much needed building. The power was out at Camp Westmoreland following the storms of Saturday evening (11/18/17) so the crew couldn't' finish putting up the batten strips. Trevor did get a couple of coats of paint on the building and it is starting to look great!  A couple more hours of work, a little more paint, and the camp will have another 1st class building that will serve our area's Boy Scouts well for years to come!

 

 


Kiwanis Webpage Archives:

Kiwanis Pancake Days
2010 Pancake Days
2009 Pancake Days
2008 Pancake Days

2006 Pancake Days


Kiwanis Installation & Awards Banquets

2007 Kiwanis Club Florence Celebrates 85th Installation and Awards Banquet
2006 84th Anniversary Kiwanis Club Florence Installation & Awards Banquet

Kiwanis All-American Poster & Essay Contest
2012 All-American Poster & Essay Contest winners

Kiwanis Baseball Sponsorship
2007 Little League schedules & pictures
2006 Kiwanis Little League Baseball pictures


Kiwanis Bicycle Safety

2007 Kiwanis Bicycle Safety pictures

Kiwanis Work at Camp Westmoreland

2012 Kiwanians Working at Boy Scout Camp Westmoreland
2010 Kiwanis One Day at Boy Scout Camp Westmoreland

Kiwanis Community Events
2008 Generous Donation Provides Newborns with “Jump Start" in Life
2006 Christmas treat from the Florence High School Chorus

2006 Lauderdale County 4-H Round-up pictures
2006 Circle K New Officer Induction pictures
2006 Peanut Day pictures


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