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History of the Kiwanis Club of Florence

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."

Past Presidents


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. Barber
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


 


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