The Richmond Kiwanis Club came into existence because of a snowstorm. The governor of the Kentucky-Tennessee District, Twiman Humphry, was driving south on old US 25 in December of 1945 on his way to speak to the Corbin Kiwanis Club when the road conditions became so bad he could not continue. He was forced to take lodging in the New Richmond Hotel.
Not being one to waste valuable time, he inquired of the hotel manager about persons in Richmond who possibly could be interested in organizing a Kiwanis Club. The manager referred him to G.L. Borders, a local insurance man.
Mr. Borders, at first, did not give him much encouragement. He stated that there were already three active civic clubs in Richmond -- Rotary, Lions and Exchange -- and he believed it would be difficult to organize a fourth. However, Mr. Humphry was not easily dissuaded and requested that Mr. Borders call together a group of 10 or 12 men who possibly could be interested in forming such a club. He along with Kiwanis members from neighboring towns would meet with them and talk more about this idea. The meeting was held and the group voted to attempt to organize the Richmond Kiwanis Club.
A petition was prepared and circulated by Mr. Borders seeking people who would become members. Twenty-six prospects were secured in about 30 days. The Berea Kiwanis Club agreed to sponsor the new club and the Richmond Kiwanis Club had its organizational meeting in late January 1946 at the New Richmond Hotel. G.L. Borders was elected president and Charlie Ellis secretary-treasurer. The Club was officially chartered on March 12, 1946.
The first community activity of the Club was to cooperate with Rotary, Lions and Exchange in sponsoring the Boy Scout Banquet. During the first year, the Club became involved in a city beautification project, the Agriculture Committee sponsored a Farm-City Dinner and a soil conservation demonstration that was attended by 150 farmers. The Support of Churches Committee assisted the Second Presbyterian Church in building a sidewalk and the Boys and Girls Committee found an adequate house for a boy and his mother who were living in an old dilapidated shed.
Not a bad beginning for the fledgling Kiwanis Club. By the end of the year the Club had grown from 26 to 30 members.
Mr. Borders stated in his end-of-the-year report: "Although our Club has not accomplished as much as we would have liked, I believe we have built on a solid foundation. We have tried to build club loyalty and a true Kiwanis spirit. I believe we have grown into an effective working body and feel we are in position to take our rightful place in the community for civic improvement."
The Club has been involved in many community projects over the years. There was always been an emphasis in helping individuals in need. For several years a dialysis machine was provided for a boy in town who could not afford the cost of such treatment otherwise.
In the early years of the club Louis Pigg and his Boys and Girls Committee provided socks and sometimes shoes for needy children who came to local schools inadequately attired for winter weather. His committee provided bundles of assorted size socks to be distributed, only to the needy, by the principals.
Kiwanis was a supporter of the Telford Community Center, which in its early years provided recreational facilities and wholesome activities for children and senior citizens of the low-income areas of Richmond. A member of the Club served on the Board of Directors of Telford for many years and was an early supporter of its expanding role into a YMCA. Kiwanis continues to support the Telford YMCA financially in its many activities, which require subsidizing in order for them to be available to low-income children. Some of these are: day care, open gym, swimming and other family activities.
Kiwanis provided leadership in the organization of the Richmond Senior Citizens Center and in the hiring of the original staff. The Club provided a piano that is still used by the Center.
Farm-City Week, which was initiated by Kiwanis in its first year, was sponsored for many years exclusively by Kiwanis. Then, other clubs wanted to share in sponsoring the event and eventually it was taken over by farm Bureau and others, including Kiwanis. In the early days, the Club provided the dinner free to farmers who were invited guests.
In 1986, The Richmond Register launched an annual poll asking readers, among many other questions, to name the community's most active service club. The Richmond Kiwanis Club has been voted that distinction every year since.
Charles T. Adams, J. Yost Bailey, V.E. Ballard, Dr. Max Blue, J.E. Bonnifield, William Brandenburg, G.L. Borders, Eldridge Carrier, John L. Cornette, William Elam, Charles H. Ellis, D. Thomas Ferrell (*), Dr. W.C. Floyd, William E. Frank, J.C. Green, William L. Keene (**), Merl C. Jenkins, C.P. Griggs, William G. Mason, Dr. William E. Mowery, M.B. Parish, Rev. E.N. Perry, George Robbins, Don Rose, Ray Stivers, James Stocker, Russell Turpin, Samuel Walker, William E. Frank, Harold Winburn, Merle B. Winburn.
The above club history compiled by one of its long-time faithful member, Jack Taylor.
2017 - Elbert Hudson - 60 year President's
2017 - Dr. Morris Taylor - 50 year President's Pin
2017 - Ben McPherson - 35 year President's Pin (Deceased 2017)
2017 - Beth Thompson- 30 year President's Pin
2017 - Danny Damrel - 25 year Secretary's Pin
2017 - Phillis Adams- 25 year District Counsellor's Pin
2015 - Dr. Kenneth Clawson - 50 year President's Pin
1946 - G.L. Borders (*)
1947 - Dr. D. Thomas Ferrell
1948 - Raymond Black
1949 - William Stocker
1950 - Louis Pigg
1951 - Dean Gatewood
1952 - A.M. Starkey
1953 - Porter Richmond
1954 - Dr. Max Blue
1955 - H.A. Grundler
1956 - Paul Parks and W.H. Poore
1957 - James Osborne (*)
1958 - Ed Sandlin
1959 - Dr. Henry Martin
1960 - Harry Johnson
1961 - Jackson Taylor
1962 - Earl C. Roberts
1963 - Murphy Demumbrum
1964 - William Tanner
1965 - Charles Kuck
1966 - Dwight K. Lyons (*)
1967 - Glenn Roberts
1968 - Roger Meade
1969 - 1970 - Dr. Ken Clawson (*) (**)
1970 - 1971 - Dr. Morris Taylor
1971 - 1972 - Robert D. Cannon
1972 - 1973 - George Brown (*)
1973 - 1974 - Richard Money
1974 - 1975 - Eugene Strange
1975 - 1976 - Dr. Wallace Dixon
1976 - 1977 - J. Homer Davis
1977 - 1978 - Jack Bisping
1978 - 1979 - Harry Hoge, Jr.
1979 - 1980 - Paul Seyfrit
1980 - 1981 - Bill Adams
1981 -1982 - Dr. Robert Leiter
1982 - 1983 - Jimmy Marcum
1983 - 1984 - Dr. Ron G. Wolfe (*)
1984 - 1985 - Dr. Robert Nayle
1985 - 1986 - Gary Blevins
1986 - 1987 - Dr. Billy Thames
1987 - 1988 - Ben McPherson
1988 - 1989 - Jim McChesney
1989 - 1990 - Jerry Wallace
1990 - 1991 - Dr. Wayne Jennings
1991 - 1992 - Thomas Lindquist
1992 - 1993 - Mark Jozefowicz
1993 - 1994 - Lally Jennings
1994 - 1995 - Sandra Moore
1995 - 1996 - Daniel McBride
1996 - 1997 - Dawn Eckler
1997 - 1998 - Rick Hale
1998 - 1999 - Patrick McMahon
1999 - 2000 - David Benge
2000 - 2001 - Beth Thompson
2001 - 2002 - Mark Calitri
2002 - 2003 - Dr. Glen Kleine (*) (***)
2003 - 2004 - Marilou "Piddle" Johnson(*)
2004 - 2005 - Dr. Kim Naugle
2005 - 2007 - David Harkleroad
2007 - 2008 - Adam Poff
2008 - 2009 - Bob Lilly
2009 - 2010 - Ray DeSloover (*)
2010 - 2011 - David Harkleroad
2011 - 2012 - Charlie Johnson
2012 - 2013 - Jennifer Napier (*)
2013 - 2014 - Matt Day
2014 - 2015 - Vickie Damrel
2015 - 2016 - Joan Kleine (*)
2016 - 2017 - Matt Day
2017 - 2018 -
(*) Served as Lieutenant Governor of a Kiwanis Division
(**) Ken Clawson served as 2001-2002 Governor of Kentucky-Tennessee.
(***) Glen Kleine served as 2009-20110 Governor of Kentucky-Tennessee.
The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, Michigan, USA on January 21, 1915. Kiwanis will celebrate its 100th anniversary in Indianapolis, Indiana at its international convention in 2015. A year later the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, was chartered, and Kiwanis International grew rapidly into a leading service club in these two founding nations. In 1962, worldwide expansion was approved, and today Kiwanis clubs are active in every part of the world.
Kiwanis' continuing service emphasis is called "Young Children: Priority One," which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to age 5. Projects conducted as part of the "Young Children: Priority One" service emphasis involved $14.3 million and 1.3 million volunteer hours.
In 1994, Kiwanis launched its first Worldwide Service Project, a $75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by the year 2000. Iodine deficiency is rare in areas where iodized salt is used, but in other parts of the world, IDD is the leading cause of preventable mental and physical retardation. As many as 1.5 billion people are at risk, especially young children.
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