"The first meeting of the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus was convened Monday, February 4, 1963, at 5 p.m. at the Wynnton Branch of The First National Bank of Columbus. Present were William J. Schloth, President; William G. Scrantom, Vice President; James Henry, Treasurer; and Board members Cy Adams, Jim Fay, Ben Moon, Murphey Pound, Lee Redmond, and Frank Murray." These facts are recorded in the first official minutes of the club. Secretary Billy P. Mixon was absent at this first meeting of the Board as was director Frank A. Venable.
Charter Night was held March 18, 1963, at the Martinique with wives of members and guests invited. Lieutenant Governor, Division II, Georgia District, A. O. Blackman, IV was the presiding officer. Sixty-two names of Charter Members are listed in the official program for Charter Night. Jack S. Schiffman, President of the sponsoring Columbus Club, introduced each of the Charter Members present. Entertainment was provided by a group from the new Greater Columbus Club, known as the Kiwanitones Quartet, consisting of Thomas B. Cunningham, R. Douglas Duncan, Jr., Billy P. Mixon, and Wyndell L. Taylor. Marion C. Snead, Governor, Georgia District presented the new club charter which was happily accepted by club president Bill Schloth and the new Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus was officially on its way.
By accepting affiliation, our club adopts THE OBJECTIVES OF KIWANISINTERNATIONAL which are:
TO GIVE primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life; TO ENCOURAGE the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships;
TO PROMOTE the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards;
TO DEVELOP by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship;
TO PROVIDE through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities;
TO COOPERATE in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.
Emphasis is placed on informative and enjoyable club meetings, good fellowship, continuing membership growth and development, good citizenship, and service to community through altruistic means with particular regard to aiding local youth and its senior citizenry.
Almost immediately a weekly bulletin, first called the Blue Print, was published and was circulated among the members. It was initially considered that only young men between the ages of 25 and 45 would be invited to membership in the new club, but no set policy was established. Despite this fact, The Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus has retained its youthful flavor up to the present. By the end of the first year, membership had increased to 73.
Service to community is supported by fund raising events listed below. Over the life of the club, these fund raisers have brought in a total of over $36,000 which has been returned to the community in the form of financial support for Kiwanis community projects. About $25,000 of this amount was realized through the club's sponsorship of two exhibition baseball games featuring the Atlanta Braves and their farm clubs.
Some of the specific activities and accomplishments of the club through the years are listed below: 1963
Club chartered with 62 members.
Furnished library to Columbus Boys Club.
Provided merit badge counselors for Boy Scouts.
Began publishing the weekly bulletin.
Sponsored Travel and Adventure Series of films.
Invitations issued to allied officers at Fort Benning to attend club meetings.
Nursing scholarships given to benefit students and Medical Center.
Financial assistance given to South Columbus Girls Club.
Aid given to young girls at the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Orphans Home.
Sponsored a horse show to raise funds.
Nursing scholarship program continued.
Increased support to Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home, by helping move to new location, purchasing station wagon, giving Christmas party.
Provided trees and shrubs to Columbus College.
Horse show held for second year.
New Key Club organized at Hardaway High School.
Nursing scholarships continued.
Provided prayer tents for Easter.
Host club for joint Ladies Night held in October.
Sponsored Kids Day in December.
Gave support to South Columbus Boys Club building program.
Sent four youths to Camp Safety Patrol.
Assisted in organizing Girl Scout troop.
Nursing scholarships continued.
Sent four youths to Camp Safety Patrol at Lake Blackshear.
Supported Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Continued nursing scholarships.
Held Ladies Night celebrating fifth anniversary of club.
Sponsored Atlanta Braves vs. Columbus Astros exhibition baseball game.
Contributed substantially to Listening Eyes School for the Deaf; made expansion of school possible.
Provided an all-weather play area to the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home.
Sponsored a number of underprivileged children at Fresh Air Camp.
New Key Club organized at Kendrick High School.
Helped South Columbus Boys Club.
Sponsored another Atlanta Braves exhibition baseball game as fund raiser.
Sent Key Clubbers to Atlanta to attend drug abuse seminar.
Gave financial aid to Muscogee Civitan Mental Retardation Fund.
Gave assistance to South Columbus Boys Club.
Again gave substantially to the Listening Eyes School.
Gave assistance to the Salvation Army kettle drive at Christmas.
Contributed to Columbus Jaycees Summer Lunch Program.
*Due to change in Kiwanis calendar year
CHARTER MEMBERS STILL ACTIVE IN THE CLUB
Dr. H. Stanley Benson, Jr.
Thomas B. Cunningham *
William E. Dillard, Jr.
James L. Fay
R. Brooks Griggs
Morton A. Harris
Robert G. Hecht
C. Robert Koon
James H. Mainor
A. Ben Moon *
Murphey Pound, Jr.
Lee R. Redmond, Jr.
William J. Schloth
William G. Scrantom, Jr.
Derward W. Terry
* Both Tom Cunningham and Ben Moon have perfect attendance since the club was organized.
Committee for the compilation of the first history of the club: Randy Braswell, Chairman, Doyle Butler, Tom Cunningham, Bethell Edrington, Jr.