This history was written in conjunction with the Club's celebration of its 75th anniversary on February 12, 1996. Information for the first 15 years was secured from a history of the club authored by W. Victor Womack in 1934. From 1934 until 1947 there appears to be no official records available other than names of club presidents. Since 1947, with the exception of 1956, the KIWANIGRAM has provided an excellent record of the club's leaders and activities. There has been much club activity in these 75 years of serving the community of Abilene, and it is a pleasure for me to present a record of some of the activities.
It appears that the first KIWANIGRAM was published in 1946 as the earliest one found was called Volume II and dated May 14, 1947. There is mentioned that there was a mimeographed bulletin distributed to the members before the advent of the KIWANIGRAM.
I will try to pick out the highlights of each year for this history and illustrate the impact the Kiwanis Club of Abilene has had on this community we call ours.
This publication is possible only because of the devoted effort of Past-Secretary Sid E. Pass who for 35 years worked diligently to produce an effective and informational record of the activities of the Kiwanis Club of Abilene as a KIWANIGRAM editor and club Secretary for 21 years. He is a great Kiwanian with 60 years of membership and 57 years of perfect attendance. It is to him that I dedicate this record of service.
Henry H. McGinty,
Asst. Secretary 1990-1996.
January 15, 1996
Note: This history was updated in July 2013 to add history pages for the years 1997 to the present. The history for these years was compiled by the presidents of the various years using Kiwanigrams from the year of their presidency. It is our goal to update the page on an annual basis in order to preserve the history of this great club.