Capital District Kiwanis History

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KIWANIS CLUB OF WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA
Organized and Chartered April 29, 1958
Sponsor Newport News, VA
was Divisions 13, 23 New Division 12
was Hampton Roads New Southeast Virginia Region
Key #04947
161st District Club
Population (1958) 16,200

1958
President Charles M. Loomis, Secretary Vernon L. Nunn

The first meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg on April 29 with 28 charter members at the Williamsburg Lodge. The club's first project - sponsoring a Midget League baseball team.

1959
President Norman Thurlow Hornsby, Secretary Vernon L. Nunn
Sponsored Circle K at William & Mary

Jim Anthony served as advisor to the William & Mary Circle K for the first five years. The first major fund rasing project produced over $2,800 profit from the building and selling of a residence in Williamsburg.

1960
President Maurice Q. Tessin, Secretary Vernon L. Nunn

Sponsored the Community Christmas Tree Program on Duke of Gloucester Street. This is still being held with Colonial Williamsburg, under Kiwanis sponsorship.

1961
President Gardiner Tyler Brooks Jr, Secretary David W. Otey Sr

Established "Kiwanis Day", which later became better known as "Band Day". On this day, a number of high school bands completed in a parade for the privilege of performing at a William & Mary football game half-time. Kiwanis Day was celebrated for 17 years with as many as 30 high school bands and 3,000 students from all over the state competing at one time. The moving force behind these colorful and tuneful occasions was Jim Anthony.

1962
President Philp Oliver Richardson, Secretary David W. Otey Sr
Sponsor Walsingham Academy Key Club

The club's fund raising for community services reached a new high of $12,000.

1963
President Timothy R. Devitt, Secretary John J. Walklet
Co Sponsor York Club
Sponsored James Blair High School Key Club

1964
President J. Randolph Ruffin, Secretary John J. Walklet Jr

Utilizing every club member, the club sponsored Sabine oral polio vaccine clinics over a four-month period providing vaccine for 20,000 residents. This was done in cooperation with local medical societies and the York County Lions Club.

1965
President J. Coleman Anthony, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

1966
President David W. Otey Sr, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

1967
President John Frank Korczowski, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

Established and gave to the city Kiwanis Park for the children of Williamsburg. The club added to the facilities of this park and sponsored sports programs in the years that followed.

1968
President Paul B. Heffner, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

1969
President John J. Walklet & Curtis Watkins, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

The club was instrumental in supporting the first "Occasion for the Arts", founded by club member Jim Anthony.

1969 - 1970
President Edmund T. Derringe, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

1970 - 1971
President Donald M. Bentley, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

1971 - 1972
President Stanley E. Brown, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

1972 - 1973
President Luther G. Mitchell & William E. Jacobs, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

Candle sales by club members became the club's chief fundraiser from 1972 throughout the 80s. In the early 80s, peanuts were sold along with the candles.

1973 - 1974
President Gilbert Lofton Granger, Secretary Jesse S. Tarleton

1974 - 1975
President William A. Molineux, Secretary Joseph A. Abdalnour

1975 - 1976
President Robert Smith Dutro, Secretary Joseph A. Abdalnour
Sponsor Colonial Capital Club

The club prepared a bronze plaque memorializing Williamsburg men killed in Vietnam and placed it in the Courthouse.

1976 - 1977
President Floyd E. "Sam" Whitaker, Secretary Joseph A. Abdalnour
LG Bill Jacobs

1977 - 1978
President Raymond A. Adams Jr, Secretary Joseph A. Abdalnour

The club hosted the visit of the President of Kiwanis international to the Capital District - over 350 Kiwanians gathered to meet him.

1978 - 1979
President James Arthur Fuller, Secretary William E. Jacobs

1979 - 1980
President Gilbert J. Frey, Secretary Marion D. Brouse

1980 - 1981
President Joseph P. Loring, Secretary Marion D. Brouse

The club held its first shrimp feast.

1981 - 1982
President George Grattan, Secretary William R. Johnston

1982 - 1983
President Waldemar Markley Riley, Secretary William R. Johnston
LG Raymond A. Adams

1983 - 1984
President Layton D. Brenegan, Secretary William R. Johnston

1984 - 1985
President Robert W. Layer, Secretary William E. Jacobs
LG Robert Smith Dutro

The club contributed over $8,260 for a new van for Circle K. Circle K used the van for their underprivileged children's programs. Club member Bob Layer won the highest honeor for a scout leader in his district - The BSA District Award of Merit.

1985 - 1986
President James F. Root, Secretary William E. Jacobs

The Kiwanis club of Williamsburg Foundation was organized.

The Leadership Award of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg established in 1985. The purpose of the award is to recognize one or more Kiwanians of our Club (and exceptional non-Kiwanians who have close associations with our club), who shall have demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership and service (outside of Kiwanis) in the community. The first awards were presented to Al Kaltwasser, Dean Olsen, Wally Riley, and Lou Pilant.

1986 - 1987
President Robert P. Hunt, Secretary Marion D. Brouse

1987 - 1988
President Edward L. Wigley Jr, Secretary Ray A. Adams

The Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the admission of women into our club. At the International convention June 1987 in Washington, D.C. the admission of women into Kiwanis was approved, and Kiwanis became a co-ed organization.

Leadership Award presented to Pete Babcock (non-Kiwanian).

1988 - 1989
President David W. Otey Jr, Secretary Robert S. Dutro

The club named its annual club leadership award the Korczowski-Fuller Award, in honor of two deceased past presidents John Korczowski, 1967, and James Arthur Fuller, 1978-1979. Awards presented to Gil Bartlett and Gil Granger.

1989 - 1990
President Jack P. Kirtland, Secretary Robert S. Dutro

The club elected its first woman, Vickie Slight, to membership. The club made gamblers and fund raisers of us all by introducing the raffle drawing at our meetings. Wally Riley held his first James River Swim for the American Cancer Society.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Jim Anthony and Bill Jacobs.

1990 - 1991
President Michael G. Sternberg, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
LG Floyd E. "Sam" Whitaker

The club held its first Snowball - a gala midwinter charity ball.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to John Hodges.

1991 - 1992
Division 23
President Gilbert A. Bartlett, Secretary Robert S. Dutro

The club sponsored its first Virginians concert in May.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Ray Adams, Norm Beatty, and Bob Layer.

1992 - 1993
Membership Oct 1 - 170
President S. Dean Olson, Secretary Robert S. Dutro

The club was awarded the Diamond Section Multiple Service Award, highest honor in the Capital District.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Sam Whitaker and Jim Root.

1993 - 1994
President Shelby Lee Molter, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 174

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Bob Hunt and Johnny Johnston.

1994 - 1995
President William M. Barner III, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 195

Thirty-nine club members committed 57 workdays to building Kidsburg - a permanent playground for young children. Out club was the largest contributor in the District to the Trauma Unit at King's Daughters Hospital, having given $25,000 over a five-year period.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Mary Lee Darling and Emeric Fischer.

1995 - 1996
President Mark P. Riley, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 190
Governor Floyd E. "Sam" Whitaker
District Foundation President Raymond A. Adams

A year of leadership for the club: Sam Whitaker served as Governor of the Capital District. Ray Adams as President of the Capital District Foundation,. Gil Bartlett as LG Division 23. The club pledged to support the Iodine Deficiency Project.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Bob Dutro and Joel Sheppard.

1996 - 1997
President Stuart D. Spirn, Secretary Robert A. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 -193
Sponsored Key Club of Jamestown High School
LG Gilbert A. Bartlet

Club again won Capital District Multiple Service award for Stu Spirn's presidency.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Lynwood Johnson and Ed Wigley.

1997- 1998
President Mary Lee Darling, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 202

Mary Lee Darling became our first woman president. The Shrimp Feast set a record profit of $13,700 (a 60% increase over year before). In its first 40 years, our club has contributed leadership to our Kiwanis District and to our Division. To the district, it has given a governor and a District Foundation president, and to the Division it has given five Lt. Governors. Our club has fathered and nourished the healthy Kiwanis family that we have today in the Williamsburg area. It has sponsored and has a wonderful working relationship with the William and Mary Circle K Club, and it sponsors Key Clubs at Walsingham Academy, Lafayette High School and Jamestown High School. It sponsored the very active Colonial Capitol Club in Williamsburg, and it has co-sponsored and supported other clubs in our division.

Club members have devoted countless hours and workdays to numerous worthwhile community projects, sponsoring valuable community activities, and raising funds to support youth activity programs and community service organizations. During its first 40 years, our club has raised and donated to its youth programs and to community service organizations over $375,000. At the rate we are going, we should exceed the half million-dollar mark when we celebrate our 50th birthday.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Bill Person, David Bowditch, and Leslie Hall.

Compiled by Don Ball, Club Historian.

1998 - 1999
President Donna Q. Magoon, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 204

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Bob Pinto, Shel Molter, and Frank Force (non-Kiwanian).

1999 - 2000
President Robert M. Pinto, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 207

As of March 2, 2000, when club membership was 205, our club was the largest club in Division 23, the third largest in the Capital District (MD, VA, DE, and DC) and twenty-sixth largest in the world.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Carol Mann, George Zavodnick, and John Favret.

2000 - 2001
President Calvin A. Roseberry, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 209

The club has been presenting awards since 1961 when it established an annual Distinguished Youth Award for a boy and a girl of $250 each. Several valuable awards are still being offered. The awards that support our Williamsburg Kiwanis family are the Delaney Awards which are made to members of Circle K Clubs and Key Clubs for outstanding commitment to community service. In 2001, the awardees for the four family clubs were remarkable for collectively having put in more than 6,000 hours of community service.

The Korczowski-Fuller Award is described in the year 1988.

A third award, made by Kiwanis International, to outstanding club members is the Hixon Award. A $1,000 contribution by the club in the name of each awardee is made to the Kiwanis International Foundation.

A fourth award made by the club is the Teenager of the Year Award.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Denise Fernades, Billy Scruggs, and Bill Barner.

2001 - 2002
President Carol Ann Mann, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 216, Attendance 93%

The club established a new Builders Club (Middle School level) at Walsingham Academy, in effect adding a new generation to our active Williamsburg Kiwanis family which now includes a Circle K Club and three Key Clubs.

At the Capital District Mid - Winter Conference in February, our club took these four awards: Winner: Club Attendance; Winner: Kiwanis Family Hands On Service; Fund-raising; Winner: Kiwanis Family Hands on Service Award-Support; and Kiwanis Family Hands On Service Award-Project.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Don Bentley, Ed Bolster, and John Hodges.

Year End: 214 Projects Completed, 6705 Service Hours, $8080 Spent, 34 Interclubs

2002 - 2003
President Thomas P. French, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 216, Attendance 89%

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Carol Copenhaver and Rita Davis (non-Kiwanian).

Year End: 149 Projects Completed, 2660 Service Hours, $3054 Spent, 30 Interclubs

2003 - 2004
President Thomas F. Jordan, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 215, Attendance 86%
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Lodge

(From E-Builder, May 2004) K.I.D.S. (Kiwanis Is Donating Smiles) is a project of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation and Busch Gardens. It joins the two organizations in brightening the lives of underprivileged children with free visits to Busch Gardens. Each $20 donation to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation is matched with a free ticket to Busch Gardens for an underprivileged child. In 6 years about 2,000 children have spent a memorable day at Busch Gardens and the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation has received close to $30,000.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Ron Campana and Wilbur Davis.

Year End: 160 Projects Completed, 3314 Service Hours, $2102 Spent, 39 Interclubs

2004 - 2005
President John M. Sadler, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 210, Attendance 86%
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Lodge
Distinguished Club Award
Website Contest Award
LG Arthur Bornschein

Contributed $726 to Tsunami Relief Effort.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Michael Fox and Lois Hornsby.

Year End: 165 Projects Completed, 3288 Service Hours, $26,569 Spent, 35 Interclubs

2005 - 2006
Hampton Roads Region
President P. Scott Zimmerman, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 205, Attendance 91%
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Hospitality House
Distinquished Club Award
Interclub and Attendance Awards - Gold Group Winners
District Web Page Award

(E-Builder, Nov 2005) Past President John Sadler had the distinct pleasure of awarding three George F. Hixson Fellowships during a special induction of the club's slate of new officers recently. Named to honor the first Kiwanis International President and its only leader to serve two terms as its president (1916-1918), the Hixson is considered among this service organization's most prestigious award. Funding for these fellowships was contributed to the Kiwanis International Worldwide Service Project to help eradicate iodine deficiency disorder, the number one cause of preventable mental retardation in children. Working with UNICEF, Kiwanis has raised millions towards this worthy cause. Sadler presented Hixson Fellowship medallions to: former president Tom Jordan, Colonial Polo Cup 2005 project manager Doug Haller, and assistant secretary Norm Murtaugh.

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Bert Aaron.

Year End: 183 Projects Completed, 3199 Service Hours, $5,478 Spent, 46 Interclubs

2006 - 2007
President Larry L. Murphy, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 219, Attendance 54%
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Hospitality House
Sponsor Kiwanis Club of Toano,VA

Korczowski-Fuller Award presented to Emeric Fischer, Channing Hall, and Sandy Wanner; and William O'Donovan.

Year End: 162 Projects Completed, 3790 Service Hours, $8689 Spent, 63 Interclubs

2007 - 2008
President Martha Madeira, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 203, Attendance 88%
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Hospitality House
LG Adrian Duplantier Jr

Year End: 183 Projects Completed, 9,277 Service Hours, $47,028 Spent, 37 Interclubs

2008 - 2009
President G. Gary Ripple, Secretary Robert S. Dutro
Membership Oct 1 - 204, Attendance 67%
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Hospitality House
LG Scott Zimmerman
District Chair New Club Building Carla Morin
Sponsor Gloucester

Year End: 159 Projects Completed, 1817 Service Hours, $17,207 Spent, 38 Interclubs

2009 - 2010
President Caren R. Schumacher, Secretary Penelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 189, Attendance 42%
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Hospitality House
LG P. Scott Zimmerman
District Chair International Understanding Raga Elim
District Chair New Club Building Carla Morin

Year End: 59 Projects, 1237 Service Hours, $4,869 Spent, 323 Interclubs, $0 CD Founation

2010 - 2011
President Wade G. Quinn, Secretary Penelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 178
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Hospitality House
District Convention Caren Schumacher
International Foundation Representative Scott Zimmerman
District Chair New Club Building Carla Morin

Year End: 61 Projects, 1225 Service Hours, $2253 Spent, 27 Interclubs, $100 CD Founation

2011 - 2012
President Rolf Kramer, SecretaryPenelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 182
Meet WE 12 Noon Williamsburg Hospitality House

2012 - 2013
President Kevin Walsh, Secretary Penelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 177
Meet WE 12:10 PM Williamsburg Lodge
LG Hugh Siggins
Governor Elect P. Scott Zimmerman

2013 - 2014
New Division 12, New Southeast Virginia Region

President Kevin Walsh, Secretary Penelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 177
Meet WE 12:10 PM Williamsburg Lodge
Governor P. Scott Zimmerman

Distinguished Club

2014 - 2015
President Mike Rock, Secretary Penelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 167
Meet WE 12:10 PM Williamsburg Lodge

2015 - 2016
President Geoffrey Suter, Secretary Penelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 160
Meet WE 12:10 PM Williamsburg Lodge

2016 - 2017
President Mary Beth Murphy, Secretary Penelope McClellan-Siggins
Membership Oct 1 - 137
Meet WE 12:10 PM Williamsburg Lodge

LG Caren R. Schumacher