The Kiwanis Club of Winchester was formally organized on the June 25, 1922 with the following offliers: President J Luther Maphis, V President W G Hardy, Treasurer Harry M Sartelle, Secretary Ralph R Rosenberger, and Trustee Robert T Barton Directors: R T Bryarly, Dr A C Swimley, Philip Williams, J M Orndoff, W C Plundeke, Harry A Schmidt, and H D Robinson.
The initial banquet held on this occasion was attended by delegations from neighboring clubs and a delegation from the Rotary Club of Winchester Following its organization the club immediately plunged into the activities of the community and at its weekly luncheons listened to speakers on sundry, subjects.
On September 5 1922 at a banquet held in Rouss Hall the charter was presented to the club by District Governor Julian 1 Williams, with the assistance of Harry G Kimball, District Secretaq; C Walter Baker, LTG and delegations from Martinsville and Hagerstown.
1922, the club became interested in securing favorable action from the voters of Winchester on the passage of an ordinance authorizing the issue of bonds for additions to our sewerage and water systems The club also played a large part in financing a new hotel and assisting the Chamber of Commerce in its various activities, besides holding many pleasant social meetings.
Spring found the club engaged in many civic activities and in addition its members found time to accept invitations to and attend a luncheon given 'in honor of the Winchester Club the Kiwams Club at Washington Shortly afterwards the Alexa ria, Club came to Winchester to present the Capital District Loving Cup, which it in turn took to Hagerstown
In June the club entertained at dinner graduates of the Handley School During the summer of 1923, many suppers were served on the lawn of one of the club members, these proving to be a very delightful chance from the mid day affairs
In August the club entertained Kiwanian Will Akxukdw, President of the Now York Club
With the coming of fall, the club adopted as its work for the winter: First the publication of a history of Winchester, service to the crippled children of the community, and to these two activities the club is bending an Its energy
This short history of the activities of the Winchester Club since its organization does not nearly tell the tale of the benefit and value the club has brought to its members and to the community in general Through it has been -bred fellowship among the Kiwanians which -has extended to the members of the Rotary Club and a spirit of unselfish civic service has made a deep impression upon the community
The original club membership was 60 Since the initial meeting 10 members have been added and 7 dropped either for non-attendance or by reason of transfer or removal from the community, leaving a present membership of 63
We entertained the graduates of Handley High School Sent a delegation to Denver Held a Ladies' Night Organized the Kiwanis Baseball Team Sent a delegation to the Norfolk District Convention
We spent over one hundred dollars on work for crippled children
The following report of the activities for this year was published in one of the local papers:
From January 1 to the close of the school session, had one male member of Handley School graduation class present at the weekly meeting as the guest of the club
Appropriated two hundred dollars for the maintenance and welfare of a Winchester boy at the Industrial School and Farm for Homeless Boys, Inc, at Covington, Virginia
Gave moral and financial support for the establishment of Shenandoah National Park Contributed fifty dollars for the milk fund Contributed for the annual Apple Blossom Festival, and supplied a float for this festival
Compiled and edited a complete history of Winchester Acted as host for a joint meeting of Cumberland, Frederick and Hagerstown Kiwanis Clubs Entertained the 1925 graduating class of Handley School at luncheon Held regular Ladies' Night Entertained the teachers of the Handley School
Contributed approximately six hundred dollars for work in connection with the underprivileged children including a payment towards the purchase of a car for the District Nurse Association Bought Christmas seals Maintained a championship baseball team and defeated Rotary, Lions and Elks teams, making three successive years that the Kiwanis baseball team had gone undefeated
We entertained the graduating class of the High School Defeated Rotary in baseball, two games out of three The proceeds were devoted to our crippled child work
We conducted a Good-Will and Friendship Tour into West Virginia on July 13, holding our regular luncheon meeting at Romney, after which we visited Morefield and Petersburg, West Virginia, spending an hour in each town The entire faculty of Hendley School were entertained by a dinner and reception
In February, we held a joint meeting with Lions, Rotary and the American Legion in the interest of the Chamber of Commerce
We followed our usual custom in entertaining the graduating class of Handley high school We also gave a banquet in honor of the Martinsburg high school and Handley high school There were present about twenty players from the teams of each school together with their coaches The purpose of this meeting was to establish more friendly athletic relations between the schools
On September 5, we celebrated the sixth anniversary of the club with a picnic at Camp Big Eddy The picnic concluded with an old-fashioned Virginia chicken dinner served on the campgrounds
We held a joint meeting on November 27, with the Martinsville, West Virginia, Kiwanis Club These meetings are an annual event and are greatly enjoyed by both clubs A Christmas entertainment was staged at our regular meeting on December 19, and on Christmas Day we delivered baskets to the inmates of theCounty Poor Farm
A Ladies' Night was held on March 15, with Dr John C Palmer of Washington as the principal speaker Secretary Bell attended the conference of officers of the Fifth Division, conducted by Lieutenant-Governor Henry A Converse at Waynesboro Trustee Richard was appointed a Director of the Chamber of Commerce to represent the Kiwanis Club The club entered a float in the Sixth Annual Apple Blossom Festival and won the third prize of $7500
In accordance with our custom, we entertained 72 graduates of the Handley high school We also entertained the nurses of the graduating class of Winchester Memorial Hospital
A Ladies' Night and picnic was held at Jordan Springs on August 7 There were various games in the afternoon, swimming in the pool, bridge for the ladies with prizes in the various events Then there was dinner, chicken with all the fixings, then dancing, the whole making a day memorable to all present
Governor Kimball and William N Freeman of Washington visited us on August 28 On September 18, the faculty of Handley high school were our guests when we were entertained by Mr George H O'Connor of Washington accompanied by his regular accompanist, Mr Matt Horne Mr O'Connor kept the audience in an uproar of laughter from the beginning to the end of the entertainment
We were well represented at the Hagerstown Convention, there being 25 Kiwanians and their ladies present Ten baskets of delicious apples donated by Kiwanians who are apple growers, were distributed at the convention
Rev R Roland Wagner, a member of the Norfolk Club, was our speaker on November 13 He is not only a most entertaining speaker but a real Kiwanian in every sense of the word
In accordance with our annual custom, we held a joint meeting with the Martinsburg, W Va, Club at which time the two clubs entertained the football teams from the Martinsburg High School and the Handley High School of Winchester These annual meetings have been instrumental in bringing about a closer spirit of friendship, not only between the members of the football teams, but also between the citizens in general The members of both clubs feel that a great deal of good has been accomplished by this means
We attended a joint meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Lions and Rotary It was a home-coming banquet for ex-Governor Byrd and was th,2 largest ever given in our city, over 400 guests being present We assisted the Chamber of Commerce in their broadcasting program by putting on a special Kiwanis hour in which the Washington Trio, East, Raymond and Thomas, assisted
We had a beautiful float in the Apple Blossom Festival Presented Kiwanian Nelson F Richards, Director General of the 1930 Apple Blossom Festival, with a handsome watch, as a token of appreciation from his Kiwanis friends for valuable services rendered as Director General of the Apple Blossom Festival The graduating class of the Handley High School was entertained according to our annual custom A Ladies Night was held at Jordan Springs.
We requested the city council to appropriate funds for the maintenance and repairs of the Handley library and we donated an American flag to the library Sponsored the annual football game between the Martinsburg, WV and Handley High Schools and held a joint meeting with the Martinsburg club at which the members of both football teams were guests.
The first 100% meeting in the history of the club was held on November 5.
The Kiwanis Anniversary was observed We joined with Lions, Rotary and the American Legion in a meeting during the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.
$25 was contributed to a needy family; $25 towards the milk fund for under-privileged school children, and $250 towards the completion of the education of a Winchester boy at the RCA Institute at Philadelphia, where he complete a course in radio work and is now in a position to support himself in his chosen profession Approximately $500 (?) was spent in crippled children's work, and several clinics were held for them We have kept in touch with the District Nurse Association of the city, and have given attention to all cases referred to us by it.
We entered a Kiwanis float in the annual Apple Blossom Festival, entertained the graduate nurses of Winchester Memorial Hospital, gave our annual banquet to the faculty of Handley High School, and entertained the graduating class of that school.
Delegations from the Washington and Arlington clubs visited us and the Washington boys put on a Kiwanis educational program A delegation from our club attended an inter-club meeting at Manassas In accordance with our annual custom, we held a joint meeting with the Martinsburg, West Virginia, club in honor of the football teams of Handley and Martinsburg High Schools in connection with the annual football game.
The Winchester club, although it lost in membership during the year was quite active in public affairs It held a joint meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and the other service clubs of the city; held four meetings entirely devoted to public affairs; entertained the police force of the city; aided in the Red Cross drive; put on a "Save a Life" campaign for careful driving; and entertained the faculty of the high school, The club had Frank Talley of the Petersburg club to give a special underprivileged child program.
The club held one Ladies Night at which the District Governor was a guest, and joined with the Chamber of Commerce and the other civic clubs in giving a testimonial dinner to the Hon H F Byrd.
Sent delegates to the International Convention and to the Mid-Winter Conference, and three to the District Convention.
The activities of the Winchester club this year included: sending a crippled child to the University Hospital for an operation and furnishing special shoes and braces for him; the complete outfitting of three under-privileged children with clothing and shoes; and the distribution of 21 baskets to needy families at Christmas.
Andrew Bell, secretary of this club, was elected by unanimous vote of the members of Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars as the most outstanding citizen of Winchester for 1932.
The club held one George Washington program, two health programs, and one program on Character Building in the Navy.
There was also a program on Criminology and Youth, and on Agriculture and Vocational Guidance as taught in the local high school Under the head of Public Affairs comes a joint meeting with the Chamber of Commerce at their annual meeting and programs on Taxation, Airships and Balloons, The Present Inflation, Business Conditions, and Future Betterment The club entertained the Queen of the Apple Blossom Festival.
Attended an inter-club meeting at Charles Town, W Va, and carried away the prize for the largest attendance Had a joint meeting with the Martinsburg, WVA club Entertained the high school football teams of the two cities and 68 local high school graduates.
The LTG was entertained on two occasions and the District Governor once.
The club sponsored the Passion Play for the benefit of the welfare fund It promoted welfare work and contributed to the District Nurses Association It offered prizes for the best essays by tile high school pupils on "Does It Pay to Be Honest" There were 150 entries in this contest It promoted Boy Scout work and sent out 25 baskets to needy families at Christmas
The club entertained the graduating class of the high school at luncheon The club had a program on The New Era in Agriculture, and one on Vocational Guidance and Agriculture It had a joint Farmers Night with Rotary
Had a joint meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and the other civic organizations It entered a float in the Apple Blossom Festival parade, and it successfully sponsored the placing of a first aid station on Route 11 in conjunction with the Red Cross It had programs on The Shenandoah National Park, Electrical Inventions and Improvements, The History of Winchester, The Relations Between the United States and Japan, Law and Order and Religion and Recreation
Host to the Martinsburg, WVA club with the annual football game between the high schools This is an annual affair in which the two clubs alternate as hosts and has continued for ten years
The club had its usual Stag Picnic at Jordan Springs
Had two Kiwanis education meetings, and was represented at the International and the District Conventions
The club spent $100 for supplies for under-privileged children It bought a tuberculosis health bond and it furnished 20 Christmas baskets for the needy
It had a program in celebration of the Boy Scout Anniversary It entertained the graduates of the high school
It had programs on The Duties of Citizenship, Agricultural Education, Vocational Training, and The Science of Agriculture and Horticulture
Held a joint meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and the other civic organizations It entertained the police force of the city with a program on Municipal Police Problems It had a special luncheon at which 21 merchants of the city who have been in business for 40 or more years were entertained
Sent delegations to Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Hagerstown This year the annual dinner to the high school football teams was held as an inter-club meeting in Martinsburg, WVA The club was host to Morgan County, W Va, and had a picnic meeting at which Martinsburg, Charles Town, Morgan County and Hagerstown sent representatives The club held a joint meeting with Rotary
The club field three Kiwanis education meetings, celebrated Kiwanis Anniversary and Constitution Week, entertained the LTG and was represented at the International and District Conventions and the Officers Training School The club has been trying to form a new club but it has not materialized yet
The club spent approximately $150 in welfare work, including glasses for children and food and supplies for the needy It bought a tuberculosis health bond, and it delivered 20 Christmas baskets to indigent families
The club put on a Boy Scout Anniversary program with a number of Scouts present and some taking part in the program It had a program on the work of the CCC Camps, and it followed its usual custom of entertaining at luncheon the graduating class of the high school
It had a program on Citizenship, a joint Farmers Night with Rotary and Lions and a program on The Chance of Youth in Agriculture
Entertained the police force with a program on G-Men, entered a float in the Apple Blossom Festival parade and had two joint meetings with the Chamber of Commerce and the other civic organizations
The club took the Golden Rule to Cumberland and was host to four big inter-club meetings First to Martinsburg, Cumberland and Frederick ' secondly to Martinsburg, Morgan County, Frederick, Charles Town, Prince Georges County and Washington; third, (a picnic) to Martinsburg, Morgan County, Frederick, Charles Town, Washington and Hagerstown, and fourthly to Washington, Arlington, Harrisonburg, Cumberland, Martinsburg, Charles Town and Morgan County
Sent delegates to International and District Conventions and the Officers Training School
The club spent over $100 in welfare work It sent out 20 Christmas baskets
Met jointly with Rotary and Lions to entertain 161 high school graduates Celebrated Boy Scout Anniversary Week, sent one Scout to the jamboree, and had a report of the Jamboree at a regular meeting
Had a joint Farmers Day with Rotary and Lions with a program on Agricultural Development in Virginia
Held a joint meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations Entertained the city merchants who have been in business 40 or more years Had programs on Safety, The Skyline Drive, Religion, The Social Security Act, Problems in City Government, Early History of Winchester, Deposit Insurance, The Red Cross, and Present Trends in Business and Politics
This year the joint football meeting with Martinsburg was held there
The club had a joint picnic at Jordan Springs It had four Kiwanis education meetings, celebrated its own anniversary, represented at the International and District Conventions and the Officers Training School
The club spent $10 for tickets for under¬ privileged children to attend a baseball game At Christmas 22 baskets of f 'd were distributed
A program on Scouting was given The High School Glee Club furnished the program at one meeting Sent 6 boys and 6 girls to summer camp at a cost of $84 An usual custom, held the annual football banquet in Winchester at which the 2 teams of Winchester and Martinsburg High Schools were entertained after the last game of the season Members of the District Governor's Training School for Lieutenant Governors which was held on the day of the garne in Winchester remained for this banquet
The club received the log from Harrisonburg and delivered it to Arlington The Lieutenant Governor, a member of this club, visited all the clubs of the First Division, frequently being accompanied'by one or more members of the club The club attended the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce along with the other civic clubs of the city, had a joint meeting with Rotary and Lions, and a picnic at a nearby Springs
Furnished the Lieutenant Governor for the Governor's Banner, host to the District Division, and received the Lieutenant Gov Governor's Training School for Lieutenant Governors, passed resolutions on the death of District Secretary Asa Howard, and sent representatives to his funeral, was represented at the Mid Winter Conference, the International and District Conventions, and the Training School for Club Officers
Spent $7 for medical treat¬ment for a colored boy, and $22 for hospitalization of a needy girl
Celebrated Boy Scout Week, spent $13 for 2 Scout tents, and $10 to send an FFA boy to the Convention Entertained the graduating class of the high school at one luncheon, and had a program put on by the Chorus from a private boys school
The annual joint meeting with Rotary and Lions was celebrated as a Farmers' Day with 100 farmers present and an appropriate program
Host to Arlington on visit of the Lieutenant Governor It received the plaque from Cumberland, and had an inter club meeting with Martinsburg on the occasion of the annual football banquet held this year in Martinsburg with the teams of the two cities as guests
A Ladies Night was held, a joint meeting with the Chamber of Commerce, and a Barbeque Picnic at a Cavern on the Capon River
Entertained the Lieutenant Governor, and was represented at the Mid Winter Conference, the International and District Conventions, and at the Training School for Club Officers
Bought $100 worth of tickets for the Lions Benefit Show and gave the tickets to underprivileged children Sent 4 boys to the Salvation Army Camp at a cost of $26, and spent $42 for Christmas baskets to be distributed by the Good Fellowship Club
Made a donation of $100 towards the new Recreational Center It celebrated Boy Scout Week, and at a joint meeting with Rotarv and Lions entertained the graduating class of the High School,
Thd aims and objectives of the FFA were explained to the club 100 farmers were present as guests at a joint meeting of the Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis clubs held in the county
The club erected road signs on each of the 6 highways leading into the city Entered a float in the apple blossom parade which won the Fourth Prize Donated $5 toward bringing a hand to the Apple Blossom Festival, and celebrated the Fourth of July with an appropriate program
The club had a joint meeting with tile Chamber of Commerce, an inter club picnic with the Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, club on the Capon River, and held a Christmas party There was also a Ladies' Night.
The club had programs on Kiwanis Education, celebrated Kiwanis Anniversary, had one 100% meeting, entertained the Lieutenant Governor, celebrated U S Canada Week, was represented at all the District and International meetings, and took several baskct A of fine apples to the District Convention At the close of the year there was one mernber of the club in the armed forces.
The club contributed $55 44 toward Christmas baskets to be delivered by the Good Fellowship Club, held a Christmas party for 22 underprivileged children, and sent 2 girls to the Salvation Army Camp at a cost of $12
Held a joint meeting with Rotary and Lions entertaining the high school graduating virass, attended as a body the Martinsburg Football Banquet at Martinsburg, gave $10 in prizes for the High School Track Meet, and $10 to the Boy Scouts toward the cost of making a moving picture of Scouting activities which was shown at one meeting of the club There was the annual joint meeting with Rotary and Lions entertaining the farmers of Frederick County
Entertained at one of its lunch, 3 evacuated English children who were being taken care of in Winchester, gave $25 toward the Go Away Party of Company I upon its departure for Camp Meade, and $10 toward the purchase of uniforms for the Virginia Protective Force Entered a float in the Apple Blossom Parade which won the first prize of $1
Entertained the Lieutenant Governor, was represented at the Mid Winter Conference, the International and the District Conventions, and at the Training School for Club Officers, and at the end of the year had one member in military service
Approximately $300 was spent for various contributions to charitable undertakings Some of the special amounts spent will be noted The usual Christmas party for underprivileged children was given and a number of Christmas baskets sent out Contributed $50 to the Day Nursery
A program was devoted to Scouting and $1110 was donated to the Boy Scouts, A full time director of playgrounds in charge of all recreational projects was provided
Tile football squad of twenty four players was taken to Martinsburg for the annual football banquet sponsored by the Kiwanis clubs of the two cities The annual Farmers' Niglit was held in connection with Rotary and Lions
The club aided the Salvation Army drive for funds and that of the Red Cross and contributed $50 to the latter Through the activities of the club in the various Bond and Stamp drives, $300,000 worth of Bonds was sold The club bought $25 Bonds which were given as pri7es to the most successful workers in these drives The club built five pick up stations for soldiers, one on each of the 5 highways leading out of Winchester Donated a number of books for the Soldiers' Day Rooms at a nearby camp to which $50 was also contributed
It entertained the Lions and Rotary at one luncheon The bowling team had matches with Baltimore and Arlington, and the usual picnic was held on the Capon River
Entertained the Lieutenant Governor Had 6 members in military service
Spent $145 during the Year for eleemosynar N, a part of which was spent as follows: $80 for Christmas baskets, $25 to the Nursery School, $35, to enlarging the facilities of the camp, in buying an artificial leg for a cripple, and the usual Christmas party
The club had the High School Glee Club to put on a program and joined with Rotary and Lions in entertaining the graduating class of the High School
It field its annual Farmers' Night in conjuction with Rotary and Lions
Sponsored a lecture which netted $200 for the Red Cross, aided in the sale of War Bonds, and promoted Victory Gardens The club joined tile other civic clubs in attending the annual banquet of the Chamber of Commerce and the usual picnic was held on the Capon River
The Lieutenant Governor was entertained, and the club was represented at the International and District Conventions, the Mid Winter Conference, and the Training School for Club Officers At the close of the year there was one member in military service
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1999 - 2000
Year End: 159 Projects Completed, 764 Service Hours, $18,780 Spent, 71 Interclubs
(Capital Builder) The Kiwanis Club of Winchester, VA made their annual trip to the 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA to serve pancakes, sausage and all the trimmings to approx 90 children of Camp fantastic Each year the camp is operated at the 4-H Center for children who have cancer and who go to enjoy a week of activities and fun Forty Kiwanians from Winchester served as hosts for the last day of the children's stay It was a heart-warming experience for everyone.
Year End: 175 Projects Completed, 686 Service Hours, $37,760 Spent, 71 Interclubs
(From E-Builder, May 2004) Empty prescription vials from members are prepared for delivery to the Winchester Free Medical Clinic The vials are of economic importance to the distribution of medicine to the needy Each month members contribute magazined that are sorted and delivered to the Winchester Medical Center for use in the waiting rooms ofthe hospital Of special interest is the Kiwanis Magazine A sticker is placed over each member's address stricker that reads: This Magazine has been furnished by the Kiwanis Club of Winchester, VA for your reading pleasure.
(From E-Builder, Sep 2004) Built and painted a bus stop shelter across from the city hall
Year End: 96 Projects Completed, 891 Service Hours, $22,899 Spent, 80 Interclubs
(From E-Builder, Jan 2005) Members of the clean-up crew gather at the end of another successful Adopt-A-Highway project on I-81 and Va Route 7 Interchange The Kiwanis Club of Winchester (Va) recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Virginia Department of Transportation for completing 10 years as a Keep Virginia Clean organization.
Tsunami Relief Contribution $930
Year End: 84 Projects Completed, 680 Service Hours, $19,983 Spent, 46Interclubs
2005 - 2006
Year End: 912 Projects Completed, 1211 Service Hours, $48,030 Spent, 97 Interclubs
Year End: 225 Projects Completed, 3953 Service Hours, $62,507 Spent, 113 Interclubs
2007 - 2008
Year End: 116 Projects Completed, 3156 Service Hours, $37695 Spent, 44 Interclubs
2008 - 2009
Year End: 112 Projects Completed, 1065 Service Hours, $88,384 Spent, 44 Interclubs
Year End: 22 Projects, 665 Service Hours, $22,158 Spent, 28 Interclubs, $0 CD Foundation
2010 - 2011
Year End: 39 Projects, 293 Service Hours, $24725 Spent, 22 Interclubs, $0 CD Foundation
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