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KIWANIS CLUB OF WISE, VIRGINIA
Organized September 3, 1946. Chartered October 21, 1946.
Sponsor Norton VA
was Division 8 Now Division 17
Southwest Virginia Region
Key #02796
84th District Club
Population (1946) 1,226

1946
(Volume 6)
President Ben F. Kennedy, Secretary L. F. Addington
Membership Aug 1 - 47, Attendance 84%

The club spent most of the year, after the presentation of the charter in indoctrinating the members in the Opbjects and Objectives of Kiwanis. Entertained the teachers from the local school at one meeting and the high school football team at another. Discussed the possibility of working with the Boy Scouts in the commmunity. Had two programs on religious subjects.

1947
President B. F. Kennedy, Secretary Luther F. Addington
Membership Jan 1 - 53, Attendance 78%

The club put on the Wise County Fair to raise money for lighted football field. The gross receipts from the fair was $9,000 but owing to the necessary repairs on the grounds, the net proceeds was only $500. But this amount enabled the high school to pay off its indebtedness on lighting the field. Appropriated $175 for under-privileged work. Fitted one child with glasses and put on a drive to collect used clothing for the needy. Organized a Boy Scout Troup. Had a committee meet with the town council for the purpose of getting better street lights and trash disposal units and outlined a plan for marking the streets of the town. Which it appeared will be fully accomplished next year.

1948
President E. D. Vicars, Secretary Luther F. Addington
Membership Jan 1 - 33, Attendance 86%

The club held a beauty contest raising $83.25 which was spent on the Boy Scout cabins. Put on a musical program raising $44 for underprivileged child work and bought glasses for one child. Held the Wise county Fair which netted $1,105 which was donated to the Community Clubhouse. Sponsored a county wide 4-H club exhibit at the County Fair. Held one or two programs on religious subjects during teh year.

1949
President Virgil R. Craft, Secretary Carl Hamilton
Membership Jan 1 - 22, Attendance 77%

The club donated $1,208.05 to help in the erection of the Cummunity Club House. Furnished a committee to assist in an industrial survey of the County. Provided medical attention for a number of needy, removing tonsils, correcting vision and giving dental treatment. Spent $60 for the rehabilitation of a disabled man. Donated $25 for Christmas baskets for needy families. Helped in promoting the Chest X-Ray clinic. Had two programs one everybody registar and the other everybody vote in the interest of getting out a full vote. Promoted a "Go to Church" campaign printing and posting 100 Go-To-Church" notices in and around the community. Sponsered the Boy Scout Troop furnishing it flags and other equipment. Sponsored a "Plant a Tree" program. Sent two girls to Girl State. Purchased slides and swings for a tiny lot playground. Sponsored a beauty contest to raise funds for under-privileged child work. Gave a banquet to the local boys and girls basketball teams and also one for the local football team. Promoted a football game, the proceeds to be used for boys and girls work. Erected a Christmas tree for the community and put on a Christmas party with gifts for underpriviled children.

1950
President Allan Dowdy, Secretary P. G. Stradley
Membership Jan 1 - 19, Attendance 91%

The club sent a boy to Boys State and a Scout to the International Boy Scout Jamboree. Had him report on the Jamboree at a regular meeting of the club. Put on a beauty contest, local and county-wide earning $134 for boys' and girls' and underprivileged child work. Sponsored a football game netting $434 which was used to send the high school fotball team to the Burly Bowl Game. Raised $336.83 to decorate the town's business section with Christmas lights and greens and to have the Christmas party for the children of the commuity. Had two programs on religious subjects including the Christmas program.

1951
(Volume 7)
President Luther Addington, Secretary P G. Stradley
Membership Jan 1 - 31, Attendance 86%

Kiwans Adminstration - Two visitations to other Kiwanis Clubs were made with 32 members traveling a distance of 23 miles one way. Three visitations by other Kiwanis Clubs were made with 13 members traviling a distance of 42 miles one way. The important social event was ladies night. The new members were inducted.

Boys and Girls Work - We entertained 47 high school honor roll students. We assisted the Boy Scout Troop by securing a scout master and his assistants. Our members presented a play for the benefit of the high school band. We staged two beauty contests one for the town and one for the county raising $85 for the Boy Scouts. We planned a Christmas program with treats for all the youngsters.

Public and Business Affairs - We raised $356 for the benefit of the band by means of the sale of magazines and a basketball game. A clean-up campaign for the town was sponsored and high school youths were installed as mayor, town policemean, and town council members for a day. Arrangements were made for a football game.

Support of Churches in Their Spiritual Aims - We arranged for religious census and sponsorted a "See you in church. Sunday" contest. We sponsored as Easter Sunday Sunrise Service.

1952
President H. J. Kiser, Secretary Virgil R. Craft
Membership Jan 1 - 30, Attendance 96%

Kiwanis Administration - Eight interclub meetings were held. The social events on the calendar were Ladies Night and Annual Kiwanis Picnic. Six new members were inducted into the club. Each week's program was reported in the local paper.

Agriculture and Conservation - The most important project of the committee is its tree-planting program. They planted 60,000 seedlings on land furnished by a stip mining company. 20,000 additional seedlings were planted on cut-over land. A program was worked out in which forest fire control with bulletins, movies, and comic books was promoted in all the county high schools. $500 was raised on the project. Books featuring "Smokey the Bear" were given to 14,000 school children.

Boys and Girls Work - Began long range planning for community playground. Working with local school board to institute driving classes in local high school. Clearned a lot and equipped it as a playground for tiny tots. Paid all expenses of a local boy as a representative to Virginia Boys State of Blacksburg VA. A local Beauty Contest was sponsored by this club. Total receipts from this event amounted to $100. A County -wide beauty contest was them sponsored. $216 was rased by means of this event and was sored a football game between 2 undefeated teams and grossed $222. Gave treats of fruits, nuts and candies to 1500 children and inmates of the county home.

Public and Business Affairs - PResented each Kiwanian with a copy of the Kiwanis Code of Ethics. Cosponsored with local VFW, a Civil Air Defense Meeting at which a local CAD unit was organized. Club helped state Police in distributing a series of pamphlets expalaining the new traffic laws and reguations.

Support of Churches in Thieir Spiritual Aims - The club planned a "Go to Church" campaign and placed church posters in prominent places. Planned a program to be used in community churches in teh event of the absence of the minister.

Underprivileged Child - Upon recommendation of the agen of Child Welfare for this county, we purchased 3 pairs of glasses.6 pairs of shoes, $36 worth of new clothing and assisted in the gathering and distribution of used clothing to a number of needy children. Furnished an assistant scout-master and a board of review for a local troop. Furnished clothing and medical attention for a children enabling them to attend school. Donated $50 to local welfare worker to purchase neccessities for needy children in the Christmas season.

1953
President Carl W. Hamilton, Secretary Virgil R. Craft
Membership Jan 1 - 27, Attendance 97%

1954
President Charles B. McEllory, Secretary Virgil R. Craft
Membership Jan 1 - 28, Attendance 97%

1955
President Sam A. Knox, Secretary Virgil R. Craft
Membership Jan 1 - 30, Attendance 98%

1956
President ?, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1957
President Douglas H. Baker, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1958
President D. Preston Davis, Secretary Virgil R. Craft
LG Sam A. Knox

1959
President Garcia K. Cantrell, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1960
President Basil G. Jennings, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1961
President Kenneth P. Asbury, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1962
President Kent Rigg, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1963
President W. A. Thompson, Jr, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1964
President Richard C. Sikes, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1965
President Bernard Fulcher, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1966
President Harold Kennedy, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1967
President Buford G. Sturgill, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1968
President Roy L. Wells Jr, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1969
President Franklin D. Colyer, Secretary Virgil R. Craft
LG Roy L. Wells Jr

1969 - 1970
President Harry B. Dickenson, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1970 - 1971
President Joe Morton, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1971 - 1972
President Joe H. Roberts, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1972 - 1973
President David P. Wells, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1973 - 1974
President Carl Snodgrass, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1974 - 1975
President Harold Belcher, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1975 - 1976
President Edward L. Wright, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1976 - 1977
President ?, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1977 - 1978
President John R. Salyers, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1978 - 1979
President Emmet Low Jr, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1979 - 1980
President H L Wright, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1980 - 1981
President John M Asbury, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1981 - 1982
President Joe C. Siddy, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1982 - 1983
President William A. Thomas III, Secretary Virgil R. Craft

1983 - 1984
President James N Collie, Secretary Terry L. Shortt

1984 - 1985
President Terry Shortt, Secetary William H. Jackson

1985 - 1986
President C. Gary Rakes, Secretary Terry L. Shortt

1986 - 1987
President William A. Thompson III, Secretary Terry L. Shortt

1987 - 1988
President James N. Collie, Secretary Terry L. Shortt

1988 - 1989
President James N. Collie, Secretary Terry L. Shortt

1989 - 1990
President ?, Secretary Terry L. Shortt

1990 - 1991
President Don R. Pippin, Secretary Terry L. Shortt

1991 - 1992
President James C. Roberson, Secretary Terry L. Shortt
LG James N. Collie

1992 - 1993
President Veldon D. Dotson, Secretary Terry L. Shortt
Membership Oct 1 - 47

1993 - 1994
President John M. Prince, Secretary Terry L. Shortt
Membership Oct 1 - 54

1994 - 1995
President Robert R. Adkins, Secretary Terry L. Shortt
Membership Oct 1 - 53

1995 - 1996
President Sam Gilbert, Secretary Terry L. Shortt
Membership Oct 1 - 55

1996 - 1997
President A. Edward Sutphin, Secretary Terry L. Shortt
Membership Oct 1 - 47

1997 - 1998
President ? Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 45

1998 - 1999
President Brian S. Wills, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 51

1999 - 2000
President R. Winston Ely, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 53

2000 - 2001
President Ronald G. Helton, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 54

2001 - 2002
President Clifton Carson, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 52, Attendance 70%

Year End: 46 Projects Completed, 1471 Service Hours, $3650 Money Spent, 8 Interclubs

2002 - 2003
President George Aichel, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 50, Attendance 64%

Year End: 56 Projects Completed, 861 Service Hours, $13,135 Money Spent, 14 Interclubs

2003 - 2004
President Roger Viers, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 44, Attendance 60%
Meet MO 6:30 PM Shannon Restaurant

Year End: 54 Projects Completed, 834 Service Hours, $18,113 Spent, 16 Interclubs

2004 - 2005
President Bernie Murphy, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 39, Attendance 61%
Meet MO 6:30 PM Shannons Restaurant

Tsunami Relief Contribution $1,000.

Year End: 46 Projects Completed, 801 Service Hours, $21,164 Spent, 15 Interclubs

2005 - 2006
Southwest Virginia Region
President Bernie Murphy, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 41, Attendance 67%
Meet MO 6:30 PM Shannons Restaurant

Year End: 24 Projects Completed, 896 Service Hours, $14,597 Spent, 6 Interclubs

2006 - 2007
President Jarrad S. Addison, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 38, Attendance 68%
Meet MO 6:30 PM Univ. at Wise, Cantrell Hall Rm 206

Year End: 16 Projects Completed, 795 Service Hours, $1850 Spent, 4 Interclubs

2007 - 2008
President Shannon Scoott, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 36, Attendance 69%
Meet MO 6:30 PM Mosbys Steak House
LG Brian S. Wills

Year End: 67 Projects Completed, 1028 Service Hours, $6,075 Spent, 8 Interclubs

2008 - 2009
President George Culbertson, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 43, Attendance 44%
Meet MO 6:30 PM Mosbys Steak House
LG Brian S. Wills

Year End: 61 Projects Completed, 887 Service Hours, $35,450 Spent, 9 Interclubs

2009 - 2010
President Jeffrey Dotson, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 44, Attendance 44%
Meet MO 6:00 PM Mosbys Steak House

Year End: 14 Projects, 1047 Service Hours, $550 Spent, 8 Interclubs, $45 CD Foundation

2010 - 2011
President Robert Means, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 39
Meet MO 6:00 PM Mosbys Steak House

Year Ends: 11 Projects, 1033 Service Hours, $900 Spent,2 Interclubs, 40$ CD Foundation

2010 - 2012
President Richard Davidson, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 39
Meet MO 6:00 PM Mosbys Steak House

2012 - 2013
President Gilmer Blackburn, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 35
Meet MO 6:00 PM Tavern on Main
LG Ben Murphy

2013 - 2014
Division 17

President Oscar Raile, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 33
Meet MO 6:00 PM Two Sisters Catering

2014 - 2015
President Oscar Raile, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 33
Meet MO 6:00 PM Two Sisters Catering

Distinguished Club

2015 - 2016
President Jeffrey W. Dotson, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 36
Meet MO 6:00 PM Two Sisters Catering

2016 - 2017
President Michael Winters, Secretary Robert J. Spera
Membership Oct 1 - 37
Meet MO 6:00 PM Two Sisters Catering