Capital District Kiwanis History

Clubs, Old-Divisions-New, Regions, Links, Leadership, People

Volume 7
1951 - 1955
Historian Miles S. Reifsnyder

FOREWORD

It was with deep regret and sorrow that Kiwanians read in the Capital District Bulletin the announcement of the death on February 3, 1954, of Past Governor and District Historian, Dr. Henry A. Converse of Harrisonburg, VA. Henry served as Capital District Governor in 1932. From that time until his death, this well-loved Kiwanian served as District Historian. He wrote 3 Volumes of our Capital District History. He also served as Secretary of his local club for a number of years.

At a District Board meeting held at Old Point Comfort early in 1954, Governor Wilton H. Wallace was authorized and directed to designate a new Historian for Capital District. As a consequence, the Rev. M. S. Reifsnyder was appointed to this position. Rev. Reifsnyder served as 1939 Capital District Governor. This volume of our Capital District History is the result of his labors in this field.

The author has taken the privilege of changing the style of this History. Instead of grouping the various years covered under the headings of the club, the history appears by years and only the current year appears under each club heading.

We have attempted to include only bona fide examples of club activities. All club activities should be approved by the Board of Directors and be in charge by the proper Committee. For example: If Kiwanian Jim Smith, out of the generosity of his heart, gives a dozen underprivileged boys a fishing outing on a stream that runs through his farm, that is not an activity of the club and should not be reported as such. On the other hand, if Jim Smith is chairman of the Underprivileged Child Committee and his committee raises in the club or gets from the club treasury, funds to give a group of children an outing, and Jim, as his contribution, says "Bring them out to my place," then it is a club activity and should be reported as such. The deviation from this procedure by many club reporters has caused the author no end of trouble, but he has tried to be as fair and impartial as is possible.

As a whole, the writing of this volume has brought untold joy to the author and has been a revelation to him concerning the results of consecrated manpower working for the good of humanity. We hope it will be an inspiration to all who read it and will add zest to the reporting of Kiwanis activities in the future. God bless Kiwanis and its endeavors!

1951
Clubs 104, Members 6,434
Governor Arkley L. Fleming
Immediate Past Gov. D. Hurd Goode
International President Don H. Murdock
International Vice President Claude B. Hellmann (elected June 20)
Secretary - Treasurer: Walter C. Goodykoontz, Radford, Virginia

Lieutenant Governors

Div 1 Pearce L. Wolfe Div 6 William T. Zerr Towson
Div 2 Jessec L. Coffey Danville Div 7 William H. Henderson Georgetown
Div 3 Carl W. Harter Pulaski Div 8 Victor S. Armbrister Abingdon
Div 4 William A. Wightman Petersburg Div 9 Charles 0. Hartsock Hagerstown
Div 5 J. E. Ellington Charlottesville  

Conventions

Mid-Winter Conference Richmond, VA January 12-13 Attendance 278
International Convention St. Louis June 17-21
District Convention Roanoke, VA October 4-6

Contests

  Achievement Contest Attendance Winners
Gold Division Washington Petersburg 94.37
  Runner up - Martinsville 92.64
Silver Division Westminister Westminster 95.67
  Runner up - Ellicott City 95.31
Blue Division Parkville Greenwood 98.47
  Runner up - Parkville 97.36
White Division Georgetown Essex 93.25
  Runner up - Mount Airy 92.22
Orange Bethesda  

New Organized Clubs 1951

Club Organized Chartered Members
Wheaton, MD Feb. 5 March 27 25
Easton, MD Aug. 9 Sep 18 25
Millsboro, DE Aug 14 Oct. 9 25
Mt. Road, MD Dec 10 Jan 29 25
Northeast Washington, DC Aug 8 Oct. 3 25

District Chairs

Achievement Reports
D. Hurd Goode
Martinsville
Agriculture & Conservation
J. Web Midyette
Attendance and Membership
W. Paul Lord
Greenwood
Boys and Girls Work
A. A. Hagberg
Crewe
District Convention Programs
D. Hurd Goode
District Convention - General
Flave S. Baird
Roanoke
Finance
D. Hurd Goode
Inter-Club Relations
James B. Bullard
Richmond
Education and Fellowship
J. Henry Frick
Key Clubs
Dr. J. L. Trone
Elkton
Laws & Regulations
E. P. Litton
Coeburn
New Club Building
John M. Whitmore
Annapolis
On-to-St. Louis Convention
Martin T. Wiegand
Washington
Past District Governors
Martin T. Wiegand
Programs & Music
John K. Blackburn
Waynesboro
Public adn Business Affairs
Michael J. Kelly
Public Relations
Carroll R. Poffenberger
Hagerstown
Resolutions
W. Albie Barksdale
Charlottesville
Support of Churches in Their Spiritual Aims
J. Vernon
Underprivileged Child
Dr. C. C. Hatfield
Saltville

1951, Governor Arkley L. Fleming Bio:

A. L. Fleming, of Salisbury, MD, is head of the Department of Economic and Government at State Teachers College, Salisbury. He is a consultant to the State Department of Education in the Evaluation Program.

He is very active in civic and church affairs. He is a member of the Board of the Bethesda Methodist Church; a trustee for the Conference Camp for Youth and a member of the Executive Committee of the Peninsula Conference Board of Education; President of the Pocomoke Chapter of Soil Conservation Society of America; Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Wicomico County Committee for adoption of the Hoover Report; Chairman of the Training Committee, Salisbury District, Boy Scouts of America, and is a 32nd degree Mason.

Al is married and has 1 daughter.

He served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Salisbury in 1947, LG of Division 7 in 1949 and Governor of Capital District for 1951.

1952
Clubs 109. Members 6,420
Governor J. Sinclair Selden, Jr.

Conventions

Midwinter Conference

Hotel Chamberlin

Fort Monroe, Virginia
District Convention Baltimore Maryland

New Clubs 1952

Rodney Square, DE May 6
Brandywine Hundred, DE May 7
Takoma Park, MD May 15
North Brandywine, DE June 9
Laurel, DE July 14
Hampden-Mt. Washington, MD Dec 1

1953
Clubs 115, Members 6,873
Governor Herbert F. Weldin

Conventions

Midwinter Conference Washington, D. C.
District Convention Richmond, Virginia

New Clubs 1953

Club Organized Chartered Members
Red Clay Valley, DE Jan 1 Jul 11 30
New Castle Hundred, DE Mar 16 Jul 11 27
Belair Road, MD May 14 Jun 30 25
Oxon Hill, MD July 1 Jul 11 25
West Baltimore, MD July 2 Sep 16 25
Mt. Vernon, VA Sep. 15 Jan 22 25
Roanoke Valley, VA Oct 6 Feb 23 30
Odenton, MD Oct 19 Apr 20 26
Pocomoke City, MD Nov. 9 Sep 16
Glen Allen, VA Nov 12 Sep 12
Brooklyn-Curtis Bay, MD Dec 21 Nov 5
Laurel, MD Dec 9 Dec 1
Sparrows Point, MD Dec 14 Nov 28

1954
Clubs 128. Members 7,308
Governor Wilton H. Wallace

Conventions

Midwinter Conference Hotel Chamberlin Fort Monroe, VA
District Convention Staunton, VA

New Clubs 1954

Club Organized Chartered Members
Pearisburg, VA April 1 May 6 31
Frankford, DE May 20 July 1 25
So. Baltimore, MD July 14 Sept 15 30
Lochearn, Md July 21 November 5 26
Virginia Beach, VA Dec 29, 1954 March 9, 1955 31
Annandale, VA Dec 31, 1954 March 3, 1955 25

1955
Clubs 134, Members 7,515
Governor Everett L. Butler

Conventions

Midwinter Conference Roanoke, Virginia
District Convention Washington, DC

New Clubs 1955

Club Organized Chartered Members
Thurmont, MD January 27 March 31 25
Gaithersburg, MD May 3 July 16 25
Commodore Mayo, MD June 9 Aug 13 42
Severna Park, MD Dec 15, 1955 Feb 11, 1956 25
Hillsville, VA Dec 16, 1955 Feb 3, 1956 26
Georgetown, DC Oct 3 Nov 5 25

Honaker charter revoked.

Clubs of the Capital District

Abingdon, VA
Organized Sept 15, 1942
Alexandria
Organized May 9, 1921
Annandale, VA
Organized Dec 31, 1954
Annapolis, MD
Organized Feb. 28, 1933
Arlington, VA
Organized June 5, 1931
Ashland, VA
Organized Feb 2, 1923
Baltimore, MD
Organized Nov. 22, 1917
Bassett, VA
Organized Aug 17, 1926
Belair Road, MD
Organized May 14, 1953
Bethesda, MD
Organized Jan 23, 1945
Blacksburg, VA
Organized Sept 9, 1946
Bland County, VA
Organized April 5, 1940
Brandywine Hundred, DE
Organized May 7, 1952
Bridgeville, DE
Organized Jan 26, 1939
Brooklyn-Curtis Bay, MD
Organized Dec 1953
Charter Revoked 1958
Catonsville, MD
Organized May 29, 1945
Charlottesville, VA
Organized April 3, 1922
Chesterfield, VA
Organized Oct 2, 1950
Chncoteague, VA
Organized Dec 5, 1946
Christiansburg, VA
Organized May 31, 1949
Clifton Forge, VA
Organized April 4, 1921
Clintwood, VA
Organized Dec 17, 1937
Coeburn, VA
Organized Mar. 8, 1923
Commodore Mayo, MD
Organized Jun 9, 1955
Covington, VA
Organized Sept. 4, 1923
Crewe, VA
Organized Oct 27, 1924
Crisfield , MD
Organized May 16, 1946
Cumberland, MD
Organized May 8, 1924
Dante, VA
Organized Dec 15, 1950
Non Meeting 1956
Danville, VA
Organized May 1, 1921
Delmar, DE
Organized Jul 6, 1950
Dover, DE
Organized Jan 16, 1935
Dundalk, MD
Organized Jul 1, 1946
Eastern Branch, DC
Organized Jan 27, 1949
Easton, MD
Organized Aug 9, 1951
Elkton, MD
Organized Apr 31, 1932
Ellicott City, MD
Organized Apr 2, 1940
Essex, MD
Organized Mar 26, 1947
Fairlawn Community, VA
Organized Sept 15, 1948
Fairlington, VA
Organized Aug 11, 1947
Falls Church, VA
Organized Jun 16, 1949
Frankford, DE
Organized May 20, 1954
Frederick, MD
Organized May 1, 1923
Fredericksburg, VA
Organized Feb. 9, 1923
Front Royal, VA
Organized Aug 8, 1945
Galax, VA
Organized Jun 1951
Georgetown, DE
Organized Sept 30, 1935
Glen Allen, VA
Organized Nov 12, 1953
Glen Burnie, MD
Organized Dec 22, 1947
Graham, VA
Organized Jul 22, 1946
Greenwood, DE
Organized May 31, 1946
Grundy, VA
Organized Feb 14, 1947
Hagerstown, MD
Organized Mar 17, 1921
Halethorpe, MD
Organized Jun 4, 1940
Hamilton, MD
Organized Oct 1946
Hampden-Mt. Washington Organized Dec 1, 1952
Hampton, VA
Organized Oct 27, 1925
Harrisonburg, VA
Organized May 10, 1922
Haysi, VA
Organized Feb 17, 1949
Highlandtown, MD
Organized Oct 1, 1947
Honaker, VA
Organized Aug 2, 1949
Hopewell, VA
Organized Nov. 11, 1924
Laurel, DE
Organized Jul 14, 1952
Laurel, MD
Organized Dec 9, 1953
Lexington, VA
Organized Nov. 23, 1925
Lochearn, MD
Organized Jul 21, 1954
Lock Raven, MD
Organized Dec 14, 1950
Lynchburg, VA
Organized Jan. 14, 1920
Manassass, VA
Organized Oct. 17, 1924
Marion, VA
Organized Dec. 26, 1922
Martinsbille, VA
Organized Mar 14, 1921
Milford, DE
Organized Oct 24, 1038
Millsboro , DE
Organized Aug 1951
Mountain Road, MD
Organized Dec 10, 1951
Mount Ary, MD
Organized Apr 4, 1949
Mount Vernon, VA
Organized Sep 15, 1953
Narrows, VA
Organized Jan 5, 1938
Newark, DE
Organized Nav 30, 1949
Northeast Washington
Organized Aug 8, 1951
New Castle Hundred, DE
Organized Mar 16, 1953
Newport News, VA
Organized Jan 11, 1921
Norfolk, VA
Organized May 13, 1919
North Baltimore, MD
Organized Feb 6, 1936
North Brandywine, DE
Organized Jun 1952
Norton, VA
Organized Jan. 18, 1921
Odenton, MD
Organized Oct 19, 1953
Old Dominion, VA
Organized Aug 11, 1947
Oxon Hill, MD
Organized Jul 1, 1953
Parkville, MD
Organized Dec 18, 1944
Pearisburg, VA
Organized Apr 1, 1954
Petersburg, VA
Organized Feb. 16, 1922
Pikesville, MD
Organized May 27, 1935
Pocomoke City, MD
Organized Nov 10, 1953
Portsmouth, VA
Organized in Jan. 11, 1920
Prince Georges Co, MD
Organized Mar 22, 1934
Pulaski, VA
Organized Apr 5, 1946
Radford, VA
Organized Jan 24, 1923
Red Clay Valley
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Organized Jul 16, 1928
Reisterstown, MD
Organized Aug 23, 1935
Richlands, VA
Organized Dec 16, 1938
Richmond, VA
Organized Mar. 6, 1919
Roanoke, VA
Organized Nov. 26, 1919

Roanoke Valley , VA
Organized Oct 6, 1953

Rockville, MD
Organized May 17, 1950
Rodney Square, DE
Organized May 6, 1952
Salem, VA
Organized Mar 15, 1921
Salisbury , MD
Organized May 10, 1939
Saltville, VA
Organized Oct 29, 1942
Seaford, DE
Organized April 1923
Shady Side, MD
Organized Apr 15, 1946
Silver Spring, MD
Organized Mar 13, 1948
South Balitmore, MD
Organized Jul 14, 1954
Southside Norfolk, VA
Organized Oct 14, 1927
Sparrows Point, MD
Organized Dec 1953
Staunton, VA
Organized June 15, 1922
Suffolk, VA
Organized May 19, 1947
Suburban Annapolis, MD
Organized Sept 1950
Takoma Langley Park, MD
Organized May 15, 1952
Taneytown, MD
Organized Apr 19, 1939
Thurmont, MD
Organized Jan 1955
Towson, MD
Organized Dec 12, 1928
Victoria-Kenbridge, VA
Organized July 24, 1925
Virginia Beach, VA
Organized Dec 29, 1954
Warwick County , VA
Organized Mar 28, 1949
Washington, DC
Organized Feb. 19, 1917
Waynesboro, VA
Chartered Sept. 22, 1925
West Baltimore, MD
Organized Jul 1953
Westminster, MD
Organized Dec 9, 1931
Wwest Point, VA
Organized Sept 26, 1922
Wheaton , MD
Organized Feb 5, 1951
Williamson Road , VA
Organized Mar 4, 1948
Wilmington, DE
Organized Nov 19, 1918
Winchester, VA
Organized June 25, 1922
Wise, VA
Organized Sept 3, 1946
Woodbridge, VA
Organized Mar 20, 1947
Wythe County, VA
Organized Apr 7, 1948
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