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SILOAM SPRINGS KIWANIS CLUB
Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization designed for individuals desiring personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities.
Siloam Springs Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at John Brown University in the Dye Faculty Lounge. Everyone is welcome. Membership is open to those who have been invited to join in the meetings and participate in the club’s projects.
Siloam Springs Kiwanis Club is active and conducts several projects. These projects help provide funding for the Siloam Springs High School Scholarship Program. Our club also donates to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Siloam Springs Children’s Center, the Siloam Springs Boys & Girls Club and many other worthy projects. Our club also participates in Operation Clean Sweep by picking up trash and debris along a section of US Highway 412 in town.
A Circle K Club – Kiwanis on the collegiate level – was sponsored by the Siloam Springs Kiwanis Club and was chartered on March 6, 1964, at John Brown University. Before disbanding in the Spring of 1973, it received several awards including “Outstanding Club Award”. Its President became Circle K Governor of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Circle K International.
Siloam Springs Kiwanis Members are assigned to committees of their choice, and include:
|Youth Services||Sponsored Youth|
|Spiritual Aims||Young Children and Major Emphasis|
|Membership Growth||Club Meetings (members select program)|
|Membership Retention||Pancake Breakfast|
|Publicity and Newsletter|
Regular attendance at the weekly meetings is encouraged. There are not attendance requirements however; regular attendance is one of the benefits of belonging to a group and its fellowship. Perfect attendance is recognized and rewarded.
Members are invited to attend a regular meeting of the club’s board of directors and are encouraged to attend an inter-club meeting at another Kiwanis Club along with three other Siloam Springs Kiwanians. You will find, as a member, that you are welcome at any Kiwanis Club around the world.
The cost of membership is a one-time membership processing fee of $82.00 and a monthly charge of $30.00. The monthly charge includes weekly meals, dues and magazines. Of the monthly dues of $5.00 are divided between Kiwanis International, the Missouri-Arkansas District (MO-ARK) and the Siloam Springs Kiwanis Club. Also included in the $5.00 are magazine subscriptions to Kiwanis Magazine and the MO-ARK District bulletin, The Kiwanigram. An additional $2.00 Club dues is paid for use by the Siloam Springs Kiwanis Club. Credit for meals not eaten cannot be given unless the member is on a leave of absence. Leaves of absence are granted by the Board of Directors for a period of three months at a time.
The Siloam Springs Kiwanis Club is in the Northwest Arkansas Division of Kiwanis Clubs. We are in Division 19A of the MO-ARK District of Kiwanis International. There are 10 clubs that comprise Division 19. Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville-Sequoyah, Gravette, Huntsville, Lincoln, Rogers, Rogers-Breakfast, Siloam Springs, and Springdale. There are 27 Divisions in the District. The presiding officer of our club is the President, who is governed by the Club’s Board of Directors.
The Division is led by the Lieutenant Governor. The District is led by the Governor and Kiwanis International is led by the International President. All local, Division, District and International officers are elected and are Kiwanis Club members. They hold office for one year beginning October 1. The offices of Kiwanis International are in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In the early 1990’s, Kiwanis International voted to conduct it first worldwide service project; to virtually eliminate the most common, preventable cause of mental retardation, Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) by the year 2000. IDD affects about 1.5 billion people worldwide. Kiwanis, in partnership with UNICEF, is building iodized salt plants throughout third-world countries in an effort to prevent the development of IDD.
Kiwanis’ current global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, aims to raise US$110 million and save the lives of a 129 million mothers and their future babies. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is committing by 2015 to eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes. By targeting this disease, Kiwanis will not only save lives but also pave the way for other interventions that will boost maternal health and child survival among the poorest, most underserved women and children in the world.
THE SIX OBJECTS OF KIWANIS:
to give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life
to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationship
to promote the adoptions and application of higher social, business and professional standard
to develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship
to provide, through Kiwanis Clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships
to render altruistic service and to build better communities
to cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism that makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.
KIWANIS. The motto of Kiwanis is “We Build.” The name Kiwanis stems from an Indian phrase, which roughly translated, means, “To Express Oneself.”
Kiwanis International, along with our own Kiwanis Club, is an outstanding service organization. We are proud of our accomplishments, our community projects, and each of our members. All members, past and present, have an interest to give back to this community part of what it has given them. You will find, as we have, that Kiwanis is one of the best tools to give back some of what you have gained.
A HISTORY OF THE SILOAM SPRINGS, ARKANSAS KIWANIS CLUB. The Kiwanis Club of Siloam Springs was chartered August 2, 1946, with 27 members. It was sponsored by the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club with help from the only other Kiwanis Club in Northwest Arkansas, the Rogers Kiwanis Club. The population of Siloam Springs at the time was 2,366. The President is listed as James T. Brown on the official charter, but R.D. King was the first Club President.
The Club met in various places around town in those early days, but not until the late 1940’s did the Club settle on a permanent meeting place. It was the large banquet room on the second floor of the Youree Hotel at the corner of Broadway and University, which now houses the City Barber Shop. Fire destroyed the hotel in the early 1960’s so the group moved the meeting place to the Spot Theater on East Main Street where it met in the Fiesta Room.
The Kiwanis Club moved to the 4-C Restaurant in 1967, which was razed and is now the Hartland Lodge on West Hwy 412. The Club met there until 1973 until it met briefly at the L&K Restaurant just south of Seller’s Equipment on East Hwy. 412. The Sager Creek Flood of 1974 devastated the downtown area and other parts of the city. It took its toll on the Kiwanis Club as well. The flood swept away all of the Club’s historical records and papers.
In 1975, the Club met at the Jailhouse Café, located in the Highland Park Shopping Center. In 1976, the Club began meeting in the current meeting place, the Dye Faculty Lounge in the Mabee Center at John Brown University. Our Club grew to its largest membership in 1998 to 75 members and has received several awards for outstanding accomplishments. Awards have included “Outstanding Club” and “Outstanding Club Bulletin”. Members have been recognized for “Distinguished President”, “Distinguished Secretary”, and “Distinguished Lt. Governor”. Past Club member, Jim Sheets, moved from Siloam Springs to Indianapolis, Indiana, to accept a position with Kiwanis International at its home office when he served as the Administrator of Kiwanis International Foundation Board of Trustees until his retirement in 1998. In 1962 Jim served as Lt. Governor of our Division and then several years before leaving, served as District Secretary and later Governor of the MO-ARK District. We have had several members serve as Lt. Governor for our Division. They include: Bob Knight in 1973-74, Jim Hartley in 1979-80, Paul Joseph in 1991-92, Tommy Free in 2000-01 and Tony Williams 2005-06 and 2012-14 and David Bailey 2017-18.
PAST SILOAM SPRINGS KIWANIS CLUB PRESIDENTS
|1946||R.D. King||1981-82||Bob Burns|
|1947||J.C. McCurdy||1982-83||Doug Blank|
|1948||Eldon Robb &||1983-84||Sid Townsend|
|Wilson Ford||1984-85||Dennis Bergthold|
|1949||Max Sample||1985-86||Terry Reese|
|1950||Les Killebrew||1986-87||Lloyd Fagan|
|1951||Irving Hepner||1987-88||Craig Taylor|
|1952||Ken Siler||1988-89||Paul Joseph|
|1953||Barton Groom||1989-90||Phil Porter|
|1954||Dwight Morris||1990-91||Gene Bishop &|
|1955||Art Melson||1990-91||Larry Brooks|
|1956||R.D. King||1991-92||Art Morris|
|1957||Russell Smith||1992-93||Danny Elrod|
|1958||Neal Lancaster||1993-94||Gary Gray|
|1959||Walace Philpot||1994-95||Janette Hayes|
|1960||Kurt Burns||1995-96||Dana Snodgress|
|1961||Jim Sheets||1996-97||Roger Holroyd|
|1962||Jim Strassheim||1997-98||Tommy Free|
|1963-64||Harry Horne||1998-99||Grady Nichols|
|1964-65||John Ryhel||1999-00||Larry Eurich|
|1965-66||Ervin Taylor||2000-01||Bill Chism|
|1966-67||Charles Stinnett||2001-02||Ralph Griggs|
|1967-68||Ace Wilson||2002-03||Tony Williams|
|1968-69||Bob Knight||2003-04||Patrick Carr &|
|1969-70||Jack Martin||2004-05||Sheila Colvin|
|1969-70||Jim Hartley||2005-06||Allen Broyles|
|1970-71||Bill Ruble||2006-07||Jeremy Harp|
|1971-72||Maurice Derdeyn||2007-08||Rick Parker|
|1972-73||Glenn Rogers||2008-09||Mary Ann Owens|
|1973-74||Charles Brown||2009-10||Bob Coleman|
|1974-75||Burton Elliott||2010-11||James Mason|
|1975-76||Bill Osgood||2011-12||Karl Mounger|
|1976-77||A.P. Vohs||2012-13||S. Keith Moore|
|1977-78||Bill Hasseburg||2013-14||Jay Williams|
|1978-79||John Brown III||2014-15||Levi Price|
|1979-80||Wayne Collins||2015-16||David Bailey|
|1980-81||Jerrell Suttles||2016-17||Steve Onnen|