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Kiwanis Club installs new officers

From left are 2013-2014 officers and directors for the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County including directors Erin Whatley, Ken Rodd, immediate past President Gail Carter; Secretary Tommy Gay; Vice-President Kristin Caso; President-elect Alan Greer; and President Lance Barnes. Not pictured are Treasurer Bill McDaniel, and directors Richard Brown, Rob Collins, Price Corr, Ann Owen, and Tim Thomas. (Special photo)

From left are 2013-2014 officers and directors for the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County including directors Erin Whatley, Ken Rodd, immediate past President Gail Carter; Secretary Tommy Gay; Vice-President Kristin Caso; President-elect Alan Greer; and President Lance Barnes. Not pictured are Treasurer Bill McDaniel, and directors Richard Brown, Rob Collins, Price Corr, Ann Owen, and Tim Thomas. (Special photo)

The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County is forging ahead in its seventh decade with the installation of new officers and directors recently.

The club, chartered in 1952 under the sponsorship of the Albany Kiwanis Club, noted the occasion with a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn. With nearly 120 members, it is among Albany’s largest civic organizations. In addition to its own community and international projects (Project Eliminate, Bringing Up Grades, Annual Art Contest, and foundation scholarships among others), Kiwanis of Dougherty actively supports numerous activities and organizations.

Contributions this year included the Albany Sports Hall of Fame, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Alzheimer’s Outreach Center, the Flint Riverquarium, The Anchorage, Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany, the Lake Park Archery Team, Boy Scouts, Liberty House, Operation One Voice, Crimestoppers, Second Harvest Food Bank, Dixie Youth Baseball, the SOWEGA Council on Aging, Dougherty High Football, Special Olympics, and Family Literacy Connection.

As a slide presentation of the past year under the leadership of president Gail Carter unfolded in the background, guests enjoyed a buffet meal, followed by a number of special presentations that preceded the official oaths of office administered by Greer Cox of Thomasville, Georgia Kiwanis District’s Division 5 lieutenant governor. New Georgia District Governor Katrina Baranko and former division lieutenant governor Dewey Smith of Albany were also among the guests.

Plaques of appreciation were presented to honor the service and dedication of two deceased members, Bob Baynard and Giles Solomon. Their widows, Mary Baynard and Betty Solomon, accepted on behalf of their late husbands.

In an unusual move, two George F. Hixson Awards were given individually to Dorene and Lamar Parker, longtime Kiwanis DoCo members who have served the club with distinction, included terms by each as club president. The prestigious award is named for Kiwanis International’s first president, who gave some 50 years of service to the organization.

The Parkers also made a contribution to the club’s historical relics. Following a purchase at auction, they presented the original banner and charter document that had been given to the club upon its establishment in 1952, with the stipulation that the artifacts always be kept by the club.

Harry Futral, Ben Lockett, and Jim Rodgers were recognized for their efforts at manning the front reception desk at weekly meetings and helping ensure the sessions run in an orderly manner.

New officers and directors for the 2013-14 club year are president, Lance Barnes; president-elect, Alan Greer; vice president, Kristin Caso; secretary, Tommy Gay; treasurer, Bill McDaniel; immediate past president, Gail Carter; and directors Richard Brown, Rob Collins, Price Corr, Ann Owen, Ken Rodd, Tim Thomas, and Erin Whatley.

After outgoing president Carter turned over the gavel to Barnes, he gave her a decorative plaque recognizing her leadership of the club for the past year.