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Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County officers for 2014-15 are (left to right) treasurer Bill McDaniel; president-elect Kristin Caso; president Alan Greer; Division 5 Lt. Gov. Leah Sandbach; immediate past president Lance Barnes; secretary Gail Carter; and vice-president Greg Fullerton. (Photo by David Shivers)
Kiwanis DoCo directors for the new year are (from left) Sami Harewood, Ben Lockett, Lt. Gov. Leah Sandbach, Jim Rodgers, and Sara Cornwell. Not pictured are Victoria Darrisaw, Scott Brown, and David Shivers. (Photo by David Shivers)
Kristin Caso receives her Henry Heinz Award recognition from 2013-14 president Lance Barnes.
New president Alan Greer makes remarks about the club’s 2014-15 year.
The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County launched a new year October 1, preceded by installation of incoming officers and directors on September 29 in an evening dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Incoming Division 5 Lt. Gov. Leah Sandbach conducted the installation ceremonies and noted that this year will mark the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International, founded in Detroit in 1915. (The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County was chartered in 1952 under the sponsorship of the Albany Kiwanis Club.) As a result, Sandbach said clubs are being urged to find a way to use “100” in their activities or service projects during the year.
Special awards were presented to two outstanding Kiwanians. Kristin Caso, incoming president-elect, was the recipient of the Kiwanis Henry Heinz Award, denoting a $500 gift from the club to the Kiwanis International Foundation in her name. Tommy Gay, outgoing as club secretary, was honored with the George Hixson Award, marking a $1,000 donation in his name to the foundation and the second time Gay has been so honored by the club.
2013-14 president Lance Barnes said it had been an exciting year and disclosed that almost $23,000 in financial gifts were distributed by the club during the year. Among the recipients were the Albany Sports Hall of Fame, Alzheimer’s Day Care, The Anchorage, the Kiwanis Student Art Contest, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Operation One Voice, Crimestoppers, Dixie Youth Baseball, Dougherty High School football, Family Literacy Connection, Megan’s House, Georgia Kiwanis District, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the international Eliminate Project, the SGHSA Key Club, Liberty House, sponsored youth activities, Second Harvest Food Bank, Special Olympics, Student Ministries, the Kiwanis International Foundation, and the Albany Center for Children with Autism. The club also conducted three activity fundraisers: the Annual Pancake Breakfast, the Charles H. Smith Golf Tournament, and the Pritchett-Pippin Dance Recital.
Newly-inducted president Alan Greer challenged the club to new heights in the upcoming year, including increased new membership, particularly young professionals, re-involving former members, new service projects, and, in keeping with the origin of the Native American phrase “Kiwanis”, to have fun in the process.
In April 2015 Kiwanis Club of Dougherty is slated to host, with the assistance of neighboring clubs, the Georgia Kiwanis District Annual Art and Music Showcase at the downtown Albany Municipal Auditorium, an event that will draw hundreds of visitors from across the state and help showcase downtown Albany. For the past several years the event had been held at West Georgia University in Carrollton.
The new officers for Kiwanis Dougherty for 2014-15 are: president, Alan Greer; president-elect, Kristin Caso; vice president, Greg Fullerton; secretary, Gail Carter; treasurer, Bill McDaniel; immediate past president, Lance Barnes. In addition to the officers, the board of directors will include Sami Harewood, Victoria Darrisaw, Sara Cornwell, Ben Lockett, Jim Rodgers, Scott Brown, and David Shivers.