The Conway Kiwanis Club celebrated its 90th birthday on Wednesday with cake and speeches from past presidents. Stanley Russ, Gene Bartley, Harry Readnour and Dr. Terry Fiddler shared memories, jokes and special insights with the rest of the club.
Bartley, who served as president in 1993-1994 and has served as governor of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis, said he has traveled to Kiwanis Clubs from the east coast to the west coast.
“I’ve seen a lot of Kiwanis Clubs,” he said. I do believe that overall, we have the best Kiwanis Club I’ve ever attended. We don’t understand how fortunate we are to have the meeting facilities and the membership that we have.”
Russ recalled days of selling tickets to the club’s Pancake Days in the 50s and 60s and washing dishes during the event at “the old Legion hut.”
Fiddler said the biggest thing that happened while he was president was that Kiwanian Bob Nabholz and others started the Boys and Girls Club. The program continues to get better, having recently opened a new building, he said.
“In Kiwanis, you can’t see the trees for the forest,” he said. “The trees are the people who were the foundation of this club.”
He added, “Everybody in here has something great they have done in the city or in the county, but it’s not about them individually. It’s about the forest. Ronald Reagan said, ‘It doesn’t matter who gets the credit as long as it’s done,’ and I think that epitomizes Kiwanis.”
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