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Club Past Presidents 1923-Present

Christmas Parade 1949

The Millville Kiwanis Club was organized on February 1, 1923 with  Atlantic City Kiwanis as its sponsor. The first meeting of the Board of  Directors was held on February 20, 1923. By-laws were approved on February26, 1923 by Kiwanis international. A charter was issued on June 20, 1923. There were 51 charter members.

The charter officers were:

Wilbert Bivens, President

F.C. Morrison, Vice President

Wilbert R. Goodwin, Secretary

Dr. A. J. Mander, Treasurer

Will T. Bingham, District Trustee 

Within the first year of the clubs existence, 26 new members were added, bringing the membership to 77. In 1924, Will was elected District Governor for New Jersey and the entire club attended the installation.

During the Depression, the club was appointed by the mayor to organize a Welfare Drive for raising funds for the unemployed in the city. Its goal of $15,000 was over subscribed. The club was renowned in Southern New Jersey for its singing during these years. The Millville Kiwanis Quartet was voted the outstanding musical organization present at the Atlantic City Convention in 1930. Two years later, funds were appropriated to send the Quartet to the    International Convention in Detroit. Eighteen members attended that convention. In 1937, George Borneman of the Millville Club was elected Lieutenant Governor. 

Through the years, the club has supported continues to support the Millville Hospital, (now South Jersey Hospital Systems); Boy Scouts, Explorer Patrol and Special Olympics. For many years, starting in 1941, the hosted an annual Easter Egg Hunt which was always attended by hundreds of children. Other notable past activities included sponsorship of the Annual Christmas Lighting Contest of homes in the city. 

The longest standing and most cherished service project of the Millville Kiwanis has been financing a trip to Washington DC for members of the elementary and middle school safety patrols. This commitment was first undertaken in 1936 and has been continued ever since. For the past twenty years, the club has sponsored an annual Barber Shop Show to raise the funds necessary to fulfill its commitment to the children. 

For about twenty four years, the Millville Kiwanis has supported the Key Club at the High School through financial contributions and by inviting Key Club members to attend luncheons. A $500.00 scholarship is awarded to a senior Key Club member each year at graduation. Millville Kiwanis has also financed a banquet honoring the football players for more than 29 years. 

Socially, the highlight of the Kiwanis year is the annual picnic at the Ushler’s home. Hosted by long time member Jerry Ushler and his wife, Tracy. The picnic is held on the second Thursday of August each year. The Ushler’s always extend their hospitality to all the members with great food and a refreshing dip in the pool. The picnic has also been held at the Mitchell farm. Great food and even a good game of horse shoes.

It has been a Millville Club tradition to have a program chairperson each month who invites and introduces the guest speakers. Many times, the speakers who have been invited have used the Kiwanis podium as a vehicle for disseminating important news. Area newspaper reporters frequently write articles about these speeches.

For most members, the regular meeting highlight of the year is the introduction the top ten academic students of the senior class by the school principal. The Club has made a conscious effort to honor other outstanding student achievement by recognizing the top ten vocational students, honoring championship sports teams, their coaches and inviting bands, choirs, the debate team and drama groups to perform at club meetings. 

The Millville Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday 12:00 noon at the Heritage House at Wheaton Village. Members are encouraged to attend and guest are always welcome.

 

 

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