February — The Georgia District Kiwanian published a list of the Circle K Clubs Committee members. They included William P. Layton, Chairman (Atlanta), Horace Sturgess (Atlanta), Henry Kitchenson (Newnan), Chas. Jones, Sr. (Albany), Emory Nance (Douglas), Hiram Undercoffler (Americus), Don Waddell (Athens), Charles W. Walker (Macon), Rev. Jack Waldrep (Blairsville), Jim Whitfield (Blue Ridge), Bill Dickey (Covington), and Shealy E. McCoy (Valdosta). Two Circle K Clubs are referenced: Ga. School of Technology and U. of Ga. School of Forestry.
March — Georgia Kiwanis Governor W. Cam Mitchell (Hampton Club) reports in the Georgia District Kiwanian: “Congratulations to the new Circle K Club at Atlanta Christian College, East Point, Georgia. A Circle K Club is in the process of being formed at LaGrange College. It should be operating soon. The Airport Area and LaGrange clubs respectively deserve the credit for these two Circle K Clubs.”
May — Wm P. Layton, Chm of Circle K Clubs writes in the Georgia District Kiwanian: “Representatives from nine of the ten Circle K Clubs in Georgia met at the Georgia State College of Business Administration in Atlanta for the First Annual Georgia District meeting of its kind on Tuesday, May 8. Approximately 50 were in attendance, among which were members of Kiwanis Clubs from several other cities.
“Circle K Clubs are Kiwanis sponsored service groups for college men. Those in Georgia are located at Atlanta Christian College, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, LaGrange College, Georgia State College of Business Administration, Oglethorpe University, Southern Technical Institute, West Georgia College, Emory-at-Oxford, and Valdosta State College.
“A program designed to orient officers of the Circle K Clubs and the Circle K Club Committee Chairmen of the Kiwanis Clubs sponsoring them was presented during the morning after which the group were guests of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta for a Mother’s Day program and luncheon.
“Wm. P. Layton, Chairman of the Circle K Club Committee for the Georgia District of Kiwanis International presided at the meeting. Dr. George M. Sparks, former President of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta and President, Georgia State College, and Mr. Ed Johnston, Lieutenant Governor of the First Division of the Georgia District, welcomed the delegates. The keynote address was given by the Rev. Harrison McMains, Director, Christian Council of Atlanta. His topic was “The Challenge of Service Clubs.” He was introduced by Mr. John S. Carriger, President, Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“Lenn Greene, President, and members of the Georgia State College Circle K Club, served as hosts. Dr. Henry T. Malone, Vice-President of the Decatur Kiwanis Club, conducted a group discussion on “The Current Problems of Circle K Clubs in Georgia.”
“Other members of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta taking part on the program were Mr. Lon Duckworth, President; Mr. Luther S. Tatum, Vice President; Mr. Edward C. Hammond, Secretary; Mr. W. O. Duvall, Membership Committee Chairman; Mr. Russell Bridges, Jr., Program Committee Chairman; and Mr. Henry Maddox, Sunshine Committee Chairman.
“The meeting was considered by all in attendance to be very successful and that it should be an annual affair.”
June — Georgia Kiwanis Governor W. Cam Mitchell (Hampton Club) reports in the Georgia District Kiwanian: “Although no quota was set, there have been 2 Circle K Clubs formed and there is a good possibility of at least two more by year end. The number one chartered Circle K Club in the new International setup is at Emory University, sponsored by the Northside Atlanta Kiwanis Club.”
July — As reported in the Georgia District Kiwanian, “Henry Maddox of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta explaining about the purchase of soap to help send two Circle K Club members to the Convention in Philadelphia while pretty sponsors look on.” (Picture above)
Philadelphia Calls: “Philadelphia, one of North America’s oldest cities, will be host to Circle K International, one of North America’s newest service groups. Fellowship, inspiration, and hard work will headline the Philadelphia Convention of Circle K International, September 5 through 8, 1956. This, the very first convention of Circle K since coming into its international status, is expected to have in attendance those young men who lead in the improvement campaigns on the U.S. And Canadian college campus of today.
“The Kiwanis District of Georgia urges sponsoring Kiwanis Clubs to make special effort to help the students in each of our eleven Circle K Clubs raise the necessary money so that one or more representatives of each club can attend the convention. In addition the Circle K Committee Chairman in each club should accompany these representatives.
“William P. Layton, District Chairman of the Circle K Committee, has arranged with the Southern Railway for a special rate for the train trip provided as many as fifteen go from Georgia. The train leaves from Atlanta at 8:30 P.M. on September 4 and arrives in Philadelphia at 11:43 A.M., September 5. On the return trip the train leaves in the evening September 8 and arrives in Atlanta on the morning of September 9. Round trip fare is $30.85 per person including breakfast plus $2.82 tax.”
September — New President Named for Circle K International: “Wally Miller, 21, 446 San Marcos Road, Encinitas, California, a senior at San Diego State College, San Diego, California, was elected president of Circle K International at the organization’s first international convention, September 7th, at Temple University, Philadelphia. Miller is the son of Ralph W. Miller, San Diego. He is a former trustee of Circle K International. As president of Circle K International, Miller will be official spokesman for more than 3000 college men in 168 Circle K Clubs throughout the United States, Canada and the Hawaiian Islands.
“Miller succeeds Dick B. Forde, a junior at Western Michigan College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Forde was the first official international president of Circle K. The two young college leaders were honored at a banquet Friday evening, September 7th, at the Sylvania Hotel in Philadelphia, when Forde stepped down from the presidency and Miller was installed by Armand J. Rodehorst, Sr., New Orleans, Louisiana, Kiwanis Trustee, and official Kiwanis International representative at the convention.
“Also elected at Philadelphia were Maynard Davis, Austin Peay State College, Clarksville, Tennessee, and Leonard Hassett, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, vice presidents; Hal Helsley, Palomar Junior College, San Marcos, California, secretary; and the following trustees: J. A. Callahan, Temple University, Philadelphia; John Coleman, Valdosta State College, Valdosta, Georgia; Lawrence Dufor, Southeastern Louisiana College, Hammond, Louisiana; Jim Iverson, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California; Ron Michener, Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa; Cecil Pierre, Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois; John Plumb, Regis College, Denver, Colorado; George Podelco, Potomac State College, Keyser, West Virginia; Ralph Powell, Tulsa University, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jim Ridgeway, Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, Idaho; Don Ross, Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky; and Pete Smith, Ryerson Institute of Technology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.” (Georgia District Kiwanian)
December – International Status Vital to Circle K by George M. Sparks (left), President, Georgia State College of Business Administration: “I first heard about the Circle K movement when I attended the Kiwanis International Convention in Atlantic City during the summer of 1949. I brought the story home with me to Atlanta.
“Realizing that we had a natural set up at the Georgia State College for a club of this kind, we (myself and other interested Kiwanians) organized our own Circle K Club in February of 1950. I believe that ours was the fifth or the sixth Circle K Club to be organized.
“I was especially happy to see the Circle K movement begin, because Kiwanis clubs have been noted for so long for their work with youth groups, especially through the Key Club movement. Expansion of this movement into the college picture seemed to be highly desirable.
“Because of the fine objectives of Circle K, it was only natural that the movement, once it appeared on the college scene, should expand. One reason for this expansion, I believe, is that a college Circle K Club performs the same vital service for the college that the Kiwanis club performs for the adult community.
“The next step after the service ideal reached the college campus was for Circle K to become ‘international.’ Clubs as important as Circle K take on considerable prestige and additional value when they band together in international groups. AT our college, we have sororities and fraternities, for example, many of which were organized as local clubs. However, in most cases, as soon as they were able to become affiliated with a national organization, they were eager and proud to do so. We feel that the same dsire is inherent in Circle K Club members; and we are happy that the Circle K movement is now strong enough to have its own international organization.
“By having an international organization, we can enjoy the immediate benefits of an International Director and a central headquarters which will, in turn, publish an international bulletin. We have already profited from this advantage.” (The Circle K publication, The Bulletin, December 1956, Volume 1, No. 4)
By the end of the year, it is reported that Circle K had 12 clubs in Georgia.