Marvin H. Foster (University of Georgia), 1967-68 Governor

July 1967 – Georgia District Circle K Convention by Donald F. Witt, District Circle K Chairman:  “One of the highlights of Circle K each year is the Georgia District Convention which was held this year at the Augusta Town House in Augusta, Georgia on April 28, 29 and 30.  Representatives from 19 Circle K Clubs, a number of Kiwanians, Faculty Advisors and other guests attended the Eighth Annual Convention which established a record high attendance of 238.  It was considered to be by far, the most outstanding convention in the history of Georgia District Circle K.

“Speakers included an inspirational Keynote Address by the Honorable George T. Smith, Lt. Governor of the Sate of Georgia, a challenging address by Donald R. Teasley, Director, Circle K International, and a fine farewell address by Governor Henry T. Malone.

“Several interesting workshop discussions were held on Saturday morning followed by a luncheon meeting honoring the President of each Circle K Club.  Following the Governor’s Reception and Buffet Dinner on Saturday night the Convention Awards were presented as follows:  Jack E. McGraw Best Club Award – Berry College; Best Lieutenant Governor – Joe Rightmeyer (Ga. Southwestern); Single Service Award – Augusta College; Attendance Award – DeKalb College; Impromptu Essay Contest – Ed Henderson (DeKalb College); Oratory Contest – Ray Gwynes (Ga. Southwestern)

“In addition, a handsome bronze plaque was presented to Mr. Jack E. McGraw, retiring Kiwanis District Circle K Chairman, as a token of appreciation for his excellent guidance, counsel and dedicated service to Circle K during the past four and one-half years.

“On Sunday morning the House of Delegates met to officially elect new Georgia District Officers for 1967-68.

“The House of Delegates unanimously endorsed Past District David Willard as a candidate for an International office at the International Circle K Convention to be held in Ottawa, Canada, August 27-30. David is to be commended for his excellent leadership in the Georgia District during the past year.

“Next year’s District Convention is to be held in Atlanta and we hope to have an even larger representation and turnout of Circle K Men, Faculty Advisors and Kiwanians.” 

Georgia District Circle K Club Officers 1967-68:  Governor Marvin H. Foster, UGA; Acting Secretary Jerry D. Guthrie, UGA; Treasurer Jimmy Motos, LaGrange; Immed. Past Governor David Willard, UGA.  Lt. Governors:  Division 1 (Chattahoochee) Mickey Harden, Columbus College; Division 2 (Cherokee) Ken Clay, Berry College; Division 3 (Coastal) Ed Lord, Georgia Southern College; Division 4 (Hills of Habersham) Tommy Rymer, Gainesville Jr. College; Division 5 (Metro Atlanta) Jim Bumgardner, DeKalb College; Division 6 (Okefenokee) Neil Bullock, Valdosta State College; Division 7 (Old Capital) H. D. Satterwhite, Augusta College; Division 8 (Old South) Joe Rightmeyer, Georgia Southwestern College.  Kiwanis District Circle K Chairmen:  Chairman Donald F. Witt, Atlanta; Vice Chairman H. J. “Jim” Owen, Jr., Albany.  (Georgia Kiwanian, Volume 13, No. 7)

August 1967 - Georgia’s Circle K delegation attended the Circle K International Convention in Ottawa, Canada.  David Willard (left in row four) was elected to the office of Vice President of Circle K International.  Don F. Witt (third from left in row two) is Kiwanis District Chairman of Circle K and Marvin Foster (left in row 1) is the Circle K District Governor. 

October 1967 – Circle K Activities by Donald F. Witt, District Circle K Chairman:  “The past several weeks have been full of bustling activity on Circle K.  August 27-30 saw some 30 Georgia District Circle K members and your Kiwanis District Chairman attend the Circle K International Convention at Ottawa, Canada.  For most of these young men it was their first visit outside the United States and their first opportunity to attend an international Circle K Convention.  You can be proud that the Georgia District was well represented by young men who showed a keen interest in Circle K by attending the business sessions, workshops, District Caucuses and enjoyed the fellowship of other Circle K men throughout the United States and Canada.

“Our biggest thrill came when Georgia Past District Governor David R. Willard, a graduate student from the University of Georgia, was elected Vice-President of Circle K International for 1967-68. 

“On September 25, during the Georgia District Kiwanis Convention, a Circle K Breakfast Meeting was held at the Dinkler-Plaza Hotel in Atlanta which brought together approximately 25 Kiwanians and Circle K men for the purpose of discussing ways and means to strengthen Circle K in Georgia and to seek Kiwanis sponsors for eleven prospective Circle K Clubs on Georgia College campuses. We are hopeful that through the contacts made Clubs will be chartered during the 1967-68 school year.

“Inasmuch as Circle K has only eight divisions which considerably overlap Kiwanis Divisions, it was decided to appoint Kiwanis Division Chairmen for Circle K on the basis of Circle K Divisions.  (the following list includes the Division name, the Kiwanis Division Chairman and his home Kiwanis Club, the Circle K Clubs in the Division, and the location of the Division Training Conference

Division 1 – Cherokee; Mr. Blythe Hatcher, Metro Rome Kiwanis; Berry, Shorter and Reinhardt Colleges.  Division Training Conference in Nov. at Berry College.

Division 2 – Hills of Habersham; Mr. Alfred A. Blum, Gainesville Kiwanis; Gainesville Jr. College, Truett McConnell, U. of Georgia.  Division Training Conference Sunday, October 15 at Gainesville College.

Division 3 – Metro Atlanta; Mr. Lewis Van Gorder, Northwest Atlanta Kiwanis; Southern Tech, Ga. Tech, Emory, Ga. State and DeKalb College.  Division Training Conference Wednesday evening, Nov. 15 at Ga. State College.

Division 4 – Chattahoochee; Mr. Jack E. McGraw, Columbus Kiwanis; Columbus, Gordon Military, LaGrange and W. Ga. Colleges.  Division Training Conference Saturday, November 4 at Columbus College

Division 5 – Old Capital; Mr. Anthony H. Thompson, Augusta Kiwanis; Augusta, Oxford and Mercer Colleges.

Division 6 – Coastal; Mr. C. Roger Carter, Statesboro Kiwanis; Georgia Southern and Armstrong State Colleges.  Division Training Conference for both Old Capital and Coastal Divisions, Saturday, November 11 at Augusta College.

Division 7 – Okefenokee; Mr. Fred Badders, Douglas Kiwanis; Brunswick, Valdosta State, and South Georgia Colleges.

Division 8 – Old South; Mr. Bill Harris, Americus Kiwanis; Georgia Southwestern, Albany Jr. College, ABAC, Birdwood Jr. College.  Training Conferences for both Okefenokee and Old South Divisions, Wednesday evening, October 18 at Albany Jr. College.

“Kiwanians are especially urged to attend these educational meetings as each one will include a workshop for Kiwanis and Faculty Advisors.  You are also reminded that the week of October 29 – November 4 has been officially designated by Kiwanis International as Key Club and Circle K week.”  (Georgia Kiwanian)

November 1967 – October 29 – November 5 Proclaimed as Key Club and Circle K Week:  “Recently, Governor Lester Maddox signed a proclamation officially proclaiming the week of October 29 – November 5, 1967 as ‘Key Club and Circle K Week’ in Georgia and called upon the officials of the State and all citizens to make themselves aware of Key Club and Circle K, and to offer and render all due support to the young men of these organizations who are this day fitting themselves to the better, more responsible citizens when they take their places in the adult world… In Georgia, there are… over 600 college men active in 28 Circle K Clubs… (Georgia Circle K carries on its work this year) under the inspiring theme ‘Serve With Purpose.’”  (Georgia Kiwanian)

March 1968 – Governor Maddox Proclaims March 3-9 as Circle K Week in Georgia:  “Governor Lester Maddox proclaimed the week of March 3-9, 1968 as CIRCLE K WEEK in Georgia.  The proclamation was made in honor of the members of Circle K International, a college men’s service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International, which does service work on college campuses and in college communities undertaking such activities as aid to institutionalized persons, tutoring programs, blood drives, etc.

“Circle K International was founded at Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois as a Kiwanis Club project.  In 1955 the Board of Trustees of Kiwanis International began sponsorship of the organization and it soon became international in its scope.  Since then, the roster of clubs has grown to number 800 clubs with more than 15,000 members on college campuses in the United States and Canada.  Georgia has 29 clubs with over 650 members.

“The Governor’s proclamation cites the members of Circle K as ‘members of an international organization dedicated to serve with purpose their God, their country, their state, and their fellowman, seeking to give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.  They promote the adoption of higher social, business, professional, and educational standards and a more concerned and serviceable citizenship.  Through their service they have helped to build better communities where righteousness justice, patriotism, and good will are more than just words – where they become goals for living.”  (Georgia Kiwanian)

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