Thomas W. Ryman (University of Georgia), 1968-69 Governor
April 1968 – You Are Invited to Attend Circle K Convention: “Information on the Georgia District Circle K Convention, April 19-21, in Atlanta at the Parliament House has been sent to all Kiwanis clubs in the district. Although there are only 29 Circle K Clubs in our district (which means less than one-fourth of the Kiwanis clubs sponsor a Circle K Club) all Kiwanians may well be proud of this outstanding organization composed of some of the finest young adults in our state. Therefore, it is hoped that not just Kiwanians and Faculty Advisors from the sponsoring clubs are urged to make a special effort to attend some of the sessions to get acquainted with these fellows who are to become future leaders in our communities.
“A registration form was included with the information sent to the club presidents. Kiwanians and Faculty Advisors will be expected to pay only for the meal functions they plan to attend. No other fees will be required of them. However, should any plan to spend the night, they will pay cost of room.” (Georgia Kiwanian)
July 1968 – 198 Circle K members and 65 guests were registered for the GA Circle K District Convention. Circle K Awards: Best Club (Jack E. McGraw Award – Gainesville Junior College; Single Service – University of Georgia; Scrapbook – Gainesville Junior College; Attendance – Birdwood Junior College; Best Lieutenant Governor - Joe Rightmyer, Americus (Old South Division); Best Secretary – Cary Stallings, DeKalb Junior College; Essay Contest – 1st Don Robinson, Berry College, 2nd Mitchell Dean, Gainesville Junior College; Oratorical Contest – Don Woodruff, DeKalb Junior College
District Circle K Officers – 1968-1969: Governor Tommy Rymer, Gainesville College (pictured left); Secretary James Black, Berry College; and Treasurer H. D. Satterwhite, Augusta College.
Lieutenant Governors: Chattahoochee – Mickey Harden, Columbus College; Cherokee – Robert Baldridge, Berry College; Coastal – Wilbur Johnson, Georgia Southern; Hills of Habersham – Van Peeples, Gainesville College; Metro-Atlanta – Dennis Hooper, Georgia Tech; Okefenokee –Neil Bullock, Valdosta State College; Old Capitol – Bill Jopling, Augusta College; Old South – Jim Devane, Birdwood College; and Kronicle Editor – Mitchell Dean, Gainesville Junior College.
The Perry Kiwanis Club wins a Georgia Kiwanis District Award for its involvement with Circle K.
March 1969 – Three K Conference, “An Attempt to close Gaps through Greater Understanding”: The Circle K of the University of Georgia sponsored a 3-K Conference on Sunday, January 2, 1969. The idea behind the conference was to bring the membership of the Athens Kiwanis Club, Athens High Key Club and the University of Georgia Circle K together in order to create a greater understanding of each organization, their purposes and workings. The philosophy was that members in the organizations comprising why the other organizations existed or what they were all about.
“The Conference was held on the 3rd floor of Russell Hall on the University of Georgia campus and consisted of six parts. There were two general sessions, a break with refreshments served by the University Circle K’s sweetheart Carol Wesson, and three workshop sessions. At the opening session Billy Hulbert, Governor of the Georgia Key Club District, and Mr. Howard W. Mumford, Kiwanis District Key Club Chairman, spoke briefly and at the closing session the presidents of the three organizations mentioned above, A. P. Barnett, Stu McGarity and John Hatcher, respectively, evaluated the success of the conference. Tommy Rymer, Governor of the Georgia Circle K District, also made remarks during the closing session.
“The three workshop sessions were divided into three different workshops each. A total of nine workshops was offered during three 45 minute periods. The workshops offered were: Public Relations, Club Administration, Interclub, Projects, Social, Fund Raising, Problems, Kiwanis-Circle K-Key Club Relations.
“Besides members of the Athens Kiwanis Club, Athens High Key Club and the University of Georgia Circle K, members from the Monroe High Key Club, Gainesville Junior College Circle K and Emmanuel College Circle K were in attendance at eth conference. The conference attendance was estimated to be 125 and was termed a ‘great’ success. As far as is known, this is a first in the Georgia District where a Kiwanis Club and its sponsored youth organization have gotten together for such a conference and it is supposed that this is a first in Circle K International as well.” (Georgia District Kiwanian)