Jim Owensby (Mercer College), 1971-72 Governor
June 1971 - 1971-72 District Circle K Board: Governor Jim Owensby, Mercer University; Secretary Steve Kandul, University of Georgia; and Treasurer Bob Chapman (East Point). Lt. Governors: Gary Eady, West Georgia College; Rom Remillard, Berry College; Willson Blake (Savannah); Jimmy Adams (Gainesville); Jim Garner (Tucker); Daniel S. Thorpe (Atlanta); John J. Copelan, Mercer University; Hank McCormick (Tifton); Sweetheart – Pat Kelly, Mercer University; Advisor – Mr. Brian Romer. (Georgia Kiwanian, Vol 17 No 6)
September 1971 – Stop Talking and Start Doing!!! By Brian Romer: “How many times in the past have you heard that expression? Ten? Twenty? One hundred? And each time have you been guilty of saying, ‘That’s right, by golly, it’s time to start acting. Don’t you think so Bill? Well, what do you think Fred? Etc. Etc. Etc. and so forth and so on.’ By the time the rhetoric cooled down, so had the spirit and momentum that had started it.
“Well fellow Kiwanian, I’ve got a message for you. If you don’t START DOING, by the time you STOP TALKNG, THERE WON’T BE ANY Circle K left for you to talk about helping.
“Circle K is one of the greatest endeavors of Kiwanis, and you, the individual member, by either your indifference or your willingness, will determine its fate.
“If your club doesn’t now sponsor a Circle K club, is one possible? Do you have a college or university campus within your area of influence? The campus needs Circle K. I, as district chairman, stand ready and willing to help form a new Circle K. That’s my job. I like it! We desperately need new clubs, but only those that can be made strong with adequate support rendered by the individual members within a sponsoring Kiwanis Club.
“If your club does sponsor Circle K, is your Circle K well and strong? Georgia District Circle K is not in good condition. Membership last year dropped 20 percent. Of some 35 clubs chartered in the state only 26 paid dues last year, and of those 26, only 17 are considered to be active and in good standing. That is a very sorry statement of fact.
“Have you ever attended a Circle K meeting? Try it once and see, it might surprise you. Under the new regulations for inter-clubbing going into effect October 1, you may take credit for an inter-club with a Circle K club. Make a big thing of it. But don’t just have one and quit! Have at least one a quarter. You take a program to them for one and let them bring you a program for the next.
“Have a softball game. Help them clean-up the local orphanage or old folks home and then go get hamburgers at the local slop chute. Don’t ask them to help with all your dirty work campaigns, help them with their projects of interest. If your club has a particular area of concern, discuss ways and means of united effort to solve the problems. Don’t just go to the Circle K club president and say, ‘We’re doing such and such and we want you to do this and this.’ Go tell them you want to help the teenager who needs a kidney machine and would like their help in planning the entire project and carrying it out.
“Get involved with them! They are a very concerned group of young adults who ache for the recognition of their adulthood. They don’t want you just to hand it to them. They want to earn your recognition and admiration and you had better believe that you will have to earn yours from them.
“START NOW! STOP TALKING AND START DOING!!!” (Georgia Kiwanian, Vol 17 No 9)
November 1971 - All levels of Kiwanis leadership gathered in Macon recently: (from left) Frank E. Craven, Lt. Governor, Division 9; E. Ralph Ivey, Governor, Georgia District of Kiwanis; Wes H. Bartlett, President, Kiwanis International; Tommy Gore, LaGrange, Georgia Key Clubs; and Jim Owensby, Mercer University, Circle K Governor.
Message from Jim Owensby, Circle K Governor: “The administrative theme for Kiwanis, ‘United for Progress’, holds a wealth of potential within these three words. At a time when each member of the ‘K’ family is having its problems, we should pool our ideas, and together work for constructive solutions.
“Circle K in Georgia is off to a good year. We are faced with many problems, but they are well on their way to being solved.
“Our membership goal for this year is 620; we now have 404.
“What was relevant to Circle K and Kiwanis five years ago is not necessarily so today. We are going to have to make some changes, if necessary in structure, in order to survive.
“Service projects will continue to dominate our planning, and we invite Kiwanis to help.” (The Georgia Kiwanian, Vol 17 No 11)