Bucky Highsmith (University of Georgia), 1979-80 Governor

May 1979 – Circle K meet set Aug 19-22:  “Circle K International, Kiwanis’ college-age sponsored youth organization, will hold its 24th annual convention at the Marriott Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, August 19-22.  More than 1,000 Circle K’ers, Kiwanians, and guests are expected to attend the meeting.

“Kiwanis International President-Elect Mark A. Smith Jr. will be one of the featured speakers at the convention.  In addition, conventioneers will hear from the 1978-1979 Circle K International President Paul L. Frantz and the 1979-80 President of Key Club International, who will be elected at the organization’s July 8-11 meeting in Washington, DC.

“Workshops on a wide range of administrative and service project areas will also be featured at the convention.  One of the highlights of the meeting will be the introduction of Circle K’s new 1979-81 Theme and Objectives program.

“All Kiwanians, especially those associated with the Circle K program, are invited to attend and participate in the convention.  Arrangements with the Chicago Marriott Hotel provide special room rates of only $26 per day for a single room.  The convention registration fee is $31.”

August/September 1979 – Circle K’ers from Georgia gain honors:  “Georgia District Circle K’ers were honored at their recent convention in Chicago in August.  Three awards were presented to the district in recognition of service in three separate areas. 

“The Circle K Club of Emory University, sponsored by the Druid Hills Kiwanis Club, received a third place award in single service projects for their work with the McDonald House at Emory University Hospital.  The McDonald House provides a convenient, comfortable and economical place for the parents of seriously ill children to sty close to the medical complex. (Pictured are Carolyn Richar and Emory University Circle K President Keith Bailey.)

“The second award, the J. N. Emerson Award, for outstanding services as Lieutenant Governor, went to the immediate past Lieutenant Governor Mary Jo Gray of Circle K’s Metro Division.  The award, similar to the Kiwanis Distinguished Lieutenant Governor award recognizes the service to clubs and to membership growth.  The Metro Division includes the clubs of Emory University, DeKalb Community College-Central Campus, Georgia State University and Georgia Tech.  (Mary Jo Gray is pictured above with Mark Smith Jr.)

“The third award, the Douglas Wasson Award, goes to the Kiwanian who helps build four or more new Circle K clubs in a single year, was presented to George Gray, Circle K’s Georgia District Administrator.  George is a member of the Atlanta-Perimeter Center Kiwanis Club.  The new clubs and their Circle K sponsors are Dalton Junior College, Dalton; Emory University, Druid Hills; Georgia College, Milledgevile; Thomas County Community College, Thomasville; and Valdosta College, The Azalea City.

“Georgia’s delegation to the convention was lead by Governor Bucky Highsmith of the University of Georgia Club.  Some 25 Circle K’ers from all parts of the district gained much inspiration and information during the four day convention in the Windy City.  One highlight was a tour of the Kiwanis International Headquarters building at 101 East Erie Street.  District Administrator George and Jeanne Gray accompanied the Circle K’ers.  Mark Smith was an honorary member of the Georgia delegation as well.”

The Dougherty County Kiwanis Club wins a Georgia Kiwanis District Award for its involvement with Circle K during the 1978-79 administrative year.

The Georgia District of Kiwanis starts The Tomorrow Fund, which is created for Kiwanis clubs (especially those that do not sponsor Key Clubs or Circle K Clubs) to financially support Key Club and Circle K.  Funds are used to send students to various training conferences.

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