Kiwanis Club of Columbus records donated to the Billups-Garth Archives

Kiwanis Club representatives Christian Heinkel, seated, Jason Spears and Floyd McIntyre are pictured Wednesday with Columbus-Lowndes Public Library archivist Mona K. Vance, seated at right, in the library's Local History Department.  Some of the club's historical records donated to the library are displayed.  --Photo by Lee Adams/Commercial Dispatch staff

Kiwanis Club representatives Christian Heinkel, seated, Jason Spears and Floyd McIntyre are pictured Wednesday with Columbus-Lowndes Public Library archivist Mona K. Vance, seated at right, in the library’s Local History Department. Some of the club’s historical records donated to the library are displayed. –Photo by Lee Adams/Commercial Dispatch staff

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is pleased to announce the donation of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus materials to the Local History Department. 

Over seven boxes house a multitude of records dating back to the 1920s and include membership and attendance rolls, certificates, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, correspondence, club magazines and bulletins, flyers, brochures, financial reports, monthly reports, committee lists, and records pertaining to the various community programs and activities with which Kiwanis has been affiliated.

Kiwanis Lt. Governor / Historian Christian Heinkel said, “These records should prove invaluable to local history researchers, as the history of our club and that of the city of Columbus are so closely intertwined.”

On April 28, 1921, fifty-six local business and professional men chartered the Kiwanis Club of Columbus.  The first president was Dr. J. C. Rowan, the minister of the First Presbyterian Church and the first secretary was John W. Slaughter, long-time president of the First Columbus National Bank.

Over the years, the Kiwanis Club of Columbus has sponsored and contributed to many local activities such as an Mississippi University for Women scholarship, Father’s Child Ministry, Palmer Home, YMCA, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, and many more.

This year the club will hold their annual Super Bowl Television Raffle to benefit organizations that assist children in need in our community – – – 1st prize is a 50” HD Television, with two additional chances at some great prizes. To find out more contact Jason Spears at 816-0967 or by email at jspears@jdswealth.com.

The international Kiwanis organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan on January 21, 1915.  Dedicated to fellowship and community service, Kiwanis became an international organization in 1916 with the addition of a Canadian Kiwanis club. Membership was extended to women in 1987. As of 2006, Kiwanis has become a worldwide service organization encompassing more than 8,400 clubs in 96 nations.

For more information about this donation please contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304 or by email at mvance@lowndes.lib.ms.us.

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