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Kiwanis Club (Johnson City, Tenn.)



The organization of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club was the result of an initial meeting held on February 5, 1920 by six men who expressed interest in forming a local civic club. By February 18 the number of interested men had increased to twelve. These twelve met in the office of Joe A. Summers, a Johnson City realtor, and discussed with George A. Selig, Kiwanis field representative from Knoxville, the prospect of forming a Kiwanis club in Johnson City. By February 20 seventy-five men had been enlisted to join the new Kiwanis Club. On May 14, 1920, when its charter was presented to the Johnson City Kiwanis Club, membership had increased to eighty-eight. Members elected as their first slate of officers were: Joe A. Summers, president; W. J. Exum, vice-president; W. B. Miller, treasurer; and Jamison Jonnard, secretary.

Since its founding the Kiwanis Club has sponsored and contributed to many civic activities, programs, charities and organizations. Among the charities Kiwanis has contributed to and worked for are the Salvation Army's Christmas fund and Community Chest-sponsored charities. Kiwanis has set up a science scholarship given annually for a qualified local high school student, has sponsored a local science fair, and has donated money for the building of a park and recreation center in Johnson City. Kiwanis also supports local athletic and music groups and events. Some of the more well-known Kiwanis events include its pancake breakfasts and pizza dinners.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

McBerney Burleson Collection

Identifier: AppMs-0236
Scope and Contents

The McBerney Burleson Collection documents Burleson’s life and personal interests and activities. This includes his involvement with East Tennessee State University, First United Methodist Church in Johnson City, the Johnson City Community Theatre, and the Kiwanis Club. The collection includes correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, sports statistics and information on ETSU and local high school athletic teams, publications, programs, brochures, and other printed material.

Dates: 1920-1994

Johnson City Kiwanis Club Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0007

The collection is arranged into 16 series.

Dates: 1920-1989

Range Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0126

The collection is divided into three series according to document type as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1790-2000 and undated; Series 2, Publications, 1849-1941 and undated; Series 3, Photographs, 1880-1974, and undated.

Dates: 1790-2000 and undated

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Personal papers 2
Photographs 2
Publications (document genre) 2
Charities 1
Church history -- Tennessee 1