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Club photograph in 1920.

Club members selling newspapers in
downtown Raleigh, a fundraising
activity in the 1950s and 1960s.



History of Our Club

A Short History of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh 

  Compiled by John C. Brantley, III
  On Behalf of the Kiwanis Centennial Committee
  From Archived Records of the Club and Its Members
  January, 2015
  Updated March, 2015


Kiwanis International was founded in 1915, and the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh is one of the oldest clubs. The first organizational meeting was held on December 19, 1919, at the Bland Hotel, with 107 members present. The new club was completed on January 3, 1920, and the charter was presented on April 8, 1920. The 124 charter members were a diverse group of Raleigh men who came together with the common interests of fellowship and community service.

Charter Members

Harry T. Adams

D. Henry Allen

J. Leroy Allen

R. McIver Allen

A. H. Arrington

Percy R. Ashby

John Askew

E. M. Avery

Col. A. L. Baker

Allen J. Barwick

George U. Baucom Jr.

Dr. O. D. Baxter

Dr. Carl W. Bell

Arthur Finn Bowen

Theo. H. Bower

Clarence E. Bowman

W. S. Boyd

J. C. Brantley

John B. Bray

Robert A. Brown

Alfred S. Brower

W. Z. Bush

Grover C. Cauthen

Roy O. Caviness

Joseph B. Cheshire Jr.

S. B. Coley

R. D. W. Conner

F. C. Cooper

W. S. Cox

Thomas L. Creekmore

Ralph H. Crowder

Raymond Crowder

Dr. Richard J. Crozier

J. M. Cunningham

Walter Reed Dent

Walters Durham

Dr. Robert H. Freeman

Kenneth Gant

Dr. Milton R. Gibson

Clarence B. Gill

Dr. Harold Glascock

Charles N. Goodno

Loomis McArthur Goodwin

C. P. Grantham

Gustav Hagedorn

William T. Harding

W. C. Harris

George B. Hellen

J. H. Hightower

Willis A. Holding

Samuel N. Holland

Clyde H. Hoppe

Clyde E. Hornaday

A. Telfair Horton

Archibald Horton

Dr. S. Robert Horton

Harry Howell

Karl G. Hudson

Charles E. Johnson Jr.

Thomas W. Johnson

William H. Jones

William H. Joyner

J. Everett Kennedy

Richard W. Kennison

Orast A. Lester

Wade C. Lewis Sr.

John M. Little

Henry O. Lineberger

H. Lineman

Bryon O. Outman

W. Reid Martin

Alfred M. Maupin

C. T. McClenaghan

John S. McDonald

Dr. James W. McGee

W. Hardy Mills

Clarence E. Mitchell

Raymond L. Moore

Dr. Robert P. Noble

B. Frank Page

Clyde E. Parker

Frank Parker

Dr. J. L. Peacock

Rev. W. W. Peele

Grover C. Poole

Dr. Ivan M. Proctor Jr.

Alvin J. Reed

Michael A. Rushton

James A. Salter

George C. Scarlette

I. L. Sears

R. O. Self

John A. Sheets

H. S. Silver

A. V. D. Smith

Col. Gordon Smith

Penick T. Smith

Wm. Oliver Smith

Wm. R. Smith

Willis Smith

Percy D. Snipes

J. D. Spicer

Dale Starbuck

Ralph L. Steele

Frank L. Stockwell

R. C. Stockwell

J. E. Stratford

Virgil St. Cloud

John T. Taylor

Alf. M. Thompson

Charles B. Thrift

Russell T. Uzzle

Dempsey W. Vinson

Fred Way

Joseph E. Wearn

A. Wray White

Julian E. White

Dr. Thaddeus E. Wilkerson

Robert Wilson

James R. Witherspoon

Edgar Womble

Mose W. Woodard

Charles V. York

J. Cooper Young

Insurance (Life)
National Hog Remedy Company
Retail Groceries
Service Station (Gasoline)
Groceries (Fancy)
Engineering Contractor
Painting Contractor
Adding Machines
State Tax Supervisor
General Medicine
Certified Public Accountant
Piano Dealer
Auto, Truck Salesman
Civil Engineer
Assistant Bank Cashier
State Department of Education
Auto Truck Salesman
Southern Bell Telephone Company
Produce (Wholesale)
U. S. Bankrupt Referee
Durham Life Insurance Company
Secy. State Historical Commission
Carolina Electrical Appliance Co.
State Purchasing Agent
S. A. L. Railway, Claim Agent
Wholesale and Retail Groceries
Garage Equipment
U. S. Internal Revenue Department
Storage Batteries
Mechanics Savings Bank
Gynecologist & Obstetrician
Cotton Manufacturer
Eye, Ear, Nose, & Throat
Certified Public Accountant
Automobile Retail Dealer
Raleigh Banking and Trust Company
Musician, Supv. Music City Schools
Judge of Raleigh City Court
Newspaper Man
Bank Cashier, Merchants Natl. Bank
Men’s Furnishings, King & Holding
Manager, Edison Shop
Auto. Dealer, Dail-Overland Co.
Insurance and Realty
Whiting-Horton Co. Men’s Clothing
Photographer, Horton’s Studio
Supt. Raleigh City Schools
Department Store, Hudson-Belk Co.
Stocks and Bonds
Coal and Ice Dealer
Musical Director, St. Mary’s School
Attorney at Law
Raleigh French Dry Cleaning Co.
Civil Engineer
Sporting Goods
Jolly-Wynne Jewelry Co.
Farm Lighting, Rg. Electric Svc. Co.
Dental Surgeon
Boys Secty. Y. M. C. A.
Bank Cashier
Casualty & Surety Insurance
Insurance (Casualty)
Auto Exchange Dealer
General Medicine
Mills Tire Co.
Printer, Mitchell Printing Co.
Storage Batteries, Mgr. Wrights Hotel
X-Ray Specialist
Drugs, Wholesale
Cotton Merchant, C. E. Parker & Co.
Dept. of Agriculture
Shaw University
Clergyman, Edenton St. M. E.
Seaboard Air Line
Dairy Products, Pine State Creamery Co.
Automobiles, Wholesale Dealer
Ginning and Cotton Seed
Cigars, Tobacco and Drink
Chief Clk. State Corporation Com.
Insurance (Life)
Druggist, King-Crowell Drug Co.
Cotton Mfgr., Pilot Cotton Mill
Asst. Adjt. General of N.C.
Furniture Dealer, Royal-Boyden Furn. Co.
Bookbinding, Edwards & Broughton Co.
Dye Stuffs Salesman, A. Klipstein & Co.
Attorney, State Tax Supervisor
Commissary Manager
Dist. Supt. Met. Life Ins. Co.
Chero-Cola Bottling Works
Adding Machines, Dist. Mgr. Wales Co.
Coal & Ice, Wyatt-Smith Fuel Co.
Fidelity Supply Co.
Piano Dealer, Jessie French & Sons
Hotel, Mgr. Bland Hotel
Ladies Ready-to-Wear
Cotton Merchant, Barbee & Co.
President, James Lumber Co.
Cigars, Tobacco & Drugs
Farmer, Sales Mgr. Natl. Biscuit Co.
Tobacco Salesman, Liggett & Myers Tob. Co.
Mgr. Union Seed & Fertz. Co. Oil Mill
Building Manager, Coml. Bldg. Co.
Pharmacist, Wake Drug Co.
Ear Surgeon
Printing Mgr. Coml. Printing Co.
Durham Life Ins. Co.
Pres. & Tr. Capital Cigar Co. Inc.
Stocks & Bonds

First Club Officers

Harry T. Adams
Charles V. York
William R. Smith
A. Wray White
Robert A. Brown

First Vice President
Second Vice President

First Club Directors

Harry T. Adams
George U. Baucom Jr.
Robert A. Brown
Harold Glascock
S. Robert Horton
Alfred M. Maupin
C. T. McClenaghan
John S. McDonald
William R. Smith
Virgil St. Cloud
Charles V. York
A. Wray White

Raleigh Hall of Fame

In 2012, the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of FameVideo

Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Award

The Kiwanis Club of Raleigh received a 2018 Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Award, in the Outstanding Financial Contributor category, from the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.


Raleigh Citizen Advisory Council Award

The Kiwanis Club of Raleigh received the Five Points Citizen Advisory Council Neighborhood Recognition Award for 2018. We were recognized for making a significant impact on the quality of life in the Five Points neighborhood by helping to renovate Kiwanis Park through our 2020 Centennial Parks Project.

The award announcement said, “Congratulations to you and the members of the Kiwanis Club for your all-out effort to raise sufficient funding so that the park will have a brand new playground, ball courts, a picnic shelter and a staffed community center, a true partnership with the City of Raleigh and a huge asset to our neighborhood.”

Year In Review

2013-2014 Year In Review
2014-2015 Year In Review



1920-1921   Harry T. Adams *
1922           Willis Smith *
1923           James R. Weatherspoon *
1924           John S. McDonald *
1925           Frank H. Jeter *
1926           William B. Duncan *
1927           N. Edward Edgerton *
1928           Rufus A. Doughton *
1929           William T. Joyner *
1930           Banks Arendell *
1931           Henry 0. Lineberger *
1932           Zeno P. Metcalf *
1933           Alfred S. Brower *
1934           J. LeRoy Allen *
1935           Ed L. Cloyd *
1936           Ben S. McKeel *
1937           Wade C. Lewis *
1938           Frank I. Watson *
1939           John W. Harrelson *
1940           William A. Queen *
1941           Earl H. Hostetler *
1942           Percy D. Snipes *
1943           Sam H. Youngblood *
1944           H. Page Williams *
1944           James D. Kilgore *
1945           Joe S. Correll *
1946           B. Grimes Williams *
1947           George Y. Ragsdale *
1948           Paul Reid *
1949           Ed A. Clement *
1950           Lonnie L. Ivey *
1951           George London *
1952           Robert W. Shoffner *
1953           Guy W. Rawls *
1954           Charles G. Coon Jr. *
1955           Earl Brian *
1956           Harold E. Eckert *
1957           J. 0. Harmon *
1958           Paul A. Hoover Jr. *
1959           Samuel R. Leager *
1960           Robert N. Simms Jr. *
1961           W. Herbert Jackson *
1962           Edgar M. Geddie *
1963           John Hunter *
1964           Joe Barnes *
1965           James A. Graham *
1966           J. Stanley Fishel *
1967           Ben W. Kilgore III *
1968           Wright T. Dixon Jr. *
1969           Frank A. Daniels Jr. *

1969-1970   John Milner *

1970-1971   G. Dodge Geoghegan *

1971-1972   Thomas W. Steed Jr. *
1972-1973   Marvin B. Koonce Jr. *
1973-1974   John D. McConnell Jr.
1974-1975   C. A. Dillon Jr. *
1975-1976   Walter L. Brown Jr. *
1976-1977   B. T. Henderson II *
1977-1978   Harry E. Stewart *
1978-1979   J. Mac Boxley *
1979-1980   Thomas Badger IV *
1980-1981   W. Earl Bardin *
1981-1982   Joseph W. Barber III *
1982-1983   Micou F. Browne *
1983-1984   Harry G. Walker Jr. *
1984-1985   LeRoy B. Martin Jr. *
1985-1986   John C. Brantley III
1986-1987   Sidney S. Eagles Jr.
1987           S. David Frazier
1987-1989   Robert J. Wyatt III
1989-1990   Paul A. Hoover III
1990-1991   James A. King II
1991-1992   Walter M. Keller *
1992-1993   William G. Pappas
1993-1994   Harold W. Berry *
1994-1995   William A. Rudolph *
1995-1996   John E. Ramsay Jr.
1996-1997   Robert N. Brooks
1997-1998   George B. F. Ramsay
1998-1999   E. Cameron Seely Jr.
1999-2000   R. C. Shackelford
2000-2001   Raymond W. Goodman Jr. *
2001-2002   J. Fallon Hanley
2002-2003   H. Clay Taylor III
2003-2004   John N. McClain Jr.
2004-2005   Harold G. Panel
2005-2006   Andrew N. Leager
2006-2007   William F. Watson
2007-2008   L. Michael Dodd
2008-2009   John N. Fountain
2009-2010   Alice D. Garland
2010-2011   Gary H. Pendleton
2011-2012   J. Melville Broughton III
2012-2013   John M. Nunnally
2013-2014   Christopher L. White
2014-2015   Kerr C. Ramsay
2015-2016   Helen M. Ballentine
2016-2017   John H. Collar III
2017-2018   J. Lee Parker
2018-2019   Frances D. Bobbie

2019-2020   Phillip J. Kirk

2020-2021   LeJon Poole

2021-2022   Sandra J. Birckhead


1920-1921   A. Wray White *
1922-1931   Alfred S. Brower *
1932-1948   A. Wray White *
1949-1955   Charles Romeo LeFort *
1956-1958   Mark G. Lynch *
1959-1960   William M. Storey *
1961-1990   Edward G. Batte *
1990-1995   John W. Deyton
1995-2003   Neil A. Crichton *
2003-2015   Martha T. Rippard
2015-          Courtney T. Allen


1920-1922   Robert A. Brown *
1923-1932   W. M. Upchurch *
1935-1936   Frank I. Watson *
1937-1938   R. C. DeRosset *
1939-1945   Lewis H. Powell *
1946-1965   Thomas W. Steed *
1966-1973   Harold Cox *
1973-1997   Waymon E. Pritchard *
1997-1998   R. C. Shackelford
1998-1999   Raymond W. Goodman Jr. *
1999-2000   J. Fallon Hanley
2000-2001   H. Clay Taylor III
2001-2002   John N. McClain Jr.
2002-2003   Harold G. Panel
2003-2008   Roscoe L. "Rocky" Strickland III
2008-2015   Gwendolyn L. Vass
2015-2017   Roscoe L. "Rocky" Strickland III
2017-2019   Lawrence A. Hamilton

2019-          John H. Collar

Division Lieutenant Governors

1921           Harry T. Adams *
1927           Frank H. Jeter *
1930           John S. McDonald *
1936           Ed L. Cloyd *
1946           Joseph S. Correll *
1951           Earl H. Hostetler *
1955           Guy W. Rawls *
1962           Robert N. Simms Jr. *
1976-1977   C. A. Dillon Jr. *
1981-1982   Harold R. Garner **
1982-1983   James I. Brown **
1982-1983   Harry E. Stewart *
1988-1989   John A. Aldridge
1991-1992   John S. Gastineau **
1995-1996   Sidney S. Eagles Jr.
1998-1999   Neil A. Crichton *
2001-2002   Harold R. Garner **
2006-2007   Martha T. Rippard
2008-2009   Martha T. Rippard
2015-2016   Christopher L. White
2016-2018   Kerr C. Ramsay

District Governors

1924           Harry T. Adams *
1958           Guy W. Rawls *
1981-1982   C. A. Dillon Jr. *
2005-2006   Harold R. Garner **

2019-2020   Chris White

District Trustee

2016-2019   Christopher L. White

2020-2021   Alice D. Garland

District Foundation Executive Committee

2016-2019   Sidney S. Eagles Jr.

International Trustee

1985-1989   C. A. Dillon Jr. *

International Vice President

1989-1990   C. A. Dillon Jr. *

  * Deceased
** Served while a member of another club


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PO Box 12

Raleigh, NC 27602

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