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  • 2017 Past Presidents Dinner

    Past Presidents' Dinner - Tradition!

    Past presidents of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City gathered at 3Sixty°Restaurant to offer advice, club lore, and encouragement. Sundy Corbin, the 100th president, will soon be transferring power to Leo Portman, the 101st. This tradition consists of advice, past stories, and camaraderie. Randall Stoner planned the dinner. The club will soon break ground on the Kiwanis Early Education Center (KEEC), formerly known as the Carver Mark Twain Head Start.

    We heard that Randall and Brenda Stoner ate at the restaurant many times to make sure the quality of the food and service was excellent. Randall always quietly goes the extra mile.

    Group photo:

    Holding the Big Stick, the symbol of power which is carved with the names of all club presidents since 1918, are Jim Vogt, 80th; Leo Portman, incoming president; Randall Stoner, 98th; Bev Woodrome, 93rd; Sundy Corbin, 100th serving two terms; and Rachel Weber, 99th.  Behind them are Jon Pennington, 95th; Jay Engelbach, 71st; and Fletcher Williams, 76th. Third row: Mark Hanstein, 81st; Lucien Jones, 79th: Terry Vanlandingham, 77th; John Martin, 92nd; and Bill Warren, 78th; and Kyle McLain, 94th. 

  • 94th Annual Children's Picnic

    94th Children's Picnic

    for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

    at Boys' Ranch

    6-13-17

    This year I was able to coordinate with the Children's home director and we have 45 going to Frontier City and attending the picnic. The Boy's Home will have 65 attending, for a total of 110 for the picnic.  With that number we need to move our time to 4:30 - 5:00 for set up and start serving at 5:30.

    Personal communication, June 12, 2017, Randall Stoner, event chair

    The Baptist Children's home day at Frontier City and cookout went very well.  A few of us got to visit with the Camp directors wife as we were wrapping up.  She said her family had been there 26 years.  Raised 3 of their own children there.  She just carried on about how this event is the highlight of the year for the kids each year.  AND, she doesn't have to cook that night!  

    Personal communication, June 15, 2017, Terry Vanlandingham

  • Kiwanis OKC & Memorial Marathon 2017

    Kiwanis Corner Cheering 

    Memorial Marathon

    29th & Robinson

    4-29-17

    Despite a storm that caused downed trees and branches along with loss of electricity and chilly weather, the Memorial Marathon continued larger and more joyous than ever. Cheering stations along the way added to the excitement and thanked runners. 

    The route's first station is at 29th & Robinson. As the runners come up the hill, they first hear the beat of Fletcher Williams' sound equipment and peppy music mix. Fletcher saved this day as he has many other events in the past. He not only brought sound and his infamous peach Bellinis, but he brought lighting and a Caterpillar generator. 

    Noma Gurich and John Miley began a new tradition last year, that of waving with washable Mickey Mouse gloves. Randall Stoner bought and donated a pair this year. The goal is for each waver to have one white glove. 

    A potluck brunch follows the annual corner celebration of runners. 

    Without electricity, how could we cook Randall Stoner's biscuits and heat the casseroles? Longtime Boy Scouts' leaders Terry and Leetta Vanlandingham brought a camp cook stove, which worked perfectly to make coffee and cook. Leetta also brought a tent just in case cheerers needed cover. The cleaned gloves are ready for next year. Join us. 

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