The work continued throughout under Attorney Newel Crowley's presidency and the building was completed in under the presidency of Ted McQuillin. Conse - qucntly, the more "Carp" became involved in the FFA work at Excelsior the more the club got into assisting at the local high school. Upon formation of the Foundation, all assets of the Kiwanis Club of Bellflower were turned over to the Foundation, including the building, the furniture, fixtures and equipment within the building.
The Bellflower Kiwanis Foundation was in existence by after completing a series of governmental 'red tape' procedures. Many have given money, many have given elbow grease and many have given good will. This placed youth of the area in competition with their fathers. The Bellflower Kiwanis Club furnished the funds to buy war bonds and stamps for the prizes awarded winners in a dozen.
Los Angeles was the International Convention city that year.
Parker, International Secretary. During the history of the Bellflower Kiwapis Club, fifteen members of the club served as President of the Bellflower Chamber of Commerce.
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It has been in the same general area ever since. The airport was located southeast of the present Bellflower High School campus. More than were in attendance.
It all went together to complete this fine building," he concluded. He noted that, fittingly enough, the dedication came coincidentally with "National Kids Day" sponsored by Kiwanis International. Most of the money paid for interest to the purchasers was returned to the club in the form of "fines".
Lakewood was non-existent at that time. John Bosco High School at an annual Christmas program. Many of the local Kiwanis Club organizers had been rejected from membership in the Bellflower Rotary Club due to regulations by most such service organizations that limit memberships to two classifications for each occupation or profession. It is truly a fine example of our Kiwanis motto, 'We Build'.
There are 39 organizations in the bellflower area with volunteer opportunities waiting to be filled.
The Kiwanis Club of Bellflower started off by being the first club in the International organization to have the top four international officers in attendance at its charter presentation. The clubhouse dedication banquet program shows that there are only six members listed who are still in the club. The late Dr. Earl B. Ray, past president and "dean" of Bellflower Kiwanians, who served as master of ceremonies, commented briefly on the club members' successful venture.
At that time Excelsior High was the only. However, the clubhouse was used for club meetings for nearly a year before being completed and dedicated.
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The charter president was E. Sheldon, M. Cameron, Chamber of Commerce manager, Secretary. Parsonson was the father of Mrs. Joyce Brakensiek, widow of Dr. Clifton Brakcnsiek, president of our club in and one of the major contributors to our scholarship programs and in our Boys and Girls health services programs.
At the same time the club became involved in assisting dairy ranchers, poultry farmers and citrus tree growers.
They are Hyman E. The success of the relays created a tax problem the club had with admissions, and also a problem with the handling of the profits in a non-taxable manner. Laurel St. Such was the simple phrase on the plaque presented to Mrs. Built into that phrase were three years of literally back-breaking work, hours on hours of planning, and thousands on thousands of dollars in capital outlay on the part of Kiwanians.
The building provides a person seating capacity banquet room, kitchen, walk-in refrigerator, ladies lounge and rest rooms, Girl Scout office and meeting room and Kiwanis Board room.
Those businesses were the ba. The Charter was presented by Vernon V. The Charter Membership of the Kiwanis Club of Bellflower included 27 area professional and business men ranging from engineers, teachers, medical doctors, veterinarians, dairymen, auto repair, Chamber of Commerce secretary and the news media.
The tiny hamlets of Hynes and Clearwater now Paramount formed the bellflower boundary and Artesia, still a smaller community along Pioneer Boulevard, made up the eastern boundary. The big was not in vain as the club has been one of the leading service organizations in Southeast Los Angeles County as well. The special emphasis of service by our club was in the clubs of work with youth.
Both rich and poor boys from fourth grade through high school attended and lived at the school. Our own girl member F. For several years throughout the history of our club we have contributed financially in sending Excelsior delegates to national conventions of the Future Farmers of America FFA. It was an annual tradition in the club's early days to be entertained by students at 4.
The assets also included the free use of the offices by the Girl Scouts as their headquarters for the Bellflower Big Girl Scout District, and rents received from various bellflowers for religious and educational purposes now all go to the Foundation. Kiwanians and teachers served as judges for the contests that took several months. In it was the hearty cooperation of community residents, merchants, Girl Scout workers and the school district.
Several years before "Carp's" retirement he served as administrative assistant at Excelsior Adult Center. Club Directors for the girl year included F. Cleveland, veterinarian; Harry O. Van Petten, school official; Ray D. Hoffmire, retail drugs; Roy E. Moore, garage owner; and Earl B. The club's original roster, with "nickname" and profession, was made up of: Walter J. Bush, sanitation engineer; Leo L. Cameron, Chamber of Commerce secretary; F. Hoffmire, club drugs; Ross Jeanson, auto insurance; Charles J.
Clair E. Leedom, retail ice; Roy E. Moore, general garage; John H. Ray, physician; Thomas P. Ben S. Reznick, shoes; True "Rip" Ripple, retail autos; E. The officers and directors of the club-to-be maneuvered the One "First" for the club by having the top four officers of Kiwanis International as well as other local area and state dignitaries in attendance at the charter party by delaying the event until the Kiwanis International Convention was held.
The initial officers and directors with the; time and energy and a lift from the community's Rotarians ed together and formed the Kiwanis Club of Bellflower. The school had one of the best agriculture programs in the state. Some of the materials for remodeling the building were donated.
During the initial years of our club, and with Bellflower being the heart of the "million dollar" a month dairy industry, the club's Agriculture Committee took the girl in assisting high school youngsters attending Excelsior High Big with the Future Farmers of America Chapter at that school. The club's institution brought one of the many "firsts" to the community of Bellflower. Before Mr. Carpenter, our senior member, became involved with Kiwanis he had taught agriculture in South Dakota and later was manager of an agricultural farm school at the Uni ve rsi ty of Minne so ta.
Deed to lend bellflower to the planting of "Victory Gardens", in our club, in club with the Agriculture Department at Excelsior High School sponsored an area-wide garden contest.
One of these was Arthur Steinman, operator of a one-man service station; he was President in and had 25 years of perfect attendance before the meetings were changed in Under the leadership of President Wayne Thompson, an. Internal Revenue Service. However, the actual cash was.
Some of the capital outlay was donated as an outright gift. The Bellflower Kiwanis was chartered as one of 7, clubs in 80 countries in Our motto is "Serving the Children of the World". According to Past President E. The project began in during Attorney Joe Coady's reign as president. President Ted McQuillin presided with Dr.
Ray at the meeting. The first stand was located at Artesia Blvd. One and Division Thirteen o.
Each year following the St. The school was open to boys from throughout the nation, regardless of their religion or race. The club's membership has not grown fast, but steadily; except for the period immediately following the membership's vote to change from evening to noon meetings, which forced several long-time members to re.
It was estimated that 8, man-hours of volunteer Kiwanis labor were spent on building the clubhouse, comprising of some 7, square feet of floor space.