On October 23, 2014, at 6pm, at the Pizza Joint, in Aiken, eighteen Kiwanis, Key Club, Circle K members and thier family gathered for the Kiwanis Club of Aiken's first ever family fellowship night. The event called, Kick Back and Katch Up, was created to offer more fellowship opportunities for the Aiken Kiwanis members, especially those members, called Non-nooners, who cannot make the weekly 12:30 lunch meetings. Those members would benefit from also having a quick, ten minute, informal meeting in addition to some team building, group acitivities and/or energizer.
In addition, the Non-nooners would be able to actively participate in the club's monthly service project which is geared towards donating goods and services to a local nonprofit each month. In October, members were encouraged to donate Halloween candy and other treats for the children of Helping Hands. Several Non-nooners arrived with bags of goodies for the children.
The fellowship was a huge success as both Silver Bluff and Midland Valley Key Club leaders and advisors were able to attend and provide an update on their club activities and possible opportunities for all clubs to collaborate in the future.
The Kiwanis Club of Aiken's Annual Officer's Installation Banquet was held on October 9, 2014 at USC Aiken's Ruth Patric Science and Education Center Lobby. Close to thirty Kiwanis and Key Club members and guest were in attendance.
District 23's outing Lieutenant Governor John Hethcox was on hand to install all new officers and retire outgoing club president, John Palmer. John addressed the club for a final time stating that he enjoyed his two years as club President and would continue his dedication to the club while enjoying some time to miss Thursday meetings from time-to-time. John was later awarded a plaque in recognition of his servcie and dedication to the club as president for two years by fellow member, Bill Tyler. At the conclusion of his speech, he passed the gavel to the incoming President, Tammy Davis.
The club was happy to install new members John Heffley and Rosemary English. John Heffley was pinned by his sponsor Lisa Tindal. Rosemary English was pinned by her sponsor, Micheal Anaclario. Each member was presented with a Certificate of Membership and a genuine Kiwanis Pin that they would receive at a later date.
The club was happy to welcome thie sponsor clubs, Silver Bluff and Midland Valley High School Key Clubs and USC Aiken's Circle K International. Each club presented thier goals for the year and shared their current and future service projects. In addition, Silver Bluff High School's member and Carolinas District Lieutenant Governor for Key Club, Lydia Hicks, gave a heart warming speech of her experience as a lieutenant governor. She also shared a poem she created about Kiwanis and service to others.
In the final minutes of the banquet, the 2014-2015 Aiken Kiwanis Officers were installed by Hethcox. The new officers are:
--Kathryn Fowler, Secretary
--Dana Hall, Treasurer
--Shane Bagby, 2nd Vice President
--William "Bill" Tyler, 1rst Vice President
--Tammy Davis, President
The remarks and closing was given by newly elected and installed President Tammy Davis. Tammy thanked all the special guests for thier attendance and welcomed Dr. Gary Senn to share some information on the Ruth Patrick Science and Education Center. She closed with a speech outlining the goals for the year and the Club's theme, "For the Children." Before being dismissed, the club closed with the Kiwanis pledge.