The Kiwanis Club of Columbus Georgia meets for lunch every Tuesday at 12:00 Noon at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center located at 801 Front Avenue Columbus, GA 31901. After lunch we conduct club business and then have a speaker give a short program. Program speakers and topics vary from local interest items to international issues.
Come join us for lunch!
SPEAKER AT DECEMBER 7th MEETING
Gil McBride, a past club president and Chief Judge of the Superior Court lived up to our expectations and presented an interesting and informative discourse on the Georgia Court System. The first state constitution of Georgia dated February 1, 1776 established the branches of government, executive, legislative, and judicial. The judicial system included the superior court system which existed since then, including periods of war. The Chattahoochee Circuit was established January 1, 1828 and its original jurisdiction extended almost to Atlanta. Early superior court judges covered their circuits on horseback. Other courts within the system include municipal court, magistrate court, probate court, state court, juvenile court established in 1983. and appellate courts. The Chattahoochee circuit has seven judges. Judge McBride pointed out that citizens who serve as jurors are directly involved in the exercise of the judicial branch of government whereas in the other branches of government, the people elect officials to represent them and exercise government functions.
SPEAKER AT DECEMBER 1st MEETING
Richard Howell is the Director of Columbus Municipal Airport and considers the airport to be a strong economic factor and essential for the city. The airport occupies 680 acres with two runways and has undergone many improvements over the years and more than $4 million is committed to current and future improvements. The airport supports 622 jobs with a $24.5 million payroll. In its history the airport has had flight service to Washington DC, Charlotte, NC, Dallas, as well as Atlanta. At present, the only service is to Atlanta but Richard is hopeful that service to Charlotte can be added, with a goal of adding other destinations, such as Florida, Washington, DC and Chicago.
Foster Kids The Kiwanis Club of Columbus Georgia undertook a Centennial Service Project in 2015, to celebrate Kiwanis International's 100th birthday. The Club raised money to supply 100 Welcome Kits for Benchmark Family Services. Benchmark is a faithbased, non-profit therapeutic foster care agency that supports children who have been removed from their homes. When a child leaves his or her home abruptly, it can be devasating. Welcome (hygiene) kits makes the transition a little smoother. Each Welcome Kit costs approximately $25.00 and the club raised $2,500 to supply 100 kits. Immediate Past President Jerry Patrone, and President Dorothy Hyatt present Benchmark representative Nicole Lee with a $2,500.00 check. Thanks to all the members who supported this project.
The Kiwanis Club of Columbus has been serving children in the community and around the world since 1919.