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A Time Line
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A Time Line of the Rotary Club of Kingston


1916 - President Willis Hills presided at the first meeting.  A. Pardee, Dr. F. Keator, A. Carr, H. Edson were a few of the 31 early members.


1917 - Kingston sponsored Newburgh.


1919 - Kingston sponsored Poughkeepsie.


1921 - Frank Seeley, President.  Dr. Arthur Sheldon addressed the Rotary Convention in Edinburgh.


1941 - Al Kurdt, President.  The following members were in the Armed Forces: Capt. Jim Byrnes, Capt.Conrad Gross, Capt.Fred Carr, Capt. Allan Hanstein, Pvt. George Goodfellow, Henry Bright (graduate of the Naval War College), Pvt. Sherwood Davis.


1943-44 - Louis Netter, President.  Harry Edson, Secretary.  It was the Secretary's task to write the newsletter and it was done on club letterhead.


1944-45 - Arthur Laidlaw, President.


1949 - 50 - Charles Back, President.  The Board of Directors, RI voted to banish Dr. Sheldon's motto.   His feelings couldn't be heard as he was deceased.  Not until four days after the convention did this news reach Rotarians via the press.  The Columbus, Ohio club became so indignant as to publish a six-page letter in defense of the motto.


1952-53 - Dr. MacFadden joined the club.


1953 - Kingston sponsors Phoenicia.


1954 - Kingston sponsors 31-member Woodstock club.


1957-58 - William Rylance, President.  Sam Scudder District Governor.  There are 69 members, including Arthur Carr, a charter member.


1958 -59 - District 256 became 721..


1966-67 - John Betaudier, President.  Sixty members are listed in the newsletter, the Carrwheel.  It now has its own masthead.  The first Street Rod event, "Show and Shine" netted $600 for the YWCA building fund.


1977-78 - Lester Legg, President.  The October fest was held Oct. 1-2 at the Armory.  The chicken barbeque was held at Forsyth Park and the installation dinner at the Holiday Inn.  Kelly Flood spent a summer exchange with the family of Dr. O'Sullivan,  President of the Dorgheda, Ireland club.  They were hosting young people from three nations.


1978-79 - Jack Flood, President.  He and DG Rev. Herman Harmelink attended the 69th  RI Covention in Tokyo.  A note on the TV in the Sanbancho Hotel noted, "Throw Y 100 in the box.  Switch on the machine and you will enjoy 1 hours of looking of TV."  Flood and Dick Schleiter roof the Rotary gatehouse at Deitz Stadium.  Meetings were held at the Roma Inn, Rt. 28.  Jack, Louise and Kelly (Interact president) attended the District Conference in Bermuda..

(To be continued...)