Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of guest columns highlighting events in the history of the Logansport Kiwanis Club from 1919 to 2019. The club will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an event at Angie’s Catering on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m. Reservations are due by Oct. 22 and can be made by contacting Lloyd Knight at 574-702-1210 or email@example.com
The Kiwanis Club continued to be very active and a major contributor to the community in the 1970s. Sportscaster Vic Tanguy was president and the club had 80 members. Meetings were held at the Captain Logan Hotel.
Club support of youth included State Police Career Camp, 4-H Leadership and Vocational Career Seminar sponsorships. The Christmas Party was held at St. James Lutheran and the special chicken and noodle lunch was popular with children and Kiwanis members. The club continued to sponsor and support Key Club, Riley Hospital and college scholarships.
The recognition of new Logansport school teachers started in the 1970s. New teachers were invited to a noon lunch meeting, introduced and welcomed.
The Outdoor Basketball Tourney and Travelogues continued to thrive. The KILA club for Kiwanis Club member wives continued to be active.
The “Peanut Day” fund raiser was established to support youth programs.
In 1975 the Club held the first Boys Basketball Sectional Luncheon, which continues to this day. Participating school coaches, senior basketball players, cheerleaders and administrators were invited. This became an opportunity for the local basketball and cheerleading coaches to talk about and recognize their seniors. Vic Tanguy was the original emcee. Following Vic’s death, several years later, it become the Vic Tanguy Sectional Luncheon.
In 1979 the Club sponsored the new morning Kiwanis Club, which continues to support the youth in our community.
It is safe to say that the 1970s were one of the busiest in our 100 years of service, thanks to a diverse group of community minded leaders.