of the Batesville Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis Club was chartered on April 16, 1928 under the
principles of Kiwanis International to work for a better quality
of life for the citizens of Batesville, Arkansas, our State, our
Nation and our World. The charter was presented on May
5th with 36 members named.
Kiwanis Club of Searcy Club was the sponsoring club. Lincoln Barker
was elected president with J. Paul Ward as Secretary-Treasurer.
club first met at the First Baptist Church, then the Barnett Hotel,
the Churchman's Club, The Marvin Hotel, Kelley's Restaurant, The
American Restaurant, back to Kelly's (at a different location),
at the Ramada Inn, and now The Batesville Country Club.
depression hit the area hard and also the club. By the end of the
first three years, 27 of the charter members had dropped out. By
1937-38, things looked brighter. Chubby Menard was elected president
in 1939 and he introduced the idea of an attendance pig. The idea
was that the club in the division having the lowest attendance for
the month had to take care of the pig for the next month. That pig
got pretty big and nobody wanted it, so attendance really picked
up! At the end of the year, the pig was butchered and given to the
children's home in Morrilton.
club grew, and in 1946 the West Batesville Club was organized. Batesville
was not ready for two Kiwanis Clubs. Within a few years, the West
Batesville Club consolidated with the Batesville Club. In 1985,
the White River Club, a breakfast Club, was formed and in 1991,
the River City Club was formed, which meets in the evening.
Kiwanis Club of Batesville is in Division 17 of the MO-ARK District
of Kiwanis International, which includes both Missouri and Arkansas.
We have had sixteen Lt. Governors from this club: Harney Chaney served twice, Monty Monfort, Albert West, Allie Crouch, Bill Arnold,
Charles Taylor, John Baker, Joe Chumley, Duffie Bryant, Lou Stepter,
Jim Barnett, Keller Crosby, Forrest Priest, Lyndal Waits, Ron
Lewallen and Gary Baker. Ron Lewallen is currently serving as Region
Eight Trustee. This club has been honored by having four of our
members serve as Governor of this district - Joe Chumley, Lou
Stepter, Keller Crosby, who served almost two years because of the
death of his successor, and Forrest Priest.