By J.D. Charles For Civitas Media
May 4, 2014
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Logan celebrated their 90th anniversary by honoring their own long-time members at the new Leah Vance Photography Studio at the Fountain Place Plaza on Thurs., May 1.
Meritorious Service Awards were given to honorees Edward Eiland, Rex Browning, Howard MacDonald and William “Tank” Williams Jr. who had over 200 years of combined public service with the club, noted keynote speaker US Rep. Nick Joe Rahall (D) WV.
Kiwanis Club of Logan President Jim Mullins acted as master of ceremonies for the event introducing guests and speakers at the celebration.
The Kiwanis Club of Logan was formed in May of 1924 with 54 charter members after Field Service Representative Jeff Bailey arrived in Logan to meet with Ben Tobin and C.C. Chambers about chartering a new club on April 25 of that year. The Kiwanis Club of Logan was the 13th such club chartered in the state of West Virginia and was the 1,223rd club chartered by Kiwanis International.
Longtime Kiwanis stalwart and multiple past president Don Elkins noted that one of those 54 charter members was Rudolph Eiland, a local businessman, who sponsored the club’s longest standing member, his son Ed Eiland in 1953. Ed Eiland, a local “Hometown Hero” has been a vital and active member of the Kiwanis Club of Logan for 61 years, surpassing his late father’s record of 50 years service by a good decade and more. The Eilands have accumulated 111 years of public service with the Kiwanis Club. In fact, the Meritorious Service Award winners have a
total of 207 years of public service.
“The club had only been around for 30 years when Ed joined,” Elkins quipped.
— Ed Eiland joined the club on March 19, 1953.
— Rex Browning joined the Kiwanis Club of Logan on Sept. 10, 1959. In his 55 years with Kiwanis Mr. Browning has served as club president (1965) and Lt. Governor for Division 9.
— Howard “Mac” MacDonald joined the club on April 10, 1968 and has served as an officer and a board of director’s member for 45 out of his 46 years.
— William L. “Tank” Williams joined the club on June 12, 1969 and was club president in 1975. He will soon celebrate his 45th anniversary as a Kiwanian.
Don Elkins noted that each of the four outstanding gentlemen were also recipients of Kiwanis’ highest order the George F. Hixson Fellowship. Rex Browning is also a Tablet of Honor recipient.
Elkins pointed out that members of the local Queen family have long been an active component of the Kiwanis Club of Logan and have produced many officers and active members for the club since Sam Queen became the Kiwanis Club of Logan’s president in 1945. Other family members and officers include Ervin Queen (President 1957), Earle Queen (President 1961), John “Skip” Queen, and Chad Akers (President 2004) and Darren Akers (longtime treasurer).
Don Elkins said the history of the Queen family is intertwined with the Kiwanis Club of Logan. The club’s longtime treasurer Darren Akers is also a Hixson fellowship member as are his
brother Chad Akers and other members of the Queen family including Earle B. Queen and A.S. “Buddy Ammar”. Buddy Ammar and Ervin S. Queen were Tablet of Honor recipients,
Don Elkins noted, adding that in the club’s history it has had one official member who became Governor of the West Virginia District- Ervin Queen served the state in that role in 1960. Ervin Queen had joined the club in 1954 and was the Kiwanis Club of Logan President in 1957. While he passed away in 2006, Ervin Queen’s legacy with the club continues in large part due to the activity of his family members, such as his wife Jean Queen, who has been a longtime supporter of Kiwanis. Jean sponsored the Logan High School Keyettes club for girls for many ears and was the sponsor for the Logan High School Key Club from 1954-1971. Mrs. Queen still attends Kiwanis functions regularly.
Technically, Buddy Ammar was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bluefield when he served as WV District Governor and as a Trustee for Kiwanis International’s Board. Ammar was a member of the Logan Club for many years when he moved to Bluefield.
Ammar had returned to Logan and had started the Kiwanis long time summer activity the Rodeo several years before his death in 1999.