As the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta begins it's Centennial Celebration, the Centennial Committee has created a speaker series to highlight people and activities from the club's past 100 years!

This week's “Centennial Minute" will focus on the period from January 1, 1980, to May 1, 1988.   

We are privileged to have two members as presenters who were present and participating in this segment of our history.  Dr. Marilu McCarty, Emeritus Professor in the School of Economics at Georgia Tech, and Mary Lou Austin, long-time President of the Georgia USO, were each among the first women invited to join our club.  They will share their feelings and impressions of this period with us.  They were two of the twenty-seven (27) ladies who first graced us with their membership.  The group of ladies initially invited to join also included a sitting federal district court judge, a sitting Judge from the Georgia Court of Appeals, Alana Shepherd, founder of The Shepherd Center, writer Celestine Sibley, Betty Siegel, who would become President of Kennesaw State University and a former Miss America (Anita Bryant).

We are delighted to have them share their perspectives with us.

If you missed the Centennial Minute covering the period in Atlanta Kiwanis history from May 1, 1968 to December 31, 1979, you can view the highlights from that period on our website!  You can read the script and see photos from just a quick fifty (50) years ago and bringing us into Atlanta’s modern era.  These were the days of the Atlanta Kiwanis Club presidencies of Harry Lamon, John McCarty, Virlyn B. Moore, Jr. and Dr. Monroe F. Swilley, Jr., among others.  Just go to our home page at and click on the Centennial Celebration tab!