|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1886|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1979|
Kiwanis Club to honor his perfect record
Floyd Burgess, 91, of 871 Fortieth Place, will be honored today by the Downtown Des Moines Kiwanis Club for his 49th consecutive year of perfect attendance. Burgess' record didn't come easy and he recalled a few close calls.
In the 1940's Kiwanis Club members were given a week to make up a missed meeting, Burgess explained. The member could attend a Kiwanis meeting at a different location or a club board meeting to make up for the absence.
Burgess underwent surgery and was hospitalized for two weeks in the mid 1940's. During his second week in the hospital, "lo and behold at 2 p.m. on Wednesday the president of the club and the board marched into my room and held a meeting," said Burgess. However, no business was transacted because they just had a meeting to give me attendance credit, he smiled. "Very few people know about that."
When Burgess vacationed in Minnesota, he drove about 45 miles to Detroit Lakes to attend a Kiwanis meeting so he would receive attendance credit. And he once drove about 400 miles in Canada "to get within striking distance of a Kiwanis Club." Donald Jayne, president of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, said Burgess' record "is a first" for the club.
Burgess, a retired lithographer at the former American Lithographic Printing Co., belongs to no other clue, but he attends the First Church in Des Moines practically every Sunday.
"Any Member can have my record if he wants to," said Burgess, who served on the board of directors for the Downtown Kiwanis Club from 1936 to 1939, as vice president in 1940, and president in 1941. Burgess remembers when former President Lyndon Johnson, who was in the U. S. Senate at the time, visited a Kiwanis meeting for a few minutes. "Things like that make meetings interesting," he said.
Amos Reynolds Burgess (1853 - 1928)
Myrta Ann [Anna] Eacret Burgess (1857 - 1947)
Vera Blanche Flint Burgess (1894 - 1991)
Genevieve Eileen Burgess Gardner (1923 - 2008)*
Charlene Marie Burgess Newberg (1925 - 2007)*
Arthur Edmund Burgess (1876 - 1949)*
Gerry Leroy Burgess (1880 - 1962)*
Perry Alfred Burgess (1880 - 1971)*
James Harvey Burgess (1881 - 1971)*
Glen Chester Burgess (1884 - 1885)*
Floyd Burgess (1886 - 1979)
Nora Velma Burgess (1889 - 1949)*
Almond Oliver Burgess (1895 - 1988)*
Created by: Karolyn [Kendig] McLain
Record added: Feb 09, 2010
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