Jones First Black Female President of Kiwanis


Dr. Annie Jones

MARTIN – The Kiwanis Club of Martin has elected its first African-American woman to serve as president of the non-profit organization.

Dr. Annie C. Jones, Office of Career Planning and Development at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was installed as the president of the Kiwanis Club of Martin at the club’s October 5 Zoom meeting. Dr. Jones has been an active member of the group and said she is looking forward to guiding the club through the ongoing pandemic while continuing, as stated in the Kiwanis mission, “to improve the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Other officers installed by Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Cathy Fry are as follows: John Mayros, president-elect; Laura Taylor, vice president; Danelle Fabianich, past president; Anna Clark, secretary; Clinton Smith, assistant secretary; Steve Lemond, treasurer and Linda Ramsey, assistant treasurer. Current Kiwanis Board members elected are Frank Black, Sara Sieber and Earl Wright, serving through September 2021; and Betty Giles and Ann Gathers, serving through September 2022.

Dr. Jones is the 54th president of the Kiwanis Club of Martin, Tennessee, which was charted in 1968 as an all-male club. She is the second African-American to serve as president (Frank Black served as president in 2007 – 08) and the first African-American female to serve.

Since women were first welcomed into the club in 1988, 18 women have served as president of this active civic organization with the motto “serving the children of the world.”