The year was 1927 and the future had hardly ever looked brighter for the City of Camden. Times were prosperous, business and industry were booming, and the city was full of recently constructed public buildings, civic improvements, schools, the new Delaware River bridge and its new highway to the suburbs. The stock market crash of 1929 and the Depression that followed were in the unimagined future.
It was in these times that Camden prepare for its 100th anniversary, and in this spirit of optimism that the city fathers under the direction of Mayor Winfield S. Price commissioned the booklet whose text you will find below.
The Camden Kiwanis Club is a Civic organization with activities centering about certain objectives, some of which are the underprivileged children, the promotion of an intelligent citizenship, the practice of the Golden Rule in business, the fostering of better relations between the employer and the employee, and between the farmer and the city resident.
The Camden Kiwanis Club has eighty-four members and the spiritual growth has more than kept pace with this numerical growth.
To become a member of this Club, a man must be an outstanding professional man or the manager or owner of a reputable business.
The motto of all Kiwanis International Clubs is “We Build.”
The ideals of Kiwanis are the advancing of all lines of business and professional service. Kiwanians should seek to be men with a lively consciousness of what is right and wrong, men of a fine sense of honor, men who prize individual integrity more than individual gain.
Business should supply useful goods in an orderly manner for human needs at the lowest cost. The production of material values is indispensable. The formation of human values should be equally compelling. To survive, business must gain a fair profit for commensurate service. To succeed, business should give added service for community enrichment.
The various professions afford opportunity to strengthen honorable and helpful human relationships, and all members of the profession should strive by example and influence to preserve the high standard of ethical conduct against the attacks of all mercenary and commercialized interests.
Following are the Camden Kiwanis Club Officers: Wilbur Reed, President, Pennsylvania Rail Road; Hon. Fred. L. Holman, Vice-President, Mayor of Merchantville; Theodore Thompson, Treasurer, First National State Bank; John Eby, District Trustee, Druggist; William H. Bottger, Secretary, New Jersey Bell Telephone Company.