STUART -- For 63 years, Palm City resident Bill Oughterson has spent his Tuesday afternoons surrounded by friends and colleagues at the Kiwanis Club of Stuart's weekly meetings. Since June of 1950, he has been an active, dependable, hardworking member of the club.
As the longest-standing member of the local Kiwanis Club, Mr. Oughterson has worn many hats throughout his 63-year tenure. He has held numerous board positions including serving 12 years as club secretary, one year as vice president in 1958, and club president in 1959. He formed both the Indiantown Kiwanis Club and the Jensen Beach Kiwanis Club. His involvement goes beyond the local level; holding positions as chairman of three international Kiwanis committees and Governor of Florida Kiwanis as well.
Mr. Oughterson's dedication is also apparent in his perfect attendance at weekly Kiwanis meetings for the past 63 years.
"Bill is more than a member of the club; he is a legacy and part of our institution. He's a shining example of a life of public service and giving back to the community," said Suzy Hutcheson, Kiwanis Club president.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., Mr. Oughterson and his family relocated to Stuart a few days after his birth in November of 1926. They joined his father who had already been practicing law in Martin County. He graduated from Stuart High School in 1943 and enrolled in Citadel Military College of South Carolina. After enlisting and serving in the Navy, Mr. Oughterson was accepted into the University of Florida where he received his BA and LLB Degrees in May of 1950. Returning to Stuart to practice law and be closer to his father, Mr. Oughterson was sworn in as an attorney in June and later that same day inducted into the Kiwanis Club of Stuart.
"In these past 63 years, Kiwanis has been a steady and constant part of my life. I've held many positions with Kiwanis and I have found joy serving in each and every one of them," Mr. Oughterson said.
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