The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee inducted two new members to it’s Hall of Fame during what has become an annual Hall of Fame luncheon. The club began inducting members in 2018 when they inducted an inaugural class of five members.
This year charter member Al Stokes was inducted posthumously along with current Okeechobee mayor Dowling Watford.
Al Stokes was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee which became an official chapter of the Kiwanis Club in 1971. Stokes was the owner of WOKC radio and began long standing Kiwanis Club traditions such as the Kiwanis Club Radio Auction which still happens today. Al Stokes served in the Navy during World War 2 and upon moving to Okeechobee from Fort Pierce in the mid sixties became the Chamber director and helped start up the Speckled Perch Festival.
Stokes was represented by his son Rick during the Hall of Fame luncheon and spoke to the club about his father’s love of Kiwanis.
Dowling Watford joined the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee in 1978 and has been one of the most involved members for forty eight years. Watford is a past president of the club and current secretary. Watford has attended virtually every general meeting, board meeting and club event during his time with the club.
Watford gave the introductory speech for Stokes before Kiwanis member Greg Thogerson gave the introductory speech for Watford. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church.
Stokes and Watford join past inductees Red Larson, Jack Wolff, Don Kelly, Donna Enrico, Dick Blair, Gene O’Neill and Darrel Enfinger in the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee Hall of Fame.
Article by Ken Keller, Sports Director/Account Executive
Written on Friday, September 11th 2020
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO DOWLING WATFORD SPEAK ABOUT HIS INDUCTION INTO THE KIWANIS CLUB OF OKEECHOBEE HALL OF FAME. (RUN TIME 2:05)
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO RICK STOKES TALK ABOUT HIS FATHER AL’S INDUCTION INTO THE KIWANIS CLUB OF OKEECHOBEE HALL OF FAME. (RUN TIME 1:20)