KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

December 2001
News Items:

Red Cross Blood Mobile
    There will be another Red Cross Blood Mobile Drive on December 11-12, 2001. 
We are challenging the other Service Clubs to make a special effort to donate at this time. 
A rotating trophy will be presented to the service club with the largest percent of their membership making a donation. With the students out of town, we really need a good turn out by the residents of Athens and Athens County.
    Sheets will be placed at both Blood Mobile locations on December 11 and 12.  Anyone may designate which service club they would like to have their blood to get credit for the contest.
    The hours both days will be from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.  You may call 593-5273 to make an appointment.  On December 11 the Blood Mobile will be at the First Baptist Church on East State Street and on December 12 the Blood Mobile will be at the First United Methodist Church on College Street.  Due to the use of parking meters in the city parking  garage a jar of quarters will be available to reimburse yourself for the use of the meters.

Red Cross Reacts to September 11 Tragedy
The American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, located in Johnstown, Pa. (Just 45 minutes from the area where the hijacked plane crashed)  is mobilizing its blood inventory to support national Red Cross efforts in response to today's terrorist attacks. Although there were no survivors from that plane crash, injuries resulting from the attacks have already been reported. The Red Cross is standing by and ready to send over 50,000 units of blood wherever it is needed.

"Our region has already shipped 140 units of red blood cells (108 O-positive and 32 O-negative) to the Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region (in Philadelphia), one of three Red Cross Blood Regions directly shipping blood products to the New York Blood Center," said Tom Angle, CEO of the Greater Alleghenies Regions. The New York Blood Center is the independent blood center that serves hospitals in the New York metropolitan area.

The American Red Cross national blood inventory system is structured so that blood collected at any of its regions can be shipped to where it is needed most. The National Inventory Management System (NIMS), known as "the Hub," is located in St. Louis, Mo., and is the centrally managed, computerized inventory of American Red Cross blood supplies. Its database is updated  constantly to keep ahead of potential shortages in the blood supply ‹ either on the national level or in one of the 36 American Red Cross Blood Services Regions. During a national disaster such as this one, the Hub will be in close contact with hospitals, emergency management personnel and blood centers in each of the affected areas.

Angle said his blood center has already received "numerous calls from the public wanting to give blood in response to today's disaster." The New York Times also reported long lines of would-be blood donors at New York City hospitals. Red Cross officials anticipate that Type O blood, the "universal" blood donor type, will be needed most in affected areas. "Area hospitals, particularly trauma centers, can't function without Type O blood, particularly Type O-negative blood, which can safely be transfused to all blood types," said Angle. The nation's blood inventory was already compromised before this disaster struck, underscoring the need for blood donations in days to come. Many Red Cross regions plan to open temporary auxiliary donation sites if the need arises.

"Areas affected will need blood supplies not only today, but in the coming days and weeks," said Angle. "At least every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. Please donate at scheduled bloodmobiles, and stay tuned to your local media for announcements concerning additional bloodmobiles scheduled in response to this crisis."

After the initial rush to make donations following the September 11 disaster, donations in Athens have fallen off drastically. Please call 593-5273 to make an appointment for December 11-12.

December Programs
Mon. December 3:  Pam Parker will bring us up to date on the improvement of the Ohio University airport at Albany.

Mon. December 10:  The Kiwanis Committees will meet in lieu of a program. Pres Bob Roth would like each committee to submit a budget and a list of projects that each committee plans to carry out for 2001-2002.

Mon. December 17:  Our Annual Christmas dinner will highlight the evening. Please let Dave Wickham know the number of guests that you are going to invite to share our Christmas dinner.

Wed. December 26: Pancake day discussion.

Wed. January 2:  Bob Toy will provide a Mystery Program which will start the new year off right.

Quotes You May Have Heard in the 1950s
1. I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible 
    to buy a weeks groceries for $20.
2. Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? 
    It won't be long when $5,000 will only buy a used one.
3. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?
4. If they raise the hourly minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help 
    at the store.
5. When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents 
    a gallon?
6. Kids music drives me wild.  This Rock Around the Clock thing is nothing but racket.
7. I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.  Ever since they let Clark Gable get by
    with saying damn in Gone with the Wind, it seems every movie has a hell or damn in it.
8. Also, it wont be long until couples are sleeping in the same bed in the movies. 
    What is this world coming to?

November Programs
(Mike Ward has arranged for the November programs.)
Mon. November 5: Tim O'Shea, head basketball coach at Ohio University, provided the program.  He brought one of his assistants, Gary Manchel, with him and identified his other assistants, John Rhoads and Kevin Kuwik.  Tim said he was fortunate to inherit some outstanding basketball talent who have been very successful under former coach Larry Hunter.  Tim hopes to raise the level of performance a step higher this year.  Since recruitment is vital to a successful team, he and his staff have commitments from four of the five positions that are open.  He said, it's better to be unsuccessful at something you love, than to be successful at something you don’t love.

Mon. November 12:  Missed it.

Mon. November 19:  Our speakers were Cindy Oliveri and Janette Ray from the Athens County OSU Extension Office.  The program focused on microwave cooking.  It is a faster way of cooking.  New microwave ovens are much smaller than they used to be.  You may use them to thaw frozen foods but you must remember not to put anything metallic in the microwave ovens.  They pointed out that food is more nutritious when cooked in the microwave oven. Another suggestion was to scramble eggs in a zip-lock bag. They passed out mini-cookbooks with microwave recipes for one or two.

Mon. November 26:  Charles Hammer of the Athens City County Health Department made a PowerPoint presentation on Bio-terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction.  He defined bio-terrorism as using biological organisms for political purposes.  Some of the agents are anthrax, botulism, plaque, smallpox and influenza.  Incidence of anthrax was 127 cases per year and by the end of the 1900s there was only one case per year.  So far in 2001, there have been 17 cases of anthrax and four deaths.  Athens County has developed a response team to react to any credible threat of any biological organism of mass destruction.

New Personnel at OU Inn
    At the November 26 meeting, Dave Wickham introduced Jeff Winkenwerder, the new General Manager of the OU Inn, who introduced the Executive Chef, Art Cline, and  Associate Chef, Johnny Paurich.  They expressed their appreciation to Kiwanis  for us meeting at the O.U. Inn  and pledged continued quality service for our meetings.

Salvation Army Stockings
    Pres Bob Roth described the procedure for filling the Salvation Army Stockings and passed out the stockings to the Kiwanis members.  You may fill the stockings with toys or other gifts for any age group.  Be sure you place boy or girl and age group the toys and gifts are intended for on a card or piece of paper attached to the filled stocking.  You may bring them to the Kiwanis meeting on December 10 or take them to the Salvation Army Headquarters at 1 Townsend Place.

Church Bulletin Bloopers
    The following is a compilation of actual church bulletin and service bloopers:
1. Our next song is Angels We Have Heard Get High.
2. Don’t let worry kill you--let the church help.
3. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
4. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
5. The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, 
    the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Julius Belzer.
6. This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. 
    Children will be baptized at both ends.
7. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

Let a man overcome anger by love; let him overcome evil by good, the liar by truth.

Pat Sauber and Augie Zorn gave testimony to the fun they had on the 2001 Branson Holiday Tour that they and their wives attended on November 12-18. They enjoyed seeing 10 Broadway-type shows in Branson which included the Japanese fiddler, Shoji Tabuchi, Andy Williams, Tony Orlando, The Rockettes, Bobby Vinton, Pianist Frederick and the Waltzing Waters, Dino, and a show on the Branson Belle Showboat.
    Ray Skinner and his high school classmates are planning a similar tour next year on November 18-24, 2002.  One classmate recruits in the Lancaster area and another classmate’s wife recruits people from Washington C. H. area.  They have had a full bus for the last four years and hope for another full bus next year.  Come join us, we are adding golf as an optional morning activity next year.

    In 1998, the Kiwanis International Board adopted the slogan, Serving the Children of the World for use on Kiwanis letterheads, publications, and literature.  This slogan does not replace the official motto of Kiwanis, We Build, but is intended to promote greater public awareness of Kiwanis primary service focus and worldwide scope.

October 29 Board Meeting
    Dave Wickham announced that Don Reed will be installed as our newest
member.  His sponsor is Jim Wilson.
    Candy Byron requested that the Board approve sponsorship of a Christmas Tree for an amount not to exceed $100.  (She submitted a bill for $24.14 after the tree was decorated and auctioned off.)
    Pres Bob Roth announced that he would work with Capt. Walter Rivers to set up times and location for Kiwanis members to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. 
    Dave Wickham announced that since Christmas Eve and New Years Eve fall on Mondays, we will meet on the following Wednesdays: December 26 and January 2.
    There was a discussion on the feasibility of purchasing a trailer to be used to sell concessions at the Athens County Fair and other local events.

November 26 Board Meeting
    There was a discussion of purchasing  a  trailer for selling concessions at various events around Athens.  Pres Bob Roth suggested that we form a committee to explore how the purchase of the trailer can be financed, how it can be used, where it can be stored and how it can be manned during the events. 
    Augie Zorn emphasized the importance of developing a business plan for the concession trailer.  He proposed that the Board serve as the Committee on Purchasing a Concession Trailer and meet briefly after each Board Meeting to explore the feasibility of purchasing a concession trailer.
    Ray Skinner requested the release of $500 from the Youth Services budget for the construction of a playground on the S. S. Serendipity at the Beacon School.  Several suggestions were made to solicit more funds for the Beacon School playground.

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dogs face he gets mad at you, but when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window no matter how fast you are going?


    May Monday evening, December 31, find you seated around the dinner table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends, ushering in the New Year ahead.  May you find the food better, the environment quieter, (that dog next door will stop barking every night) the cost of gasoline much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.
    May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour, and when you get there may you find a parking space.  May we relax about the future and realize that we could still have a long, long time until we pass, by which time the computer is long since obsolete. 
    The Pledge of Allegiance was said to have originated with one of the editors of the Youths Companion, a magazine for children.  By Proclamation of President Benjamin Harrison, the pledge was first used on October 12, 1892, during Columbus Day observances in the public schools. The original wording of the pledge was as follows: I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  The pledge was amended by substituting the flag of the United States of America for the phrase my flag and adopted officially on Flag Day, June 14, 1924.  By joint resolution of Congress the pledge was further amended in 1954, adding under God.







Three Sisters
    Three sisters ages 92, 94, and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath.  She puts her foot in and pauses.  She yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?”  The 94-year-old yells back, “I don’t know, I’ll come up and see.”  She starts up the stairs and pauses.  Was I going up the stairs or down?  The 92-year-old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters.  She shakes her head and says, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful.”  She knocks on wood for good measure.  She then yells, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”

S. S. Serendipity Report
    Ray Skinner provided the program at the Downtown Kiwanis Club's meeting on November 8.  He was accompanied by Earl Funk, Bill Rader and Joe Jagers to make an interclub.  Ray showed his slides of China and shared his experiences in China on a recent trip.  But the real purpose for attending the Downtown Kiwanis Clubs meeting was to request financial support for the launching of the S. S. Serendipity.  He took the model and suggested that they donate $500 for one of the pieces of playground equipment to be erected on the deck of the S. S. Serendipity which will serve as a playground for the Beacon School students.

Please Donate Blood!
550 Blood Donors are needed each day in Central Ohio.
Out of 100 People:
    36 will be O positive
      6 will  be O negative
    38 will be A positive
      6 will be A negative
      8 will be B positive
      2 will be B negative
    3-4 will be AB positive
     .5 will be AB negative

Elderhostel Creed
Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou hast at home, 
for thou hast left home to find things different.

Thou shalt not take anything too seriously,
for a carefree mind is the start of a good holiday.

Thou shalt not let the other travelers get on thy nerves, 
for thou hast paid good money to enjoy thyself.

Remember to take half as many clothes as thou thinkest and twice the money.

Know at all times where thy meal ticket is, 
for a person without a meal ticket is a person who goes hungry.

Remember--if thou had been expected to stay in one place, 
thou would have been created with roots.

Thou shalt not worry, for he that worrieth hath no pleasure and few things are fatal.

When in California be prepared to do somewhat as the Californians do.

Thou shalt not judge the people of the state by the person who hath given the trouble.

Remember thou art a guest in other states and he that treats his host with
respect shall be honoured.

(As Ray and Marilyn Skinner make up their minds on where to celebrate their
50th Elderhostel, they would like to invite other Kiwanians to join them in
seeing the United States via Elderhostel.  You may receive a catalog which
describes the Elderhostel programs by writing to Elderhostel, Inc., 11
Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111-1746 or going to
on the internet.)

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. 
They always say because its such a beautiful animal.  There you go. 
I think my mother is attractive, but I only have photographs of her on my walls.

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle


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