|KiwaniscopeVolume 3, Number 4
District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Athens Kiwanis Club’s 2002 New Year’s Resolutions
Last year we initiated making “New Year’s Resolutions.” Now it
is time to
evaluate last year’s resolutions and see how we did. Last year
Resolutions were centered around our “Club Service Report” as follows:
1. Complete at least two “Community Service” projects each month.
2. Carry out an “Interclub” to another Kiwanis Club each month.
3. Demonstrate a “Human and Spiritual Values” activity each month.
4. Carry out a “Young Children: Priority One” project each month.
5. Continue our support for the “Sponsored Youth” programs of the Circle
K Club at Ohio University and the Key Club at Athens
6. Recruit 10 new members this year and keep deletes to a minimum.
7. Continue to raise money for these projects and activities through
Pancake Day, the Kiwanis
Concession during the Athens County Fair, the Athens Marching
Band Festival, and the
Concession at the Ohio University home football
Now let’s evaluate how we did on each one of
1. We did a satisfactory job conducting “Community Service” projects.
(We continued support for the Salvation Army and started a Bloodmobile
Service Club Blood Donating Contest.)
2. We carried out several Interclubs -- the longest being to Washington
3. We could do more with “Human and Spiritual Values” activities.
4. We carried out some of the usual Kiwanis projects for “Young Children,”
such as the Halloween Costume Judging, the Easter Egg Hunt, 4H Awards,
and DARE. We added some new projects, such as the Athens County Junior
Golf Tournament, the Summer Readers’ Program, Health Kits for the American
Heart Association, Christmas Tree Auction and adding furniture for the
Athens Community Center.
5. We continued to support our “Sponsored Youth” programs, but
we can do better.
6. We didn’t meet our goal of recruiting new members.
7. We gave up one of our fund raising projects -- OU football concession..
Now is the time to commit ourselves to making more profit on our existing
fund-raisers and possibly starting a new one. We have outlined how
we think we can make more money from our Kiwanis Pancake Day on page 3.
The Logan Kiwanis Club just made over $9,000 on their Charity Newsies project.
They sold ads in the paper and then sold the papers on the streets and
in the Wall Mart parking lot. Wall Mart matched what they sold in
the parking lot. Maybe we could do this in connection with the opening
of the Athens Wall Mart.
Now that the committees are organized for this year, let’s start coming
up with more service projects. The Youth Committee is working hard
on the S. S. Serendipity Project for the Beacon School playground.
We challenge the other committees to come up with some good projects, also.
How about starting the new year by inviting some potential new members
to Kiwanis? Our ranks are diminishing and we need some young people
interested in carrying on the Banner of Kiwanis. Let’s have
New Members’ Night and invite some new prospects.
Wednesday, January 2: Bob Toy will provide a Mystery Program
start the New Year off right. (?)
Monday, January 7: We will be invaded by a resurrected Civil
War soldier in
the person of Terry Frost. He will explain some aspect of the
Terry is the Commander of John S. Townsend Camp 108 and Dennison Camp
the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and First Sgt. of Battery
of the First Light Artillery. Terry retired as a Lieutenant in
Police Department after working there for 30 years.
Monday, January 14: Our speaker will be Kyle Wilson who has over
four years' experience as a mechanical engineer and project manager at
Sunpower, primarily in prototype development of compressors and cryocoolers.
Mr. Wilson was the project manager and development engineer on Sunpower's
Phase II NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program to develop
single-stage and two-stage pulse-tube cryocoolers. Sunpower recently
received an SBIR award to develop a three-stage pulse tube cryocooler in
which Mr. Wilson was named principal investigator. In addition to
his SBIR work, Mr. Wilson managed a Sunpower program to deliver a new refrigerator
compressor, and served as a technical member of a commercial cryocooler
development team. Kyle currently lives in Logan with his wife
and two sons..
Monday, January 21: We will be invaded again by a Civil War buff,
Chip Rogers, (He actually owns a full-size working cannon, or at least
he did.), but his presentation will be about the “Background/Overview of
the College of Osteopathic Medicine.” His “Athens Connection” started
in 1976 when he moved to Athens to become a part of the Ohio University
Osteopathic Medicine. He is one of four original employees still
with the college. The rest of his “Athens Connection” includes founding
the Athens Holiday Railfair, shooting his Civil War-era cannon at Civil
War reenactments, and researching The Circus in America.
Monday, January 27: Committee Reports December Programs
Monday, December 3: Pam Parker, Asst. Vice President for External Relations,
brought us up to date on the progress of the runway expansion and enlargement
of the Terminal Building of the Ohio University Airport. She
used a power point presentation to show us what the impact of the expanded
airport facilities will have on Southeastern Ohio. There will be
a potential for a regional airline carrier to come to Albany when the runway
is extended from 4,200’ to 5,600’. This would provide greater
accessibility, potential economic growth, increase tourism and be more
attractive for employees of Ohio University and businesses in Southeastern
Ohio. The new Terminal Building will be two and one half times the
size of the present building. The new terminal is planned to be completed
Monday, December 10: Bob Roth passed out committee assignments
for Kiwanis activities and showed a short film from Kiwanis International.
He encouraged committee chairs to meet with their committees at our regular
meetings before the formal meetings begin. Also, he passed out “Ideas
for Each Committee” and a form for all the members to express their ideas
on what they would like to see planned for 2002. Bob hopes that our
Kiwanis Committees will become more active in 2002.
Monday, December 17: Members of the Downtown Kiwanis Club,
their spouses joined our members, spouses and children for a festive Holiday
Dinner at the O.U. Inn. Peg McDargh played her usual dinner music
then accompanied the group singing that made up the program for the evening.
There were 20 of our members, 16 guests, one Key Club President, and 13
members and guests from the Downtown Club in attendance.
Wednesday, December 26: Let’s make plans for our Annual
Kiwanis Pancake Day on February 12, 2002. (See related story.) One of our
biggest fund-raisers for the year is the Annual Kiwanis
Since we did not choose to work at the concession stands for the Ohio University
football games this year, we need to increase our receipts from the Pancake
Day sales. The following suggestions are planned for this year’s
1. The price for advance adult tickets is $4.00, and $4.50 at the door.
The senior discount will be 3:50 either at the door,
or in advance.
2. All children 12 years old and younger will be admitted FREE.
After all, the whole idea of Kiwanis is “Serving the Children of the World.”
Why not start at home?
3. We will require at least one adult to accompany the children in a
family in order to get the FREE DINNER OR DINNERS.
4. We will distribute flyers and posters in all the Athens Elementary
Schools announcing the Kiwanis Pancake Day and including coupons for the
FREE DINNERS. (Flyers and posters will be made available for businesses
who are supporting the Athens Kiwanis Pancake Day.)
5. Coupons may be passed out at the entrance for anyone who forgot the
coupons or did not get one.
6. We will work with Matt Seymour on his proposal for an Athens Tri-K
Committee to work as a unit to have the four Kiwanis Clubs carry out a
project each quarter. We propose the Kiwanis Pancake Day as the Winter
7. We will have a Ticket Selling Campaign in each Club. Each Club
may design its own campaign.
8. For the Athens Kiwanis Club’s Campaign, we will select two teams
with Bob Toy and Rick Crossen as the captains of the teams. The winning
captain will be wheeled in a comfortable wheelbarrow down Court Street
on Saturday, February 9, 2002 by the losing captain dressed in a colorful
woman’s dress, hat and make-up. The winning captain will carry a large
advertising the Pancake Day. The media will be contacted in order
to get maximum coverage from the “Wheelbarrow Traipse.”
9. We need early public announcements in all the media outlets: WATH,
WOUB, The Messenger, The Athens News, and Access TV.
10. We would like to cooperate with The Messenger on the full page ad
on Sunday, February 10, 2002.
11. We would like to cooperate with The Messenger to sell ads for place
mats for the tables.
12. We would like to sell Kiwanis Peanut Day cannisters of gourmet mixed
nuts, honey roasted peanuts, jumbo whole cashews, chocolate covered peanuts,
and turtles before and during Pancake Day.
13. Order forms and sample products in the canisters will be placed
at the entrance of the Community Center and money will be collected for
orders of the Kiwanis Peanut Day canisters.
14. Orders may be taken by members of Key Club and Circle K Club and
the profit will be shared with their clubs.
15. Rick Crossen is working on a musical program to take place during
the dinner hours from 5:00-7:00 p.m. He will check with the various
school groups and encourage the parents to bring the children, so that
they can qualify for FREE PANCAKES.
16. We will encourage WATH to broadcast from the Pancake Day Festivities
with its remote facilities. (They should also cover the “Wheelbarrow
Traipse” down Court Street on Saturday.
17. All Kiwanis members will be encouraged to help their team sell the
most Pancake Day tickets. (The winning team will receive free dessert
at the February 18, 2002 meeting.)
18. All Kiwanis members will be encouraged to sell orders for Peanut
19. Kiwanis members who represent businesses will be encouraged to purchase
ads for The Messenger ad, the Pancake Day place mats, and have their employees
order Kiwanis Peanut Day canisters of nuts.
20. All Kiwanis members will be encouraged to serve on committees and
work several hours during Pancake Day on February 12, 2002 at the Athens
Community Center. Planning for Pancake Day on February
New Food Trailer ?
by Paul Schmittauer
Our club needs a starting point to determine the reasoning and viability
of purchasing, outfitting, and operating a food service trailer for fundraisers
to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Athens.
The club recognizes several things:
(1) The current shelter house on the Athens County Fairgrounds commits
the Club to a single location.
(2) The site of Pancake Day is problematic due to the need to rent a
tent and operate outside in cold weather. This has also raised some issues
with the Athens County Health Department.
(3) The Athens County Fair is likely to move to Hebbardsville Road.
The current shelter house will have to be moved or replaced at our expense.
(4) The shelter house is in constant need of repair and has issues such
as infestation with wasps, mice, and other pests year round. We would primarily
need this trailer for The Athens County Fair and The Kiwanis Pancake Day.
The club also recognizes that a portable food service
system would open up many new venues for fund-raising, enabling us
to do additional service projects with the added revenue. Additional events
include: The Paul Bunyan Show, Bob Evans Farm Festival, Albany Independent
Fair, Paw-Paw Festival, Recycle-a-bration, Fantastic Fourth, Parade of
the Hills, Jacksonville Moonshine festival, The Heritage show, Athens Halloween,
Bicycle Criterium, and many others. Our limitations with a portable system
would be more one of manpower than available venues. Realistically, a trailer
with gas griddles could be used for many things. Before proceeding much
further with attempting to purchase a trailer, we should define the style
and scope of Kiwanis food service fundraising. Current suggestions are
that we should prepare to:
(A) Make and serve pancakes
(B) Serve pizza and Taco-in-a-bag.
(C) The suggestion of cooking fried meats of some kind has been brought
up. Possible meats include Bison, ground beef, and fish.
(A) Cost: A suitable trailer would need to be large enough to contain
our griddles, a refrigerator, preparation tables, sinks, and serving space.
These cost $10,000 to $100,000 new, and $5,000 to $20,000 used.
There is a wide range, depending on condition, age, installed equipment,
(B) Outfitting: Nearly any trailer we would buy will require some degree
of modification or renovation to use for our purposes. It might also be
the case that a trailer could be found with suitable griddles installed,
making the outfitting process much simpler. It is apparent that the more
money we can spend, the better trailer we can buy.
(C) Moving: Such a trailer would be sixteen to thirty feet in length,
and weigh several tons. Several members have vehicles which could haul
such a trailer.
(D) Insurance: This would be an ongoing cost to insure the trailer against
collision damage, fire, etc. Of course we could risk going without, as
Kiwanis International carries liability insurance on club activities, but
that would not replace or repair our trailer in the event of loss.
(E) Storage: The trailer would fare better if indoor storage could be
secured for the winter months at least. The Alexander Lions Club stores
their trailers in a building at the Athens County Fairgrounds, perhaps
we could make similar arrangements.
(1) I recommend that we survey the membership to determine their willingness
to work additional food service fund-raisers, so as to support such a trailer.
(2) I recommend we pursue this further, with discussions and looking
(3) I also recommend that as we get closer to a selection of a trailer,
we approach the membership, and ask for donations toward the purchase and
outfitting. Members who donate considerable sums could have their names
on a plaque on the trailer and other recognitions as they desire.