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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

April 2002
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KiwaniScope    Volume 3, Number 7      District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
April, 2002

We Need a Business Plan for Our Fund-Raisers

A. Description of the Business:
    The Athens Kiwanis Club is a non-profit service organization that
provides a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render
altruistic service and to build better communities.  In order to provide
services to the community, we are dedicated to raise as much money as
possible to further this goal.  Therefore, we are developing a business plan
that will enable us to raise more money so that we can do more good in the
Athens community.

B. The feasibility of purchasing a Concession Trailer:
    At the present time we must work out of a tent at the Athens Community
Center during the Athens Kiwanis Pancake Day, which is our major fund-raising
event of the year.  The other major fund-raiser is operating a food
concession at the Athens County Fair.  A Concession Trailer would improve
the operations at both of these events and improve the possibility of
operating a food concession at other local events.

C. Products to be sold:
    1. Pancakes and sausage at Pancake Day along with Kiwanis peanuts
    2. Pizza, bread sticks, tacos in a bag, candy, and soft drinks at the Athens County Fair.
    3. Other possibilities:
        a. Theater popcorn with butter
        b. Coney dogs (Gold Star)
        c. Miller’s chicken and fish sandwiches (Miller’s Chicken)
        d. Ice Cream Bars
        e. Watermelon and cantaloupe
D. Marketing Plan:
    1. Certain foods for seniors
    2. Certain foods for juniors
    3. Specials
    4. Emphasize that profits go to youth service projects
E. Service:
    1. Place to be seated comfortably
    2. Keep tables clean
    3. Keep area clean
    4. Easy to find
    5. Friendly atmosphere
F. Locations and Dates:
    1. Pancake Day in February
    2. Fourth of July at the Fair Grounds in July
    3. Athens County Fair in August
    4. Paul Bunyan Days at Hocking College in September
    5. Halloween on Court Street in November
G. Competition: 
    1. What are other concession stands selling at the Fair?
    2. What is the cost of similar items?
    3. What are other facilities like?
H. Advertising and Promotional Materials:
    1. Short, descriptive and catchy
    2. Advance publicity on radio, TV, newspaper, flyers, posters, etc.
    3. Promotional banners, posters, etc. near Concession Trailer
    4. Have a product associated with Kiwanis, e.g. Kiwanis Pancakes
    5. Special promotion, e.g. Children free when accompanied by an adult
    6. Contests in the schools
    7. Ticket-selling contests among members
I. Pricing:
    1. Provide a quality product at a reasonable price.
    2. Check out the competition
    3. Include cost of overhead in pricing
J. Financial Management (Budget):
    1. Occupancy fee, e.g. to sell on Court Street
    2. Health permit
    3. Insurance
    4. Utilities
    5. Cost of equipment
    6. Cost of supplies (table service)
    7. Cost of ingredients
    8. Cost of advertising
K. Supply of Workers:
    1. 42 members and family members
    2. 15-20 Circle K members
    3. 15-20 Key Club members
    4. 12-15 Hocking Residential Center young men
L. Storage of Concession Trailer:
    1. Fairgrounds
    2. Ohio University lot near Heating Plant
M. Financing Cost of Trailer:
    1. Specific Fund-raisers to pay for the trailer, such as an auction of donated items from local 
        businesses (We have the auctioneer;  all we need are some donations.)
    2. Loan from bank
    3. Donations and grants

    When the Business Plan was discussed at the March 17 meeting, there seemed to be a consensus to complete the business plan for our fund-raisers.. Then apply the results to improve our present fund-raisers and implement a new fund-raiser specifically for buying a trailer. We could wait until we have the money to pay for a trailer before we purchase one.

                        “Wings of Hope” Bear
    On a visit to the Logan Kiwanis Club we heard Mr. Ed Mattson, President and Managing Director for the ‘Wings of Hope Cancer Foundation.’ While the program was excellent and spell-binding, it was a program that tore at your heart: filled with stories of disappointment, hope, despair and joy.     Ed had a wonderful life, married with children, good job and just about
everything materially one could ask for. When his wife, Linda, was diagnosed with cancer, it began a very long battle for both of them. She participated in an experimental program, which cured the cancer, but later led to other cancers. Eventually, Linda lost her battle and Ed was left alone, wondering what good all the material things were. Today, he has invested everything,
including himself, into Wings. He seems to roam the world, seeking out children who have been abandoned by the medical community because of diseases that are almost impossible to cure ­ or that are thought to be incurable by the doctors.
    He had some “Wings of Hope” bears, which he was offering for sale to raise money for his Foundation.  We made a donation of $40 and brought one home.  After a call to O’Bleness Hospital we were able to find a young girl from Albany who has lymphoma.  We gave the bear to her father who presented it to Shoshanna. We hope the bear will raise her hopes as she continues the treatment for lymphoma and she fully recovers.

                            MARCH PROGRAMS
March 4, 2002: “Officer Rick” Crossen provided the program.  He has been the DARE officer for Athens for eight years.  He teaches 15 lessons in all the fifth and sixth grades in the Athens elementary schools.  At the end of the program, all the children write essays describing what they have learned. These essays are judged and the winners from each school are invited to read
their essays at the DARE Awards Banquet. They are chosen by their peers as the winners.  Four of the winners read their essays at our Kiwanis meeting. Some of them wore t-shirts with the Athens Kiwanis DARE Foundation logo on them. (Rick received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his dedication to the DARE program.)  Congratulations Rick, keep up the good work. March Programs

March 11, 2002: Leslie Lilly, President of The Foundation for Appalachian’s Ohio, explained what she does at the Foundation office.  The office is in Nelsonville and works in 17 Appalachian Counties.  The Foundation administers funds from charitable giving in the region.  The foundation’s Mission Statement is the following: “By broadening the traditions of giving and caring, the Foundation provides a means to achieve a better future for the region.  The organization attracts private and public contributions and other income for endowment and programs to enrich the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio.  The foundation makes grants for charitable and civic
purposes, provides and promotes leadership for collaborative and creative regional initiatives, and builds the capacity of individuals and organizations to meet community needs.”

March 18, 2002: Bob Roth led a discussion on how we can improve Pancake Day in the future.  Everyone agreed that this year’s Pancake Day was a financial success, but some things need to be changed in order to serve the public better in the future.  Several ideas were suggested to handle the dinner crowd.  It was suggested that when people come to the cashier that each family be given a card with a number on it.  In this way the servers can serve the pancakes and sausage in the order that the people arrived. Another idea was to borrow a “hot box” from the OU. Inn, which would enable us to cook ahead 150-200 dinners in the afternoon.  Of course we do need at least two more grills to supply the pancakes and sausages during peak times.. Other ideas were to rent a refrigerator for the day, put the mixer in the tent, provide more sugar-free syrup, and encourage more people to come for breakfast and lunch.

                    How Did We Get Our 50 Star Flag?
     History reveals that there were flags of many designs in this land of ours before Congress adopted the red, white and blue arrangement of Stars and Stripes.  The first flag brought to North America by white men came with the Scandinavian explorer Leif Erickson about the year 1,000.  It was white, emblazoned with a black raven.  The English, Dutch, Spanish, Italians, French and Swedes brought their flags, depicting crosses, lions, castles and fleurs-de-lis.

    It was not until June 14, 1777, almost a year following adoption of the Declaration of Independence, that the Continental Congress approved the basic design of the national flag we know today.  The Congressional act provided that “the Flag of 13 United States shall be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, with the union of 13 stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new constellation.”  In April 1818, Congress passed another act providing that henceforth the flag should have 13 stripes, alternating seven red and six white, and that only on July fourth following the admission of each new state another star should be added....Thus the United States Flag today has 50 stars, arranged in nine horizontal and six vertical lines.

    Lancaster, Ohio’s place with the current 50 star flag is certain.  As a 17-year-old junior in 1958, Bob Heft turned a history class project into a history-making event, when he designed what was soon to become America’s newest national banner.
    Unfamiliar with a needle and thread, and unable to get help from his mother, who feared her son’s project would be desecrating the flag, Heft spent twelve and one half hours one weekend arranging and sewing a new combination of stars.
    His teacher, Stanley Pratt, originally issued him a B- on his project as he said it lacked originality.  Pratt reminded Heft that we had not had a 49 star flag yet.  Teacher Pratt challenged the youthful Heft to get the flag accepted in Washington and he would raise his grade.  With the assistance of then Congressman Walter H. Moeller (Ohio 10th District) his flag became the
nation’s 27th “Old Glory” on July 4, 1960.  On that date, Stanley Pratt finally changed Heft’s grade to an A.  Bob Heft has never parted with his high school class project and says it’s his ticket to the world.  That $2.87 investment is now valued at over a half- million dollars and is a valued part of Americana.
(Fairfield Heritage Quarterly Volume 25, No. 1, Winter, 2002)

                        Welcome New Members
    At our March 10, 2002 meeting, Past Lt. Governor Bill Rader inducted two more members to the Club.  Earl Funk introduced Pat Sheridan who was a teacher at Federal Hocking for over 30 years.  Pat has taken on a new occupation as an auctioneer.  He has demonstrated his ability in this profession by getting top dollar for the leftover peanuts from Kiwanis Peanut Day.  Thank you Pat.  We will utilize your talent in the weekly auctions of donated objects to bolster our administration account.
    Earl Mathews and Dave Wickham co-sponsored Don Spratlin into our Club. Don has worked at Taylor Nissan for the past three years.  Don got in the spirit of Kiwanis by proposing a project for the Youth Committee.  Two girls from Alexander High School have qualified in Cross Country in the Down Under International Games in Australia this summer.
    They are trying to raise over $3,000 each to cover the expenses of the trip.  Our Youth Committee has pledged $200 each for this project.  Good job Don, you are appointed to the Youth Committee for the rest of the year.

                        Youth Committee Report
    The projects for March include the Pancake Day Ticket Selling Contest which was won by Morrison Elementary School where former Kiwanian John Gordon is principal.  We gave him $500 which will be used to help purchase a sign for the front of the building.  Pizza parties were held in East, West, The Plains and Morrison for the classrooms who brought in the most adults
for Pancake Day.  This costs approximately $350.

            Our Top Officers Attend Mid Year District Conference
    President Bob Roth, First Vice President Linda Fife and Second Vice President Dave Redecker represented our Club at the Mid Year District Conference in Dublin on March 16, 2002.  They reported back to the Club that the Conference was very worthwhile and gave them some ideas that can be implemented for our Club.

                    Earl Funk Reports on Interclubs
    Earl Funk has been busy recruiting members to attend interclubs to other Clubs in the Mighty Ninth who are celebrating anniversaries.  On March 1, 2002, Earl, Ray Skinner, Bill Rader and Bob Roth attended the New Boston 50th Anniversary Party at a retirement center in Portsmouth.  They enjoyed an excellent meal, followed by a Gospel Group of singers and instrumentalists.  Earl presented the club with a 50 Year Anniversary Balloon held down by an Athens Kiwanis Cup filled with 50 M & M’s. 
   On March 15, 2002, Earl, Ray Skinner, Bill Rader, Milt Ploghoft, and John Biddle journeyed to Logan to help celebrate the Logan’s Kiwanis Club’s Eightieth Birthday.  They enjoyed a delicious meal, followed by a talented musical group from Logan High School who sang songs from the 60’s. Bill Rader presented a 80 Year Anniversary Balloon held down by a cup with 80 M &
M’s in it.  District Governor Tom Crawford, his wife and son were there to help celebrate this milestone in the life of the Logan Club.  It was announced that the Logan Club’s Dave Kelch will be nominated for Governor-elect at this year’s District Convention. We will surely support
Dave in his quest for District office.
    Now Earl is recruiting members for an interclub to Chillicothe to celebrate the Chillicothe Club's 80th Anniversary on April 27.  Interclubs are excellent ways to find out what other clubs in our Division are doing things.  New Boston’s club has a low rent housing project that they have
operated since 1969.  Logan’s club feeds hundreds of people who take part in the Mid-Winter Hike at Old Man’s Cave. They serve bean soup and corn bread and accept donations.  They also publish a Charity Newsies paper and sell thousands of dollars worth of ads, plus accept donations while distributing the paper on the street corners in downtown Logan.

                       Follow-Up to The Ohio Outback Presentation
    After Russ Tippett from Hocking College gave a presentation on The Ohio Outback, the board voted to form an Athens Leadership Team made up of Robert Roth, Ray Skinner and Dave Wickham.  We signed a resolution to support designating our Appalachian Region as The Ohio Outback, to support significant regional collaboration in developing our mutual assets and
extensively marketing The Ohio Outback, and by proclaiming The Ohio Outback as our region’s “Eco/Heritage Tourism Destination” and by showcasing our natural, historic, cultural, and artistic assets to the touring public, local economies will be enhanced.

    I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year-old again.     I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make a sidewalk with
    I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them.  I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.
    I want to return to a time when life was simple; when all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't
know and you didn't care.
    All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.  I want to think the world is fair.  That everyone is honest and good.
    I want to believe that anything is possible. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.
    I want to live simple again. I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones.
    I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.
    So . . . here's my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood.
    And if you want to discuss this further, you'll have to catch me first, cause........
"Tag! You're it." 

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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