|KiwaniScope Volume 3, Number
7 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
We Need a Business Plan for Our Fund-Raisers
A. Description of the Business:
The Athens Kiwanis Club is a non-profit service
provides a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render
altruistic service and to build better communities. In order
services to the community, we are dedicated to raise as much money
possible to further this goal. Therefore, we are developing a
that will enable us to raise more money so that we can do more good
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
concession at the Athens County Fair. A Concession Trailer would
the operations at both of these events and improve the possibility
operating a food concession at other local events.
C. Products to be sold:
1. Pancakes and sausage at Pancake Day along with
2. Pizza, bread sticks, tacos in a bag, candy, and
soft drinks at the Athens County Fair.
3. Other possibilities:
a. Theater popcorn with
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
4. Emphasize that profits go to youth service projects
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
1. What are other concession stands selling at the
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,
3. Promotional banners, posters, etc. near Concession
4. Have a product associated with Kiwanis, e.g.
5. Special promotion, e.g. Children free when accompanied
by an adult
6. Contests in the schools
7. Ticket-selling contests among members
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
And if you want to discuss this further, you'll
have to catch me first, cause........
"Tag! You're it."