|KiwaniscopeVolume 3, Number 12 District Kiwanis's
The S. S. Serendipity Will Be Launched on September 9
Did you know that the Nina, one of Columbus’s sailing ships, was 42
feet long? Can you imagine the S. S. Serendipity, now under construction
at Beacon School, is more than 42 feet long. Yes, our Kiwanis shipbuilders
are building a ship larger than one of the ships in Columbus’s fleet when
he discovered America.
The S. S. Serendipity has many features found on the Nina. It
has a Crow’s Nest with a periscope to look out for pirates. It has
a helm with a gold-handled wheel for guiding the ship.
It has a gang plank in the form of a slide, so the crew can abandon
ship in case of an emergency. It has a lifeboat, where the crew can
teeter-totter during long voyages.
It has some features not found on the Nina. It has a swinging
bridge where the crew can practice getting their sea legs while in port.
It has a group swing where several crew members can swing together.
It is hoped that crew members in wheelchairs can swing on the group swing.
The 25 foot mast will fly the American flag, Below the American flag,
the United Nations and the Ohio Flag will fly on separate ropes.
A Jolly Roger flag is available in case the Pirates take over the ship.
Signal flags will fly from the yardarm. An under the deck communication
system will link the Crow’s Nest with the Helm where the Captain can guide
the ship to smooth waters.
The ship may be boarded on the wide ramp that is wheelchair accessible
or through a tunnel in a porthole. An anchor will be used to hold
the ship in a stable position.
The Fun Ship S. S. Serendipity will be launched on Monday, September
9, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Beacon School. We had to change the launching
date so that more of the crew could be present. The crew will all
wear their official uniforms of Kiwanis paper hats and t-shirts with the
S. S. Serendipity logo and “Shipmate” designation. Mayor Ric Abel, Jody
Harris, Superintendent of Beacon School, Don Dillinger, President of the
Board, Paul Johnson, Former Board Member, and Bob Roth will take part in
WE WILL HOLD OUR SEPTEMBER 9 KIWANIS MEETING AT BEACON
September 3, Tuesday: Kay Springer from Tri-County will discuss
September 9, Monday: Capt. Richard Life, U. S. Navy (Retired)
will speak on “Perspectives On Terrorism and Our Russian Allies”
at Beacon School. Capt..
Richard Life is a friend of the Funks and was a highly successful
U. S. Navy overt human intelligence collector and all-source analyst during
his 29-year career in the Navy. His talk will provide important insights
into the U. S.. Intelligence Community and explores communications and
human intelligence collection operations vs the terrorist target.
(We will hold our meeting at the Beacon School cafeteria. Park in the
parking lot on the west side of the building and walk behind the school
to the mooring of the S. S. Serendipity.)
September 16, Monday: Rick Alexa from the Athens City Police
will discuss “Internet Safety.”
September 23, Monday: Connie Cooper Smith from the County Health
Department will speak about, Prostate Cancer.”
September 30, Monday: County Engineer Archie Stanley will tell
us about “GIS”
(Global Information Service.)
October 5, Saturday: The Athens Marching Band Festival will be
held at Athens High School.
October 7, Monday: Installation of Officers with the Downtown
The Kiwanis Athens County Jr. Golf Tournament will be held on September
2002 at Oxbow Golf Club. All Kiwanians are welcome to help.
August 5, Monday: Grace Essex, Regional Consultant, Ohio Department
of Education for Early Childhood Education told us about an exceptional
Pre-School Education Program taking place in Reggio Elimia, Italy.
Four themes permeate the program, namely:
1. Children are born ready to learn;
2. Relationships are influential as teachers stay with same children
for three years;
3. Environment matters;
4. Early literacy is nourished in Communication Center.
August 12, Monday: Mary Abel, Co-director of Camp Invention in
Athens reported that there were 61 campers in this first-year program held
at East Elementary School on August 5-9, 2002. The emphasis of the
Camp is problem solving in mathematics and science. Our Kiwanis Club
provided scholarships for three Athens County children to attend
August 19, Monday: Ray and Marilyn Skinner showed slides of a
recent trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Ray wore his Sula which
is a sarong-type garment worn by men in Fiji. Ray and Marilyn described
the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and described
the history, scenery and animal life in this land “Down Under.”
August 26, Monday: Personal Chef Jonathan Leal told us about
being a Personal Chef. He comes to your home and prepares 20-40 meals
for your freezer. You choose from a varied menu and he does all the
You are cordially invited to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of
Pat and Earl Funk.
Come celebrate their happiness with family and friends at The Plains
United Methodist Church held in the Family Life Center on Sunday, September
8, 2002 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, cake and punch will be served. R.S.V.P. (740) 594-3175
Launching the S. S. Serendipity at Beacon School Monday, September 9,
2002 at 1:00 p.m.*
Presentation of the Colors by The Plains VFW
Recognition of Benefactors by Ray Skinner, Master of Ceremonies Remarks
by Mayor Ric Abel
History of Beacon School by Paul Johnson, former Board Member of Beacon
School. Remarks by Jody Harris, Superintendent of Beacon School
Presentation of Title to the S. S. Serendipity to Don Dillinger, President
of the Beacon School Board, by Bob Roth, President of Kiwanis Club of Athens
Commissioning of the S. S. Serendipity by Capt. Richard Life, U. S.
Christening of the S. S. Serendipity by representative of Beacon School
“Shipmates Man Your Stations” (Beacon School students will go
to their stations on the deck of the S. S. Serendipity.)
* Students, teachers, parents and friends of Beacon
School are invited to attend the launching.