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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

September 2002

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KiwaniscopeVolume 3, Number 12 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
September, 2002

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 the Launching.


September Meetings

September 3, Tuesday: Kay Springer from Tri-County will discuss “Career Education”

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 Meetings:

October 5, Saturday: The Athens Marching Band Festival will be held at Athens High School.

October 7, Monday: Installation of Officers with the Downtown Kiwanis Club.

The Kiwanis Athens County Jr. Golf Tournament will be held on September 14,
2002 at Oxbow Golf Club.  All Kiwanians are welcome to help.

August Meetings

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 the Camp.

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 cooking. 

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

Launch Program

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. Navy (Retired)
Christening of the S. S. Serendipity by representative of Beacon School Student Body
“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.

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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