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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

October 2002

Click here for an index to previous Kiwaniscopes
News Items:
Kiwaniscope Volume 4, Number 1 
 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
October, 2002

S. S. Serendipity Was Launched on September 9

    I read in the Columbus Dispatch that the replica of the Santa Maria docked on the Scioto River in Columbus was about 42 feet long and 18 feet wide.  Can you imagine a ship, the S. S. Serendipity, now completed at Beacon School in Athens, Ohio, is 45 feet long and 22 feet wide?  Yes, the Kiwanis Club of Athens shipbuilders built a ship larger than one of the ships in Columbus’s fleet when he discovered America.  The purpose of building the S. S. Serendipity is to provide an additional playground for the students at Beacon School.

    The Fun Ship S. S. Serendipity was launched on Monday, September 9, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. on the Beacon School Playground.  The members of the crew all wore their official uniforms of Kiwanis paper hats and t-shirts with the S. S. Serendipity Pirate logo and “Shipmate” designation.

    Mayor Ric Abel, Larry Payne of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Jody Harris, Superintendent of Beacon School, Don Dillinger, President of the Beacon School Board, Paul Johnson, Former Board Member, Bob Roth, president of the Kiwanis Club of Athens, and Ray Skinner, Chair of the Youth Committee, took part in the Ceremonies held inside Beacon School because of the extreme heat.  After the Ceremonies, a Kiwanian Mutineer, John Biddle, dressed in a pirate’s outfit led the Beacon School shipmates (with a pirate logo on their t-shirts) onto the deck of the S. S. Serendipity officially taking over the ship from the Kiwanis members who helped build it. A representative of the Beacon School Student Body christened the S. S. Serendipity by breaking a balloon filled with water across the bow of the ship.  Refreshments were served after the launching.

    The S. S. Serendipity has many features found on the Santa Maria.  It has a Crow’s Nest with a periscope to look out for possible prey for the pirates.  It has a Helm with a gold-handled wheel for guiding the ship. It is hoped that crew members in wheelchairs can direct the ship’s operation
from the Helm.  An under the deck communication system links the Crow’s Nest with the Helm where the Captain can guide the ship to smooth waters. The Captain can summon his crew by ringing a large brass bell near the helm.  It has a gangplank in the form of a Slide, so the crew can abandon ship in case of an emergency.

    It has some features not found on the Santa Maria.  It has a Swinging Bridge where the crew can practice getting their sea legs while in port.  It has a Group Swing where several crewmembers can swing together.  It has Rings and a Bar where the crew can flex their muscles.
    An American flag flies from the 25-foot mast. Below the American flag, the United Nations and the State of Ohio Flag  fly on separate ropes.  A Jolly Roger flag flies at the bow of the ship to signify the Beacon School Pirates have taken over the ship.  Signal Flags fly from the Yardarm and a Gold Eagle protrudes from the Stern where another American Flag flies.

    The ship may be boarded on the wide ramp that is wheelchair accessible or through a tunnel in a porthole.  An anchor is used to hold the ship in a stable position.

    There were 14 Kiwanians and some friends of Kiwanis who spent over 600 hours on the site from July 27, 2002 up to 12:00 noon September 9, 2002 building the S. S. Serendipity.  In addition to the Kiwanians mentioned above the following Kiwanis members contributed time and money for this Kiwanis Service Project: Bob Toy, Michael Smeltzer, Luther Haseley, David
Redecker and his son, Mike, Ted Jones, Mike Ward, Tom Taggart, Rick Crossen, Rick Mayer, Don Snoddy, Joe Bush, and Penny Smith.  Larry Snyder, member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, and his wife, Fran, contributed generously to the building and financing of the S. S. Serendipity.

    In addition to the many hours of labor in the hot sun and financial contributions of the Kiwanis Club of Athens, other contributions were made by The Plains VFW, the Athens County Board of MR/DD, ARC, The Ohio University Printing Resource Center, American Express, Schwarzel Marine, Bob Toy, The Sauber Family, Richard Beck and the “Boys from Nelsonville.”

Thanks for your many hours of hard work on the S. S. Serendipity
Ray Skinner     117
Dave Redecker    82
Ted Jones        80
John Biddle      69
Luther Haseley   45
Mike Redecker    34
Mike Ward        31
Larry Snyder     30
Tom Taggart      25
Rick Crossen     25

September Programs

September 3, 2002:  Kay Springer from Tri-County Vocational School discussed “Career Education.

September 9, Monday: Capt. Richard Life, U. S. Navy (Retired) spoke 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 provided important insights into the U. S.
Intelligence Community and explored communications and human intelligence collection operations vs. the terrorist target. (The meeting was held at the Beacon School cafeteria. Everyone walked behind the school to the mooring of the S. S. Serendipity to check it out.)

September 16, Monday: Rick Olexa from the Athens City Police discussed “Internet Safety.”  Rick described the dangers of predators on the Internet who prey on young people. He recommended parents have their children sign the following “Pledges for On-line Safety.”
1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, where my parents work, or their work telephone number.
2. I will not tell anyone the name and location of my school unless I ask my parents first.
3. If I see something that makes me feel uncomfortable, I will tell my parents right away.
4. I will not agree to meet someone on-line without asking my parents first..
5. I will not send my picture or anything to someone on-line without asking my parents first.
6. If someone sends me e-mail that makes me feel uncomfortable, I will not respond to it.

September 23, Monday: Connie Cooper Smith from the County Health Department spoke about, “Prostate Cancer.”  She showed a video and introduced the star of the video to the group. He was a prostate cancer survivor. 

September 30, Monday: County Engineer Archie Stanley spoke about the Geographic Information system (GIS). (See related story on page 6.)

October Programs

October, 7, 2002: Joint Induction of Officers with Downtown Kiwanis Club:

New Officers are the following:
    President:              Linda Fife
    1st Vice President:     David Redecker
    2nd Vice President:     Milt Ploghoft
    Treasurer;              Barb Sesher
    Secretary:              Dave Wickham

Summary of Board Minutes

Financial Report on 2002 Fair:
    Fair Sales            $8,998.54
       Trophies                 $39
       Health Permit             50
       Ribbons                   31
       Clean stall awards        48
       Better Beef Awards        44
       Fair Board               325
       Tickets                  144
       Doritos                  134
       Pepsi                  1,189
       Papa Johns Pizza       2,584
    TOTAL EXPENSES           $4,568.41
    NET PROFIT                          $4.430.13

Service Projects Funded:
    DARE Foundation             $150
    Overseas Child Support        15
    Good Works Meal              137
    S. S. Serendipity Project    500
    Marching Band Festival        75
    TOTAL                               $877

    Jack Warner was inducted into our Club on September 30, 2002.  Jack comes from Michigan City, Indiana where he graduated from Purdue University in Restaurant Management. He worked in Cincinnati before coming to Athens as Assistant General Manager of the OU Inn.  WELCOME.

Our Circle K Liaison, Matt Seymour, attended the Circle K International Convention in Orlando, FL this summer.  He participated in a Large Scale Service Project by going early and organizing a three-day Basketball Camp for some kids, ages 7-15, in Orlando.

Brian List, another Circle K member, went on a 60-day cross-country Biking Tour out west this summer.  He sent us this post card from Nevada.  The total distance traveled was 3,790 miles.  The purpose of the tour was to raise funds for a charity in Delaware, OH.

Ray's Humor Page

The Perks of Being over 60:
  1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
  2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
  3. No one expects you to run -anywhere.
  4. People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"
  5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
  6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
  7. Things you buy now won't wear out.
  8. You can eat dinner at 4:00 P.M.
  9. You can live without sex but not without glasses.
10. You enjoy hearing about other peoples operations.
11. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
12. You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.
13. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
15. You sing along with elevator music.
16. Your eyes won't get much worse.
17. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
18. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
19. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
20. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
21. You can't remember who sent you this list.

Geographic Information System (Program by Archie Stanley.)

    Have you ever wondered how much your property is valued at?  What type of soil your home is built upon?  Are there underground mines located under my lot?  Have you ever wished that you could see your property from an aerial photo? Would it help to attract jobs if developers could come to Athens County over the Internet and find out what large properties are for
sale that have public water and sewer, and are located close to a major highway.?  Have you ever wished you could get a copy of your deed, property map, and tax card without going to the Courthouse? 

   A Geographic Information System, G.I.S., is being developed that will do all of these things and much more.  Vast amounts of data will be mapped according to geographic locations.  Try opening up <www.gis.ilgard.ohiou.edu> and <www.landaccess.com>

Kiwanis Helps Athens Library
    Our Kiwanis Club donated $500 for the Expansion Project at The Athens Public Library.  The Hocking Valley Bank matched this for a total of $1,000 in honor of Art Kasler, long time member of our club and former President of the Hocking Valley Bank.

Athens 2020: "Design for the Future" Focus Group

    Several Kiwanians met with Dale Tampke, at-large city council member, on September 23, 2002 to discuss, “How can we improve the general conditions of Athens’ well-being and attractiveness (economic prosperity, health, education, safety, the environment, recreation, etc.?” First several problems were identified, then possible solutions were discussed.

1. Properly fund a fully staffed and adequate Fire Department

2. Properly fund a fully staffed and adequate Police Department

3. Properly fund the cost of clean-up caused by student parties

4. Eliminate the need to drive to Columbus or Parkersburg for certain
medical treatment and diagnosis

5. Offer affordable housing for low income families and seniors

6. Properly fund our public schools

1. Since  the Ohio University depends on the city of Athens to provide fire protection for University dorms and other buildings, it is necessary for the State of Ohio (impacted city funds) to fund the building of another fire station and support the annual expenses of the Athens Fire Department. Since the student population makes up half the population of Athens, the
State of Ohio should pay for half the expenses of the Fire Department.

2. Since the students attending Ohio University and guests of students cause a large percent of the problems of law enforcement, the State of Ohio (impacted city funds) should pay for that per cent of police work, especially during Halloween Weekend.

3. Fines should be increased for drunkenness to cover the cost of clean-up after Halloween and other student parties.  Bars should make up the difference between and costs and fines.

4. Provide more specialists in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and at the O’Bleness Hospital and purchase equipment needed for specialized treatment and diagnosis.

5. Since many formerly single-family dwellings have been converted to high cost student housing, Ohio University should provide more student housing at reasonable costs to attract students back on the campus.  This would free the formerly single-family dwellings for low-income families and seniors. Freeing these dwellings should bring the cost of renting and buying down.

6. When Ohio University purchases any taxable property, it should pay all local property taxes.  This should be retroactive to cover the Athena, property on West Union including the old Dodge dealership, Bromley Hall, the Oasis, etc. When businesses build on University property, they should pay all local property taxes, e.g. Courtyard Housing, Wal-Mart and other businesses.

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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