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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

November 2002



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News Items:
Kiwaniscope Volume 4, Number 11 
 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
November, 2002

Linda Fife Leads a Strong Cast of Officers in 2002-2003

    At the October 7, 2002 Induction, Linda Fife, supported by her husband, past president Dave Liggitt, was sworn in as the new president for the Athens Kiwanis Club.  Richard Piccard was sworn in as the new president of the Downtown Kiwanis Club.

    Lt. Governor Roger Drake inducted the other officers of both Athens Kiwanis Clubs and Alan Goldsberry presided over the rest of the program. His dry humor made the evening an enjoyable event.

    Howard Dewald was given a Life Membership by the Downtown Club for his long dedicated service to Kiwanis.  He has been secretary and Circle K Advisor for ever.

    Larry Wines from the Downtown Club presented Bob Burson with the “Young Children Award” for serving over 50 years as a coach and teacher of Athens youth.

    Ray Skinner of the Athens Club surprised David Redecker with the “Golden Drill Award” for his long hours of hard labor on the building of the S. S.  Serendipity -- a playground for the kids at Beacon School.


    The 2002-2003 Officers for the Athens Kiwanis Club are as follows:
Linda Fife                     President
Dave Redecker     Vice President
Milt Ploghoft          2nd Vice Pres.
Dave Wickham             Secretary
Barb Sesher                  Treasurer
Bob Roth               Past President
 
Board of Directors
Augie Zorn
Jim Wilson
Ted Jones
Pat Sheridan
Dix Asleson
Candy Byron
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

Newsletter Editors
Ray Skinner
John Biddle (Photographer)

    Everyone is confident that Linda will do a wonderful job as president and we all pledge our support for all the fine officers that we are fortunate to have lead our Club.  Lest we forget; we want to thank Bob Roth for a wonderful year as our president in 2001-2002.  We will miss Bob’s
flamboyant introductions of Linda, but we know our responses to our new vice will be just as enthusiastic!


October Programs

October 7: Joint Induction of Officers

October 14: Rick Crossen talked about his trip to Japan.  Earl Funk led an
Interclub to the Lucasville Kiwanis Club Induction Ceremony. He was
accompanied by Ray Skinner, Bill Rader and Bob Roth.

October 21: Monda DeWeese, Executive Director of SEPTA presented a program
on the work of the South Eastern Problem Treatment Agency.  SEPTA is a
Community-Based Correctional Facility serving Athens, Fairfield, Gallia,
Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington Counties.
    The mission of SEPTA is to provide the judges of the region with a
community sanction for offenders that includes a six-month confinement to a
highly structured, treatment-oriented and secure facility.

October 22: Earl Funk, chair of our Interclub Committee, led an Interclub to
the newly organized Kiwanis Club at Southpoint, Ohio.  Penny Byron, Paul
Schmittauer and Dave Redecker joined Earl on this Interclub to the
Southeastern Lawrence County Kiwanis Club.

October 28:
Organization of Committees:  Linda Fife started with last year’s
committee assignments and asked everyone to sign up for at least one
committee assignment.

October 31: The Halloween Parade is cancelled for this year because of
construction of the East State Street boulevard.  However, our club will
organize the Costume Judging Contest with the members of the OU Circle K
Club helping with the judging. November Programs
November 1: Our Club will serve a free meal for Good Works at The Plains
United Methodist Church.

November 4: Amy Reinhart will bring us up-to-date on the Athens Big
Brothers, Big Sisters program.

November 11: Dr. Gifford Doxsee, retired Emeritus Professor of History at
Ohio University, will describe his Army experience as a POW in Dresden,
Germany near the end of World War II for a Veterans’ Day program.  He will
also try to tie in the September 11 attack with his experience of teaching
in the Middle East.

November 18: Sandy Shirey will describe the American Red Cross programs
including the Blood Mobile visits.

November 25: Jonathan Leal will share his experiences in China and Nepal.


October 28 Board Meeting
    Linda Fife conducted the Board of Directors meeting.  After the October 1, 2002 Minutes were approved, much discussion was held concerning the Administration Account.  Barb Sesher has not been able to pay the O.U. Inn for our recent meals because of insufficient funds in the Administration Account.  After considering charging members, who do not attend meetings
without a legitimate reason, $2.50 per meal, the Board voted to present to the membership an increase of dues of $1 per month. 

   In order to save money in the Administration Account, it was suggested that members going on Interclubs pay for half the cost of the meals, but this was voted down.  However, it was recommended that we only go on an average of one Interclub to each club in the Division 9 per year.  Members may elect to have the cost of their meals taken on Interclubs added to their
monthly dues statement.

    Members who have not been attending meetings will be contacted and encouraged to attend some meetings.  We miss you.
  

 NOTICE OF AUCTION
    A GIANT AUCTION WILL BE HELD SOMETIME IN DECEMBER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNT.  MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING ITEMS THAT MAY BE AUCTIONED BY PAT SHERIDAN AND USED AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR GIFT LIST.

    The Athens Kiwanis Club along with the Downtown Kiwanis Club, Chauncey-Dover Lions Club and the Athens High School Band Boosters sponsored the 28th Athens Invitational Marching Festival on October 5, 2002.  This was the most financially successful Marching Festival for a long time.  Each of the service clubs received $1,257 for its Projects’ Account.  The Band
Boosters received the major part of the net profit to support the Athens High School Marching Band.

    Charlie Leonard, past president of our club and past Lt. Governor for Division 9, served as the announcer for the 28th time or from the inception of the Festival. Ray Skinner was the general chairman of the first two Athens Invitational Marching Festivals.  Augie Zorn headed up the committee this year to solicit Sponsors for the Festival. He thanked the sponsors via
a Letter to the Editor in the Messenger.


S. S. Serendipity Report
    The Athens County Health Department has inspected the S. S. Serendipity and found some safety problems.  We either have to raise the sides of the ship to prevent the children from falling overboard  or place some protective gravel around the entire ship.

    Ray Skinner went to Charlie Cochran, owner of Circle Hill Sand and Gravel along Route 33, and asked if he could help us out.  Mr. Cochran has agreed to donate 30 tons of gravel which will be placed around the ship as soon as the Health Department gives us the specifications for placing the gravel around the ship.  We wish to thank Mr. Cochran for his generosity.     The children are very disappointed that they cannot play on the S. S. Serendipity since it has become a very popular playground for the children of Beacon.  We are hoping to place the gravel around the ship as soon as possible.


THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
“Compromise: an amiable arrangement between husband and wife whereby they agree to let her have her own way.”              -anonymous


Athens Kiwanis Club 2002-2003 Committee Members

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH:
    Rick Crossen  (Chairperson)
    Paul Schmittauer

COMMUNITY SERVICES:
    Mike Ward (Chairperson)
    John Biddle
    Milt Ploghoft
    Don Reed
    George McCarthy
    Don Spratlin
    Ray Skinner

INTERCLUB:
    Earl Funk (Chairperson)
    Paul Schmittauer

YOUTH SERVICES:
    Ray Skinner (Chairperson)
    Ted Jones
    Ric Mayer
    Mike Smeltzer
    Penne Smith
    Dave Wickham
    Luther Haseley
    Pat Sheridan
    Dave Brennan

HUMAN AND SPIRITUAL VALUES:
    Bill Rader (Chairperson)
    Joe Jagers
    Augie Zorn
    Ross Kelsey

SPONSORED PROGRAMS:
    Bob Roth (Chairperson)
    Ray Skinner
    Dave Sager
    Dan Harlett

KIWANISCOPE:
    Ray Skinner (Editor)
    John Biddle -- Photographer

CLUB PROGRAMS:
    Dave Redecker (Chairperson)
    Past presidents will provide three programs each during the year.

YOUNG CHILDREN -- PRIORITY ONE:
    Candy Byron (Chairperson)
    Wanda Bush
    Barb Sesher
    Linda Fife

KIWANIMASTER:
    Augie Zorn (Chairperson)
    Paul Schmittauer

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

    Candy Byron (Chairperson)
    Bob Roth
    Tina Jeffers

WEB PAGE DEVELOPMENT:
    Paul Schmittauer (Chair)
    John Biddle

FUNDRAISING

PANCAKE DAY -- MARCH 11
    Ray Skinner (Chairperson)
    Tony George
    Luther Haseley
    Tom Taggart
    Jim Wilson
    Dix Aselson
    Jack Warner
    Earl Mathews

ATHENS COUNTY FAIR:
    Augie Zorn (Co-chairperson)
    Dave Redecker (Co-chair)
    Dan Inman
    Bob Toy

ATHENS BAND FESTIVAL:
    Augie Zorn (Chairperson)
    Dave Redecker
    Paul Schmittauer

YOUTH SERVICES PROJECTS:
September 2002:
    S. S. Serendipity Playground
    Jr. Golf Tournament

October 2002:
    Halloween Costume Judging
    Band Festival Trophy

November 2002:
    Girl Scouts
    4-H Tree Festival
    Nelsonville Family
    Information Center

December 2002:
    Salvation Army Stockings
    Botswana Orphans


“All I really need to know -- I learned from Noah and the Ark.”
1. Don’t miss the boat.
2. Try to remember that we’re all in the same boat.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark, you know.
4. Don’t listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done.
5. Speed isn’t always an advantage; after all, the snails were on board with the cheetahs.
6. When you’re stressed, try floating for awhile.
7. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs, it was the Titanic that was built by professionals.

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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