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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

December 2002



Click here for an index to previous Kiwaniscopes

News Items:
Kiwaniscope Volume 4, Number 12 
 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
December, 2002

December Cover: Kiwanis Supports the Salvation Army (Scanned Christmas Card)


November Programs

November 4: Amy Reinhart described a new program that Big Brothers Big Sisters has started.  In addition to the usual matching of adults with younger children, Big Brothers Big Sisters has received a grant to work with Vinton County children in a “Positive Partners” program. It is patterned after the “Spartan Sibs”  program in which older children tutor younger children.  They need more volunteers.

November 11:  Dr. Gifford Doxsee described his Army experience as a POW in Dresden, Germany near the end of World War II.  He has returned to thank a German lady who smuggled food into the Slaughter House where Gifford was held as a POW.  He attributed his survival to this lady who risked her life to save the lives of the POW’s.

November 18: Sandy Shirey, Director of the local Red Cross Office, discussed the work of the American Red Cross and requested that our Kiwanis Club contribute to a program conducted by the Red Cross to train young people to be responsible Baby Sitters.  (The Community Services Committee donated $100 for materials for the Baby Sitters program.)

November 25: Jonathan Leal shared slides of China and Nepal that he had taken on a recent return to his birthplace in Nepal where his parents were doing missionary work at the time of his birth.  He was amazed at the changes that have taken place in China and Nepal since his last visit 15 years ago. 


December Programs

December 2: Dale Minor, Hocking College, will discuss their Drug Prevention Program.

December 9: Thomas Ewing, one of Ohio University’s first graduates, will describe his childhood when his family moved to the Ohio territory early in the 1800’s.  (Any resemblance between Thomas Ewing and Ray Skinner is purely accidental.

December 16: NOTICE OF AUCTION     A GIANT AUCTION WILL BE HELD  AFTER OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR ADMINISTRATION 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.

December 23: Open

December 30: Open


Service Projects

    Our Kiwanis Club “Rang the Bell” on Saturday November 23 for the Salvation Army Annual Bell Ringing Campaign. (Kiwanis members are reminded to bring the stuffed stockings to our December 16 meeting for the Salvation Army kids.)

    Penne Smith announced that the Kiwanis “Upside Down Christmas Tree” won first place in two categories at the Annual 

   Our Community Services Committee contributed $250 to Good Works and  provided a dinner for the homeless at The Plains Methodist Church on November 1, 2002.  Augie Zorn provided the Gold Star Chili ingredients and nearly 100 people enjoyed the evening.

    The Youth Committee contributed $200 for the Girl Scouts and $300 for the Nelsonville Youth Project. The Children First Committee contributed $200 for the Tri County Early Childhood Education Program.Branson Holiday Tour     Ray and Marilyn Skinner and Luther Haseley led a group of 37 people on a Branson Holiday Tour on November 18-24.  Pat and Earl Funk recruited some of their Dance Club to  join us and a good time was had by all.  They saw the
following shows: Andy Williams, Shoji Tabushi, the Lawrence Welk Show, the Presleys, the Chinese Circus, Bobby Vinton, Mel Tillis and his talented daughters, the Osmonds Brothers, and a young cast performing “Raising America.”  Ray got to play two rounds of golf and everyone ate too much at the wonderful buffets.

The Philosophy Professor


A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter.
 
He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.   Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous -- yes.

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar -- effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children--things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be
full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued "there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks.

The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.  Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing.
There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.

"Take care of the rocks first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."  One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented..

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."


Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation

                             Our Mission
    The objective of the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation is to create, support and promote projects throughout Ohio, the United States and the world, with focus on safety, good health and education of young children. The Foundation is committed to financially assist and recommend projects to enhance the commitment to Young Children by Ohio Kiwanis clubs. The Foundation shall solicit, receive and manage funds given to the Foundation for this purpose by Kiwanis Clubs, Kiwanians and other interested parties.

    Funds earmarked for specific projects will be collected and distributed only to those projects. Funds which are not designated for specific projects are invested and only the proceeds of these investments may be used to help meet our mission.  In accordance with IRS statute 501(c)3, donations, gifts, bequests of money or property to the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation are
tax-exempt.

    All Ohio District Kiwanians in good standing are members of the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation. The Foundation is managed by a board of Directors consisting of 6 elected members, two appointees of the presiding Governor of the Ohio District of Kiwanis, and a representative from the Past District Treasurers committee. The elected officers of the Ohio District of Kiwanis serve as ex-offico members of the Board.


                        The Foundation at Work...     
Bicycle Helmets:
    More than 14,000 children in Ohio are severely injured each year that could have been prevented if the child had been wearing protective headgear while bicycling, skateboarding or roller blading. The injuries result in $16 million annually for hospital and rehabilitation costs.  The Foundation, through its large purchasing power makes it possible for Kiwanis Clubs in
Ohio to purchase bicycle helmets at special reduced prices. These helmets can be sold or given away to youngsters in their communities.  Many clubs promote bicycle safety through safety town education programs and bicycle rodeos.  The Foundation hopes to dramatically reduce serious injury to Ohio youth by the promotion of such safety programs and the availability of
inexpensive protective headgear.

Pediatric Emergency Reference Card:
    In cooperation with the University Hospital in Columbus the Foundation has published and distributed over 52,000 Pediatric Emergency Reference cards.  The reference card discloses pertinent information about medications normal for pediatric vital signs and other information, such as coma scoring, that are important when treating youthful patients. During an emergency, time is of the essence and this card provides instant guides for diagnosis and treatment.  These cards have been sent to every licensed paramedic and EMT in the State of Ohio. Because of relatively high turnover of these trained technicians, it is necessary to continually supply new cards.
   
Pediatric Immobilization Board:
    The Pediatric Immobilization board has proven to be of immense value to paramedics throughout Ohio. Adult backboards are not suitable for the restraint and transport of youthful patients under 70 lbs.  The Pediatric Immobilization board allows emergency care for youthful patients without compromising the child's safety and well being.  The Foundation has obtained special pricing and literature from an Ohio supplier to enable Kiwanis clubs to either supply or assist in supplying these boards to local fire departments and EMS squads. The Foundation encourages all clubs to be certain that their local EMS teams have this equipment and assist them in obtaining it whenever possible.


 THANKSGIVING

TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING, I JUST COULDN'T  SLEEP
 I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS, I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.
 
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED - THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE
 BUT I  FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT
 
TOSSING AND  TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION
 THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
 
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR
 AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.

 I GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND  CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.

 I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO  PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
 'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.

I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY
 WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
 
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
 HAPPY  EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.

 MAY YOUR  STUFFING BE TASTY, MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
 MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N  GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP,
 
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS MAY YOUR  PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
 MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR  THIGHS.

MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING BE BLESSED!!

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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