|Kiwaniscope Volume 5, Number 3
District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
43rd annual Pancake Day March 11, 2003
The weather cooperated and a lot of people contributed to another successful
Kiwanis Pancake Day. The Athens News did a terrific job on the Kiwanis
Pancake ad, which appeared in two issues of The Athens News and on our
place mats. This year we sold 48 ads at $50 each, so we appreciate
The Athens News management for allowing us to sell the ads and make some
money on the advertising. Also, we appreciate all the contributions
from the businesses who placed ads in the paper.
We placed a few complimentary ads to businesses who
contributed other services. Rent-2-Own provided us with a new refrigerator
to keep the milk, butter, and sausages in during Pancake Day. Damon’s loaned
us their big grill that we used to cook the sausages during peak times.
We could cook 90 sausages at a time. Tribune Quality Printing did
all of our printing of
posters, flyers for the schools, tickets, and place mats at very reasonable
Other people who contributed to the financial success
of Pancake Day were Kurt Sauber’s McDonalds who donated all the pancake
mix and syrup. Tony George’s McDonalds who sold us most of the plastic
and paper goods, sausages, milk, butter patties, coffee, and orange drink.
If you liked our pancakes and sausage meals, thank McDonalds. Thanks to
the O.U. Inn for
providing a hot box to hold the pancakes and sausage for the busy dinner
A huge round of applause for the Athens Community
Center staff and management for making this excellent facility available
to us to hold the Kiwanis Pancake Day. We had adequate parking and
dining room space and the atmosphere was ideal.
Now for the volunteer labor: besides most of
the Kiwanis members we had a lot of help. First on the scene in the
morning were the girls from the Athens Key Club. They served mostly
as servers and did they make an impression on our patrons. One girl
alone donated her tips to the Pancake Day kitty. Yes, people were
tipping them for their courteous and efficient service. The girls
had the pancakes and sausage in front of our patrons before they could
get their beverages. The girls were there with seconds before they finished
their firsts. No wonder we received many compliments for the service
Next on the scene were the boys from the Nelsonville
facility. We had two crews working during the day. What workers!
They did everything; they filled orders at the warming trays; they
served the pancakes and sausages; they served seconds; they cleaned tables;
they cooked pancakes -- what professional griddle men we had during
peak times. One fellow wants to
become a chef, so he can flip pancakes for a living.
Last on the scene, but a very crucial time, were
the men and women from the Ohio University Circle K Club. Again,
they did everything. One member handled the microphone and called
out the numbers so that the patrons could be served in the order that they
arrived. Another member hosted the Kiwanis Club of Logan members
and kept them happy.
Thanks goes to all the businesses who bought tickets
to Pancake Day for their employees.
February 10, 2003: In between two trips to Europe, Ray
Skinner gave a power point presentation on his trip to Rome, Sicily and
Sorrento. Ray had just purchased a laptop computer before he left and took
over 1,000 pictures with John Biddle’s hand-me-down digital camera.
Ray only showed about 150 pictures of Sorrento and surrounding areas, so
Dave Redecker has reserved the months of August and September for Ray to
show the rest of his pictures.. Ray showed pictures
of Mount Vesuvius which has not erupted since 1943. Previously, it erupted
in 79 A.D. and completely buried Pompeii and Herculaneum. Ray showed
pictures of the excavations at both sites. Probably the most impressive
pictures were the plaster casts of corpses who were overcome by the gases
and ash that spewed out from Mt. Vesuvius. Archaeologists have removed
over 30 feet of ash in Pompeii revealing a city frozen in time at 79 A.D.
February 17, 2003: Meeting cancelled because of the worst
winter snow in years. Nine members attended the Downtown Kiwanis club's
meeting three days later, Feb 20.
February 24, 2003: City Council member, Carol Patterson, described
the “Relay for Life” activity sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Carol is a cancer survivor and heads up the Athens “Relay for Life” activity
which will be held at the Athens Community Center on June 20 to June 21.
The purpose of the activity is to honor survivors of cancer and honor the
of those who have fought cancer.
Carol challenged our Kiwanis Club to become a participant
and form a team of 7-15 people who will camp out around the Community Center
and have someone on the track around the city swimming pool at all times
from 6:00 p.m. June 20 through noon on June 21. Teams will accept pledges
and raise money to find cures for all kinds of cancer. She would
like us to provide a
Pancake Breakfast for the 200-250 participants on the morning
of June 21. Half of the proceeds would be given to the “Relay for Life”
activity. March Programs March 3, 2003: Dave Miller, special F.B.I.
agent, discussed Counter Terrorism in the Post 9/11 environment.
He described different types of right wing and left wing terror groups
in this country (domestic terrorists
as opposed to international terrorists). Dave joined the F.B.I.
in 1997 and came to Athens in 2001. He told us that there are 11,000
special agents and 16,000 support staff in the F.B.I. at the present time.
March 10, 2003: Set up for the 43rd ANNUAL
March 17, 2003: Mayor Ric Abel will bring us up to date on what
is happening in Athens. We will want to hear about the progress of
the widening of East State Street and the plans for new businesses along
East State Street.
March 24, 2003: Rollie Swart will describe
the work of the Athens Foundation which is having its annual fund drive.
March 31, 2003: Howard Stevens will describe the new voting machines.
April 4, 2003: Jimmy Stewart, our new state representative will
about life in the Ohio Legislature.
We were happy to serve as hosts for the Kiwanis Club
of Logan to hold
their regular meeting at our Pancake Day. We provided them with
room and personal service as we carried plates of pancakes after plates
pancakes to the hearty eaters.
When we were cleaning up the room after they left,
there was not one
scrap of pancake or sausage left on their plates. They even emptied
coffee cups. I think they enjoyed our hospitality and we certainly
appreciated their support for our major fundraiser of the year.
to attend their Winter Hike next year. They serve Bean Soup and Corn
as a fundraiser for the hikers at Old Man’s Cave in February.
Every year someone has to clean up the mess we make
during Pancake Day.
There is no crew assigned to this task. At the risk of leaving
out, I am going to try to thank the strictly volunteer crew that do
dirty work long after the last pancake is devoured.
On the outside, we want to thank Paul Schmittauer,
Tom Taggart, Dave
Redecker and Rick Crossen for taking the grills down and cleaning up
tent; also, Augie Zorn for returning the hot box. On the inside,
we want to
thank Linda Fife, Barb Sesher, Tina Jeffers, Dave Brennan and Marilyn
Skinner for washing everything in sight -- you are our UNSUNG
HEROES and we
appreciate all that you do.
Ray's Humor Page:
How Did We Survive?
My Mom used to cut
chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same
knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.
My Mom used to defrost
hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes too, but I
can't remember ever getting E-coli.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck
on a warm day was always a special treat.
Our baby cribs, toys and rooms
were painted with bright colored lead-based paint. We often chewed on the
crib, ingesting the lead paint.
We had no childproof lids on medicine
bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our
bikes we had no helmets.
How did we survive?
We drank water from the garden
hose and not from a bottle.
We would leave home in the morning
and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day.
We played dodge ball and sometimes
the ball would really hurt.
We played with toy guns, cowboys
and Indians, army, cops and robbers, and used our fingers to simulate guns
when the toy ones weren't available.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter,
and drank sugar soda, but we were never overweight; we were always outside
How did we survive?
Some students weren't as smart
as others or didn't work hard so they failed a grade and were held back
to repeat the same grade. That generation produced some
of the greatest risk-takers and problem solvers.
We had the freedom, failure, success
and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
Almost all of us would have rather
gone swimming in the lake instead of a sparkling pool (talk about boring),
the term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and
a pager was the school PA system.
We all took gym, not PE... and risked
permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead
of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built
in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened
because they tell us how much safer we are now.
Speaking of school, we all said
prayers and the pledge and staying in detention after school caught all
sorts of negative attention for the next two weeks. We must have had horribly
damaged psyches. I can't understand it..
How did we survive?
I thought that I was supposed to
accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.
I just can't recall how bored we
were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital cable
stations. I must be repressing that memory, as I try to rationalize through
the denial of the dangers that could have befallen us, as we trekked off
each day about a mile down the road to some guy's vacant lot, built forts
out of branches and pieces of plywood,
made trails, and fought over who got to be the Lone Ranger.
Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl
and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!
We played king of the hill on piles
of gravel left on vacant construction sites and when we got hurt, Mom pulled
out the 49-cent bottle of Mercurochrome and then we got spanked. Now it's
a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle
of antibiotics and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for
leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.
We didn't act up at the neighbor's
house either because if we did, we got spanked (physical abuse) here too...
and then we got spanked again when we got home. (These were hard times)
Let’s Support Our Kiwanis Member, Tom Taggart, for At-Large Athens City
LOOKING FOR AN HONEST MAN?
We found one! When Oscar Marsh headed for the
Kiwanis Pancake Day, he discovered that he had no cash. He stopped
at his bank and withdrew $50 with which he purchased two Pancake tickets
at the door. After enjoying a Kiwanis Pancake meal with wife, Janet,
he returned home and discovered that he had $53 in his pocket. He
figures that when our cashier gave him the change, he thought Oscar had
given him $20 instead of $10. Oscar returned the $10 and we
are $10 richer.
Morrison School Wins Contest to Bring the Most Adults
to Pancake Day
For the second year in a row Morrison Elementary
School headed by Former President of our Kiwanis Club, John Gordon, won
first place in the contest to bring the most adults to Pancake Day.
Our Kiwanis Club will give Morrison School $300 for placing first in this
contest. Altogether the 104 school children brought 141 paying adults
to Pancake Day this year. This
was down from last year’s tremendous turnout when 184 children brought
271 adults to Pancake Day. (The difference was probably due to our inability
to feed the large number of people who came between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00
p.m. last year.)
Morrison had 22 teachers represented by 64
children who ate “all the pancakes they could eat” free. They brought
88 adults this year’s Pancake Day compared to last year’s 133 adults.
East Elementary School led by former Kiwanian,
Denny Boger, came in second in the contest and will receive $200.
There were 17 children from East who brought 21 adults to Pancake Day.
The third place prize of $100 went to West Elementary School led by Joan
Linscott. There were 14 children from West who brought 16 adults
to the event.
We wish to thank these three principals for coming
to Pancake Day and serving their students and parents during the evening
meal. Everyone agreed that we were able to serve everyone this year
in a prompt and orderly manner. We hope to attract more children
next year for “all the pancakes you can eat” free.
Eight children from The Plains brought 14 adults
and several teachers from The Plains and Beacon School brought their classes
during the day to eat “all the pancakes you can eat” free. This brought
the total number of children fed free to 149.