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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

March 2003

Click here for an index to previous Kiwaniscopes
News Items:
Kiwaniscope Volume 5, Number 3 
 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
March, 2003

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 rates.

    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 hours.

    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 this year.

    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 Programs

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 memory
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 PANCAKE DAY

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 tell us
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 a private
room and personal service as we carried plates of pancakes after plates of
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 their
coffee cups.  I think they enjoyed our hospitality and we certainly
appreciated their support for our major fundraiser of the year.  We pledged
to attend their Winter Hike next year. They serve Bean Soup and Corn bread
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 someone
out, I am going to try to thank the strictly volunteer crew that do the
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 the
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 playing.

                         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 Council Seat


    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. 

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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