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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

May 2003

Click here for an index to previous Kiwaniscopes

News Items:
Kiwaniscope Volume 5, Number 5 
 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
May, 2003

McKinley and Garfield Presidential Tour: June 17-18, 2003 (Overnight)

Visit the McKinley Memorial and Museum in Canton
Tour the First Ladies Museum in Ida McKinley’s home
Lunch in Home Buffet in Canton
Tour McKinley’s Birthplace Museum and Memorial in Niles
Drive through the Cuyahoga Valley Park
Stop at Garfield Memorial in Lakeview Cemetery
Dinner and stay at Comfort Inn in Mentor
Tour Garfield Home in Mentor
Lunch at Amish Restaurant in Bolivar
Tour Roscoe Village in Coshocton

April Programs

April 7, 2003:  Ted Jones described his experiences as both City Manager and
Police Chief of Nelsonville.  We respect Ted for his dedication to duty when
he agreed to take on these two positions.  We know the citizens of
Nelsonville appreciate Ted’s leadership.

April 14, 2003: Scott Ferris, Director of Children Services, and Ronda
Bentley, advisor for “Girl Power” in Nelsonville described a national
program with a local affiliate in Nelsonville.  Four girls enrolled in “Girl
Power”  and an intern made a power point presentation describing this
program which instills “no use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.”

April 21, 2003: Dr. James Rankin, Director of the Ohio University Avionics
Center, described the work of the Avionics Center which was started by Dr.
Richard  McFarland in 1963.  The center continues to give lessons, run the
transportation center and operate the airport.  No state money is used for
the center’s operation; all money comes from contracts and grants.

April 28, 2003: Jimmy Stewart, our state representative, gave an excellent
account of his work in the Ohio House of Representatives.  He serves on the
Finance Committee and has been very active trying to prevent cuts in budgets
for his district.  We are well represented by Jimmy and he is very
responsive to the needs of Southeastern Ohio.

May Programs

May 5, 2003: Roy Lewandowski, County Extension Agent, will tell us all we
need to know to prepare for Spring planting of flowers.

May 12, 2003: Kevin DeWeese, Lt. Governor of Ohio University Circle K Club
will give a report on the work of Circle K at O.U.

May 19, 2003: Cathy Jacobson, Athens City-County Health Department, will
bring us up to date on Homeland Defense.

May 26, 2003: Charles Hammer, Athens City-County Health Department Director,
will enlighten us on a Revolutionary War Hero buried in an unmarked cemetery
near Millfield.  His name was Solomon Tuttle and he was born in Vermont in
1757 and fought in the Revolutionary War with the Green Mountain Boys who
were led by Ethan Allen in 1775.  Charles is leading a campaign to properly
resurrect the tombstone for Solomon Tuttle and give it proper recognition.
(This is a project that our Kiwanis Club can help.)


Youth and Community Service Projects:
Donated $500 for House of Hope which supports orphans in Botswana to secure the future.  (Luther Haseley spent several years in Botswana and verifies the importance of this project.)

Contributed $500 for the Kiwanis Little League team which is coached by Rick Crossen.

Contributed $200 to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowling Tournament.

Two of our members attended the Annual Boy Scout Community Leadership dinner
and we contributed $160.

We sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt at the Multiple Handicapped Facility along West Union Street. Candy Byron headed up this project.

Augie Zorn led a group of Kiwanians to provide free meals at the Good Works facility on Luhrig Road on May 2.

We are planning to help with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life project.  Augie Zorn is preparing to serve Pancakes at the June 21, 2003 Relay for Life.  We will contribute to the Circle K version of the Relay for Life, also.

Red Cross Messages Provide Vital Military Link Armed Forces Emergency Services staff of the Red Cross are alongside troops in the Middle East and around the world keeping soldiers and their families connected.

Baghdad Hospitals Reopen But Health Care System Strained Power outages, hospital looting, damaged water systems, malnutrition - combined, these ingredients form the recipe for a dangerous health care crisis already developing in Baghdad.

Reuniting War-Torn Families: American Red Cross Tracing Services As the major battles in Iraq ease, the American Red Cross is working with its global partners to link families torn apart by the conflict.

The Salvation Army Helps Around the World The American Red Cross Does More than Collect Blood First Salvation Army Convoy Reaches Umm Qasr, Iraq - 22 April 2003 MAJOR Mike Olsen reports that he arrived in Umm Qasr on 22nd April with the first convoy of propane (LPG) cooking gas (4,300 x 12kg bottles). Cooking gas is now the greatest need in southern Iraq after clean water. There is sufficient food, but flour and dry lentils are of little value without fuel
to cook them.

The 121 metric tonnes of gas was a gift negotiated by The Salvation Army with the Kuwait Government and Kuwait National Petroleum Company. The value of the gas and bottles is USD $116,000. It was transported to the port in seven special trucks coordinated and delivered by The Salvation Army. The trucks were unloaded in Umm Qasr by more than 30 Iraqi volunteers.

Major Mike Olsen said, 'After two weeks of negotiations to get this much needed cooking gas, it was a very real answer to prayer to bring this convoy safely into the security of the Umm Qasr Port Facility.' Secure storage is being provided at the Umm Qasr Port Facility.

The distribution of this necessary relief will now proceed in partnership with the Save The Children Fund (SCF). Jonathan Patrick, Operations Officer for SCF, Basra (Iraq) Governorate said, 'The town of Umm Qasr has been out of cooking fuel for over a month ... they are starting to cut down the few remaining trees in the area for firewood.' The Salvation Army is working closely with SCF who are the agency coordinating relief into the area which includes the major cities of Umm Qasr and Basra.

A Little Logic About Old Age

Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it's called golf.

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know exactly "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

When you are dissatisfied with being older, and would like to go back to your youth, think "Algebra".

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.


Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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