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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

  September 2003

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News Items:

Kiwaniscope Volume 4, Number 12                     
 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin                          September, 2003

Kiwanis Club of Athens Publishes Its History

All Service Clubs Contest on October 8-9, 2003

    Does it take a tragedy like 9-11 to bring out the blood donors?  After the tragedy of 9-11, the bloodmobiles were flooded with blood donors.  Since then with no tragedies to stimulate people to donate blood, the Red Cross blood supply has become dangerously low. We have to realize that there are tragedies every day that require blood transfusions.  Auto accident victims
need immediate transfusions.  Cancer and anemic victims require transfusions in order to live. 

    In an effort to meet these needs, we are sponsoring an all service club blood mobile on October 8-9, 2003.  The Athens Rotary Club now holds the rotating trophy for bringing in the most donors.  If we have any pride at all, we must win back the rotating trophy.

    On October 8 the bloodmobile will be at the First Methodist Church and on October 9 the bloodmobile will be at the First Baptist Church.  Both days the bloodmobile will be open from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Please sign up to make your donation on one of these days.

    In addition to blood donors, the local Red Cross Chapter needs volunteer workers for the following kinds of activities:

€ 1. More telerecruiters are needed. Telerecruiters usually call between 15-20 prospective donors -- usually every other month.
€ 2. Additional volunteers are needed to welcome and register donors.  (Two are needed for each bloodmobile.)
€ 3. More volunteers are needed to visit with and to escort donors from donor beds to the canteen. (Two or three are needed for each bloodmobile.)
€ 4. More volunteers are needed to work in the canteens to observe donors and to give them refreshments.  (Usually four are needed for each bloodmobile.)
    We need your help!

Rutherford B. Hayes Tour
    Don’t forget to sign up for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Tour which is being sponsored by the Athens County Historical Society and Museum on October 5, 2003.  The bus leaves from Peden Stadium parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $50 per person and you may see Ray Skinner for reservation forms.

Thank You Letter

We received the following letter from Peter Zeisler:
Dear Kiwanis Club,
    Thank you for the scholarship so I could go to Camp Invention. 
I had a lot of fun building and experimenting with machines.
Peter Zeisler

August Programs

August 4, 2003: Bob Roth described the Annual Club Assessment and everyone completed the form.  Bob mailed the forms to members who were not present.

August 11, 2003: Mike Hunter described his experiences at Montana De Luv in Nicaragua.  He and fellow patrolmen have helped build a facility for housing and treating children with AIDS.

August 18, 2003: The Club had dinner at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Its purpose is to serve as stewards of the wildlife resources in Ohio.  The number of hunters and fishermen is declining and this impacts the income for the Department which depends on 93% of its income from hunting and fishing licenses. At one time over a million hunting licenses were sold and now there are less than 400,000 licenses sold.

August 25, 2003: Bob Roth passed out the results of the Annual Assessment. The following areas were rated very high:
€ The Club publishes an informative, regular Club bulletin. (109%)
€ Club service projects are varied. (101%)
€ Two or more Circle K Club members attend most Kiwanis Club meetings. (104%)
€ Members are aware of Kiwanis International’s focus on “serving the children of the world.” (105%)

The following areas were rated in need of improvement:
€ The Club has implemented the public relations/marketing plan. (56%)
€ The Club conducts an annual community analysis. (60%)
€ The Club bases service projects on the results of the community analysis. (65%)
€ The Club has developed a public relations/marketing plan. (67%)

September Programs

September 2, 2003: Ray Skinner distributed copies of the Kiwanis Story:
History of the Kiwanis Club of Athens and made a power-point presentation of some of the activities included in the Book.  (Board meeting followed the meeting.)

September 8, 2003: Life Line of Ohio: Organ Donation Program

September 15, 2003: Rev. Paul Johnson will display and discuss his Pencil Sharpener Museum. (Ohio University Circle K Club has an Open House at the Ping Center after our meeting.  All are invited to attend the Open House.)

September 22, 2003: SPOUSES NIGHT OUT: District Governor- elect Dave Kelch will present his aims for the Ohio District.

September 29, 2003: Keith Adams, Manager of the Athens Wal-Mart will talk about Wal-Mart.

Habitat for Humanity
    There will be a dedication of Habitat House on W. Union Street on Friday, September12, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m.

Kiwanis Supports the Athens County Museum

    Our Kiwanis Club has a long history of supporting the Athens County Museum from its inception to the present.  The Museum needs our support again as  the Board of Directors explores saving the Athens Armory building and making it a wonderful Museum.  Below is a page from the Kiwanis Story that describes our early involvement with the Athens Kiwanis Museum.
There is a new kid on the block! The Athens County Museum has moved in above the Athens County Library on North Court Street.  The Athens Kiwanis Club has already held out a welcoming hand.  The Public and Business Affairs committee has donated $300 to support the new museum’s fall program: “The Pride and Prejudice of Coal.”

    This money was used to print and mail 2,000 brochures which announced the program and to pay for the AORTA bus used on the tour, “Behind the Colored Leaves.” There were 28 people on the tour through the coal country.

    Everyone was appreciative of the Kiwanis contribution and gave Ray Skinner who narrated the tour and John Cottrill a round of applause when Marj Stone, Museum Director, announced the Kiwanis contribution.

    The next exhibit at the Athens County Museum was “War and Peace in Athens County.”  Beginning in January, 1981 the Museum’s program consisted of a look back at each of our major wars with a glimpse of how Athens County made its contributions.  The first program focused on World War I and included a songfest in which everyone sang songs popular in that period.
Other programs focused on World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.    

The Athens Kiwanis Club welcomes the Athens County Museum as a new service to the community and pledges ourselves to support this exciting new venture.  All residents of Athens County can be proud of this excellent facility and active program.  The Museum deserves your support and participation.

Kiwanis Goes to the Athens County Fair

Despite all the rain, the Athens County Fair Kiwanis Booth cleared over $3,130 for the week at the Fair.  We served pizza, bread sticks, pop, candy, chili dogs and “Tacos in a Bag” from Gold Star Chili.  Thanks to all the Kiwanians and friends of Kiwanis who helped man the booth during the seven days of the Fair.

    The long awaited publication of the Kiwanis Story: The History of the Kiwanis Club of Athens is ready for distribution.   I want to thank the daughters of H. John Huffman for providing me with all the Kiwanis papers that John had saved during his lifetime.  Also, I want to thank Wanda and
Joe Bush for the use of their papers and photographs.  Thanks to Earl Funk for the use of his Kiwanis papers and to all the people who helped identify some of our earlier members  and officers.  I would also like to thank my co-editor of the Kiwaniscope, John Biddle, who provided most of the digital pictures in the last three years' issues of the Kiwaniscopes that have been
scanned and included in this Kiwanis Story.

    It has taken a long time to complete this project, but I hope everyone who reads the book will realize what a large impact the Kiwanis Club of Athens has had on the Athens Community.  All Kiwanis members can be proud that they belong to such a worthwhile civic club.

    There are 264 pages of stories describing Kiwanis activities, newspaper clippings, and pictures of past and present Kiwanians at work.  It is bound in a soft cover with a color design.  Any profit made after expenses have been paid will be deposited in the Administrative Account.

    After the initial printing of 30 copies, additional copies will be printed on demand.  We will take orders and order another printing when we get another 25 orders.  The profit from the first 30 copies will pay for the expenses of producing the book.  The profit from all additional copies sold
will supplement our Administrative Account.  Thus, the Kiwanis Story can be a good fundraiser for the club.  There are at least 100 former members  or children of former members of our Kiwanis Club who live in the Athens area. I have mailed brochures with  order forms to many of them.  There are many more former members who have moved away and still have an interest in our club.  Earl Funk has already sold copies of the Kiwanis Story to Mac Thayer in Richmond, Virginia, to Charlie Hooper of Athens, son of long time member Earl Hooper, and to Ron Reichard’s daughter who purchased one as a surprise Christmas present for Ron who lives in Texas.  Also, Earl has sold one to John White, Eula Kasler and Virginia Franklin Hoover whose father was a charter member.

    We have also received orders from Z. Brent Fry who lives in Wildwood, Florida, Rob Frey, son of past District Governor Carl Frey, Tom Metters, son of past secretary Tom Metters and former President Greg Blower.

    I am sure there are many more people who would like to buy a copy of the Kiwanis Story.  All you need to do is ask them if they are interested and maybe show them your copy of the Kiwanis Story.  There are 406 photographs and illustrations of Kiwanians involved in service projects and fund raising activities.  There are 264 pages which not only includes the History of the Kiwanis Club of Athens, but most of the officers from 1921 to 2003 and over 600 names of present and past members of the Kiwanis Club of Athens.

Recommendations To Make the S. S. Serendipity Safer

    The Athens Board of MRDD Beacon School has asked a consultant to perform a safety inspection of the S. S. Serendipity.  Part of the report was very complimentary of the Ship: “The playground equipment is an attractive and interesting prototype design of a pirate ship.  It certainly will be a source of excitement and fun for the children.  The boat is a culmination of a very commendable project that obviously involved a significant amount of voluntary labor and funding via members of the local community.  The photographs attached to this report attest to the attractiveness of the equipment.”

    The report utilized industrial and health experience of a Certifies Industrial Hygienist to facilitate the evaluation of the S. S. Serendipity. The discussion and recommendations include the following:

€ The lumber that was utilized has been treated with an arsenic containing preservative.  Durability and Finish suggests frequent application of penetrating coatings.  It is recommended that every one or two years to apply an oil based semi-transparent stain. Some splinters were seen throughout the wood structure; they should be removed.

€ The hardwood floor should be covered with thick matting under and around the periphery of the Crow’s Nest.  Another alternative would be to lower the height of the Crow’s Nest or prohibit children from climbing onto the Crow’s Nest and use it simply for decorative purposes.

€ The slide consists of galvanized metal which can become excessively hot in direct sunlight and should be replaced with a plastic slide.

€ The outer structural sidewall of the ship is 61 inches above ground level and it is recommended that a loose fill material be applied around the entire outer perimeter of the ship at ground level.  (Charley Cochran has donated the pea gravel which can be used for this purpose.)

€ The slopes of he steps to the Crow’s Nest are steep and the steps are only 3.5 inches wide.  It is recommended that the slope should be less than 35 degrees with a tread width of at least 16 inches and a tread depth of at leash 8 inches.  The existing slope is 52 degrees.

€ The gearbox for the anchor lift is a pinch point and should be covered with a barrier.

€ The drawbridge has multiple pinch points.  This includes a significant gap at the entry point and between the center of the drawbridge and the floor. Additional pinch points may exist between the boards of the drawbridge.

€ Some of the roping material at the front of the ship and at the Crow’s nest can be looped and  thereby create a potential strangulation point.  It is recommended that the ropes either be removed or tied off so that they cannot loop.

€ Numerous metal eyebolts are potential sources of lacerations; they should be covered with foam or rubber material to cover the sharp edges.

€ The grab rope on the ramp side of the Crow’s Nest is loose and poses a potential trip hazard.  A side handrail should be added to the ladder.

€ The pipe slide slides onto concrete.  A softer cover should be added to prevent cuts and abrasions.

€ The flag mast is loose and readily swings away from the Crow’s Nest ladder.  It should be fixed in order to prevent a child from grabbing it and pulling them off of the ladder.

€ Preschool-age children (ages less than five) should be prohibited from using this equipment.


Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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