Kiwaniscope Volume 4, Number 12
District Kiwanis's Award-Winning
Kiwanis Club of Athens Publishes Its
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
€ 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
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
I had a lot of fun building and experimenting with machines.
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
€ 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.
€ Members are aware of Kiwanis International’s focus on “serving the
children of the world.” (105%)
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
€ The Club has developed a public relations/marketing plan. (67%)
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.
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
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
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.
LET’S ALL SELL THE
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
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
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.
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.
children (ages less than five) should be prohibited from using this