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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

March 2002

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Kiwaniscope Volume 3, Number 6 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
March, 2002

                Kiwanis Pancake Day Was Stupendous

    It was stupendous!  You never saw such a mob in your life!  Having the competition in the schools was a huge success.  Everything went very smoothly at the Kiwanis Pancake Day until 5:00 p.m.  We had plenty of help. No one had to wait to be served.  Everyone was impressed to be able to sit down and have the pancakes and sausage brought to them.  We thought we were
ready for the anticipated bulge at dinnertime.
    All of a sudden the dam broke.  People started to flood the dining room about 5:00 p.m.  The principals started to serve their students and their parents on the various corners of the dining room.  We had banners up to show them where to sit.  Pretty soon we lost track of when the people arrived.  Everyone had to wait for the pancakes and sausages to get cooked. If you tried to give out seconds, people were complaining they hadn't been served their firsts.  We couldn't clean off the tables fast enough and it was a completely wonderful nightmare!
       Altogether we served over 1,600 people all day at our 42nd Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day.  It seemed most of these people came between 5:00-7:00 p.m.  We know we served over 455 children and their parents, plus a lot of regular customers.  No wonder people had to wait.  We heard traffic was backed up both ways on State Street and up  on the by-pass.  It was more
than you could ever imagine before Pancake Day hit.

                The Coronation of King Peanut and Queen Pancake

    For the first time we sold peanuts and took orders for gourmet canisters of mixed nuts, cashews, chocolate covered peanuts and turtles at our Pancake Day.  To celebrate this union, we decided to honor Joe and Wanda Bush by crowning them King Peanut and Queen Pancake.  Joe had chaired the Kiwanis Pancake Day for 19 years.  President Bob Roth placed the crowns (Burger King), capes and special Royal Necklaces (with flashing lights) on Joe and Wanda.

    After Joe was crowned he knighted Mayor Ric Abel who served pancakes and sausage to the seniors who were present.  This was followed by knighting the top ticket salesmen among the Kiwanis members.  Joe used a sword to knight the following Kiwanis members:
      Augie Zorn who sold $768 worth of tickets
      Earl Funk who sold $282 worth of tickets
      Ray Skinner who sold $231 worth of tickets
      Jim Wilson who sold $160 worth of tickets
      Although Earl Mathews who sold over $1000 worth of tickets and Bob Toy who sold $600 worth of tickets were not present, they were knighted in absentia.
                FEBRUARY PROGRAMS

February 3: Gifford Doxee, Emeritus Professor of History at Ohio University, spoke on “Reflections on His Personal Experiences in the Middle East.”  Dr. Doxee feels that America’s dependency on oil has caused much of our international problems.  During World War II we were the largest producer of oil in the world.  By 1948 we became a net importer of oil and reached our maximum production.  This caused us to become wasteful of our natural resources and a “throw away society.”  Imports make up the difference between our national production and our consumption.  We now import 60% of our demand for oil.  Dr. Doxee feels that we must look for energy alternatives to lessen our dependency on imported oil.

February 11: We set up for Pancake Day at the Athens Community Center on East State Street.  Some set up the grills while others set the tables. Pizza became the nourishment for the day.

February 18: Jennifer Hinton, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Sport Sciences at Ohio University, gave a presentation on “Connecting Communities and Universities: Benefits of Service Learning with Older Adults.”  She feels the community benefits from service performed by college students; they learn new meaningful ideas and concepts; they learn the reality of students and refute the stereotypes of students.     Students create direct links from the textbook to “real life” through active learning and develop a sense of civic responsibility. Service Learning provides the instructors at the University a way for outreach to the community.  Dr. Hinton would like to work with our Kiwanis Club to carry out some service projects in the community.

 February 25: Russ Tippitt, Dean of the Hocking College School of Natural Resources, is one of the leaders of the Ohio Outback Project.  He explained what the Outback Project is all about: “THE OHIO OUTBACK is  The Appalachian Region’s Eco/heritage Tourism Destination where local folks are creating sustainable economic development, maintaining our sense of place, improving our quality of life, and effectively practicing “wise use” principles.
    (The Board of Directors voted to join other groups in Southeastern Ohio to form a Kiwanis Club of Athens Leadership Team.  The Leadership Team supports designating our Appalachian Region as The Ohio Outback, supports collaboration in developing our mutual assets and extensively marketing The Ohio Outback, and believes that we should showcase our natural, historic, cultural and artistic assets to the touring public in order to enhance local economies.)

                        MARCH PROGRAMS

March 4: Rick Crossen will bring some of his D.A.R.E. students and their parents to our meeting and they will read their winning essays.

March 11: Appalachian Foundation

March 18: The program will consist of a discussion of the need to purchase a Concession Trailer, which can be used during our fund-raising projects. We will write a Business Plan to examine the feasibility of purchasing a Concession Trailer. Some of the topics will be the following:
   1. Where can we use the trailer?
   2. What can be sold in the trailer?
   3. Who will work in the trailer at the various events?
   4. Where will the trailer be stored?
   5. How will we finance the cost of the trailer?
   6. How can we advertise our use of the trailer?
   7. What promotional materials may we use?
   8. How can we provide a quality product at a
       reasonable price?

March 25: Tour of the new Grover Center


        Report on Serving the Children of the World -- Pancakes
    The following Athens Elementary Schools participated in the contest to see which school could bring the most adults to Pancake Day:    Morrison Elementary School under the leadership of John Gordon won the $500 cash prize for bringing 221 people to the Kiwanis Pancake Day.  They will use the money to help purchase an Illuminated Sign in front of Morrison School.
Miss Kotts from Morrison brought 16 of her 23 students with  38 accompanying adults to Pancake Day to win the Pizza Party at Morrison.  Picking the winning classroom in East, The Plains and West was too close to call, so we declared ties in those schools and two Pizza Parties will be held there. The teachers called Papa John’s at 594-7272 and ordered any one-item pizzas and soft drinks for their Pizza Parties.
    Involving the Elementary Schools enabled the Athens Kiwanis Club to break all records in number of tickets sold and raising money for their Service Projects in the Community.  We sold over 1,000 tickets in the Advanced Sale Contest, sold 455 tickets at the door and honored 184 coupons for children 12 years of age and under.  This meant that we served over 1,639 meals of pancakes and sausage -- many of tickets sold at the door and the children with coupons came between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  This resulted in a full house and taxed the capacity of our grills to cook the pancakes and sausage.  We apologize for the delay in serving many of the people between
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    We hope to clear $5,000 on this year’s Pancake Day.  We have so many people to thank for making this possible.  At the top of the list are the principals, John Gordon, Denny Boger, Shelly Conrath, Joan Linscott and Linda Rolli, who served the pancakes and sausage to their students and their parents during the Rush Hour.
               Red Cross Achieves 98% of Goal
    When the American Red Cross holds a Bloodmobile in Athens County, they always set a goal for how many units of blood they will collect.  During the Service Club Contest in December, they collected 157 units of blood when the goal was only 130 units.  This is a 120% of the goal.  For the entire year Athens County had 61 Bloodmobile Drives and collected 90% of their goal for
the year.  The 12 Athens Community Drives of which the Service Club Contest was a part collected 98.48% of their goals.  This is outstanding, but there is still a need for more blood donors, especially Type O donors.  You can donate on April 10 at the first Methodist Church or on April 11 at the First Baptist Church.  Both days from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

              It Takes a Lot of People to Carry Out a Pancake Day

    At the risk of leaving someone out when enumerating the people who made Pancake Day 2002 a huge success, I would like to thank the following groups and individuals:
     1. Bruce Mitchell, Judy Meadows and the entire staff of The Athens News for printing the Pancake Day ad in two issues of the paper and allowing us to sell the ads so we made some money on the ads
     2. All the people who purchased ads, which appeared in The Athens News.
     3. The Tribune Press for printing our tickets, place mats, posters and other materials at very reasonable prices
     4. Rich Campinelli and the staff at the Athens Community Center for their wonderful cooperation
     5. McDonalds of Athens for providing the sausage, milk, butter, creamers, coffee, etc. at cost.
     6. Kurt Sauber of McDonalds of Gallipolis for providing the pancake mix and syrup.
      7. Pepsi Cola Inc. for donating the banners, which were placed in front of the Community Center and over the entrance.
     8. Landmark for donating the biggest double- wheeled wheelbarrow you ever saw for the Wheelbarrow Traipse - Ask Bob Toy how big it was.
     9. Mayor Ric Abel for reading a Proclamation denoting February 12, 2002 as 
ATHENS KIWANIS PANCAKE DAY - Also, thanks to Mayor Abel who served pancakes and sausage to the seniors who were at the Community Center at noonon Pancake Day.
   10. Dave Palmer at WATH for conducting an interview advertising the Kiwanis Pancake Day on Party Line with Bob Toy, Earl Mathews and Ray Skinner 
  11. Lieutenant John Withers for cordoning off Court Street for the Wheelbarrow Traipse on Saturday, February 9, 2002
   12.  The young men from the Hocking Valley Community Residential Center, who did everything during Pancake Day - they cooked pancakes and sausages, served in the dining hall, worked in the  kitchen, and cleaned out the trash cans.  
   13. The young men and women from Circle K and Key Club who worked in the dining room all day.
   14. The Salvation Army, the Ohio University Inn, and Gold Star Chili for loaning us equipment
   15. The principals of the Athens elementary schools, John Gordon, Denny Boger, Shelly Conrath, Joan Linscott and Linda Rolli, for serving not only their students and their parents but everyone else who was yelling for service during the rush hours.
   16. Thanks also to the membership of the Athens Kiwanis Club for their efforts, equipment, transportation, and donations of many things, all of which made this Pancake Day a record breaker.  There were 11 members and their families marching in the Wheelbarrow Traipse on Saturday and 36 members and their families working on Pancake Day and many hours prior to
Pancake Day.
        Everyone Knew Bob Toy Was a Clown -- in the Wheelbarrow Traipse

    Even though Bob Toy and the Terrible Toy’s gave Ric Crossen’s Cruisers a battle in the ticket-selling contest, Bob had to wheel Ric Crossen down Court Street on Saturday, February 9, 2002.   When some people objected to having the losing captain wear a woman’s dress in the parade, Ray Skinner picked the only logical costume from Bedrock’s many costumes -- a clown’s costume for Bob Toy.  He picked an Uncle Sam’s costume for winning captain
Ric Crossen.
    Augie Zorn picked up the wheelbarrow at Landmark in which Ric rode.  It was the biggest double-wheeled wheelbarrow you ever saw, but Bob Toy never rested once as he wheeled Ric Crossen down Court Street.  We used Ric’s D.A.R.E. Mobile to lead the parade with Grand Marshal Earl Mathews waving to the crowd (?).  Ric threw bags of Kiwanis Peanuts to the people walking along Court Street.  Paul and Katie Schmittauer carried the banner, “Serving
the Children of the World,” and Earl Funk, Paul, and Augie Zorn wore sandwich boards with Pancake Day and Peanut Day on the boards.   Tina Schmittauer and Ray Skinner rounded out the contingent in the Parade. 
   The Parade culminated at City Hall where Mayor Ric Abel read a proclamation for all to hear announcing that February 12, 2002 was the official Athens Kiwanis Pancake Day.

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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