|KiwaniScope Volume 3, Number
9 District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
It’s Time to Think Athens County Fair
At our May 29, 2002 Kiwanis Board of Director’s business meeting we
discussed changes in the arrangements for our concession stand in the Kiwanis
Shelterhouse during the Athens County Fair on August 2 - 10, 2002. But,
did you ever wonder how the Kiwanis Shelterhouse came about?
July 6, 1953: President Al Bechtel reports that he has received the
blue prints from the State of Ohio of the plans for the proposed permanent
Kiwanis shelter at the Athens County Fair Grounds. This shelter will
give Kiwanis a substantial, permanent location for the Fair Project each
July 27, 1953: As you all no doubt know, the green signal has been flashed
to go ahead on the Kiwanis permanent shelter house and County Fair booth.
The Athens County Fair is not too distant, so it is necessary to get our
working togs on and get busy. Monday night there will be another
delicious feed served at the Fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m. and then in
lieu of a program
the group will collaborate in building the forms for the footers
for the building and in placing the footers.
August 3, 1953: The job continues. The forms were built
for the supports, a group of members sacrificed their time to work on Tuesday
night and Wednesday, getting ready for the laying of the footers and floor
of the building at the Fairgrounds. Much work remains to be done
so the club will again meet and eat at the project site at the usual 5:30
August 17, 1953: Spells a continuation of the work at the project, which
is shaping up into a great piece of construction. The unstinting
sacrifice of time and labor of so many members has resulted in the building
of a land mark, which will project Kiwanis of Athens before the public
for many years to come. The rafters are up, one end is in and the
other end should be completed no later than Wednesday or Thursday at the
very latest. The building will be ready for roofing and the Athens
County Fair is a matter of a few days away (August 23 - 27).
September 21, 1953: The Club will meet at the Kiwanis Shelter
House at the Fairgrounds come Monday and on the bill of fare, aside from
grilled steaks, french fries and all the trimmings a la Norm Dean -- super,
savory, satisfier personified -- will be the official dedication of the
Kiwanis Club’s Shelter House on the Fairgrounds.
May 6, 2002: George Collins, Deputy Director of ODOT District
10, Steve Williams, Construction Engineer, and Stephanie Silfor, Public
Information Director, described the progress on “Area Highway Projects.”
They gave an update on Route 33 between Athens and Darwin. The area
above Richland Avenue is all cleared and ready for the construction of
May 13, 2002: Scarface Dave Redecker related an explanation for
his disfigurement when he introduced our speaker, Steve Ramirez.
It seems he was physically accosted by a hostile tree in his back yard
when he was mowing his yard. Steve Ramirez is the Chief of the Ohio
University Police Department. He explained that his department is
committed to honesty, integrity and professionalism. The mission
of the department is “to enhance the quality of life for our community
through law enforcement, education and a team approach to creative problem
May 20, 2002: Kiwanian Michael Smeltzer, American Express Senior
Financial Advisor, discussed “Investments and Financial Advising.”
Michael and partner Jeff Craddock operate the third largest American Express
financial advising business in the United States. They have over
3,000 clients in Athens, which includes Margaret Topping’s previous clients.
Michael’s goal is
to, “Help clients make smart decisions with their money.”
May 27, 2002: We had a discussion on how to improve our profit
at the Kiwanis Concession stand during the Athens County Fair on August
2-10. It was decided to enlarge the menu of items that customers
can eat and walk away from the booth. The idea of renting a tent
and placing tables and chairs in front of the booth was voted down in favor
of asking the Fair
Board to make all the food trailers on the midway line up with the
front of the Kiwanis booth. Several members will attend the Fair
Board meeting next Tuesday and request that the food trailers line up with
the Kiwanis Shelterhouse.
June 3, 2002: Kim McKinley will discuss work at the Tri County
Adult Career Center.
June 10, 2002: Mabel McKnight will discuss “Medical Procedure
after an Injury.”
June 17, 2002: John Parotti will describe his work as Ombudsman
for Athens County Job and Family Services.
June 24, 2002: Rick Crossen will introduce some of his students
in the D.A.R.E. program and they will make some presentations.
July 4, 2002: Dave Redecker suggested that we open the
Kiwanis Booth on the Fairgrounds for the Fourth of July Celebration.
We could offer a limited menu of pop, chips, candy, etc. and see what we
can sell. The Chamber of Commerce could use half the booth for their
displays and we could sell food in the other half. Several members
volunteered to man the booth -- hours to
GOLF SKILL’S CHAMPIONSHIP
at Forest Hills Golf Course
6484 S. State Route 78
June 5-9, 2002
Amateur Golfers will compete in three categories:
CLOSEST TO THE PIN
Be sure to purchase your tickets from Rick Crossen in order to benefit
the D.A.R.E. program.
Coach Rick Crossen announced that the Kiwanis Little League Baseball
Team was undefeated on May 20 and is doing well in the league.
H. John Huffman Scholarship
Danielle Marie Vail
Danielle Vail was presented with the H. John Huffman
Kiwanis Scholarship at an awards assembly held at Athens High School.
President Bob Roth made the presentation and explained the origin of the
Huffman scholarship. He said, “In 1991, Mr. H. John Huffman, a long
time distinguished member of our Kiwanis Club passed away. He was
our Club’s President in 1958 and served as the Ohio District Treasurer
in 1975-76. Upon his death, his family donated
a sum of money in his honor to help create a Scholarship Fund in his
honor. Our club combined that contribution with our funds to create a perpetual
Scholarship Fund. The amount of this year’s scholarship is $500.”
This year’s recipient, Danielle Vail, fulfills the criteria
used by our Club to select the winner of the scholarship. Her 4.1
accumulative grade point average demonstrates above average academic achievement.
Also, she is an active member of the National Honor Society and has taken
all Honors classes.
She was very involved in the Athens High School
Key Club and has been a member of the Club’s Board of Directors.
In addition, she was a member of the Key Club Pep Club and tutored younger
students in mathematics. She has worked part-time the last two years at
Ray’s Freez and Toscanos.
Recipients must attend a college or university that
has an active Circle K Chapter. Danielle plans to attend Ohio University
and pursue a business degree. We congratulate Danielle on her excellent
high school record and her ambition to work part-time in order to pursue
her dream of attending college.
May 4, 2002: We received a thank you letter from the River
Valley School for the use of our grills for a Pancake Day at the school
to raise money for playground equipment.
May 17-18, 2002: Augie Zorn represented our Kiwanis Club
all night at the “Relay for Life” event for the American Cancer Society.
The Ohio University Circle K Club sponsored this event and raised over
$4,000 for the American Cancer society.
May 21, 2002: Rick Crossen held his D.A.R.E. graduation
ceremony at the Community Center on East State Street. Several Kiwanians
attended the ceremony and were impressed with the students who had participated
in the D.A.R.E. program. There were 225 students and parents in attendance.
May 25, 2002: The Salvation Army proposed Golf Outing at
the Elm Glen Golf Club was cancelled due to low number of registrations.
May 31, 2002: Our Kiwanis Club will purchase and serve
up to 70-80 people at the Good Works Hanna House on Friday night.
Augie Zorn and Mike Ward are leading a group of members to serve the food
and enjoy the fellowship of the people associated with Good Works.
June 1, 2002: Rick Crossen is taking a group of D.A.R.E.
students and their parents to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game. This is
a reward for participating in the D.A.R.E. program which encourages young
people not to smoke, drink or take drugs.
June 8, 2002: The Kiwanis Junior Bowling Tournament will be held
at the Rollerbowl on Saturday, June 8 starting at 2:00 p.m. Trophies
will be awarded for high game and high series, for boys and girls, in three
age groups. All Kiwanian bowlers are invited to participate.
Slate of Officers for 2002-2003
The Nominating Committee, Earl Funk, Chair, Penne
Smith and John Biddle,
submitted the following slate of officers for 2002-2003:
First Vice President:
Second Vice President:
Board of Directors:
Our Kiwanis Club is supporting two local athletes, Jenelle Sams (at
the left) and Ashley Meadow (on the right) both juniors at Alexander High
School, to the 2002 Parkroyal Down Under International Games in Australia
as members of an All-Ohio Cross Country Team. All 50 states from
the United States are represented as they compete with each other and teams
Zealand and Australia.
These young athletes were nominated by their track
coach, John Hutchison. They will be competing in two 5K races.
Besides their athletic abilities, the young women were chosen because they
also excel in other areas.
The games will be held July 6-18 at Gold Coast,
Australia. Both Jenelle and Ashley are excited about the chance to
experience a different culture and the breathtaking surroundings.
Our Kiwanis Funds Help
Pictured under the Morrison School sign are Mike Ward (left) and Rick
Crossen (right). Morrison School used the $500 prize money they won
at the Kiwanis Pancake Day to help purchase the beautiful sign in front
of the building on Route 56 west. Ward, Crossen and Ray Skinner attended
an Ice Cream Social organized by Sabrina Kotts’s fourth graders and
Lynne Conroy’s fifth graders on May 30th. The fourth and fifth graders
wanted to thank Judge Ward for showing them around the Athens County Courthouse,
to thank Ray Skinner for coming to their Pioneer Day dressed as a Civil
War soldier and to show their appreciation to Rick Crossen for conducting
the D.A.R.E. program.
(Picture of Invitation)
An invitation to the Morrison Fourth and Fifth Grade
Ice Cream Social.
Athens Kiwanis Junior Bowling Tournament
at Athens Rollerbowl on Saturday, June 8, 2002 Beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and bowl for fun and win.... Trophies for high games
and high series
for boys and girls in three age groups:
9 years and under
10-15 years old
16-18 years old
The cost is $5.00 for three games.
You may pay at the bowling alley on June 8.
Some refreshments will be served.
WRITE TO RAY SKINNER, 2 COVENTRY LANE,
ATHENS, OH 45701
OR CALL (740) 593-5153 TO REGISTER.
(Picture of Bob Roth in an ad in The Athens News)
“We’ve run ads continuously for many years in The Athens NEWS and have
been 100% occupied consistently. The NEWS does great design work
on our ads and our tenants have responded to them. Renting apartments
is big business and the Rental Guides in The Athens NEWS have been a real
asset for us. We got 72 calls from the last one. The Athens
NEWS is GREAT:” PRESIDENT BOB ROTH IS GREAT, ALSO!
Camp Invention Coming to Athens
Mary Abel is coordinating a Camp Invention for Athens and Athens County
children. It is a nationally recognized camp which was developed
by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio. The experience
gives children entering grades 2-6 a fun-filled chance to be creative and
innovative this summer between August 5-9, 2002. Campers will participate
in five science and invention modules and activities designed to encourage
imaginative and creative thinking and to foster problem-solving skills.
Our Kiwanis Club is providing three children with $135 scholarships to
attend the week-long program. Earl Funk and Ray Skinner reviewed
applications for the scholarships and felt all three were worthy candidates..
The scholarships will go to David Young and Robert Hanna from Amesville
School and Alex Rhue from East Elementary School. We hope they enjoy
all the activities in Camp Invention and can become more creative in the
future.. Kiwanians are invited to observe the children at work in the Camp.
One activity is to take apart an old appliance and create your
Anyone have some old appliances that we can donate to the cause?
Cross Country Biking
(Map of U.S.)
Brian List, liaison student with the OU Circle K Club, is embarking
on a 60-day cycling trip across the beautiful United States of America
to raise awareness about the situation in Sudan and help raise money for
the mission work that will occur there soon. He will be accompanied
by a friend and they will leave on June 11 from Virginia Beach, Va.
and bike 10 days to Berea, Kentucky. They will take some time off
to attend Brian’s sisters wedding in Chicago, IL, then they will continue
west by train to San Francisco. From there they will bike 3,000 miles
back to Berea, KY for a total distance of 3,790 miles. Good Luck!
Plans for Fair Booth
At a discussion of ways to improve our sales at
the Athens County Fair from August 3-10, 2002, the following menu was suggested:
Pizza, bread sticks, tacos-in-a-bag, (Sour cream would be $.25 extra.),
Gold Star coneys, candy, chips, and pop. It was suggested that we
solicit bids from Papa Johns and Avalanche Pizza.
We need to request the Key Club members to help
in the evenings when business is booming. The hours will be from
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. with members signing up for two and four hour shifts.
Several members volunteered to meet with the Fair
Board on Tuesday, June 4, and request that food trailers along the midway
line up with the Kiwanis Booth so that we are not by-passed by the crowds
when the midway is busy. Some concern was expressed that if the Fair Board
agrees to this arrangement, someone must be there when the trailers are
setting up to enforce the set-back.
The condition of the plumbing and the tables will
be checked out before the opening day.