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KiwaniScope (Club NewsLetter)

June 2002
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KiwaniScope    Volume 3, Number 9      District Kiwanis's Award-Winning Bulletin
June, 2002

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 year.

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 p.m.

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 Athens
Kiwanis Club’s Shelter House on the Fairgrounds.

May Programs

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 the interchange.

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 solving.

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 Programs

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
be determined. 

at Forest Hills Golf Course
6484 S. State Route 78
June 5-9, 2002

Amateur Golfers will compete in three categories:

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.   

Service Projects

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:
    President:                           Linda Fife
    First Vice President:           David Redecker
    Second Vice President:      Milt Ploghoft
    Treasurer:                          Barbara Sesher
    Secretary (appointed):       David Wickham
    Board of Directors:           Jim Wilson
                                            Ray Skinner
                                            Pat Sheridan
                                            Dix Asleson

Australia Bound   


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 from New
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.

(Kiwanis Logo)

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.

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 the three
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 own invention.  
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.

Newsletter Editors:
Ray Skinner
John Biddle

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