Editor: Paul Rosenberger
Hugh Rowden introduced Ken Frye, recently named director of Decatur’s accredited Scovill Zoo. He began by noting that 50% of all the directors that our zoo ever had were in the room, referring to Mike Borders and himself. He touted the expanded number of exhibits the zoo has, especially the penguin house. They are investigating adding an otter exhibit. Then he related two stories about incidents with zoo animals that he’d experienced. The first was the day an emu figured out how to open the gate into the field where the zoo’s prized pair of cheetahs lived. Ken noticed that as the emu approached the cheetahs they took a few swipes at it, removing some feathers. He called for advice from the director, who recommended he should stand between the emu and the cheetahs. Long story short, a staff member finally came to the rescue and saved the emu and Ken from further encounters. The second incident was the day Ken was taking his favorite pet, an alligator, to show at a school. He put the animal in a sack and loosely knotted the bag, placed it in a box with a lid, placed the box in the passenger seat, and started driving to the school. On busy highway, US 36, he noticed the top of the box moving and the mouth of he alligator peaking at him. When he finally found a place to pull off the highway, the alligator had worked his way out of the box, onto the floor, then up under the dashboard. He was able to extract the animal by pulling it out by the tail. That was his segue into showing us the animal he brought with him today, a four-year old, four-foot-long alligator that he allowed us to touch to feel the skin (not the teeth!). He said the zoo also has some older crocodiles up to 20 feet long. He described the difference between the jaws of crocs and alligators. He also compared the parrenting differences between turtles and alligators – female turtles abandon their nests after laying eggs, while the alligator females constantly tend their nests to maintain the egg temperature, a neccesity that determines the sex of the babies.
Ken praised the volunteers who run the zoo train and carousal, as well as help at fund-raisers. He told us they have regular visits from U of IL veterinarians and their students. In closing, Ken said that next year the zoo must go through another ‘accreditation’ exam, a tedious but important process that occurs every five years. Accreditation is recognized by other zoos as proving it is well managed and thus allows trading animals with each other. Thanks, Ken, for a good presentation.
– Regular meeting at 7;00 at Scovill Golf Course
APRIL 10 2015
This morning 19 members came to
Scovill Golf Course for breakfast, fellowship, and announcements and to hear
Ken Frye talk about the Scovill Zoo. President Chuck Shonkwiler reviewed
last Tuesday’s board meeting, noting that Dick Virgin’s fund-raising
proposal that he introduced during the previous week’s meeting, suggesting
that our club might sponsor a “Curiosity College” patterned off an existing
for-profit program, “One-Day-University,” (that holds in-depth open
discussions led by paid presenters on current or historic issues) was turned
down by the board as not being related to our mission. However, board
members thought the idea was good, so several offered to arrange for Dick to
meet a few RCC and Millikin staff to ascertain their interest in sponsoring
the forum. Alex Prather handed out good news, our fourth-quarter dues.
Sheriff Stu Hawbaker first checked for pins and then asked an
interesting trivia question: “Who once declared, “I think I’ll
go out and milk the elk?” The first person he asked, Lance
Gauble, answered correctly, W.C. Fields. Stu then collected the
badges and asked our speaker, Ken Frye, to pull out a winning
50/50 badge. He found absentee Rick McVey’s badge so we’ll start
another rollover. (Reminder: you must be present to win.)
VP Norm Jensen had no report, but I noted that the joint-club
Service To Mankind Award Committee (Dick Vissering, Larry Fouste,
Dick Fiala, Erv Arends, and I) needs to meet again to decide the
venue for the presentation to Jack and Joan Kenny.
VP Lance Gauble
immediately said he better start with the usual “BRING
GUESTS.” Then he presented Dick Virgin his new member
Sertoma pin – now he’s got no excuse for not having one
when the sheriff checks for pins.
Sudduth reported next Friday Chuck Shonkwiler has
invited our new superintendent of schools for District
#61, Lisa Taylor. On April 24 we’ll socialize. May
assignments: 1 - Jim May; 8 – Norm Jensen; 15 – Mike
Boliek; 22 – Open; 29 –Social.
VP Hugh Rowden had no report.
VP Will Sudduth reported next Friday Chuck Shonkwiler has invited our new superintendent of schools for District #61, Lisa Taylor. On April 24 we’ll socialize. May assignments: 1 - Jim May; 8 – Norm Jensen; 15 – Mike Boliek; 22 – Open; 29 –Social.
VP Hugh Rowden had no report.
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