Avenue of Flags
by Virg Deemer and Gary Goeken

Gary and  VIRG put together a video featuring the Memorial Day Flag program by Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home and showed it this morning.  The video showed lots of still pictures of Flags at Graceland and other funeral homes with similar programs.  The Boy Scouts erect the flags.  The video ended with the Texas 

Tenors singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.  The program will be at 9:00am, June 23 at Graceland.    



Denise Myers



Tai Chi

Denise is a Theatre Professor at Millikin University. She usually produces the Children’s Play that we sponsor. She teaches students how to act, direct, and produce plays in the Theatre. But today she came to teach us about Tai Chi.

Tai Chi was developed in ancient China and is a series of exercises that, if performed regularly, can improve the health of both mind and body. It is a series of slow movements of the arms and body that can improve balance and flexibility, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and concentration.


The slow movements of the arms emulate you moving energy out or up or down and then bringing it back to you. Then it can be released away from you. Denise says that Tai Chi is all about moving and breathing, inhaling and exhaling, slow and smooth with no “Jarring”.

She teaches Tai Chi to her theatre students and they love it. She frequently sees them using it before auditions or tests to calm themselves down. Denise also teaches Tai Chi at the YMCA on Wednesday’s from 5:15 to 6:00pm. It is open to everyone and free to YMCA members




Next week we will be collecting the volunteer hours via clipboard, phone, or email to me.
Sharon Cunningham asked me to tell you that the next Interclub would be May 27 with Springfield. We will leave immediately after the meeting. The cost of lunch is $13.00. After the meeting we will go to St. John’s with our donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. There is a signup sheet in the back.







Today we had 99 members, 2 special guests and 1 Speaker for a total of 102





Keith Hazen has been diagnosed as having cancer of the liver. He is in Room 5107 at DMH and would enjoy visitors. Pat Riley will assume Keith’s duties next week.
Stan Peck was reported to be in a hospital by Doug Sleade.




50-50 - WINNER

First place winner was Larry Clark  and second place went to Howard Stone. Congratulations, folks


Steve Rayhill sold $205 worth of 50/50 tickets for the Golf Outing this morning and would like to sell more. He has 45 or 50 left and would like to sell them all. We still have next Wednesday if you can’t buy some on the way out bring lots of money next week as the Golf Dinner is Friday night.

Donna Dash asked those who filled the Downtown planters with flowers last Thursday to stand and be recognized. They are beautiful.

Donna Dash is selling golf teams and has sold 11, possibly 12 so far. We need more so reach out to friend and neighbors and get even 2 or 3 members and the Committee will help round them out. She expects 20 or 21. Donna is also selling tickets to the Golf Dinner and has sold 73 tickets to the dinner and expects to sell o lot more. Get involved, even if you do not play golf. It’s a lot of fun.

Bob Bischoff’s wife, Don Meyer, and Jim Higden are members of Operation Enduring Support that sends supplies to military members stationed overseas four times a year. They need help and Bob talked to the leadership last week and they decided to make this a Kiwanis ‘Affair’. There is a list of the needed items on each table with the most important highlighted in yellow. Examples are $$$ for postage; personal care items motel size; powdered drink mixes; playing cards, and hard candy. If you will bring items to the meeting next week Bob will see that they are delivered to the box packers. And thank you very much.

Jack Kenny said that last year’s Table Flag campaign has been surpassed. The last year the total was $1301.00. This year it is $1303.00 and rising. Remember the Table Flag Program goes to the Golf Outing.
Our goal this year was $1160.00,

Editor’s Note: Next week- Charter Meeting in Sullivan and Leadership Training in Tuscola


  Jim McClary was a guest of Don Wise. Welcome, Jim, We hope you come back. The Kiwanis guest was Bill Meyer


Marcia Juriga: Born May 24th, in Charleston, Illinois. She will be 63.

Bill Sly:
Born May 26th, in Stockbridge, Michigan. He will be 79.


Florence & Don Leckrone: Married March 29, in Hessville, Indiana. This will be 57 years.

Linda & Gary Goeken: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 11 years.

Barbra & Jim Higdon: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 46 years. Anniversaries

Carol & Dave Johnson: Married May 24th, in Chicago, Illinois. This will be 40 years.

Carol & Bob Bischoff: Married May 28th, in Harvey, Illinois. This will be 55 years.

Esther & Harry Carlson: Married May 30th, in Sandusky, Ohio. This will be 63 years.

Earl Rudolph

A woman was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked her for a couple of dollars for dinner.
The woman took out her bill fold, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it?” ”
“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless woman replied.
“Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?” the woman asked.
“No, I don’t waste time shopping,” the homeless woman said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”
“Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?” the woman asked.
“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless woman. “I haven’t had my hair done in 20 years!”
“Well,” said the woman, “I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my hubby and myself tonight.”
The homeless woman was astounded. “Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.
”The woman replied, “That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments and wine.”


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