Member Testimonials: Past, Present, and Future

Unfortunately Rene had to use sex to get our attention, but when he did he used humor describing the G. K. presidents of the last 12 years. His first impression of the Golden K was “that these are good people”. He named and listed the qualities of leadership and humor they possessed.

Jim Ward, a new member, said he was taken aback by the opening ceremonies; the warmth, goodness, and generosity of the members and all the Kiwanis projects that help the people not only the children of the world.

Charles Smith said that “share” would be the key word for the coming year. Plans to report more stories of G.K. members at work and expand the readership of the Nugget through distribution to schools, businesses, libraries. In February or March host a wine and cheese social for the community to bring them and tell them more.



Sister Anna Phiri




Volunteerism and the Oasis


  Sister Anna is a member of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield. She works with the Order and on Wednesdays she volunteers at the Oasis here in Decatur. Sister Anna was born in Zambia, has a master’s degree in theology and has directed Retreats in Africa, Canada, and the United States. Leon Langhauser is the manure supplier for this avid gardener.

  Sister, I apologize that I have to condense your 20 minute talk to one or two lines. Sister Anna’s message is that one good deed creates many good deeds; help one person and you help many; blessing > blessing > blessing > leads to big changes. We are one people with one Father and many brothers and sisters.




Today we had 90 members, 7 guests, and 1 speaker present for a total of 98.
Sharon Cunningham asked me to remind you that the September Interclub would be September 25 with the Champaign Urbana Kiwanis club. A buffet lunch for $11.00 starts at 11:30am with the meeting starting at noon. We will be leaving Sam’s parking lot at 10:30am. She needs to know by September 22 so call or sign up before then.


50/50 winner

First place winner was Gene Mennel and second place went to Sue Betzer.  Congratulations, folks.




There are no new health problems to report, but we need to keep Bob Webb, Stan Peck, Dennis Sedlak, and Clark Flickinger in our thoughts and prayers. The rest of you stay healthy, happy, and good looking.


 New Member Induction

None this week


 August Board Report

  These are a few notes from the Board meeting September 8, 2014. The treasurer reported over $19,000 in the Administrative account which is $3,000 over this time last ear. The service account has $11,500 which is about $1,500 more than last year. Budgeted donations to projects were $2,500.00 to Spastic Paralysis, $500.00 to the Children’s Miracle Network, and $600.00 to the Backpack Program. A motion was made to spend the left over budgeted money $1850.00 to the Project Eliminate and it carried.





Dan white

Special Guests today included Joel Hawkinson, sponsored by Steve Rayhill; Gene Velchek sponsored by John Dunn; Sam Turner sponsored by Donna Cleland; Linda Baker sponsored by Donna Cleland; Gary Wright sponsored by Jim Burtschi; Preston Wade and Julia Vargan sponsored by Larry Wade.




 This year this club reported 17,615 volunteer hours. Since its’ inception we have reported 232,238 volunteer hours. That is reported hours and I know there are a lot hour hours that never get reported.

  This is the third Friday and the day we collect for the Backpack program. After this meeting we will be packing 12 backpacks with food items to help needy children at Muffley Elementary School get through the week end. Next week I will have long sleeve polo shirts in blue and gold as well as caps and hats.



Bob Bichkoff, Peanut Days are here and we really need to get some more volunteers to fill all the slots. The signup sheets are on the back table. I will be calling individuals next. Remember this is one of our biggest fundraisers. The first shift should have one person to pick up the peanuts, vests, and collecting cans at the K.C Hall before the 8:00am start time..

Tom McQuistion has tickets to sell for Millikin’s Children’s Play September 20 & 21. The play this year is The Planet of the Perfectly Awful People. He also has some advertising posters to pass out.

Cheryl Boss needs a little help cutting coupons. She received a large package from a relative that need to be cut before they are taken to DOVE who sends them to the military overseas.
She also still has two spots open to help deliver dictionaries to two schools. They are Friday, September 19 at 9:00am at Baum Elementary and, also on the 19th at 10:45am at Robertson Charter School.
She would appreciate any help you could give her on tasks.
Cheryl also said she would be keeping track of the volunteer hours next year. The clipboards will be out next week, but if you can’t use them, send her your hours via email.

Joe Rayhill said that Thursday, September 18 is the date for our next fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse. GK gets 10% of the money we pay for food so take your friends, family, and/or significant other out for food and frolic. Flyers are needed.

Charles said that Lieutenant Governor David Butler needs some help rebooting the Sullivan Kiwanis club. He is having an organization meeting at 5:30pm on Thursday, September 25 in the Sullivan Library. We would like to have representatives from the Golden K to talk about Kiwanis. If you are interested in mentoring the Sullivan Club you are welcome to attend that meeting.

by Earl Rudolph


Tiger turns to Stevie Wonder and says, "How's the singing career going?
"Stevie replies, "Not too bad. How's the golf?"
Woods replies, "Not too bad, I've had some problems with my swing, but I think I've got that right now."
Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right."
Incredulous, Tiger says, "You play GOLF?"
Stevie says, "Yes, I've been playing for years."
Tiger says, "But—you're blind! How can you play golf if you can't see?"
Stevie Wonder replies, "Well, I get my caddy to stand in the middle of the fairway and call to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then, when I get to where the ball lands, the caddy moves to the green or farther down the fairway, and again I play the ball towards his voice."
"But how do you putt?" asks Tiger.
"Well," says Stevie, "I get my caddy to lean down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground and I just play the ball toward his voice."
Tiger asks, "What's your handicap?"
Stevie says, "Well, actually—I'm a scratch golfer."
Woods, incredulous, says to Stevie, "We've got to play a round sometime."
Stevie replies, "Well, people don't take me seriously, so I only play for money, and never play for less than $10,000 a hole. Is that a problem?"
Woods thinks about it and says, "I can afford that; OK, I'm game for that. $10,000 a hole is fine with me. When would you like to play?"
Stevie Wonder says, "Pick a night."

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