Dr. Debra Babich
Libraries are Important
Rick has been the Decatur City Librarian
since April. He grew up in Witt, Illinois and got
his Bachelor’s from the U of I Springfield and
Master’s from the U. of I. in Champaign. Ricked
worked a few years in the Social Services field
before becoming a Librarian. In his first job he was
instrumental in raising 1.6 million for the
library’s expansion project. Then his mother wrote
that Decatur needed a new Librarian and he came
home. Rick came here today to introduce himself and
give us his reasons why libraries are important.
He told us first about a new library in San Antonio, Texas that is
digital only. Depending on your source it cost
between 1.9 and 2.3 million to build and stock this
library. That is cheap for 5,000 sq. ft. and
10,000-20,000 ebooks. They may have around 100.00
visitors/year. Interesting, but will not replace the
full service existing libraries. Rick says library
usage keeps climbing.
There are several reasons libraries are important.
1. Nothing is really free, but lots of the services come an no cost to
the user of a standard library.
2. The library serves as the local university. You can educate yourself
with diligent study.
3. Libraries are good for democracies. The written media and TV News give
you their views and slants on things. The libraries
serve as a corrective for that by providing balanced
4. Internet organizations use you by selling you name and also using
things about where and what you do online. Libraries
protect your privacy.
5. All reading is good for you whether it is light or heavy. Benefits
include reducing the risk dementia and Alzheimer’s,
improving concentration and reducing stress. It’s
like exercise for your brain.
Today we had
98 members 1 (Bill Meyer)Kiwanis guest and 1 speaker for a total of 99.
First place winner was
and second place went to
Gary Goeken is back today.
Please take care, and stay healthy.
None this week
August Board Report
Treasurer’s report has the Administrative Account with a
little over $12,000.00 and the Service Account with a little
over $16,000.00 in it.
business was introduced when Ralph reported that Kiwanis
International was advised that all clubs should have a Youth
Protection Advisor. He said that James Ward is qualified
for and has accepted the position. A motion was made that
the Golden K pay the $19.95 fee for his background check.
last spring have resulted in some students showing an
interest and we may be having a Circle K Club soon at
Board Meeting will be on the 8th. We would like
to see newly elected officers and Board members there.
Note: The full Board Report will be sent via email.
Guest Bill Meyer
GOLDEN K INFORMATION
Susan said we would be resuming our Back Pack program with
First Presbyterian Church and Muffley School. This year we
will be filling 12 backpacks for needy children with snacks
to help sustain them through the weekends. We collect for
the backpacks on the third Wednesday and this is the third
She also reminded Team “A” that they would be pulling tabs
one week from tomorrow.
We also have Kiwanis gear including yellow and blue shirts.
Tell us what you want and we will order it.
said the membership Committee would be addressing
Invitations to the Breakfast after the meeting. She said
she was thinking that it seems silly to have a breakfast to
recruit new members when we are getting new ones almost
every day. But then she realized it must be that we really
like those big breakfasts.
said that the next Interclub would be Wednesday, August 27
with the downtown Springfield club. The meal is $13.00.
The meeting starts at noon so we will leave from here
immediately our meeting. After the meeting we will meet
with representatives of the Children’s Miracle Network and
present them with a check.
said that Peanut Days would be September 19 and 20 this
year. They will be getting signup sheets out next week.
Sign up early and often.
said the Rock Springs
Prairie Celebration is Sept. 13 & 14 this year. Saturday’s
shift is from noon to five and Sunday’s shift is from noon
to four. Car parkers’ signup sheets will be on the table
in the back.
said the Meeting September 24 meeting would be for
installation of officers. Lieutenant Governor Dave Butler
and Immediate Past II District Governor Patty Heath will be
here to do the honors.
Two brothers were living an evil life, extremely wealthy,
extorting everybody they knew and doing every dirty rotten
thing in life, when one of them suddenly died. The surviving
brother went to the local minister and said, "Would it be
alright with you if you perform the funeral of my dead
“I know we never came to your church, but if I offer you a
million dollars for the church,
I will be grateful if you eulogize him and I just want you
to say one thing about him,
you can say whatever else you want to say thereafter. You
must refer to my departed brother as a SAINT!!"
The pastor figured out that the business deal was well worth
it so he decided to go for it. He started the eulogy, and
the crowd was packing the place out, listening to this,
knowing the character of the fellow who is laid in the box.
In closing, the minister points to the coffin and says, "the
man you are seeing lying in this coffin was a dirty,
conniving, scheming, vulgar, law breaking, every rotten
stinking thing that you can think of this man has done!!!.
However, compared to his brother, HE IS A SAINT!!!”