Dr. Mick Sullivan


Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Jake Sams are partners in the Decatur Orthopedic Center.  They have degrees in Orthopedic Surgery from Southern Illinois University and Dr. Sullivan has completed the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Sams is a Decaturite and Dr. Sullivan’s wife is a native of Mt. Zion so the Center is in Mt. Zion.

On the cutting edge of technology and advanced training in the field, they specialize in the more difficult cases. These are cases that previously you would have had to go to St. Louis, Chicago, or Indianapolis can now be done in Mt. Zion.  Dr. Sullivan’s interests include complex and revision joint reconstruction, general orthopedics, and trauma surgery.

When you become a patient at the DOC (Decatur Orthopedic Center, not Department of Corrections) they will exhaust all nonsurgical options before scheduling any surgery.

Many times they delay surgery a year or two.  They consider the whole patient when planning treatment.  When surgery becomes necessary there is a lot to do.  They work with your primary physician to test your heart and kidney functions along with your dental health.  And probably some I missed. 

The actual surgery is done with spinal and local anesthesia in 1 to 2 hours.  The damaged bone and cartilage is removed and metal and plastic applied to replace them.  You will be on your feet the same day. 

Be prepared for aggressive physical therapy.  The worst pain will be for one week and you will regain full function in three to six weeks. Sometime in the three to six week period you will start to feel like a human being again.  The pain will continue to decrease slower until the six month mark.  By the end of one year you may feel like a new you.  However, remember that this isn’t the joint that God gave you.  Be careful.



Today we had 98 members, 1 Speaker and 4 Kiwanis guest for a total of 103.

I have signup sheets for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree at Hickory Point Mall. It will be in 2 hour shifts from in the morning. The campaign will run from Sunday, November 30 to Saturday, December 6.


50/50 winner

First place winner was Earl Rudolph  and second place went to Jim Ward Congratulations, folks.



 No additions to the sick list this morning
The rest of you stay healthy.



Cheryl Boss


   The materials for the BUG program have been delivered to the schools, but we won’t know anything until the report cards come out in January.

Next week we will collect the volunteer hours for November. We are still collecting coupons for the Military and Dove. If you have some and don’t want to cut them out, I will do that.

   The ATT Pioneers need help with their “Shoe Day”. They fit school children with shoes and give them hats, mittens and candy. The date is December 4th and the place is the Pay Less Shoe Store in Brettwood Village shopping center. The shifts are from 8:30am to noon and 1:00 to 3:00 or 3:30pm. At noon they will go to lunch at Bob Evans and you are welcome to go with. I have a signup sheet if you would like to help with this project.

   There are still some slots open for the Angel Tree. Next week Donna will give us the instructions on what to do there.

   We still need some volunteers for the Salvation Army Toy Distribution on December 15, 16, and 17.



 New Member Induction

None today




Our guests this morning are Rich Barnett, Ned Hawbecker, Charles Zweck, and John Pulley from the Early Birds. They came this morning for an Interclub and maybe sell some cheese.






I am privileged  to announce that Bill Hogg is the Kiwanian of the Month for October. Bill spent his time last month mentoring youth, teaching Sunday school, providing office help, instructing kids in music, and being a hospital Chaplin. Congratulations, Bill!




Susan Rayhill thanked those who donated to the Backpack Program this morning. She has visors; two styles of bucket hat and caps; gold & blue sweatshirts; long sleeve polos for both men and women; zippered jacket and volunteer pins with your very own name. She and Steve would like to unload some of it on you and me.

Sharon Cunningham said that ten members enjoyed the Interclub would be with the Decatur Noon Kiwanis Club yesterday. The speaker was Bruce Nims giving us an update on the Greater Decatur Group’s Vision for Decatur and that was interesting. And it was a great meal.
I also want to talk about a great volunteer opportunity coming up January 6, 7, 8, and 16 at Richland Community College. They are having their annual 8th Grade Career Fair and need 14 volunteers on each of those days to guide students from one class room to another from 8:30am until noon. Volunteers are also asked to meet with the Career Fair Coordinator on Monday, January 5 at 10:00am in the Schrodt Health Education Center. She will show us the rooms we will cover.

Helen Corcoran said the Community Thanksgiving Luncheon is next Tuesday. We would like to have two full tables from the Golden K at this event, but we need four more people. The cost is $20.00, but it is a full course turkey meal with all the trimmings. See me today or tomorrow if you would like to go.

Bob Bauer put out a call for Salvation Army Bell Ringers this morning. Our days are December 12 and 13. He has the signup sheets this morning and they will be on tha back table next week. Sign up early and often.

Rease Binger said that the 6th grade basketball program got off to a great start yesterday at the DISC. He asked those members that attended to stand. Ralph Czerwinski presented Park Board Chairman Jack Kenny with a display check for $4,269.00 received a lot of applause. There were other signs of appreciation for the GK providing the money for this program. A crowd of around 400 enjoyed the games.

Today Jack Kenny presented the Golden K with a Certificate of Appreciation for our sponsorship of the 6th Grade Basketball program. He also said that he had some free tickets to the games available to those interested.

Joe Rayhill reported the results of the latest Restaurant Fundraisers. We received $131.00 from Ruby Tuesday’s and $35 or $40 from the Texas Roadhouse.

Earl Rudolph


A Catholic middle school for girls was faced with a unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirrors leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Finally, Sister Andrea, the principal, decided that something had to be done. She called several of the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the custodian. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every day. To demonstrate how much work they were making for the custodian, she asked him to clean one of the mirrors while the girls watched. The custodian took a long-handled brush, dipped it into the nearest toilet, and proceeded to scrub the mirror.

From that day on, the problem of lip prints on the mirrors was completely eliminated.

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