Karen was born and raised on a farm near Nokomis, Illinois. She grew up working with eggs as well as other farm chores. She loved the farm and was active in 4H and FFA organizations. Her judging teams were quite successful winding up with a first and a fourth in National Competitions. She graduated from the U. of I. and enjoys promoting agriculture across Illinois. She is especially proud of her work with the egg producers.

     Karen asked if we knew the difference between brown and white eggs and which chickens lay which eggs. It turns out that there is no difference in nutrition. The nutrients in an egg depend on the diet of the hen. The white eggs are laid by hens with a white earlobe. The brown eggs are laid by hens with a brown earlobe.

     Karen started with a slide of a 1940ís chicken houses and compared it with a modern one in upstate New York. In the 1940ís a farmer fed 19 Americans. Today, 2% of the population live on farms and feed the other 98%. She says in 2050 we may be trying to feed 9 billion people and agriculture will have to keep changing to keep up. Egg producers will be looking at things like lighting, housing, and diet, to increase production.

     A hen is interesting bird. They are have grown used to being close to other hens. Birds of a feather flock together, just sayiní. They start laying at 17-18 weeks and are done at 95 weeks. Past their prime, they are sent to the slaughter house where all parts are used. (Japan is a market for legs and beaks.)
      A hen lays her eggs from 7-11 in the morning. They produce an egg every 24-26 hours and after 9 days they rest one day. After being laid the eggs are collected, washed, candled, sorted, graded, packed, shipped and enjoyed. Inspection occurs at every step.
     The hens are fed corn and soybean mixtures. An egg has 13 vitamins, 70 calories, and costs 15 cents. Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and California produce 51% of the nationís eggs.
      The University of Illinois has a great Poultry Research Facility in Champaign. They are close to identifying the markers for ovarian cancer in birds and that may lead to identifying the markers in women.

Special Drawing: Our speaker this morning offered 11 egg flipping spatulas to members who with the next 10 numbers drawn. Itís a slow news day so here are most of them; Harold Dausman, Leo Pondelick, Sue Betzer, Jack McCoy, Jim Watson, Mike Heger, Jay Poling, Jack Kenny, and Tom McQuistion. The speaker donated one to Floss Kruzan.


Today we had 104 members, 1 Speaker and 1 Kiwanis guest (Bill Meyer) for a total of 106.

I have signup sheets for the Salvation Armyís 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 Farrell Trout and second place went to Roy Isaacs Congratulations, folks.



 George Hogg and Stan Peck are back with us today. Hooray!
The rest of you stay healthy.



Cheryl Boss


Nothing this week



 New Member Induction

None today




None Today





Volunteer of for the month of October is

Bill Hogg





Sharon Cunningham said the November Interclub would be with the Decatur Noon Kiwanis Club November 18th. They meet at noon at the Decatur Club. Lunch will be $ 10.00. I must turn reservations by TODAY, so let me know before you leave. There is still a signup sheet on the back table.

Rease Binger said that the 6th grade basketball program kicks off next Tuesday at the DISC. Get yourself in shape and show up before 3:30PM.

Bill Meyer said to save your pennies because the Early Birds Cheese is on its way. There will be no price increase this year.

Dan read Thank You notes from the Salvation Army for our recent gift of $160.00 and Catholic Charitiesí for our gift of $179.00.

Charles gave a big thank you to Linda Rowdon for her work writing a grant request to Kiwanis International. The request was for funds to help BabyTALK with the construction of their new playground.


John Dunn


During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer was killed May 2, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander, Major John McCrae.

As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis Helmer because the chaplain as away on duty elsewhere. McCrae did so and was touched so that he began that evening the draft of this:


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead.  Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders Fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch, be yours to hold it high.

If you break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

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