FOR AT RISK
Courtney is a
Director of Baby TALK and Coordinator for the
Natural Playscape Project.
In 2010 Baby TALK
received an Early Head Start grant to work with
at risk children from age 0 to age 3.
They have an
enormous project that cannot be reported on
adequately in these few lines. The old
Humpty Dumpty child care building is okay, but
the playground needed scaling down for tiny
hands and safe to eat. They are creating a
“Playscape” precisely designed for this age
group. Much of the ground work is already
done and it is time to start the installation.
With a great
amount of planning and attention to details they
have divided the Playscape into six areas. The
items, the Company and the prices are listed and
totaled. They range from $4,850 to $5,818.
In total, a lot of money, but parceled out like
this for a service club, business, or fairly
wealthy individual, not so much.
the benefits that an outdoor classroom would
bring to these at risk children. It would
be a healthy place to enlarge a child’s
imagination, play with rocks, and get bare feet
in the mud. Rocks can be anything the
imagination wants them to be. Courtney
said that 80% of the brain is developed by age
are at risk through no fault of their own
because they have been put on a life path that,
in most cases, does not end well. To
inspire one child to find a way to seek another
path would be a great thing
Baby TALK moved to the Red Cross building Golden
K gave them $5,000 to remodel a bathroom.
Today we had 99 members, 1 Kiwanis guest,(Bill Meyer) and 1
Speaker for a total of 101.
First place winner was
and second place went to
Bob Fallstrom became weak at a Jazz Festival in Connecticut
and was taken to the hospital. He has recovered and is
expected to come home today. The rest of you stay
GOLDEN K INFORMATION
thanked Courtney for reporting daughter’s reaction to
getting a Dictionary. She said that we had delivered
1224 dictionaries to 24 schools. Cheryl said they
would be collecting volunteer hours October 29 and there
were several changes. More information on that later.
New Member Induction
Two new members were inducted today,
"Dean" Gray and Gary Martin. Congratulation and
welcome to the best club in Decatur.
said that the sixth grade basketball program at the DISC
kicks off at 3:15pm, November 18. We provide the money for
that program and he would like to have 10 or more members to
represent the Golden K at the ceremony. There will be a
signup sheet on the table.
said this is a heads up for the Salvation Army Toy and Food
Christmas Program. They are doing it a bit differently this
year. The Toy Distribution will be December 15,16 ,and 17.
The Food Basket Distribution will be December 19. Signup
sheets for all will be out in the next couple weeks.
thanked those who bought
peanuts this morning and said there were only 12 bags left.
Buy some on your way out. Don’t wait on your neighbor!
said that the Golden K had again been left out of the
Telephone Pioneers announcement to the media regarding the
recent school dictionary project. The described the efforts
by the Pioneers to straighten it out with the media.
presented Virg Deemer with the Walter Zeller Certificate of
Appreciation that was not available when the announcement
was made on September 24.
said that we were sponsoring
a Circle K club at Millikin. They have a Trick or Treat Box
in the back for donations to UNICEF. They would appreciate
any donations you desire to make.
Dan also said that Monday, October 27 would be the date for
those who volunteer at the Good Samaritan Inn.
Dan reminded us of the Governor’s Luncheon at the Red Barn
in Tuscola October 18 from 12 to 2:00pm. Lunch is $15.00.
This will count as October’s Interclub.
presented Floyd Cooper with
his plaque for accumulating 2,000 volunteer hours.
She thanked all who donated food or money to the Backpack
Program this morning.
Susan said she would be bringing in all the Kiwanis gear
next week and would not mind us relieving her of some of the
weight. She has ordered some more sweat shirts with zippers
that we may want to check out. Also some of the fishing hats
should be in. And she has found out that you can order the
shirts with a pocket. She also can order more of the
volunteer pins with your name, volunteer, and Golden K on
them. They are $7.00.
said that Thursday, October 23 is the next hoedown date at
the Texas Roadhouse. They have what is called, in Florida,
“Gray Army” prices that start at 4:00pm.
said just one more word one the Kiwanis Centennial
Playground Project. The Iowa Illinois District, for a
Centennial Project, has pledged to build a playground for
physically challenged children just North of Chicago. Some
of these kids have Spinal Bifida and have no place to play.
They would like the district membership to provide around
$100,000.00 to build it. The suggested level of donation and
the reward is as follows: Playmate - $5:00; Swinger -
$10.00; and Ding of the Hill - $15.00.
A man was awaiting surgery
that he had insisted his son, a renowned surgeon, perform.
As the father was about to receive anesthesia, he summoned
his son to his bedside. Don’t be nervous, son. Just do your
best, and remember that if it doesn’t go well or something
happens to me, your mother will come and live with you and
A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office. "Is it true," she
wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to
be taken for the rest of my life?"
"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her.
There was a moment of silence before the senior lady
replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my
condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'."