Richmond Kiwanis Club

January, 2001 Newsletter

Meetings Tuesday - Noon - Banana's Restaurant

January 2, 2001
Kelly Witt-Brown and Dave Easter
Chemical Demilitarization

January 9, 2001
Charles Hay
Archivist, EKU
Treasurer, Madison County Historical Society
The Battle of Richmond Association

January 16, 2001
Pat Allen
District Manager of Social Security Office
Social Security and You

January 23, 2001
To Be Announced

January 24-28, 2001
All A Classic Program Sales

January 30, 2001
To Be Announced

Chemical Demilitarization Discussed

Kelly Witt-Brown, the Site Manager for the Blue Grass Chemical Demilitarization Office and Dave Easter, the Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Grass Army Depot met with the local Kiwanis Club on January 2 and provided an update on the plans for Chemical Demilitarization in the immediate area. They announced a public meetings to be discuss chemical weapons destruction technologies. These sessions will be repeated at 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Madison County Extension Office at 230 Duncannon Lane.

To be considered are the technologies to be adopted for the destruction of 523.41 tones of chemical agent stored at the Blue Grass Chemical Activities. The basic choice will be between Baseline Incineration and Neutralization/Super Critical Water Oxidation. Also to be considered are the elements the local community wishes the army to study as part of its technology selection process. These include such things as: Air Quality and Noise; Water Quality and Soil; Human Health and Safety; Land Use; Biological Resources; Cultural/Archaeological Resources/; Waste Management; Socioeconomic; and Environmental Justice.

Easter indicated that the decision regarding technology would be made at least by May 2002 and the total desctruction of the chemicals is scheduled (based upon an international treaty) by 2007. The total cost of destruction of the chemicals locally will be in excess of $1 billion dollars. It was pointed out that there are nine sites where Chemical Demilitarization needed to be completed; one site in the Johnson Atoll in the Pacific Ocean has completed its Chemical Demilitarization process. Of the remaining number two have demilitarization facilities constructed and two additional are under construction.

For assorted views of Chemical Demilitarization in the Richmond area click here.

New Flag for Richmond Kiwanis Club

U.S. Representative Ernie Fletcher arranged for the Richmond Kiwanis club to receive a flag that was especially flown over the U.S. Capitol for the Richmond Kiwanis Club. This is the flag that will be used in the future for all club events. Seen there displaying the flag are club members Jay Boyd and Dorothy Esce who arranged to obtain the flag.

New Members Inducted

Larry Bailey gets his Kiwanis pin from Ken Clawson and Sherry Ann Bradford gets her pin from David Harkelroad as they are inducted as new member of the Richmond Kiwanis Club.

Inducting new members are (left to right) Charles Shelby, sponsoring member; Christopher Chambers ; Mark Ernst. and Dorothy Esce, sponsoring member. These additional members were inducted at the December 12th meeting.

Kiwanis Award for Outstanding 4-H Students for 2000

Beth Sullivan presents $100 savings bonds to Sarah and Diane Melius, the two Madison County 4-H members who were identified as the outstanding 4-H students for the year. The twins have been involved in a variety of 4-H and community activities.

Director of Tourism for Richmond Speaks to Club

Mardi Miller, Director of Tourism and Main Street Richmond told the club about the many upcoming activities in Richmond and confirmed that Kiwanians would be selling programs at the All A Classic Basketball Tourney.

Miller's office is located at the Vistor Center in Irvine-McDowell Park. For additional information click here.

The Wellness on Wheels Wagon (WOW), one of the many projects supported by the Richmond Kiwanis, distributes health information to youth and schools in the Madison County Area. See here is Phyllis Adams, Richmond Kiwanis member, who is seen providing information at the Berea Spoonbread Festival. The wagon was also provided information to youth at the Kiwanis Carnival.

Kiwanis Salutes Maureen O'Hara

Kiwanis International joined the Heartland Film Festival's tribute to international film star Maureen O'Hara at a special viewing of her classic film, The Quiet Man, in Indianapolis this past weekend. In his presentation to O'Hara, A.G. Terry Shaffer, Executive Director of Kiwanis International, spoke of her "outstanding achievement and cinematic excellence in films that promote the importance of family strength and unity."

Terry also spoke of the importance of the "Heartland Film Festival's efforts in promoting films and filmmakers that explore the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." He spoke of O'Hara's 60 films as great examples of excellent films full of hope.

Jeff Sparks, president of the Heartland Film Festival, said of the presentation by Shaffer, "I am excited that Kiwanis has chosen to be involved with our film festival. Kiwanis is one of the most highly respected grassroots service organizations in the world. Kiwanians can encourage their friends and families to go to theaters to see films with positive messages, as well as encourage their neighbors to support television films that similarly promote values that highlight hope and respect for the enriching values of life."

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