(*) Did you know that January 21 is the 87th birthday of Kiwanis ? On January 21, 1915, the first Kiwanis club was chartered in Detroit, Michigan. It's been 87 years since our organization, which was originally named the Benevolent Order of Brothers, first took shape, but the Kiwanis family has now grown to than 13,000 adult and youth clubs and more than 600,000 members in more than 70 nations.
Brenda Blankenship reported that she and her husband Joe went shopping on behalf of Kiwanis for a family of six boys, ages 15 months, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. Each boy was provided a nice heavy winter coat, two pairs of long pants, two long sleeve shirts, one pair of pajamas, underwear, gloves, five pairs of socks and two nice toys for each child. Each child had a Harry Potter item included in their gift package. The family was listed on the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Joe wanted to get the mother something and put in the box but Brenda said no. Joe felt any mother raising six boys needed to have Christmas presents herself.
Each child's gifts were put in a separate (large box) and wrapped. Brenda included a note in each box, "Merry Christmas from the Richmond Kiwanis Club". She thought it would be nice for the parent or parents to know where it came from and why so much. Brenda reported, "This family will have a real nice Christmas, thanks to our club."
State Representative Harry Moberly, Jr. , speaking at the December 18 meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis, provided an advanced view of the 2002 Legislative session.
He indicated that redistricting would be the first order of business; the objective of which is to provide district sizes with nearly an equal number of constituents in each district. He said that it is likely that the rhetoric in the Senate will be particularly noticeable since the number of Democrats and Republicans are particularly close. He added, however, that consensus will be achieved, as it has between the Republican controlled senate and the Democratically controlled house throughout the last session.
Once the redistricting is completed there will be several other issues that will come to the fore. The budget will be one of the top agenda items because of the current down turn of the economy which was unanticipated. Moberly said the budget estimates are based on the estimates made by a economic consensus forecasting group. He added that Dr. Frank O'Connor, Professor of Economics at Eastern Kentucky University is a member of the economic consensus forecasting group.
Moberly, who represents house district 81, praised the group for their conservative estimates. He said Kentucky's cut will be less percentage wise than other states, particularly southern states. He said there was $300 million set aside for a rainy day and that there was a $110 million dollar draw down from that fund.
Representative Moberly said there were four budget cuts during his 22 years in the legislature. He said it isn't unusual to find that budgets sometimes do not live up to what is predicted.
He said one of the goals of the governor and his personal goal was to protect education . He said that would be one of the top priorities of the next biennium. He said other priorities would be to promote economic development and roads. He also said there would be a continuing attempt to attract high tech jobs. He added that he hoped there would be more cooperative projects like the Goggins Lane project where the county does the work and the state pays for it. He also indicated that he wanted continued support for libraries and for arts projects like the RAAC initiative. He added, "Water the sewer projects will also be high on our list."
Moberly said that the first phase of the Business and Technology
Building at EKU is still on track with $14 million earmarked for
this project from three different sources. He said this would
be a commercialization center for all
of Eastern Kentucky and would benefit the entire I75 corridor. He said part two of the building may be held for a year but that eventually it would be built and would serve as a community center of the type this community deserves. He said this would ultimately provide a venue for the performing arts and as a community convention center. He said, "We need better planned growth." He added that hoped that when his son grows up that there would be opportunities in this community that he and others would want to stay here.
Moberly also added that the state needs to continue fostering
both merit based and need based scholarships to keep the brightest
kids in the commonwealth.
Representative Moberly indicated his appreciation for constituant support and urged club members to contact him with their concerns. He indicated that although he received about 50 emails and a like number of phone messages, he makes a special effort to respond to those from hims constituants. He said he may be contacted at: P.O. Box 721, Richmond, KY 40475 His office phone is 859-622-1501 and his home phone is 859-624-2781.
His Frankfort Office is in the Capitol Annex, Room 332C He may be reached in Frankfort by phone at 502-564-8100, ext. 607
You may also email him at - email@example.com
Or at - Harry.Moberly@eku.edu
Rick Lewis, the EKU Challenge Course Coordinator explained to the Richmond Kiwanis Club the nature and objectives of the new course. He said there are both high and low courses; each having different objectives. The high course develops individual confidence and the low course develops team building. He said the course was in part funded by the College of Criminal Justice and is used to train students from that college, students from ROTC and other groups interested in developing skills. He said the Eastern Kentucky University Challenge Course is a state of the art facility comprised of a variety of physical obstacles or "challenges" generally referred to as low elements (meaning near the ground) or high elements (referring to obstacles negotiated at a height greater than 10 feet off the ground).
It serves as a training facility to help individuals and groups
explore a variety of skills such as: leadership development, team
building, communicating, problem solving, organizing, and following.
The Challenge Course is a practical tool in developing self-confidence
along with trust in and respect for others. This outdoor-based
experiential approach to learning provides an exciting venue for
exploring and developing these skills and can be integrated into
any curriculum or program. It is an ideal resource for use by
university, civic, corporate, athletic, community, youth or social
organizations to improve teamwork, communication skills and self-esteem.
He said groups intereted in Challenge Course Coordinator may call him at 859-622-1217 or contact him at 500 Begley Building, Eastern Kentucky Universit, Richmond, Kentucky 40475. They may also contact him by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ONE: I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
TWO: My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.
THREE: I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.
FOUR: Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...
FIVE: All reports are in; life is now officially unfair.
SIX: If all is not lost, where is it?
SEVEN: It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
EIGHT: I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few...
NINE: It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
TEN: The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.
ELEVEN: If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
TWELVE: When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?
THIRTEEN: It's not hard to meet expenses...they're everywhere.
FOURTEEN: The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
FIFTEEN: These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter...I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after.
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.