Tim Jones the immediate past president of the Union City Ruitans told the members of the Richmond Kiwanis about the formation of the Union City Ruitans and their many service projects and fund raisers. Clearly their major service project has been the initiation of the volunteer fire service in Union City and ongoing support of Union City fire fighting efforts. The Ruitans provide a building and maintenance of that building for the three fire engines providing protection of Union City. During his February 5th talk, he said their quarterly fish fries were their major fund raising activity. Jones said they had tried pancake breakfasts in the past but found that these were not good fund raisers for the Ruitans.
Jack Conte, President of the Richmond Lions Club spoke to the Richmond Kiwanis Club on February 12 and told of the many projects of the local Lions Club. He pointed out that the club had lost many of its records and asked the national office to give them a list of the membership and the historical highlights of the club. He noted that the Lions Club was one of the major initiators of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, had initiated a park in Richmond, hired 10 men to work in that park during the depression years, had supported Telford and local Boy Scouts and recently built a Habitat for Humanity home. Here he displays a banner patch recently received for their youth work. Conte said, despite their many other activities, their major effort is directed to eye care and that it resulted from a challenge given to the Lions by Helen Keller when she spoke to a Lions International Convention. He cited several instances in which the club has provided for eye surgery and eye glasses for both children and adults. He said recycled glasses frames and lenses are provided to developing countries.
Kerry Odle, President of the Richmond Rotary Speaks to Kiwanis, described the many projects sponsored by the Richmond Rotary Club. Odle, a 14-year resident of Richmond, said Rotarians provide four types of service; club service, community service, vocational service and international service. He said the local Rotary includes support of the Salvation Army, the Habitat for Humanity and Adopt a Highway (U.S. 25) as examples of their community service. He said one of their speakers spoke to the need of migrant farm workers in the community and that the Rotary provides books and school supplies for these children. He said their Professional Rodeo started out as a fund raiser but evolved into a community activity. He added that next rodeo would be the first weekend in June. He said they also support scouts and the United Way. He cited a recognition program for a non-Rotary business that meets the ideals of Rotary as one example of vocational service. Other service in this area included work with EKU and the Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a distinguished speaker series. He said they also obtain a bus and take children who are not interested in going to a four-year college to visit vocational and two-year institutions of higher learning. He added that Rotary International has been helpful in providing funds principally for their international projects. These projects include exchange visits; one is scheduled this year for Germany. He said the local Rotary also supports a reforestation project and a medical project in Haiti. He said the International Rotary health project is to eliminate polio by the year 2005. He also cited an exchange program in which an international student is brought to Richmond and a local student is sent to another country. He said the local club also has provided support for earthquake relief in India.
March 1-31: American Red Cross Month - A United States Presidential Proclamation for Red Cross Month has been issued each year for March since 1943. American Red Cross, (703) 248-4222.
March 1-31: Mental Retardation Awareness Month - To educate the public about the needs of more than 7 million US citizens with mental retardation and about ways to prevent retardation. Association for Retarded Citizens, (301) 565-3842.
March 1-31: Music in Our Schools Month - To increase public awareness of the importance of music education as part of a balanced curriculum. Music Educators National Conference, (800) 336-3768.
March 1-31: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month - To inform about the nature and impact of CFS, "the Thief of Vitality," and related disorders. National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Association, (816) 313-2000.
March 1-31: Collision Month - A month of building vehicle-safety awareness to promote the use of seatbelts, child safety seats, safe driving in inclement weather, obeying speed limits, and other safety tips. Accurate Autobody, (918) 270-0100,
March 1-31: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - To generate widespread awareness about colorectal cancer and to encourage people to learn more about how to prevent the disease through a healthy lifestyle and regular screening. Cancer Research Foundation, (703) 836-4412.
March 1-31: Craft Month - Promoting the fun and creativity of hobbies and crafts. Association of Crafts and Creative Industries, (614) 452-4541.
March 1-31: Kidney Month - The Kidney Foundation urges everyone to get regular checkups that include tests for blood pressure, blood sugar, urine protein, and kidney function. National Kidney Foundation, (800) 622-9010.
March 1-31: Nutrition Month - To educate consumers about the importance of good nutrition by providing the latest practical information on how simple it is to eat healthfully. American Dietetic Association, (312) 899-0400.
March 1-31: Professional Social Worker Month - To honor the social workprofession and to recognize the contributions social workers make within their communities. National Association of Social Workers, (202) 408-8600.
March 1-31: Poison Prevention Awareness Month - To educate about accidental poisoning and how to prevent it. Pharmacists Planning Service, (415) 479-8628.
March 1-31: Youth Art Month - To emphasize the value and importance of participation in art in the development of all children and youth. Council for Art Education, (781) 293-4100.
March 1: Salesperson's Day - Salespeople help people make better, quicker purchasing decisions. Strategic Selling, (972) 380-0200.
March 2: Baby-sitter Safety Day - Special events to promote baby-sitter safety will include local police sponsors and fire department participation to educate the community. The Sitting Service, (203) 655-9783.
March 2: Read Across America Day - A reading campaign that advocates that all children read a book the evening of March 2. Celebrated on Dr. Seuss' birthday. National Education Association, (202) 822-7830.
March 3-9: Children's Authors and Illustrators Week - To celebrate and recognize authors and illustrators who create books for young people and promote literacy by inspiring enjoyment of quality literature. Children's Authors Network, (818) 615-0857.
March 3: US National Anthem Day Anniversary (1931) - The bill designating The Star-Spangled Banner as the US national anthem was adopted by the US Senate and went to President Herbert Hoover for signature. It was signed the same day.
March 3-9: Save Your Vision Week - By Presidential Proclamation, (314) 991-4100.
March 8-14: Universal Women's Week - To honor the value of women of all ages and classes and of their rights and dignity. Society of Friendship and Goodwill, 8592 Roswell Road, Suite 434, Atlanta, GA 30350-1870.
March 10-16: Girl Scout Week - The anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of America on March 12, 1912, (212) 852-8000.
March 17-23: Agriculture Week - To honor providers of food and fiber and to educate future generations about the US agricultural system. Agricultural Council of America, (913) 491-1895.
March 17-23: Poison Prevention Week - To aid in encouraging the American people to learn of the dangers of accidental poisoning and to take preventative measures against it. Poison Prevention Week Council.
March 24: National FamilyDay* -- To honor the importance of families in raising emotionally healthy and physically safe kids. KidsPeaceCommunications, (212) 239-kids.
March 26: American Diabetes Alert Day - A one-day "wake-up call" for millions who have diabetes and don't know it. (800) 342-2383.
Sleek, hot Corvettes and fishy food for pets. Light bulbs for sockets and frozen Hot Pockets. Peanut butter called Jif and lethal weaponry in case of an international rift. These are but few of the things made in Kentucky.
Often off meter, the following in a Bluegrass commo-ditty for you, dear reader. Its omissions may churn your bile but they are, we assure you, without guile.
A is for aluminum sheeting for beverage cans, processed at Logan in Russellville, the country's largest such plant. Our first letter also stands for air conditioners for industrial hotspots, Lexington Tranes that are cooling bigshots.
B of course is for bourbon, a quaff first made in Georgetown, or so say many, by the Rev. Elijah Craig, whose mark is still made. And B is for bats - Louisville Sluggers - and for baked goods frozen in Mount Sterling and Florence; Hot Pockets and pizzas by Freschetta and Red Baron.
C is for Corvettes, as Bowling Green knows and for charcoal by Kingsford of Burnside. It is also for condolence and other cards printed by American Greetings of Corbin and Bardstown.
D is for dishwashers of the quietest kind, made by General Electric, a giant whose arrival in Louisville changed even time. Leaders back then in the '50s you see, moved the city's time zone from central to eastern.
E is for engines, the lawn-mowing variety, by Briggs and Stratton of Murray. Engines are also made by the load in Georgetown by Toyota, then used to push on the Camry, Sienna and the Avalon. And E is for excavators from Lexington's Link-Belt.
F is for Fritos, Flaming Hot Cheetos and chips of that ilk from Louisville's Frito-Lay mill, for chicken the colonel fried before he died, and for the faucets by Paintsville's American Standard.
G is for guns - they are rifles - by Remington of Hickory, and for a glorified Gatling sailors call Phalanx, a 4,500 round-a-minute anti-missile demon, the product of Louisville's Raytheon.
H is for houseboats make in great number around Lake Cumberland and sent to many with money to spend.
I is for ignition systems make by Hitachi in Harrodsburg, and I is for ice cream, 31 flavors they beam, churned out by Baskin-Robbins in Owensboro.
J is for Jif, the peanut butter by Procter & Gamble in Lexington that sticks to one's tongue.
K is for Knives, custom and commercial, cranked out by International Knife & Saw of Erlanger.
L is for locks by Sargent & Greenleaf, the country's largest maker of safe locks, whose Nicholasville handiwork was opened by Sean Connery in The Hunt for Red October. L is also for light bulbs, fluorescent and halogen, by Osram Sylvania of Winchester and Versailles.
M is for mugs and other dishes, make by Bybee of Waco, Hadley of Louisville and Louisville Stoneware.
N used to be for Nine West shoes but it left, so now N is for notes - Post-It - assembled in such hues as banana, and made by 3M in Cynthiana.
O is for OshKosh B'Gosh of Liberty, a label that adorns the bib-overall chest of almost every American kid who is well dressed.
P is for Phoenix Poke boats, a modern Richmond pirogue, a featherweight canoe-kayak cross that is well known to many here and oceans across.
Q is for quartz crystals for microprocessors and oscillators, made in Erlanger by Hy-Q International.
R is for radar equipment that nabs speeding scofflaws, made by MPD of Owensboro, a burg it so happens that is also home to Ragu, that Lipton-made topper for pasta fasu.
S is for that soda known as Ale-8-One, a Winchester pop known for its caffeine bop. It is also for Speedo swimsuits from Kentucky Textiles in Paris and for saw blades by Black & Decker in Shelbyville.
T is for toys including Barbie Jeeps and Hot Wheels by Murray's Mattel, which alas will close its doors for real in the next two years. T is also for tires by Mayfield's General tractor parts by Caterpillar of Danville, and for trucks or their parts by Dana and Ford of Elizabethtown and Louisville.
U is for uranium, enriched, fit for the government, thanks to Lockheed Martin, at the often bad-newsworthy Paducah gaseous diffusion pit.
V is for vacuum cleaners (and MicrowaVe oVens) by Matsushita of Danville.
W is for waterfall, our hairdo export, known nationally as the mullet or sho long for its stylish brunt: long in the back and short in the front.
X is for X-Ring archery products - quivers, bow stabilizers and sights - all made in Richmond, that's right.
Y is for yarns of rayon and cotton, made by January & Wood of Maysville without whom this letter would have been forgotten.
Z is for Zak,
Ziniz and Zoeller, whose products in order are oak barrels, conveyors
and equipment for sewers in peril. The Zak is from Hodgenville,
the others from Louisville.
When children try your soul, as they will,