Richmond Kiwanis Club

October, 2003 Newsletter

Meetings Tuesday - Noon - Banana's Restaurant

October 7
Piddle Johnson
Incoming President Summary

October 7
6:30 p.m.
Kiwanis Clubs of Richmond and Irvine-Ravenna
Joint Installation Banquet
Cedar Village - Irvine

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October 14
Danny Hope
EKU Football Head Coach

October 21
Amanda Woods
EKU Health Educator
Domestic Violence and Sexual Awareness Month

October 28
Bi-Monthly Planning Session and Club Business
Advanced Planning for March 1 Kiwanis Auction

Richmond and Irvine-Ravenna Kiwanis Hold Joint 2003 Induction

Also inducted at the joint banquet were the 2003-2004 officers and directors of the Richmond Kiwanis Club were installed on October 8th at Cedar Village in Irvine, KY. Those installed were first row (l. to r.) Dr. Kim Naugle, Vice President; Mary Lou "Piddle" Johnson, President; Dr. Glen Kleine, Immediate Past President and Lt. Governor; Brenda Blankenship, Treasurer. Back row (l. to r.) Danny Damrel, Secretary; and Board of Directors members Elbert Hudson, Coleman Turpin, Dr. Morris Taylor, P. Jared Noble, and Wayne Short. Also installed, but not in photograph was board member John Tuel.

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First Annual Roadblock is Success

Richmond Kiwanians working the first annual roadblock were: Phillis Adams, David Benge, Tracy Burdett, Mark Calitri, Dr. Ken Clawson, Danny Damrel, Mark Ernst, Virgil Grant, Dave Harkleroad, Piddle Johnson. Dr. Glen Kleine, Patrick McMahon, Dwight McMullin, P. Jared Noble, and Dana Sheets, Dr. Morris Taylor. Delta Zeta Sorority members working the roadblock were: Brandy Andre, Jenna Heimbrock, Megan Pitstick, Allison Runyon, and Lindsay Tucker. The chairman of the first roadblock, which grossed $2,133, was David Harkleroad. The Philanthropy Chairperson for the Delta Zeta Sorority that organized the Delta Zeta involvement in the event was Lindsay Tucker.

And exhausted but pleased crew engaged in an after action critique of the Roadblock at the end of the day. Shown here are (l. to r.) Dave Harkleroad, David Benge, Dana Sheets, Tammy Harkelroad, Piddle Johnson and Danny Damrel.

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Richmond Kiwanis Little League Team

Danny Damrel represented the Kiwanis Club of Richmond in accepting a plaque thanking the club for sponsoring the Tigers, a team in the Richmond Little League Team. Go Tigers!


High School Summer Trip to Chicago
June 17 - 20, 2003

36 Educational Talent Search high school students from Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Lincoln, and Madison Counties to a trip to Chicago, in part with funding support from the Kiwanis Club of Richmond. The schools served by the EKU EDUCATIONAL TALENT SEARCH PROGRAM include: Estill County Middle School, Estill County High School, Garrard County Middle School, Garrard County High School, Jackson County Middle School, Jackson County High School, Lincoln County Middle School, Lincoln County High School, Clark-Moores Middle School, Foley Middle School, Madison Middle School, Madison Central High School and Madison Southern High School.

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One goal of the EDUCATIONAL TALENT SEARCH PROGRAM is to assist qualified youths with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary education and enroll in post secondary education. The second goal of ETS is to encourage persons who have not completed secondary or postsecondary education to reenter those programs.

ETS works with participants in grades six through twelve. ETS representatives are in designated schools at least twice a month, providing group workshops and individual assistance. ETS concentrates its resources on students who are economically disadvantaged, come from families where neither parent has a "four year" degree, and/or are disabled. However, we encourage any student who can benefit from program services to apply.

ETS also provides individual assistance to adults interested in obtaining a GED. ETS can provide assistance to adults entering or re-entering a postsecondary program such as college or vocational training.

Beth Thompson, Director of the Educational Talent Search Program at Eastern Kentucky University is a member and former president of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond. For more information you can reach Beth at:

Richmond Kiwanis Bleacher's Used for Event

The Colonels, a Dixieland band, recently performed at the City Park in Richmond. The Bleachers donated by the Richmond Kiwanis Club was used for this event


Plastics May Put Young Children in Harms Way

By Matt McGowan

By nature, Fred vom Saal is not a crusader, but he doesnít want to wait 10 years for a governmental agency to ban a chemical that his research shows harms animals. He doesn't want to wait for thousands of people to show severe abnormalities from years of eating foods packaged in plastic. 

Since their landmark findings in 1997 on low-dosage effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) on mice, vom Saal and Wade Welshons, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, have labored to warn the public and government agencies of the dangers associated with the prevalent chemical that is used in many plastic products, including baby bottles, food-storage containers and toys. 

In May vom Saal presented new scientific evidence about this chemical at the Toxicology and Risk Assessment Conference, an annual conference sponsored by several governmental agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to examine the possible dangers of toxic chemicals.


During the conference near Dayton, Ohio, vom Saal argued that scientific findings in more than 35 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals provide credible evidence that the chemical is harmful to every type of animal that has been studied, and this chemical is thus very likely to produce the same types of abnormalities in humans. These findings are based on independent academic research that has studied the effects of BPA.

"This evidence will ultimately convince federal regulatory agencies that BPA should be illegal for use in food and beverage containers," vom Saal said. "Itís only a matter of time."

Bisphenol A is an artificial estrogen, but it is bonded together in a chain of bisphenol A molecules to create the plastic called polycarbonate as well as resins that are used to line cans and as dental sealants. Each day, consumers use several plastic products that contain BPA, a chemical found in the 1930s by a Nobel-prize winning scientist to act like estrogen. In the 1950s, chemists linked BPA together to create polycarbonate material, and companies began using the chemical in plastics production. Today, BPA, one of the top 50 chemicals in production in the United States, generates billions of dollars for the plastics industry, which produces about 2.5 billion pounds of the chemical per year.

Vom Saal said scientists have known for many years that the polycarbonate bond created by BPA was unstable and that the chemical would eventually leach into food or beverages in contact with the plastic. The obvious concern today is that it may leach into food products, ranging from microwavable dinners to baby formula, that are packaged in polycarbonate plastic. 

"The idea that this is a strong, durable product is an illusion," vom Saal said. "The chemists have known that the Bisphenol A chemical is constantly leaching and coming into contact with food or water. Itís going to damage your body."


Researchers also have known that supplemental estrogens are harmful to animals and people, especially during fetal development. Vom Saal, Welshons and other scientists were particularly interested in BPA because they knew blood proteins involved in protecting against effects of natural estrogens would not protect against the chemical. Thus, this artificial hormone could travel directly through the blood into cells and damage them. 

In 1997, the MU researchers published the first scientific article detailing the effects in animals of very low environmental exposure to BPA. Vom Saal and Welshons performed a prostate and sperm count study on male mice and demonstrated that BPA caused prostate hyperplasia ó excessive growth of prostate tissue, a pre-condition of cancer. Since then, other studies, both theirs and those from other academic laboratories have shown that low-level exposure to BPA caused decreased sperm production in males, accelerated rate of growth, sex reversal in frogs, early onset of puberty, chromosome damage in female ovaries and a variety of behavioral changes.

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Vom Saal and Welshons have shifted their research efforts toward an explanation of how and why BPA has such a powerful effect on an animals endocrine system and reproductive organs. They have begun the process of identifying the molecular mechanisms at work when the hormone enters an animals cells.

"There are safe alternatives," vom Saal said of products made with BPA. "There are plastic products that do not have Bisphenol A or other toxic chemicals. They can be made safely and used safely. There is no reason to keep using a chemical that has such a high potential to cause harm."

MU researchers Fred vom Saal, left, and Wade Welshons have conducted landmark studies on the potential health effects of chemicals in the home and environment. Photos courtesy of MU Publications and Alumni Communication and the College of Veterinary Medicine

Events Celebrated in October

October 1-31

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month ­ To promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters, the ASPCA sponsors this important observance. For info: ASPCA Public Affairs Dept., 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128. Phone: 212-876-7700.

Diversity Awareness Month ­ Celebrating, promoting and appreciating the diversity of our society. For info: Carole Copeland Thomas, C. Thomas & Associates, 400 W. Cummings Park, PMB 1725-154, Woburn, MA 01801. Phone: 800-801-6599. E-mail: Web site:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ­ For info, call the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Program toll-free at 877-880NBCAM.

National Cookie Month ­ For info, call Cookies for You, 117 S. Main, Minot, SD 58701. Phone: 701-839-4975 or 800-814-5334. Web site:

National Depression Education and Awareness Month ­ A nonprofit campaign to educate patients, the elderly and professionals about depression disorders. Kit of materials available for $15. For info: Frederick Mayer, president, Pharmacists Planning Service Inc., 101 Lucas Valley Road, #210, San Rafael, CA 94903. Phone: 415-479-8628. E-mail: Web site:

National Roller Skating Month ­ A month-long celebration recognizing the health benefits and recreational enjoyment of this long-loved pastime. For info: Roller Skating Association, 6905 Corporate Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46278. Phone: 317-347-2636. E-mail: Web site:

October 1-7

Universal Children's Week ­ To disseminate throughout the world info on the needs of children and to distribute copies of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. For info, send $4 to cover printing expense, handling and postage. For info: Dr. Stanley Drake, president, International Society of Friendship and Good Will, 8592 Roswell Road, Suite 434, Atlanta, GA 30350-1870.

October 16

United Nations: World Food Day­ Annual observance to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. For information: United Nations, Department of Public Info, New York, NY 10117; or Patricia Young, US National Committee for World Food Day, 2175 K Street NW, Washington DC, 20437. Phone: 202-653-2404.

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