October, 2003 Newsletter
Meetings Tuesday -
Noon - Banana's Restaurant
Incoming President Summary
Kiwanis Clubs of Richmond and Irvine-Ravenna
Joint Installation Banquet
Cedar Village - Irvine
here for induction photos
EKU Football Head Coach
EKU Health Educator
Domestic Violence and Sexual Awareness Month
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
here for induction photos
First Annual Roadblock
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.
here for Roadblock Photos
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
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.
here for details on the field trip.
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
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: Beth.Thompson@eku.edu
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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: Carole@TellCarole.com. Web site: www.TellCarole.com.
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: www.cookiesforyou.com.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.ppsinc.org.
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: email@example.com.
Web site: www.rollerskating.com.
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.
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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