Richmond Kiwanis Club

May, 2008 Newsletter

Meetings are held at noon on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays and at
6 p.m. on the 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of each month at the

Galaxy Bowling Conference Room, 1025 Amberley Way
Richmond, KY 40475-8847
(Off of I-75 Exit 87) in Richmond, KY.

May 6 - Noon
Paul Adams representing "Living Waters"
"Living Waters" provides water purification equipment/education in areas that lack adequate potable water.
Speaker Sponsor -`Jack Bisping
Additional Business -`Nomination of Kiwanis Club Officers for 2008-2009

May 13 - 6 p.m.

Alicia Webb, a doctoral candidate from the University of Kentucky
Will discuss her research on Mental Health and behavioral issues

Tentative - Election of Kiwanis Club Officers for 2008-2009
Tentative - Selection of Kiwanian of Year
Tentative - Selection of Chair of Installation Banquet - determine if we want a joint banquet.

May 20- Noon
To be Announced
Speaker Sponsor -

May 27 - 6 p.m.
Steve Flaherty - Author
Kentucky Everyday Heros, highlights several folks in Madison County

Kiwanis Club of Richmond Conducts 37th Annual Auction

Ray DeSloover aggresively encourages a bidder in the audience to increase their bids for kids.

For additional coverage of the 37th Annual Auction click here

Thanks to Ray DeSloover for his exceptional auctioneering skills and his many contributions to the 37th Annual Kiwanis Auction.

Kiwanis Club of Richmond Slate of Officers Submitted by Nomination Committee

Nominations to be held on May 8

Election to be held on May 15

Kiwanis Board and Officers for 2007-2008

Adam Poff - (Elected to serve for 2007-2008)

Vice President- President Elect
Brandon Shively - (Nominated for 2007-2009)

Secretary - Treasurer
Danny Damrel - (Nominated for 2007-2008)

Past President
David Harkleroad - (Elected to serve for 2007-2008)

Board Members

Dr. Christopher Boni - (Elected to serve for 2007-2008)
Elizabeth Robinson - (Elected to serve for 2007-2008)
Jack Taylor - (Elected to serve for 2007-2008)

Jack Bisping - (Nominated for 2007-2009)
Brenda Blankenship - (Nominated for 2007-2009)
Ray Desloover - (Nominated for 2007-2009)
Dr. Robert Nayle - (Nominated for 2007-2009)
Lora Noble - (Nominated for 2007-2009)

Submitted by the Nomination Committee
Jack Bisping, Glen Kleine, and Ben McPherson

Model School Key Club in 2007 aids the U.S. Fund for UNICEF provide Kenyan relief.

In October the Model School Key Club, a Kiwanis service leadership organization for high school students, participated in a service project raising funds for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Katlyn Robbins, the co president of the Model School Key Club, said, "We used orange Trick-or Treat for UNICEF boxes to collect funds for the UNICEF effort. We provided a donut party for a high school English class that raised the most money."

When the Model School Key Club's contribution of $300+ was added to the amount raised by other Key Clubs across the United States $277,130 was raised for UNICEF's relief efforts in Kenya. The donation will make a huge difference to many families in the country plagued with ethnic instability and civil unrest.

It's a worthy cause, although it's not the original intent of the funds. Key Club International began its 2007 fall service project, with the hope of donating money to the Kicking HIV/AIDS Out of Kenya program. This program, for 15-year-old to 19-year-old Kenyan girls, uses soccer to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, teach life skills, bolster confidence, promote leadership, and strengthen leadership skills.

As Key Club prepared to donate the $277,130 it raised, the program was suspended after violence broke out in Kenya following the announcement of disputed presidential election results. Seeing a need, the Key Club International board of trustees decided to donate the money to UNICEF for immediate emergency relief.

The funds, which will be administered by UNICEF, will be used to assist the more than 180,000 displaced families and children whose lives have been forever changed by this conflict. Since the fighting began, UNICEF has been on the ground in Kenya providing supplementary food, water, and shelter to tens of thousands of people. Counseling is also being offered to the children whose lives have been turned upside down by this conflict.

The Kicking HIV/AIDS Out of Kenya program will be reinstated when the country stabilizes.

The Model School Key Club president, Katlyn Robbins, said she supported the initial focus of this fundraiser. She added, Model School has many students doing research into HIV/AIDS.


Key Club International, a Kiwanis service leadership program, is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. Founded in 1925, Key Club is a student-led organization teaching leadership through serving others. Now in its 85th year, Key Clubs serve 245,000 students in nearly 5,000 clubs in 27 nations worldwide. As members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Visit for more information or call 800-KIWANIS.

Sarah Merlin, an special education teacher and adviser to the Key Club at Model School said, "I strongly support the role of the Key Clubs in trying to address world problems. This world is bigger than Model and Richmond. It is important to reach out to others in need." The work of the Model School Key Club can be seen on the web at: www.RichmondKiwanis.Info/Model/MHSKeyClub.html


Founded in 1915, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis International and its Service Leadership Programs for young people, including Circle K, Key Club, Key Leader, Builders Club, K-Kids, Kiwanis Junior, and Aktion Club, dedicate more than 19 million volunteer hours and invest US$100 million to strengthen communities and serve children annually. The Kiwanis International family is composed of 600,000 adult and youth members in 15,000 clubs in more than 70 countries and geographic areas. Kiwanis members make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Globally, Kiwanis International has focused humanitarian efforts on eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) through the Worldwide Service Project, a US$75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF, which began in 1994. For more information about Kiwanis International, please visit or call 800-KIWANIS.

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond is the sponsor of the Model School Key Club. For additional information about the Kiwanis Club of Richmond please visit


For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in more than 150 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection, and emergency response, saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper respiratory infections, and measles, UNICEF, with the support of partnering organizations and donors alike, has the global experience, resources, and reach to give children the best hope of survival. For more information about UNICEF, please visit

May 1-31:

Clean Air Month - Calls for enforcement of the Clean Air Act. The American Lung Association, 800-LUNG-USA,

Creative Beginnings Month - Encourages everyone to enroll in a course, write a poem, plant a garden, or coordinate a social event. While developing your gifts, encourage others to also cultivate their own creative beginnings. Christina Bergenholtz, 508-839-5139.

Get Caught Reading Month - Events will be staged throughout the country to celebrate reading. Association of American Publishers, 212-255-0200,

Bike Month - Annual celebration of bicycling for recreation and transportation. League of American Bicyclists, 202-822-1333,

Book Month - Invites everyone to take time out to enjoy the pleasure of reading a book. National Book Foundation, 212-685-0261.

Mental Health Month - National Mental Health Association, 800-969-NMHA,

Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Encourages individuals and organizations to promote fitness activities and programs. President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 202-690-9000.

Stroke Awareness Month - National Stroke Association, 800-787-6437.

Teaching and Joy Month - Celebrates the great joy of great teaching and great learning. Thank a teacher for creating an atmosphere of joy. Jackson Community College, 517-796-8488.

Personal History Awareness Month - Informs, instructs, and inspires ALL ages to compile a personal history. Margaret Ingram, 541-924-0268.
May 11 - June 15:

National Family Month - Celebrates and promotes strong, supportive families. Annually, Mother's Day through Father's Day. 800-25-PEACE,

Preparing Tomorrow's Parents Month - Celebrates mothers and fathers. Stage at least one activity between Mother's Day and Father's Day to help prepare a child or teen to become a better parent in the future. To get ideas, visit, 561-620-0256.

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