Two long-time members of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Earl Rhodes (left in photo) and Dr. Morris Taylor, recently received George F. Hixson Fellowships from the local Kiwanis club. Rhodes is a retired real estate broker, a lifetime member of Kiwanis, and a Past Lieutenant Governor. Dr. Taylor is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University and a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond.
Each Hixson Fellowship represents a $1,000 gift to the Kiwanis International Foundation for worldwide service. The Kiwanis International Foundation uses these funds for disaster relief and also for its world wide project.
Disaster relief has been given to victims of:
· Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the United States
· Hurricane Stan in El Salvador and Mexico
· Earthquake in Pakistan
· Tsunami in Asia-Pacific Region
· 911 Victims Children's Fund
· Tornadoes in Ohio and Alabama
· Typhoons in the Philippines
· Earthquake in El Salvador
· Wildfires in California
· Tornados in Kansas
· Hurricane Henrietta in Mexico
· Earthquakes in Peru
During the past decade the Kiwanis family provided more than $91 million which allowed nations to implement salt-iodization programs. When Kiwanis began this project in 1990 less than 20 percent of salt in the developing world was iodized. Today, more than 70 percent of households in the developing world now use iodized salt. And iodine deficiency (IDD) has virtually been eliminated from the face of the earth.
Children with IDD often suffered severe mental and physical retardation. Mothers of a children who, without realizing it, who were iodine deficient, deprived their babies of iodine during pregnancy. Much of the damage caused by iodine deficiency was done before a child was even born. If the future of a society lies in the health and talents of its children, iodine deficiency hampers the development of entire nations when, child by child, its young people are unable ever to reach their full potential.
The Kiwanis Club of Richmond has donated $3,000 worth of requested equipment to fully outfit a Relief Trailer purchased by the First Baptist Church of Richmond.
Ron Boyd and Dr. Al Patrick both had given a prior presentation to Kiwanis on the relief work of the First Baptist Church. They described how they went to the area affected by Hurricane Katrina to assist residents wash out mud from homes and then their work in assisting in the repair of those homes. They said they used some of the compressors and power hoses, as well as tools of other church groups who were ready to provide relief services. They indicated that they were fortunate to find others who had tools they could use in relief work, however, they pointed out, they might not always be so fortunate to find individuals who had supplies they could use.
They also said they would like to outfit the Relief Trailer to provide relief service in Kentucky and surrounding states in the event of a tornado, flooding or other disaster.
Boyd and Patrick pointed out that children who cannot soon
return to their normal lifestyle after a natural disaster have
their education severely disrupted - and that this will have major
consequences for their future. Given this impact, Boyd and Patrick,
felt providing supplies for the Relief Trailer was entirely consistent
with the Kiwanis goal to
"change the world, one child and one community at a time."
The Kiwanis Club of Richmond uses its energy to provide direct service as well as to raise funds to provide assistance principally in the Richmond community. The major fundraiser of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond is it annual auction - usually held in March. Other fundraisers have included their annual pancake breakfast, and its annual golf tournament.
One of the major fundraises in which many citizens of Richmond directly participate is its annual "Roadblock for Kids" which is held at the intersection of Lancaster and the Eastern ByPass. The roadblock, traditionally held on the same Saturday in September as the Richmond Pottery Festival, has attracted the support of thousands of the citizens of Richmond and of other communities.
Assistance at these various fundraisers have been provided by the Delta Zeta Sorority at Eastern Kentucky University, the Model High School Key Club (Kiwanis related) and the Eastern Kentucky University Circle K Club (Kiwanis related).
Did you know...
- 300,000 homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. (Democracy Now)
- Three quarters of a million people were displaced and still cannot return home. (Democracy Now)
- 22 million tons of garbage remain in New Orleans. (planetark.com)
- A team of 5 volunteers can gut a house in 7 days and save a resident $10,000. (commongroundrelief.org)
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