Today was the last day for our Mr. and Mrs. Kiwanis, Rene and Helen Corcoran who are migrating to Florida to be with family.  Charles covered the event with humor.  He presented Helen with a McDonald’s gift card so she would be sure to have something to eat on the trip.  Then he found another one for Rene.  The stated value was $5.00 for each. (As if you would be expected believe that)  Goodbye, Corcoran’s, you will be missed.



Rick Meyer


Who Owns the Library?

Rick is the Decatur Librarian and has been for about one year. And what a year it has been.

Eighteen years ago the library moved to its present location which was too large, but they thought they could rent out the extra spaces for income. That did not work out very well. Things deteriorated and a couple of million dollars were needed to fix. But the work had to be done over the years and the costs would probably be as much as $3,000,000 to $8,000,000.

A plan has been worked out for the Decatur Public Building Commission to assume ownership of the Decatur Public Library. They would rent it out to the Decatur Public Library and to Macon County for office space. When Macon County moves to the library the building they occupy now can be sold. Before there were two buildings not being utilized to their fullest and now one building that is filled.

The library gets back on a firm financial footing with a sweet rent deal for the next twenty years. Some of the needed work like the annex and parking can get started immediately. The librarians can do library work instead of building management work.

Drawbacks are that the library maintenance workers will lose their jobs. But they will all get job offers from the Building Commission. The Library will have no control over maintenance of the building. And they will have less space available for future needs.

The Public Library, Public Building Commission, and Macon County have all signed off on the plan. Some financial things need to be done and then the Decatur City Council will have to vote on it.



If you were unable to turn in your volunteer hours last week or this morning, please send them to via email, snail mail, or hand them to me in the grocery store.




Today we had 79 members and 1 Speaker for a total of 80.



Bob Harmon is still having leg problems. He would enjoy hearing from some of us while he is home.

Mike Heger

  To start Mike gave a big thank you to Virg Deemer and Cheryl Boss. Virg produced a very attractive certificate for the Kiwanian of the Month recipients and Cheryl is doing a great job maintaining the huge spreadsheet that records the volunteer hours. He then asked Charles Smith to come and help him give the award. He handed Charles the new certificate and began reading the volunteer activities of the June winner. Mike then then turned to Charles and said, “Congratulations!” This month Charles volunteered at the Library History Room, the Macon County Conservation’s Help Desk, Sullivan Kiwanis Club sponsor. G.K. Administration, Lieutenant Governor Training, and Lieutenant Governor Planning Session


Steve Rayhill said that the Food Bank next week would go to Catholic Charities.

Joy Greive reminded us that the Membership Breakfast is coming up August 26. It’s time to get those slips she provided back here with some names, addresses, and phone numbers of prospective members. It doesn’t have to be one of those slips, any piece of paper, telephone, or email will do. They will be sending out invitations soon.

Bill Sly said the of the several benefits of living in this great community are the activities done with the cooperation of the Decatur Park District, the city of Decatur ad the Decatur Municipal Band. I am specifically speaking of the concerts of the Band Sunday night in Fairview Park and Monday night in Central Park. They played a piece that was written specifically for Kiwanis. It is a concert march entitled Kiwanisca. It was commissioned by the Wheaton Kiwanis Club in honor of their 50th anniversary to Wheaton Municipal Band.
The Decatur Municipal Band will lead off with it at a special concert tonight at 7:00pm at the Nelson Park Amphitheatre.

Jack Kenny is seeking volunteers to help with the Signature Cup. That is a contest between the better players of Decatur and the better players of Bloomington. It is being held at Red Tail golf course on June 26th and 27th. There are several opportunities for score board & radio operators, and shuttle volunteers. He still needs about nine more so see him if you can help.

Susan Rayhill reminded Pull-tab Team “A” they will be working tomorrow night. Come out and watch.

Charles said that the District Conference would be August 6-9 at the Pere-Marquette hotel in Peoria.


50-50 - WINNER

First place winner was Joy Grieve and second went to Doris Mabry. Congratulations, Folks. 


Bob Bischoff: Born June 28 in Chicago, Illinois.  He will be 77.

Larry Bechtel: Born July 1st, in Springfield, Illinois. He will be 80.

Elmer Kostenski: Born July 2nd, in Decatur, Illinois. He will be 87


Florence & Don Leckrone: Married March 29, in Hessville, Indiana. This will be 57 years.

Linda & Gary Goeken: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 11 years.

Barbra & Jim Higdon: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 46 years. Anniversaries

Dorothy & Julius Sebok: Married July 1st, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 54 years.






One night a man found his neighbor down on his knees looking for something under the street light.
"What have you lost, Neighbor?"
"My key," said the neighbor.
After a few minutes of searching, the other man said, "Where did you drop it?"
"By my house."
"Then why, for heaven's sake, are you looking here?"
"There is more light here."

A doctor walked into his patient’s room. “Hi, Doc, How am I doing?”

The doctor gave him a big smile and says, “Your insurance company says you are doing great!”


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