We started the meeting this morning with a
moment of silence for our friend and Kiwanis
Brother, Keith Hazen. Keith a passed away
May 22 after a short illness. He was a long
time Golden K member and will be missed by
Development in Decatur
grew up near Quincy Illinois on her parent’s
dairy farm. She graduated from the
University of Illinois with a science degree
leaning toward Agriculture. Her only
knowledge of Decatur came as she drove by on
Interstate 72 on her way to Urbana. She has
come to know and love the community since
Until last month she was the Executive
Director of the Children’s Museum of
Illinois. Then she was named to head up a
new plan by the Economic Development
Corporation of Decatur and Macon County to
improve things here. This is a five year
plan with 1.5 million dollars from the
Howard Buffet Foundation to implement the
plan over the five years.
To find out what needed to be done to get
people to move and live here they conducted
a perception survey in October and November
They asked 860 people many questions and had
good participation. Three words kept coming
over again and again. They were Blue Collar,
Ordinary, and Rooted.
They listed our strengths
as the Midwest Inland Port, downtown, lake front, Park
District, and job opportunities. Crime and Safety could go
either way because of perception. We actually have lower
crime rates than our neighbors, but nobody knows it.
Which brings us, to what most people know already know,
Decatur suffers from the bad perception people have of the
city. Nicole offered two things that might help. One is to
neaten up the dilapidated houses on the main avenues through
the city. Flood the internet with good news about Decatur to
counter all the old bad news that is there.
Nicole showed a short, but upbeat video touting the city.
Good luck to Nicole and all who are working on the plan.
Next week we will be collecting the volunteer
hours via clipboard, phone, or email to me.
asked me to tell you that the next Interclub
would be May 27 with Springfield. We will leave
immediately after the meeting. The cost of lunch
is $13.00. After the meeting we will go to St.
John’s with our donation to the Children’s
Miracle Network. There is a signup sheet in the
As of May seventh, the Golden K
had 83 members reporting 1.516 hours of
The Kiwanian of the month for April worked with
Methodist Men, Decatur Public Library, Good
Samaritan Inn, and helping neighbors.
Today we had 97 members, 3
Kiwanis guests and 1 Speaker for a total of 101.
Today is the day to turn in your volunteer
hours. If you are unable to today, send them to
June 15 is charter night for the Sullivan
Kiwanis club. We are sponsoring that club and it
would be nice if a lot of us went over there for
it. It starts at 6:30pm and there is a signup
sheet in the back.
said that 10 G.K members worked at the Good
Samaritan Inn Memorial Day. They fed over 750
people two tacos apiece. She thanked and
honored them by having them stand.
said Pull Tabs Team “B” will work tomorrow night
also said that he needed 6 or 7 “actors” to get
their pictures taken near sponsor signs. This
is to have pictures to give to the sponsors. It
will take about an hour starting at 10:00am at
the golf course.
said she has 12 teams and would like more. She
has sold 91 tickets for the dinner.
Steve Rayhill has
37 50-50 tickets to sell. He thinks he will be
able to sell some at the door Friday, but
wouldn’t mind if we just bought them all today.
said that he membership breakfast would be
August 26. You can start lining up guests right
read a “thank you” note from Catholic Charities
for our food bank contribution of $138.00 last
We had an Interclub with the Early Birds this
morning. Early Birders
Rick Barnett, Ned
Paul Francis came
without any cheese, but promised to bring it
next time. Welcome, Fellow Kiwanians!
A preacher announced from the pulpit," I have good news and
bad news. The good news is we have enough money to retire
the mortgage on the church."
A sigh of relief went through the congregation.
The preacher continued: "the bad news is: the money is still
in your pocket."
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was
going to ask the congregation to come up with more money
than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.
Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist
was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last
minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. “Here’s
a copy of the service,” he said impatiently. “But, you’ll
have to think of something to play after I make the
announcement about the finances.”
During the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers
and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs
cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more.
Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.” At
that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star
Spangled Banner.” And that is how the substitute became the