Dr. Mick Sullivan
and Dr. Jake Sams are partners in the
Decatur Orthopedic Center. They have
degrees in Orthopedic Surgery from Southern
Illinois University and Dr. Sullivan has
completed the Adult Reconstruction
Fellowship at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Sams is a Decaturite and Dr. Sullivan’s
wife is a native of Mt. Zion so the Center
is in Mt. Zion.
On the cutting edge of
technology and advanced training in the
field, they specialize in the more difficult
cases. These are cases that previously you
would have had to go to St. Louis, Chicago,
or Indianapolis can now be done in Mt. Zion.
interests include complex and
revision joint reconstruction, general
orthopedics, and trauma surgery.
become a patient at the DOC (Decatur
Orthopedic Center, not Department of
Corrections) they will exhaust all
nonsurgical options before scheduling any
they delay surgery a year or two. They
consider the whole patient when planning
treatment. When surgery becomes necessary
there is a lot to do. They work with your
primary physician to test your heart and
kidney functions along with your dental
health. And probably some I missed.
surgery is done with spinal and local
anesthesia in 1 to 2 hours. The damaged
bone and cartilage is removed and metal and
plastic applied to replace them. You will
be on your feet the same day.
for aggressive physical therapy. The worst
pain will be for one week and you will
regain full function in three to six weeks.
Sometime in the three to six week period you
will start to feel like a human being again.
The pain will continue to decrease slower
until the six month mark. By the end of one
year you may feel like a new you. However,
remember that this isn’t the joint that God
gave you. Be careful.
Today we had 98 members, 1 Speaker and 4
Kiwanis guest for
a total of 103.
I have signup
sheets for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree at
Hickory Point Mall. It will be in 2 hour shifts
from in the morning. The campaign will run from
Sunday, November 30 to Saturday, December 6.
First place winner was
and second place went to
additions to the sick list this morning
The rest of you stay healthy.
GOLDEN K INFORMATION
The materials for the BUG
program have been delivered to the schools, but
we won’t know anything until the report cards
come out in January.
Next week we will collect the volunteer hours
for November. We are still collecting coupons
for the Military and Dove. If you have some and
don’t want to cut them out, I will do that.
The ATT Pioneers need help with
their “Shoe Day”. They fit school children with
shoes and give them hats, mittens and candy. The
date is December 4th and the place is the Pay
Less Shoe Store in Brettwood Village shopping
center. The shifts are from 8:30am to noon and
1:00 to 3:00 or 3:30pm. At noon they will go to
lunch at Bob Evans and you are welcome to go
with. I have a signup sheet if you would like to
help with this project.
There are still some slots open
for the Angel Tree. Next week Donna will give us
the instructions on what to do there.
We still need some volunteers
for the Salvation Army Toy Distribution on
December 15, 16, and 17.
New Member Induction
Our guests this morning
Rich Barnett, Ned Hawbecker, Charles Zweck,
from the Early Birds. They came this morning for
an Interclub and maybe sell some cheese.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
I am privileged to announce that
is the Kiwanian of the Month for October. Bill
spent his time last month mentoring youth,
teaching Sunday school, providing office help,
instructing kids in music, and being a hospital
Chaplin. Congratulations, Bill!
Susan Rayhill thanked those who donated to the
Backpack Program this morning. She has visors;
two styles of bucket hat and caps; gold & blue
sweatshirts; long sleeve polos for both men and
women; zippered jacket and volunteer pins with
your very own name. She and Steve would like to
unload some of it on you and me.
Sharon Cunningham said that ten members enjoyed
the Interclub would be with the Decatur Noon
Kiwanis Club yesterday. The speaker was Bruce
Nims giving us an update on the Greater Decatur
Group’s Vision for Decatur and that was
interesting. And it was a great meal.
I also want to talk about a great volunteer
opportunity coming up January 6, 7, 8, and 16 at
Richland Community College. They are having
their annual 8th Grade Career Fair and need 14
volunteers on each of those days to guide
students from one class room to another from
8:30am until noon. Volunteers are also asked to
meet with the Career Fair Coordinator on Monday,
January 5 at 10:00am in the Schrodt Health
Education Center. She will show us the rooms we
Helen Corcoran said the Community Thanksgiving
Luncheon is next Tuesday. We would like to have
two full tables from the Golden K at this event,
but we need four more people. The cost is
$20.00, but it is a full course turkey meal with
all the trimmings. See me today or tomorrow if
you would like to go.
Bob Bauer put out a call for Salvation Army Bell
Ringers this morning. Our days are December 12
and 13. He has the signup sheets this morning
and they will be on tha back table next week.
Sign up early and often.
Rease Binger said that the 6th grade basketball
program got off to a great start yesterday at
the DISC. He asked those members that attended
to stand. Ralph Czerwinski presented Park Board
Chairman Jack Kenny with a display check for
$4,269.00 received a lot of applause. There were
other signs of appreciation for the GK providing
the money for this program. A crowd of around
400 enjoyed the games.
Today Jack Kenny presented the Golden K with a
Certificate of Appreciation for our sponsorship
of the 6th Grade Basketball program. He also
said that he had some free tickets to the games
available to those interested.
Joe Rayhill reported the results of the latest
Restaurant Fundraisers. We received $131.00 from
Ruby Tuesday’s and $35 or $40 from the Texas
A Catholic middle school for girls was faced with a
unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use
lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was
fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would
press their lips to the mirrors leaving dozens of little
Finally, Sister Andrea, the principal, decided that
something had to be done. She called several of the
girls to the bathroom and met them there with the
custodian. She explained that all these lip prints were
causing a major problem for the custodian who had to
clean the mirrors every day. To demonstrate how much
work they were making for the custodian, she asked him
to clean one of the mirrors while the girls watched. The
custodian took a long-handled brush, dipped it into the
nearest toilet, and proceeded to scrub the mirror.
From that day on, the problem of lip prints on the
mirrors was completely eliminated.