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 all.   




Nicole Bateman


Economic Development in Decatur

Nicole 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 then.

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 of 2014.


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.
Sharon Cunningham 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 back.





As of May seventh, the Golden K had 83 members reporting 1.516 hours of volunteer service.
The Kiwanian of the month for April worked with Methodist Men, Decatur Public Library, Good Samaritan Inn, and helping neighbors. Congratulations,
Pat Riley!




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
Cheryl Boss.
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.



Pat said that he did not have anything to report this week. He did say that the single rose on the table was from Keith’s funeral and suggested by the family.


Helen Corcoran 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.


Don Kamm said Pull Tabs Team “B” will work tomorrow night from 5-9pm.

Don 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.


Donna Dash 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.


Joy Greive said that he membership breakfast would be August 26.  You can start lining up guests right away.


Dan read a “thank you” note from Catholic Charities for our food bank contribution of $138.00 last month



  We had an Interclub with the Early Birds this morning. Early Birders Rick Barnett, Ned Hawbecker, and Paul Francis came without any cheese, but promised to bring it next time. Welcome, Fellow Kiwanians!


50-50 - WINNER

First place winner was Gene Mennel and second went to Mike Longstreet. Our speaker, Nicole Batman gave away some “City Limitless” tee shirts away to lucky ticket holders John Baird, Sue Betzer, Leon Langhouser, Jim Rany, and Larry Weaver.   Congratulations, Folks.  Editor’s note: I say they were lucky because John Dunn said that we would all have to buy one soon and wear it every day.  They will already have theirs




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

Jodie & Dean Evans: Married May 31st, in Lovington, Illinois. This will be 62 years

Virginia & Tom McQuistion: Married June 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 22 years.

Cathy & Dan Sebok: Married June 5th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 28 years.

Willy & Farrell Trout: Married June 5th in Warrensburg, Illinois. This will be 40 years.




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 regular organist!


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