We started the meeting this morning with a moment of silence for our friend and former Kiwanis Brother Bob Krimmel.  Bob passed away Sunday, March 22 after a long illness.  Services for Bob will be at 10:00am Thursday, March 26 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. 

 

      


 

Jane French

 

Project Linus

Donna introduced Jane as a delightful person that she has known for quite a while. She is the Project Linus Coordinator for the Christ Church Stitchers of Central Christian Church. The Stichers meet at CCC every Tuesday morning at 9:00am to make blankets for Project Linus. Jane brought Kathy, Leah, and Juanita to help with these beautiful blankets.

Project Linus was started in 1995 in the after math of the Columbine School Shootings when people found out how healing a blanket can be to children under stress for any reason. Stitchers was founded here in 2000 to support Project Linus locally. Their mission statement is twofold. One is to provide love, comfort, and security to children who seriously ill or traumatized or otherwise in the need of a new, homemade blanket or afghan lovingly created by volunteers. The second part is to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals or groups to the local community for the benefit of children
Jane says that in the 15 years of their existence, they have made more than 14,000 blankets. We have two people who pickup blankets from the all over Central Illinois and deliver 500 – 600 blankets a month and deliver them to area hospitals.

The blankets are beautiful things. Most are made from bright colors and a multitude of patterns. The standard size is 40 inches by 60 inches which fits most children, but sometimes they need other sizes. In Bloomington the doctors and nurses take the children in the hospital to camp for a week. When they arrive there is a blanket on the bunk. The owner of the Golden Corral Restaurant chain sponsors a Camp Corral that is for children of military families and requires some with military type designs. They make a weighted blanket for autistic children. The additional weight keeps the blanket on and they love the closeness.

A couple of years a go there was a suicide in a nearby high school. One of the girls there had helped make blankets with Project Linus and knew they would be needed here. A call was put out on the Linus website and the next day 250 teen sized blankets were on the way.

These ladies pay no dues and have to buy their own batting.

 

GOLDEN K INFORMATION
CHERYL BOSS

The clip boards for reporting your volunteer hours for March are on the tables. If you can’t turn them in today, you can send them by email or give them to me in person or on the phone.
 
There will be a residential electronics recycling collection April 28 at Progress City. More info? See Dove flyer.

Here are some volunteer opportunities coming up. We will have Kiwanis One Day at Sinawik Park on April 11.

We will park cars April 25 at Rock Springs. Flapjack Day at Appleby’s April 18 will need lots of volunteers to serve, clean up, etc. And Skip-A- Meal is coming up April 29.
 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
DONNA CLELAND

Today we had 81 members, 4 Kiwanis guests, 1 speaker and 3 helpers for a total of 89.

PRAYER-CARE &
CONCERN
KEITH HAZEN


Keith is still popping pills this morning.
We had a report that
Jerry Hunt is doing well in recovering from his stroke. His only problem is his left foot. If he wants it to move, he has to say, “Move it”.
 

50-50 - WINNER

First place winner was Jim Ward and second place went to Denny Noonan. Congratulations, folks.

 Guests
 Bill Hogg

We had 4 Kiwanis guests this morning here this morning on an Interclub from Tuscola. They were Dave Butler, Janet Butler Doris Young and Jan Chofpel. Welcome to you all. Dave is the present District II Lieutenant Governor and he intimated that, if Charles Smith survived the rest of this year, he would be the next governor of the II District. Congratulations, Charles!

Guests
 Bill Hogg

We had 4 Kiwanis guests this morning here this morning on an Interclub from Tuscola. They were Dave Butler, Janet Butler Doris Young and Jan Chofpel. Welcome to you all. Dave is the present District II Lieutenant Governor and he intimated that, if Charles Smith survived the rest of this year, he would be the next governor of the II District. Congratulations, Charles!

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
DAN WHITE

Sharon Cunningham said It’s time to talk about the Flapjacks at Applebee’s Fundraiser. It will be from 8:00am to 10:00am Saturday, April 14. We are allowed to sell 200 tickets and have sold 150 so far. If you want to go you better buy now. For $5.00 you get pancakes, bacon, beverage, with syrup and butter. Seconds will be available. We must help the restaurant with seating and serving. There are two shifts one from 7:30am to 9:00am and the other from 9:00am to 10:30am. Cheryl has the signup sheets in the back.



Don Kamm said the “green team” of pull tab salesmen are ready to go tomorrow night at the bingo hall.
He also said that money was starting to come in from the sponsors allowing him to breathe a little easier.
Notice: If you or anyone you know recruited Raymond James please let him know immediately.

 

Gary Goeken said that at the Salvation Army’s Appreciation Dinner March 11, the Salvation Army gave him a Certification of Appreciation for the help the Golden K gives the S. A.. He then presented it to Charles Smith.

 

Charles Smith asked Joy Greive and her Admissions Committee to stand. The Golden K. had received a Certificate of Appreciation from Kiwanis International for getting new members. There are 4 levels bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Ours was at the gold level. Charles Congratulated Joy and her team.
 

 

BIRTHDAYS

Carolyn Rayhill: Born March 31st, in Pana, Illinois.  She will be 78.

Terry Durkee: Born April 3rd, in Murphysboro, Illinois.  He will be 67.

Bob Wershey: Born April 4th,in Lincoln, Illinois.  He will be 90.


 

ANNIVERSARIES

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.

WARD'S WORLD
Jim Ward

 

 Murphy, a dishonest lawyer, bribed a man on his client's jury to hold out for a charge of manslaughter, as opposed to the charge of murder which was brought by the state.

The jury was out for several days before they returned with the manslaughter verdict.

When Murphy paid the corrupt juror, he asked him if he had a very difficult time convincing the other jurors to see things his way.

"Sure did," the juror replied, "the other eleven wanted to acquit."



A group of tourists stood spellbound looking into the depths of the Grand Canyon. "And this wonder is all the more impressive," the guide droned on, "when you realize that it took millions and millions of years to carve out this great abyss."
"Well, well!" exclaimed a plain citizen, "I'd never have suspected that this was a government project."
 


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