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.
Who Owns the Library?
the Decatur Librarian and has been for about
one year. And what a year it has been.
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
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.
To start Mike gave a big thank you to
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
said that the Food Bank next week would go to
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
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.
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.
reminded Pull-tab Team “A” they will be working
tomorrow night. Come out and watch.
said that the District
Conference would be August 6-9 at the Pere-Marquette
hotel in Peoria.
50-50 - WINNER
First place winner was
and second went to
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
The doctor gave him a big smile and says, “Your insurance
company says you are doing great!”