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Editor, Paul Rosenberger

Editor: Paul Rosenberger


JUNE 20, 2014



“Editor’s note: For those who couldn’t come to today’s special meeting, I’m printing the write-up below that will be entered as our district entry.”




The Decatur Sertoma Club and Decatur Breakfast Sertoma Club are pleased to present their 2014 Service-To-Mankind Award to Rene and Helen Corcoran of Decatur, Illinois. Rene is a regular volunteer at the Decatur Public Library, a long-time member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club and Helen is the current immediate Past President of the Golden K Kiwanis Club. Both are active in the First Presbyterian Church of Decatur.

Rene Corcoran was born and lived two years in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then his family moved to the ‘sticks’ in old Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans with lots of blackberry picking and snakes. He graduated from Metairie High School in 1957. He then worked full-time for Pan American Life Insurance Company while also attending night school at Tulane University for two years. In succession, he attended Concordia College in Austin, Texas, Concordia Senior College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He interned in the University Lutheran Church in West Lafayette, Indiana, working with Purdue University students. He then served as pastor to Zion Lutheran in Ainsworth, Nebraska, and Hope Lutheran in Birmingham, Alabama. After five years in those churches, he joined the American Red Cross where he served in Camp LeJeune, NC, Camp Humphrey, Korea, Little Rock, AR, St. Louis, MO, and lastly in Decatur, IL from 1980 until 1990. He then worked in several businesses for several years. In the mid-1980’s Rene received an MBA from Sangamon State University in Springfield, IL, and then became an adjunct professor of accounting at Richland Community College in Decatur.
Helen Mashhoff was born and raised on a farm near Hoyleton, Illinois and graduated from Nashville, IL, High School. She met and married Rene in 1966 while working as a secretary in the Registrar’s Office at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Mary (Mrs. Troy Langer) in Buffalo Grove, IL and Sara (Mrs. David Edgerton) in Valparaiso, IN and of three grandchildren, Nicole, Nolan, and Cowan. Helen worked as an administrative assistant in the Electrical service Division of Bodine Electric in Decatur from 1982 until her retirement in 2002. She is a gardener and an amateur artist, winning an Honorable Mention at a recent Barn Colony Art Show. Both Rene and Helen enjoy visiting their families, reading, and working crossword puzzles or the daily cryptogram. They have enjoyed traveling to Bali, Tahiti, Ireland, and a Danube River Cruise.

Rene’ was a Noon Kiwanis Club member from 1980 until 2002 when he transferred to the Golden K Kiwanis Club. Helen became a Prairieland Kiwanian in 2006 and two years later transferred to the Golden K. Rene has been Club President and Division Lt. Governor. He is currently the Club Historian, collecting the obituaries of all former deceased members since 1981. Helen became the first female Club President in 2012-13. They jointly chaired the I.I. Mid-winter Convention in Decatur in 2009 attended by 200 Kiwanians; that year he was named the club’s Kiwanian-of-the-Year. Rene has accumulated over 6000 volunteer hours, primarily in the Decatur Public Library History Room and in the Audio-Visual Department. He has been on both the Library and Friends of the Library Boards; in the latter he manages the “Books Between Bites” Program. Because of his avid interest in history, Rene’ has presented many talks about Decatur history.
Helen has recorded over 900 volunteer hours derived from active participation in several Golden K committees and in community projects such as, “Let’s Keep Decatur Bee-utiful,” serving meals at the Good Samaritan Inn, manning the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Christmas Food Baskets and Toys, the Decatur Public Library Book Sales, and working at the Decatur Celebration’s Kid’s Block.
Rene and Helen joined First Presbyterian Church in 2007. She has been a deacon and he has been the Adult Discipleship Committee Chair and an Adult Sunday School “Everyday Issues” class organizer and presenter. He is currently a ruling elder and church treasurer.

It is apparent that Rene and Helen Corcoran are both wonderful assets to the community and their church. When asked what motivates them to volunteer, Rene immediately said, “It keeps me off the streets and out of trouble!” then added, “Volunteers gain more than those they help.” Helen chimed in with, “You also get to meet the nicest people, too.” We, the Sertoma Clubs of Decatur, Illinois, believe that Rene and Helen Corcoran truly represent Sertoma's motto of ‘Service to Mankind.’ We’re extremely proud to present them our 2014 Service-To-Mankind Award.

Lloyd Swanson: _____________________________ Date: ________________
President, Sertoma Club of Decatur

Mick Hoehne: _______________________________ Date: ________________
President, Decatur Breakfast Sertoma Club

JUNE 20, 2014


        What a great meeting our club hosted today for the Service To Mankind Award Breakfast! Approximately 45 persons attended, including members and spouses from both the Decatur Noon and Decatur Breakfast Sertoman Clubs, Golden K Kiwanis Club members, five former award recipients, Mayor Michael McElroy, City Councilman Pat McDaniels, Illinois-Wisconsin District Governor, John Parker, Great Lakes Region International Director, Cheryl Cherny, and of course, our two outstanding Service To Mankind Award recipients, Rene and Helen Corcoran. President Mick Hoehne acted as Master of Ceremonies and because of our new format, adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Special thanks to the joint club committee who chose the honorees and organized the affair: Dick Vissering, Larry Fouste, Dick Fiala, Mick Hoehne, and Paul Rosenberger. This was the 42nd year we have presented this award.






VP Will Sudduth would have announced next Friday’s social meeting.





VP Lance Gauble would have welcomed our many guests. ‘BRING MORE GUESTS.







                          SOCIAL REPORT


   VP Hugh Rowden would have re-circulated a signup sheet for our officer’s installation dinner next Friday, June 27 at Yoder’s Kitchen in Arthur, located on Route 133 that features Amish and Mennonite cooking. Let’s organize carpooling next Friday morning.







VP Norm Jensen would have re-circulated a signup sheet for our July 3-4 Midnight Bingo. The packet assembly will take place on Tuesday, July 1. We need many helpers. Breakfast may occur after cleanup around 4:00 a.m. on July 4 – but without fireworks.







Sheriff Mike Borders would have been lenient today on all the yellow-shirted Breakfast Sertomans. What a fine turnout of proud Sertomans today.








June 27 – Regular meeting at 7:00 a.m. at Scovill Golf Course Banquet Facility
June 27 –
Officer Installation Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Yoder’s in Arthur
July 1 –
Board meeting at 6:50 a.m. at Perkin’s
July 1 –
Midnight Bingo Packet Assembly at 9:30 p.m. at Bingo Hall in Mt. Zion
July 3-4 –
Midnight Bingo at 10:00 p.m. at Majestic Bingo Hall in Mt. Zion
August 1-2-3 –
Decatur Celebration Elephant Ear Project




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