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December 2008

31:  New Year's Eve

29:  Chester - No Meeting.

26:  Kwanzaa

25:  Christmas

23:  Chester Inter-Club with Petersburg Breakfast:  Bob Cassada, Gary Burleigh, Danny Wyatt and Rick Dodson attended the 7:15 A.M. meeting with the Petersburg Breakfast Club.  Lt Governor Bob Cassada participated, along with sponsor John Jarratt, in the induction of Randall Wadkins into the Petersburg Breakfast Club.  After speaker Wayne Funk, contractor, spoke about the restoration of The Peppercorn building on Old Street, Key Club advisor Kim Gordon, Key Club President Troy Kershaw and Key Club Lt. Gov Shaknanna Page spoke about thier service programs. Past Petersburg Breakfast Club President, Pat Harvey was presented a certificate of appreciation for her multiple years as President.

22:  Chester - Meeting, Program:  Guest speaker was Gary Frame, president of the Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad.  In addition, vice-president Kim Whitt also attended who put in over 2,300 hours last year and has even more this year.  This is the most of any female member of the squad.  This emergency services organization was established in 1954 and today serving more than 60,000 residents of Chesterfield County, BBVRS is an all-volunteer agency dedicated to providing outstanding emergency medical care to the sick and injured. The more than 120 members who make up the Squad dedicate their time, energy and effort to making the community a better, safer place.  Club president Dixon Handwerk presented the organization with the clubs annual $500 contribution [photo].

22:  Hanukkah

17:  Wright Brother's Day

15:  Chester - Annual Club Christmas Party at residence of  Dixon and Gemma Handwerk.  Spouses welcome.  12901 Erlene Dr., Chester, VA  23838 [Map]

14:  Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade.   Details   2008 Photos   Flyer  Click Here to Email Parade Chairperson

11:  West Richmond – Bingo Night at Elizabeth House, Glen Allen

08:  Chester - Meeting, Program:  TBD.

03-07:  Bizarre-Bazaar

06:  West Richmond Kiwanis -Governor’s Visit – Angel Tree is the project again this year.  The Kiwanis will be the only volunteers at the warehouse this year.  North Richmond needs help finding a warehouse.  Any leads, please contact Tom Wagstaff.

01:  Chester - Meeting, Board Night.

November 2008

01:  Chester - Meeting, Board Night.27:  Thanksgiving.  The Pilgrims, shown here with the Wampanoag Indians in the The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1863–1930), celebrating their first Thanksgiving (painting courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection).  They were a group of Puritans who landed at Plymouth Rock, in what is now Massachusetts, United States, in 1620. In 1621 Governor William Bradford of New England proclaimed a day of “thanksgiving” and prayer to celebrate the Pilgrims’ first harvest in America. United States president Abraham Lincoln, following the precedent of a number of states, designated a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863. Now Thanksgiving Day falls annually on the fourth Thursday of November.

24:  Chester - Meeting, Program:  The guest speaker was Jeanne E. Hovenden, an attorney with Roberts and Hovenden with an office off of Lori Rd near the courthouse. The law firm provides consumer bankruptcy legal services to clients residing in the Richmond Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Jeanne attended Texas A&M University, B.S. 1975, M.S., 1977, and M.B.A. 1981.  She first came to Virginia in 1986, working in Washington, DC.  She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, (J.D) 1994 and has been a Member of the Virginia State Bar since 1994.  She was admitted to practice in the United State Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia; United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia;  United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; and  All Virginia Courts.  Bankruptcy is a legal process governed by federal rules and procedures contained in the Bankruptcy Code and the Bankruptcy Rules. The primary purpose of bankruptcy law is to provide a debtor with a “fresh start” through which some debts can be paid, restructured or discharged.   Jeanne has a husband and two elementary age children, where they live off of Beach Road.  Her hobby is breeding rabbits. 

23:  Ashland Kiwanis - Christmas Parade - 2:00 - 2:30 PM.

23:  West Richmond Kiwanis - Ashland Club invited us to the Ashland Parade, 2 or 2:30 p.m.

17:  Chester - Meeting, Program: The guest speaker was Carolyn Thompson, the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights 2008 Christmas Mother.  Since the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Committee formed in 1972, 27 committee members have been chosen as the Christmas Mother. This year, The 28th Christmas Mother, Carolyn Thompson, is also the first Colonial Heights resident to serve as Christmas Mother.  Carolyn and her husband, John, are 34-year residents of Colonial Heights. Contributions for new toys, clothing, and food for families in need will greatly help this program.  Also, the program will accept monetary contributions and volunteers to work at the Christmas Center located at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds.  For further information about the program, you may call the Christmas Mother office at (804) 751-4657 weekdays between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.  Contributions may be sent payable to the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 2500, Chesterfield, VA 23832.
15:  Division 4 Council Meeting, 1103 Oliver Hill Way, 9 a.m. (Memo suggests MapQuest or Google Maps for directions, near 17 St. N and Broad Streets)

14:  Chester Kiwanis Oyster Roast – Chester Fish Club. 6 PM-9 PM Prospective Members, Guests and Family members are invited.  Instructions from downtown Chester going west on Route 10:
1. Turn right at Ecoff Ave.
2. Turn left at Ivywood Rd 0.2 mi
3. Turn left at Elfinwood Rd 0.3 mi
4. Turn right at Teterling Rd 0.1 mi
5. Turn right at the Fish Club entrance 0.1 mi
Note: Do not follow the concrete pathway into the  lake. Take a hard left onto the dirt road instead. Going
into the lake disturbs the fish!

11:  Veterans Day

10:  Chester - Meeting, Program: Arlene McGuire, Chesterfield County History (DVD).

07-08:  Kiwanis Club of Middlesex and their sponsored Key Club will be among the many great vendors at the 51st Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival.   Contact: Russ Russell 804-758-4257 or click here to email him.

08:  President-Elect Training for 2009-2010 club officers will be held at Southern States on West Broad from 8:30 AM until noon.

05:  West Richmond Kiwanis - Wednesday, November 5th, 6-7, Classroom. Henrico Doctors Hospital - Parham Campus.  Laura Southard, VA Department of Emergency Management.  Laura will be speaking on Emergency and General Preparedness.  The VDEM has many resources to help folks be prepared in times of need.  Laura will share some of those resources with the club.

04:  Election Day

03:  Chester - Meeting, Board Night.  Thomas Dale High School Key Club officers attend meeting and present plans for the year.

03:  West Richmond Kiwanis - Interclub with the Ashland Club – We have been invited for an interclub if someone would like to coordinate this.

02:  Daylight Saving Time ends.

01:  Colonial Heights pancake day 7:00 AM - 12:00 Noon at Colonial Heights Middle School [MAP].  Note:  9:00 AM division 18 council meeting.  Click Here for Details.  Eight Chester Kiwanians went to the Colonial Heights Pancake Breakfast at the Colonial Heights Middle School last Saturday and then attended the Division Council Meeting in the school's auditorium.  Click Here to view picture.

October 2008

31:  Halloween.

  Chester - Meeting, Program: Bryan Truzzie, Historic Sites Specialist Dutch Gap Conservation area.

26:  Mother-in-Law Day

24:  United Nations Day

20:  Meeting, Program: Monday evening's speaker was Joe StankusJoe Stankus, Key Club Administrator for the Capitol District.  Joe reviewed the annual sponsorship requirements for the Key Clubs and discussed the size and activities of some of the clubs in our area.  Thomas Dale had 69 members in the 2007/2008 school year.  That is a lot of potential help for commuhity service.

18:  North  Richmond Club Brunswick Stew sale.  Place: Sparkle Car Wash.  Route 1 and Lakeside Avenue.

18:  North Central Richmond Club Brunswick Stew sale at Crump Park.

16:  Boss's Day

15:  Chester Kiwanis sponsors "The Hard Times Fall Festival" Featuring Spectrum  [Photos] on the Village Green  [Map] 4:00 PM -8:00 PM.  Adults $10.00, Children 10 and under $5.00. 
Vendors Click Here for Application Form  A limited number of tickets may be available at the gate. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2008 Contact:  David Elswick ©  239-8257, email link
(October 23, 2008) – The Kiwanis Club of Chester hosted a new fall festival on Wednesday, October 15th, at the Village Green on Rt 10 in Chester.  The event ran from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  “This event was in response to our economic hard times and our desire to give our community the opportunity to attend a great event that was inexpensive, centrally located, and fun,” David Elswick, the Kiwanis Club of Chester’s Publicity Chairman said.  “Members of the club started planning back in July to develop an event that a family could afford to attend.  Club members did most of the work to keep costs down.  And several local businesses provided their goods and services, either free or with a substantial discount.  Similar events often cost as much as $30 per person to attend,” Elswick said.  “But our most expensive ticket was $10 for adults.’  Local businessman Dickie King, of King’s Barbeque, was on site most of the day to advise the Kiwanis members on food preparation based upon his years of experience in the catering business.  Other local businesses that contributed to the success was Flagstop Car Wash & Quick Lube, Heritage Chevrolet, and Uno Chicago Grill.  The ticket covered the cost of “all-you can eat” hot dogs, corn muffins, chili, and soft drinks.  Also included in the cost of an adult ticket were 2 adult beverages.  Music was provided by Spectrum.  This former house band at the Richmond Hyatt has performed at over 1500 shows since 1985.  Spectrum is a 10-piece variety band which features male and female vocals and a powerful 4-piece horn section to accurately re-create the authentic sounds of the jazz-pop styles from the last 60 years.  Door prizes were drawn from the meal tickets of the attendees.  Prizes included $100 gas coupons, $100 grocery coupons, and a Grand Prize of a Royal Caribbean “Two Day Cruise To Nowhere” out of Norfolk.  “Guests were still entering the festival as late as 7:30 p.m.  And over 800 people attended the event.  We want to thank the community for its support of this festival.  Because of the community’s help, the Kiwanis Club of Chester is able to support projects benefiting the youth of Chester.”  Elswick said.  “The proceeds from this festival will be used to fund college scholarships for a student at each of the following: John Tyler Community College and the high schools of Thomas Dale, L. C. Bird, and the Community High School.  Interested students should contact their high school counselors or view this web site for further details.

13:  Columbus Day observed

13:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was  Dorothy Jaeckle, Chesterfield County Supervisor.  Dorothy discussed several of the accomplishments of Chesterfield Country during her tenure.  She informed us of a new Citizens Advisory Committee to review the budget.  Due to the turn-down in the global economy, the county is now planning for an anticipated reduction in revenue.  Dorothy also discussed Group Homes, care for foster children, zoning, preservation, housing developments, and improved communication with the school board.  Dorothy stated that the one of the biggest accomplishments was changing the culture from a staff-directed board to a board-directed staff.  Joe Hillier presented Tam Moody the Kiwanis Legion of Honor Award in recognition of Tam's upcoming 33 year anniversary with our club.  Tam joined the Kiwanis Club of Chester in November 1976.  Congratulations to Tam!

13:  Tuckahoe Club Golf Tournament. Hole sponsorships still avilable.

11:  Ashland Club annual BBQ. Tickets $20. Contact Tom Varner.

09:  Yom Kippur

06:  Meeting, Board Meeting

03-05:  Petersburg Nostalgiafest in Olde Towne Petersburg.

04:  West Point Crab Carnival - Kiwanis sells steamed crabs and beer.

September 2008

29:   Meeting Program:  CANCELED DUE TO HOUSE IN SESSION ON FINANCIAL BAILOUT BILL Representative Randy Forbes U. S. Congress.  David Elswick will fill in and speak about Charities.  For those who missed the Chester Kiwanis Installation of Officers Banquet held on September 25th at the Country Club of Petersburg, Kristen (Kris) Der was inducted as our club's newest member.   Kris and her husband Charlie live in Chester.  Kris is an Instructional Assistant with Chesterfield Country Schools.  Kris has four children who were all members of the Key Club.  Three were presidents and one was an officer of the Key Club.  Representative Randy Forbes U. S. Congress was unable to attend as orginally planned due to the Congressional Vote which took place on the Financial Bailout deal in Washington DC today.

25:  Installation of Club Officers Banquet at Country Club of Petersburg, 1250 Flank Road, Peterburg, Va. [Map] 23805, 733-4451. 6:30 PM, Cash Bar, 7:00 PM Buffet Dinner, 7:30 PM Program.  Price: $32.00 per person.  Make out checks to Kiwanis club of Chester.  The Chester Kiwanis Installation of Officers Banquet was held on September 25th at the Country Club of Petersburg.  Outgoing president Jay Slagle, DDS turned over his position to incoming president Dixon Handwerk.  Gary Burleigh was presented the Kiwanian of the Year Award.

22:  Autumn Begins

22:  Meeting, Annual Budget Meeting:  We will need to have all committee chairpersons, that have a budget, and board members, to be present at that meeting, Sept. 22nd.  Those in bold please bring a prepared budget for the upcoming year or any others that have a budget.  The following are the charipersons for the upcoming 2008-2009 fiscal year.  Community Services, Tom Sokol, Concert on the Green, Marshall Henry & Danny Wyatt, Human & Spiritual Values, Danny Wyatt, Interclub, Danny Wyatt, Sponsored Youth, Marshall Henry & Wayne Stuart, Young Children, Basil Furr, Youth Services, Keyettes, Debbie Lee, Scholarships, Ed Thompson, Terrific Kids, Shannon Bowman,  Bizarre Bazaar, Danny Wyatt, Christmas Parade, Angie McDaniel, Club Meeting, Jay Slagle, Hard Times Fall Festival, Joe Hillier & Joan Benton, Kiwan-O-Gram, Phil Crow, Membership Growth, Joan Benton, Operation Smile, Jay Slagle
Programs, Oct-Dec, Phil Crow; Jan-Mar, Noel Grosso; Apr-June, Ed Thompson; July-Sept., Bill Fox.
Publicity, David Elswick, Sheriff, Walt Carter, Deputy Sheriff, Jay Slagle, Webmaster, Tom Williams,  
Board Members, term expiring 2009: Basil Furr, Jr., Noel Grosso, Ted Rayman.

17:  Colonial Heights Kiwanis Shrimp Feast at Lake Chesdin:  4:00 PM - 8:00 PM  This event usually draws about 700-800 people, live music, and the food is great. Tickets $30.  Conact Jim O'Connell direct for tickets at 520-9476 or let president Jay know.

15:  Meeting, Program: Our guest speaker was Republican Virginia Senator Steve Martin.  Senator Steve Martin represents the 11th Legislative district in the Virginia Senate, which includes a majority of Chesterfield County and all of the city of Colonial Heights.  He has served in the Virginia Senate since his special election in 1994.  Prior to that, he served in the House of Delegates since his election to that body in 1987.  Steve explained the political situation surrounding the Governor's failed transportation bill where both parties voted against this bill.  Steve also described the laws relative to off-shore drilling and restrictions in the Chesapeake Bay.  The Virginia Senate discussed what to do with royalties if and when federal off-shore drilling restrictions were lifted.  Steve went on to discuss his predictions for the upcoming presidential election predicting that John McCain would win Virginia by nine percent and that John McCain would win the national electoral vote with 278.  Steve recommended www.realclearpolitics.com as a useful web site to track polling trends and candidate views.  Rick Dodson brought in photos from the Anthem Gurney Tourney where the organization raised nearly $100,000 this year.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester sponsored a gurney with our $1,000 contribution.  The club thanks Rick for his fine work again this year.  Next Monday September 22 will be our annual budget meeting.  Committee chairpersons should be prepared to present their budget proposals. Next Thursday September 25 will be the Installation of Club Officers Banquet at Country Club of Petersburg, 1250 Flank Road, Petersburg, Va. [Map] 23805, 733-4451. 6:30 PM, Cash Bar, 7:00 PM Buffet Dinner, 7:30 PM Program.  Price: $32.00 per person.  Make out checks to Kiwanis club of Chester.  Please contact President Jay to let him know how many will be attending.

13:  CANCELED DUE TO Fountain Square Plaza Condominiums Partially Collapse.   Chesterfest at Chester Village Green, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM.  Details    Map    Photos  Note:  Chester Kiwanis will not be setting up a booth this year to place focus on the Hard Times Fall Festival which will be held on October 15.

13:  The Kiwanis Club of Chester is again be contributing $1,000 to sponsor a gurney in the Anthem Gurney Tourney which will return to Downtown Richmond Saturday, September 13, 2008. This is the 10th anniversary of this event, and the race will be held at 7th and Marshall Streets.  Once again the event will feature a Family Fun Festival. Activities for all ages including a Kids entertainment, live music and family health fair screenings will be available. Come join the fun in Festival Park adjacent to the Richmond Coliseum.  The Anthem Gurney Tourney is a joint effort by the Hospital Hospitality House and the MCV Auxiliary. Each year proceeds from the event are divided equally between the House and a program at MCV Hospital chosen by the MCV Hospital Auxiliary.  To date, more than $952,000 has been raised from this event to support the Hospital Hospitality House and VCU’s Medical College of Virginia.  The Anthem Gurney Tourney is a great corporate team building activity. Richmond-area companies sponsor gurney teams who don costumes, outlandishly decorate gurneys and race them through an obstacle course competing not only for the best time but also for awards like most humorous and most original gurney.  For more information or if your company would like to participate, please call the Hospital Hospitality House at 804.828.6901.
To visit the Anthem Gurney Tourney website CLICK HERE.

08:  Meeting, Program: Our guest speaker was Alayne Schweitzer, MSPT and Rehabilitation Services Manager for Colonial Orthopaedics.  Alayne was joined by Dawn Voros, DPT who modelled a series of examples for good posture for standing, sitting and sleeping.  Maintaining good posture is important for keeping proper alignment of your spine and joints.  By doing so, you are applying minimum stress to each joint and keeping a balance between muscles on the front and back of your body.  Colonial Orthopaedics therapists treat conditions such as chronic headaches, tenonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, fractures, peripheral nerve compressions, ligament sprains, burns, arthritis, lacerations, animal bites, crush injuries and infections to name a few.  For more information, go the Colonial Orthopaedics web site, call them at 804-518-1332 or send an email to Alayne.  We were proud host an inter-club meeting with the Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club.  Their members wish to remind us of their upcoming  Colonial Heights Kiwanis Shrimp Feast at Lake Chesdin:  4:00 PM - 8:00 PM  This event usually draws about 700-800 people, live music, and the food is great. Tickets $30.  Conact Jim O'Connell directly for tickets at 520-9476 or let president Jay know if you wish to attend.

07:  Grandparent's Day

05-07:  K-Family Weekend, 4H Center, Front Royal, Virginia.

02:  Board Meeting, No Meal.

02:  Ramadan

01:  Labor Day, No Meeting.

August 2008

25:  Meeting, Program: Noelle Grosso led the club in a workshop that led to learning more about our fellow members.  Each present member interviewed a fellow member concerning their spouse, children/grandchildren, hobbies, funniest thing that ever happened, something that no one knows, craziest thing ever done, most interesting place ever been, and their best Kiwanis memory.  This week is the Thomas Dale High School Key Club "YMCA Work Week".  For the past seven or eight years,  this has been an early project for the TDHS Key Club.  Typically, six to eight members come each day to work from 9:00 AM until noon to do whatever cleanup and maintenance that the YMCA needs.

18:  Social Meeting at residence of Noelle and Eddie Grosso.  Click Here for photos from this event.  [Map].  6:30pm, 4704 Twin Cedars Rd, Chester, VA 23831.  Directions: (About 2 Miles from our meeting location at Rite Aid) From Rt. 10: Traveling West on Rt 10 – take Left onto Harrowgate in downtown Chester across from Walgreens; traveling East on Rt 10 – take Right onto Harrowgate. Cross through Happy Hill Rd stoplight. Take 2nd Right after stoplight into neighborhood Stoney Glen (neighborhood sign) onto Stoney Creek Parkway. Follow around about ½ mile to Twin Cedars Rd. Take Right onto Twin Cedars Rd. End at 4704 Twin Cedars Rd. From Colonial Heights: Take Blvd (Rt 1) North; Turn Left onto Harrowgate; turn Left into Stoney Glen neighborhood; follow directions above.  Please DO NOT park on neighbor's lawns. Thank you!

14-17:  Kiwanis District Convention, Richmond Marriott, Richmond, VA.  [Registration]  [Map] [More Information]  Contact:  Tom Varner.

12:   R. Tyler Bland, Jr. Memorial 37th Annual West Point Kiwanis Crab Feast at the West Point Country Club [Map]  5:00 PM.  Meet at 4:00 PM at Dr. Joes for car pool.  Phil Crow, Jay and Kim Slagle, Steve Miles, Bob Cassada and Mary Lykins made the trip to the 37th annual West Point Crab and Shrimp feast.  A good time was had by all ... Except for the crabs.  Click here for photos of this event.

11:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Mark James who works with Connie Maier for the The Growth Coach of Richmond.  This was an interactive presentation on a "long-term vision for our Businesses and our personal lives by unlocking the wisdom within us".  The Growth Coach provides a unique, proven, strategic-focusing process that is designed for professionals who have the desire to drive greater success while maintaining a healthy balance in their lives.  Clients are taught how to work smarter, not harder.  In the end, the clients can earn more money, work less, and enjoy enriched lives.  A free seminar will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at 5101 Monument Ave in Richmond.  Caqll 804-601-2482 or click here to send an email for registration.

06-09:  CKI International Convention in Denver, CO.  Contact:  Jeff Wolff.

04:  Meeting, Board Meeting.  This was a board meeting night and there was no guest speaker, but we were fortunate to have three guests Earl, Chris and former member Holly Flores.  Since President-Elect Holly Flores recently had to leave our club to relocate with her family to Colorado, Dixon Handwerk was voted by the board for this position.  Joan Benton was voted to be our Vice President and Debbie Lee was voted as a board member for the 2008-2010 term.  David Elswick was named to chair our BACKPACK committee.  If you wish donate to provide backpacks to girls schools in Iraq, please give your check to Secretary Bob written out to the Kiwanis Club of Chester Foundation.  Funds will then be transferred to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg who is coordinating this activity for the Capital District.  Please let President Joe know which committee you would like to serve for the upcoming Hard Times Fall Festival to be held on October 15 at the Chester Village Green.  The club wishes to thank Basil Furr for his fine job this year with the Young Children Priority One project.  Click Here to read the Chester Village News article concerning this reading program.  Rick Dodson is leading the effort for the Kiwanis Club of Chester who is again contributing $1,000 to sponsor a gurney in the Anthem Gurney Tourney which will return to Downtown Richmond Saturday, September 13, 2008. This is the 10th anniversary of this event, and the race will be held at 7th and Marshall Streets.  Once again the event will feature a Family Fun Festival. Activities for all ages including a Kids entertainment, live music and family health fair screenings will be available. Come join the fun in Festival Park adjacent to the Richmond Coliseum.  The Anthem Gurney Tourney is a joint effort by the Hospital Hospitality House and the MCV Auxiliary. Each year proceeds from the event are divided equally between the House and a program at MCV Hospital chosen by the MCV Hospital Auxiliary.  To date, more than $952,000 has been raised from this event to support the Hospital Hospitality House and VCU’s Medical College of Virginia.  The Anthem Gurney Tourney is a great corporate team building activity. Richmond-area companies sponsor gurney teams who don costumes, outlandishly decorate gurneys and race them through an obstacle course competing not only for the best time but also for awards like most humorous and most original gurney.  For more information or if your company would like to participate, please call the Hospital Hospitality House at 804.828.6901. To visit the Anthem Gurney Tourney website CLICK HERE.

July 2008

21:  Social Meeting at Jay and Kim Slagle Residence.  6:30 PM  [Map]

14:  Meeting, Program:Our guest speaker was Sonja Branch, Moderator of ChesterFreecycle-Virginia.  Freecycle's mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.  Freecycle was started in May 2003 in Tuscon, Arizona with the idea that "one person's trash is another person's treasure."  The Freecycle Network harnesses the power of the Internet to find new homes for perfectly good, but no longer wanted stuff.  In the process, they reduce waste, save precious resources, connect with like-minded folks, have a great time and change the world in the process.  There is more than 4,500 members worldwide and the Chester area has 302 members.   For more information, log on to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chesterfreecycle/.  Next Monday July 21, we will be having a social meeting at the residence of Jay and Kim Slagle.  6:00 PM, dinner starts at  6:30 PM  [Map].  Spouses are invited and please bring your favorite dish.

09-13:  Key Club International Convention in Denver, CO.  Contact:  Joe Stankus.

07:  Board Meeting Only, Our membership growth chairpersons Noelle Grosso and Gary Burleigh, president Dr. Jay Slagle and proud sponsor Dr. Brad Trotter were pleased to induct our newest member Dr. Shannon Bowman into our club.  Click Here to view picture.

04:  Independence Day  [Local Fireworks Displays]

June 2008

  Meeting, Program: Our guest speaker was Wray K. Powell from the Dale Carnegie Institute in Richmond.  Wade's spirited presentation centered on the MAGIC concept.  The concept is believe in myself; attitude towards others; go getters; improve self to be even better; and commitment.   Wade took volunteers from the club to stress character building techniques including how to compliment others.  We were blessed to have several members from the Thomas Dale Key Club, including club president Wyatt Gordon who was honored by Key Club Chairman Marshall Henry.

26-29:  Kiwanis International Convention, Orlando, FL.  Contact:   Wayne Quick.

28:  The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce is looking to build on the outstanding success of last year’s Celebration of the Vine with this year’s festival June 28, 2008. Fifteen Virginia wineries have reserved a spot at the festival. Along with the wineries, food and crafts and music will be available. Casper, a local favorite, will be performing most of the afternoon.  Last year’s festival received glowing reviews from attendees, as well as wineries and crafters. “ We’re looking forward to another festival that is fun for everyone involved,” said Carl Duffey, festival chair. “Excellent Virginia wines, good food, a beautiful setting and everyone’s favorite music – it’s all adding up to a great event in Chesterfield County. We are expecting about 4,000 attendees this year.”  Tickets are available in advance online at www.chesterfieldchamber.com or at the gate on the day of the event.
Date: June 28, 2008
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Boulevard Flower Gardens, 2100 Ruffin Mill Rd., Colonial Heights, 23834.
(Exit 58 off Interstate 95)
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Lenita at 804-748-6364 x 3 for more information.

23:  Meeting, Our guest program speaker was  Diane Emory, L.P.N., C.M.T, of the Therapeutic Massage Center & Boutique in Petersburg.   Diane told us about the wonders and health benefits of massage therapy.   Sean Eichert, Administrative Services Director of the Chester YMCA received our club's annual sustaining contribution check for $500 from club president Jay Slagle.

20:  Summer Begins

16:  Social Meeting at residence of Dixon and Gemma Handwerk.  Bring your favorite dish to share.  Spouses welcome.  12901 Erlene Dr., Chester, VA  23838 [Map]

15:  Father's Day

14:  Flag Day

10:  Chester Kiwanis Concert on the Green  featuring the U.S. Army Ft. Lee Band at 6:30 PM at Chester Village Green [Map].   For the seventh year, the Fort Lee 392nd Army Band will again grace the Chester community with a free concert held at the Chester Village Green.  Come join  hundreds that gather to listen to the music, thank our military for their service, to enjoy lemonade and the pleasant weather.  This event is proudly co-sponsored by the Village News and the Kiwanis Club of Chester to thank our community for their ongoing support.   Video1   Video2   Photos

09:  No Meeting in lieu of Chester Kiwanis Concert on the Green to be held on June 10.  See Below.

03:  36th Anniversary of our Charter Night

02:  Meeting

May 2008

30-31:  District Leadership Conference in Fredericksburg, VA.  Info:  Hotel, Meals, Registration, Contact: Charlie Adams.

30:   Chester Kiwanis Spring Fling, 04:00 PM - 08:30 PM, John Tyler Community College, 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy Chester, VA 23831  [mapFeaturing Spectrum.    Video1    Video2    Photos  

27:  Meeting, Program:  In light with our especially strong feeling about our troops following this Memorial Day Weekend, the club was proud to have our guest speaker Army Staff Sergeant Dominick Johnson of the 82nd Airborne DivisionStaff Sergeant Johnson and Sergeant First Class Anthony Carlie  are from the Army Recruiting Station in Richmond.  Sergeant Johnson is 28 years old and has been in the service for seven years.  He has done one tour in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq.  When he returned to the U.S. in 2006 and joined the Army recruiting program in 2007.  The theme of Sergeant Johnson's message was clear.  Do not fret with what you see on television news or read in the papers; our troops are dedicated to accomplishing their missions.  The troops are doing good and are giving the Iraqi people hope.  Building back Iraq is a step-by-step process and our troops have made so much progress.  In response to a question on what we can do to help our troops, his response was to keep giving the troops our support and not give up hope.  Our troops take pride in helping the Iraqi people and wish to complete their mission.  Sergeant Johnson was gratefu for the fine equipment that has been made available to the troops.  Describing his heartbreak at the loss of two of his men while supporting the past Iraqi Elections, he  brought focus to level of support given to the families where he still maintains close relations with family members, further describing this family relationship as everlasting.

26:  Memorial Day, no meeting

20:  Annual HOV Prayer breakfast.  7:00 AM buffet.  Cost $10 in advance, or $15 at door.   Division 4 Council Meeting (Immediately Following Prayer Breakfast).  Union Theological Seminary.

19:  Meeting, Program: Our guest speaker Horace E. "Chip" Mann was provided by Patsy Arnett, President of Arnett & Associates, a firm that provides speakers that entertain, excite and enlighten as historic characters or as themselves.  “Chip” Mann was the executive director of the Congressionally created federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission and served as senior advisor to Jamestown 2007.  Chip's presentation was entitled "America's  400th Anniversary - The Journey that Changed the World."  Chip took us through many of the highlights of the activities, including the Queen Elizabeth's trip to Jamestown where she was greeted by Virginia Indians.  From the Commemoration in 1807, to the 10,000 troops arriving in 1857 with the address from John Tyler, to the Jamestown Expedition (World's Fair) in 1907 attended by Teddy Roosevelt with the launching of the "Great White Fleet" to the 1957 opening of Festival Park during Queen Elizabeth's first visit in 1957.  The Jamestown events established wonderful opportunities for students world-wide to learn about the Journey of Democracy in America.  Chip showed many pictures from Jamestown and in England where a committee from Virginia, including Indians attended the Indian Festival at Gravesend, Kent, England where Pocahontas died and was buried.  This was the first visit of Virginia Indians to Gravesend since 1750, Thousands attended.  Kiwanian of the Year Wayne Stuart made his first meeting appearance of the year, since he took ill back in the fall of 2007.  Welcome back Wayne!  

17:  Armed Forces Day

14:  Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield Golf Tournament.

14:  Kiwanis Clubs of Petersburg 24th Annual Shrimp Feast.  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  $20.  Richard Bland College Pecan Grove.  Free Hot Dog Meal for children under 10.  Fresh steamed shrimp, cole slaw, baked beans, dessert by Jan's Cake, unlimited beverages.  Tickets available at BSV on Crater Rd., Owen Printing Co., Walnut Hill Pharmacy, Wilkerson Advertising Promotions, and Long and Foster - South Park Office.  Ticket Information call 804-861-2727.  Music by "Doc" Russell's Blades of Grass.  Contact President Jay, if you wish to attend.

12:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Elli Morris who has recently published her first book, Cooling the South: The Block Ice Era, 1875-1975. Elli did all the research, writing, photography and publishing and is now on her way to becoming a marketing guru for the book. For the last two years, Elli has been a self-sustaining freelance photojournalist and writer. Her photography regularly appears in newspapers, trade journals, magazines and on the Web. Elli’s diverse assignments include being the photographer for a scientific expedition in the rainforests of Belize, documenting historical landmarks in a mining town in Virginia, and investigating hurricane recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast. She is a contributing writer for various newspapers and has several monthly columns in trade journals covering such topics as women in the funeral industry and ecologically-sound business trends.  Elli breaks up her office work with outdoor programs for children, giving kayak lessons through the county parks department and teaching inner city children science lessons using community garden plots.  Elli has lived in fifteen cities in twelve states in the U.S. and off and on for 15 years she wandered on her own around the globe through fifty countries, hitchhiking, stowing away in boats, and sleeping in different locations every night for months at a time. Her past eclectic work world includes being a segment producer for PBS, legislative liaison, art gallery director, textbook reader for the blind, window and art model, tree data collector, horseback guide, loggerhead sea turtle patroller, ski lift operator, waitress and bartender. Elli has a bachelor’s degree from University of Kentucky in forestry and studied photography at University of Nevada-Reno as a graduate special.   During her spare time, Elli is attempting to be the drummer for an all-girl band, Touch�’ and when at all possible, she is on one of her bikes and not in a car. She has no idea what her next book will be - but she is certain it will have a shorter title. As might be expected, Elli is blessed with a surplus of natural energy so be forewarned - don’t give her any coffee!  

11:  Mother's Day

06:  Nurse's Day

05:  Meeting, Board Meeting

05:  Cinco de Mayo

01:  Kiwanis Club of Colonial Heights Golf Tournament.

April 2008

01:  Kiwanis Club of Colonial Heights Golf Tournament.

30:  Story and photos by Rick Dodson:  The Kiwanis Club of Chester had an Interclub meeting with the Petersburg Breakfast Kiwanis Club. One of Petersburg new members, Sheri Reynolds, will have a Reading and Book Signing of her latest book, Firefly Cloak at Minerva Books, 233 Bartow Alley, Petersburg, VA 23803 on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Click Here to view her Flyer.  The program for the meeting was on Alzheimer's disease. The speaker, Judy Tyree, is the Tri-Cities Branch Office Coordinator for the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Judy provides information and training for both family and professional caregivers in the community on issues related to this horrific illness. Judy developed and planned the first annual Alzheimer's Association caregivers' conference in the tri-cities in 2005.  There are now three conferences annually in the tri-cities area.  The next conference is on May 22, 2008. Click Here to view Flyer.  Under Judy's direction, the Tri-Cities branch office developed and coordinated the first Caregivers Night Out in the Greater Richmond Chapter service area.  This event has become an annual social and educational event for family caregivers.  The conferences and the Night Out are funded through grants and by local fund raising.  This year the Federal grant for respite care was cut and the burden for funding has fallen on local efforts to raise needed dollars.  One local event, sponsored in partnership with Greenfield Living and Colonial Harley-Davidson is a ride to forget-me-not on Saturday, September 20, 2008. Click Here to view Registration information.  All the proceeds benefit the Tri-Cities Branch Office which provides services to those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia diseases and their families in Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Prince George and Surry. 

28:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Nathaniel "Mac" M. Collier III, Attorney at Law who specializes in wills, estates, trusts and probate.  Mac presented many considerations for estate planning and the importance of having a valid will.  Where the state of Virginia provides for distribution of wealth similar to what is specified in the majority of wills created for traditional families where issues are not complex, the importance of having a will rises sharply with blended families as the result of remarriage or when children are under age 18.  Also, we learned the importance of having a reliable trustee of the will, importance of a "living will", power of attorney, and proper execution of the will.  For more information of estate planning, click here to contact Mac.

26:  Williamsburg Kiwanis 50th Anniversary Celebration, details to be provided.  Contact:   Hugh Siggins.

26:  Blue Ridge Mountain Sports & Merrell present the Little-Big Adventure Series.
The Little-Big Adventure #1 - Saturday, APRIL 26th - Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA (Richmond).  Child/Adult teams compete in an Adventure Triathlon.  Race Description:  Child/Adult teams compete together for a .5 mile canoe, 3.5 mile trail bike ride, and a 1.5 mile run.  Child must be between the ages of 7 - 17.  Adults must be 18 & older.  10 competing divisions are based on the age and gender of the child member of the team.  Age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17.  Chip Timing will track leg & finish times!  Great random prize drawings can be won by anyone.  One lucky participant will win a Ripper kayak compliments Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.  Visit the Little-Big Adventure webpage at www.runningkids.net for race details and registration.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  In order to make each event a success we need dedicated volunteers to assist with set-up, course marshalling, timing and tear-down.  All volunteers will receive t-shirt & free lunch.  It is a incredibly rewarding experience!  Please contact Arax Mitchell at 804-897-5707 or araxseta@mac.com if interested. 

25:  Arbor Day

23:  Administrative Professional's Day

22:  Earth Day

21:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Gregory Baker of Operation Smile.  Operation Smile was founded in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia by Dr. Bill and Kathy McGee, following a trip to the Philippines where they joined a medical group and provided surgery for 40 children, and watched as 250 were turned away without hope.  Operation Smile is now a worldwide children's medical charity with a global network of volunteers and offices in more than 30 cities operating with over a $52 million annual budget.  In addition to contributing free medical treatment for children with facial deformities, Operation Smile is training local medical professionals in its 25 partner countries and leaving behind crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.  Greg Baker was first introduced to Dr Bill McGee when he sought out facial surgery.  Dr McGee performed a 13 hour surgery on Greg when he was 39 years old.  Both Greg and his daughter now work to help support the organization.  President Jay Slagle presented Greg with our club's check for $750.  

21:  Inter-Club Meeting with Central Chesterfield Kiwanis Club, 12:30 PM, Gulliver's Restaurant, Centre Street.

18-20:  Key Club District Convention in Richmond, VA.  Contact:  Joe Stankus.

15:  Tax Day

14:  Meeting, Program:  Cindy Shelton- Chesterfield Health District of Va. Dept of Health
(emergency preparedness).

12:  Division Council meeting 18/24.

12:  Kiwanis Club of Hopewell Pig Roast.  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Appomattox Street and Library Street.  Click Here to view photos from this event.

07:  Meeting, Election of Officers for 2007-2008, Board Meeting, no program.  Officers for Kiwanis Club of Chester and Officers for the Kiwanis Club of Chester, Inc. Foundation  were elected for the 2007 - 2008 term.  Cake and icecream were served in celebration of the club's 36th anniversary of Kiwanis Club of Chester Organization on March 28, 2008.   

04-06:  Lt Governor Training in Williamsburg.  Contact:  Tom Ganse.

05:  Kiwanis One Day

01:  April Fool's Day

01-02:  Bizarre-Bazaar

March 2008

30-31:  Bizarre-Bazaar

31:  Meeting, Board Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was our very own Ted Rayman, Master Gardner Chesterfield County and the author of our Ted's Corner - Everything you always wanted to know about plants and lawns, but were afraid to ask.  Ted described why people plant gardens, how to plan for them, and how to maintain them.  He provided details for numerous garden plants from seedlings to eating the vegetables.  Although planning for your garden should start now, make sure not to plant too early as the average frost dates are October 13 to April 27.  President Jay reminded the club of the upcoming  Kiwanis Club of Hopewell Pig Roast to be held on April 12 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Appomattox Street and Library Street.  Also, Jay announced that there will be a Spring Fling planning meeting following our Board Meeting next Monday.  The club gave applause to Bill Rhea for his fine job as our 1st quarter Programs Chairman.  Danny Wyatt will schedule our program speakers in the 2nd quarter, followed by Gary Burleigh in the 3rd quarter.  If you have a suggestion for a presentation to our club, please contact the Programs Chairman.

29:  36th Anniversay of the organization Kiwanis Club of Chester (our official birthday)

29:  The West Point Kiwanis Club will hold an Oyster Roast and Shrimp Boil at Kiwanis Park on Glass Island on Saturday, March 29. They will serve from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $20 per person for all you can eat.  Glass Island is at the foot of the Mattaponi River Bridge (the eastern bridge) in West Point. Look for the public boat launch ramp signs. Kiwanis Park is next to the boat launch.  Send requests for tickets to to Club President John Davenport at 4889 Wakema Rd., West Point,  VA 23181, or call (804) 843-2448 or (804) 366-7098  (cell). Click Here to email.

24:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Betty Mathews, the Chairman of the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation.  The foundation was formed approximately six years ago and  originally funded through a 1995 bond referendum where parcels of land were acquired by the county to develop the Library and Arts Center in Chester Village Green.  With majority of funds being used by the library, another bond referendum was issued in 2004 for a fund matching grant of $6.9 million.  As a result, bonds will be sold in 2009.  The Arts Center will focus on enhancing the quality of life through the arts by having a facility to promote painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, dance, theatre arts, photography, music, choir, poetry, teaching, symphony, ballet, design, inspiration, motivation, progression, and life through art.  In January of 2002, a group of Chester citizens decided to renew the task of building an Arts Center in Chester.  This effort, which was first undertaken a decade ago, is built upon work, explorations, and discussions with citizens, community groups, and members of County government.  The Arts Center will be built on county land adjacent to the Chester Library.  The dominant feature of the Chesterfield Center for the Arts will be a 450-500 seat auditorium.  It will be capable of attracting local and regional performances by music, dance, and theatre groups.  Community civic, county, and business meetings will also be held there.  The Center will contain an art gallery, practice studios/classrooms, and multi-media production facilities.  The Foundation goal for program and concept review and approval is Fall 2008 with construction to begin in Winter 2008-2009.  If you wish to make a contribution, make your check payable to:  Chesterfield Center for Arts Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 3296, Chester, VA  23831.

23:  Easter.  

21:  Good Friday.  Danny Wyatt is looking to set up a Chester Kiwanis church night at 7:00 PM on Good Friday, March 21 at the Southside Church of Nazarene.

20:  Spring Begins

19:  Thomas Dale High School Key Club Installation of Officers Dinner, Chester Baptist Church at 6:00 PM.

17:  Meeting, Program: Kathy Griffin Boulevard Flowers  - "Sustainability" The importance of conservation and the enviroment.  Our guest speaker was Kathy Griffin, a 14 year employee with Boulevard Flowers.  Kathy discussed several techniques on how to provide beautiful landscaping while better sustaining our environment.  Kathy suggests that by eliminating some of grass in our yards and replacing it with herbs and gardens, that we will use less water.  Many of us have yards where we can recycle wood and bark to make our own mulch.  Also, by diverse plantings we can attract a variety of bugs and birds that will help eliminate the "bad" insects.  It is important to eliminate overwatering and water before 10:00 AM.  Lawns and plants only require about one inch of water per week.  Plants that are purchased from such places like Boulevard Flowers need to be weaned slowly, since such plants are typically watered one or twice daily while at the nursery.  Also, consider slow-release fertilizers to reduce runoff.  Joe Hillier and Bob Cassada have completed the nominations of Kiwanis Club of Chester officers for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, where annual club elections will be held at our meeting on April 28.  President:  Linda Torrence, President-Elect:  Gary L. Burleigh, Vice-President:  Gwen S. Osborn, Treasurer:  Robert O. Cassada, Secretary:  (To be named by President), Immediate Past Pres: James L. Slagle, Jr..  Board of Directors Term Ending 2009 Theodore A. Rayman, Ed Thompson, Basil Furr, Dixon Handwerk, Brad Trotter.  Board of Directors Term Ending 2010 Joan Benton, Ronnie L. Gray, Angie McDaniel, Tom Williams.  Nominations of Officers for the Kiwanis Club of Chester, Inc. Foundation  are as follows:     OFFICERS: President:  Gwen S. Osborn,
Vice President:  Ronnie L. Gray, Treasurer:  Robert O. Cassada, Secretary:  Danny R. Wyatt, Immediate Past Pres:  W. Guy Smith, III.  DIRECTORS:  Linda Torrence, James L. Slagle, Jr., W. Guy Smith, III, Mary Lykins, Gary L. Burleigh, Dave Duncan, David Elswick, Bill Rhea.  We were pleased to host an inter-club meeting with the Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club.  Past Lieutenant Governor Jim O'Connell announced that Derby Ducky tickets are now on sale - $5.00 per ticket or 3 for $10.00. Cash prizes will be drawn at the Capital District Convention on August 18th and all proceeds support seven pediatric trauma hospitals in the Capital District..  Please contact President Jay Slagle for your tickets.  The drawing will be held on August 16 at the 90th Annual Capital District Convention to be held at the Richmond Marriott.  Joan Benton is asking each member to pick up at least 20 tickets to sell for our upcoming Spring Fling concert.  Tickets are now available for sale online for $20.  Joan also has Spring Fling Flyers; if you need one, please contact her or pick one up at our next meeting.
17:  St. Patrick's Day

16:  Palm Sunday 

15:  Capital District Heart of Virginia Mid-Winter Conference.  The Gallery, Georgiadis Hall, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.  Brochure    Registration    Map

15:  Kiwanis Club of North Central Richmond presents 4th Annual Bluegrass/Gospel Music Event.  7:00 PM Hermitage High School Auditorium.  $12 in advance  $15 at the door.  Contact Joe Stankus.

12:  Regular Key Club Meeting at Thomas Dale High School at 6:00 PM.  Please contact Gary Burleigh, if you wish to attend.

10:  Meeting, Program:Our guest speaker was Jim Young, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.   The Bensley-Bermuda Rescue Squad is part of our local EMS system.  911 emergency calls get dispatched to appropriate groups from the Fire Department, Emergency Rescue teams and Bensley.  Bensley has three facilities in the area.  The rescue squad is looking for qualified personnel who would like a benefit of giving back to the community by helping those with medical needs.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester has helped to sponsor this critical service for many years.  Club president Jay Slagle presented Jim with our annual contribution of $500.  Gary Burleigh wishes to inform the club that there will be a regular Key Club meeting this Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 PM and Thomas Dale High School.  Please let Gary know if you wish to attend this meeting.  Danny Wyatt is looking to set up a Chester Kiwanis church night at 7:00 PM on Good Friday, March 21 at the Southside Church of Nazarene.  President Jay Slagle has requested that any golfers consider attending the Chesterfield Kiwanis Club's Golf Tournament that will take place on May 14.  Joan Benton is asking each member to pick up at least 20 tickets to sell for our upcoming Spring Fling concert.  Tickets are now available for sale online for $20.  Joan also has Spring Fling Flyers; if you need one, please contact her or pick one up at our next meeting.

09:  Daylight Savings Begins - Spring Forward


01:  Kiwanis Club of Central Chesterfield Annual Oyster Feast.  1:00 PM Dale Ruritan Building Chippenham and Rte 10.  Contact Mort Hill 748-9111 or Paul Brown 732-2706.  Click Here to view photos of this event.

Febuary 2008

  Meeting, Program:  John Parker from the Virginia Pork Industry Association will be presenting a program of  “Pork – The Other White Meat”.  Our guest speaker John Parker from the Virginia Pork Industry Association sparked many laughs as he told his funny stories of farming, mules and hogs.  John enlightened us on how the pork industry has transitioned over years to provide a safer, leaner source of food made possible by huge investments in Research and Development.  As usual, Charlie Sibley provided our members with a delicious dinner of pork and all the fixings.  Similar to many other food suppliers, the pork industry has been effected by the recent sharp rise in corn prices due to increasing demands for Ethanol.  Many pork providers are now creating separate environmentally specific barns tailored for breeding, gestation (handling of pregnant pigs), birthing, nursery, and feeder to market.  Much focus in the pork industry is placed on disease prevention.  There message of animal isolation not only provides a higher quality product, but allows lower use of antibiotics further promoting a safer food source.  The goals of the pork association are to promote safe food, the well-being of the animals, proper management and training of employees, service to local communities and environmental sensitive use of land and materials.  I think I'll stop writing and grab myself a barbeque sandwich right now.   Joan Benton is asking each member to pick up at least 20 tickets to sale for our upcoming Spring Fling concert.  Tickets will be available for purchase online on this web site later in the week.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester has donated land for the Kiwanis Historical Park to Chesterfield Parks and Recreation.  Village News ArcticlePhotosVideoMap.

18:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Tina Seal, a Physical Education teacher at Curtis Elementary School.  Tina has worked for the school for 18 years.  Two years ago, she helped to  initiate a project to raise funds to upgrade the school's playground equipment.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester provided $500 in support of this project which raised a total of over $33,000.  Other sponsors include a Nickelodean grant, the PTA, ChickFila, Sam's Club and Huntington, LC.  In addition, major contributions were received from the PTA, PE Fund, Peanut Sales, Cookie Sales, school donations, Yearbook voting and other miscellaneous sponsors.   The current playground equipment is 28 years old and the new equipment will arrive in June.  A second phase of the project will include a 923 foot fence around the school grounds.  David Elswick was responsible for making our club aware of this project.  It is important to note that Curtis Elementary also accepts used cell phones, laser and inkjet print cartridges which they use to help fund PE equipment.  Joan Benton provided an update on the Spring Fling concert.  We congratulate Joan and Joe Hillier for having the tickets ready for sale. 

18:  President's Day

15-17:  Circle K International District Convention, Hyatt Fair Lakes, Fairfax, VA.  Contact:   Jeff Wolff.

16:  Heart of Virginia Region President Elect Planning Conference.  9:00 AM Southern States Corporate Headquarters, 6606 West Broad Street, Richmond.  Contact Don Schroeder 804-732-5233.

14:  Valentine's Day 

11:  Meeting, Program:  Jean Obenshain of  CCHASM  will be our guest speaker.  CCHASM is the Chesterfield Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry.

09:  Key Club District Board Meeting.  Contact:  Joe Stankus.

09:  District Board Meeting  10:00 AM at the Holiday Inn Fredericksburg, Virginia.

08:   Kiwanis Capital District Governor Arthur Riley's visit at Jordan Point Country Club [Map].  The event will start at 6:30 PM and the cost is currently set at $27.00 per person.  A sign-up sheet is being passed around.  Kiwanis  International Capital District Governor Art Riley and his wife Vickie of Westminster, MD visited Divisions 18 and 24 at the Jordan Point Country Club in Hopewell to a crowd of more than 100.  The theme of Art's keynote speech was centered on growth potential of our Kiwanis clubs.  Currently, there is approximately twice the number of Key Club members as opposed to Kiwanis Club members in our district. Art would like for us to grow to the size of the Key Clubs by both adding new clubs and growing the size of our existing clubs.  Kiwanis Clubs from Ashland, Central Chesterfield, Chester, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, James River, Midlothian, Petersburg Breakfast, Petersburg Luncheon, and West Richmond were represented.  Click Here to view more photos of this event.

07:  Chinese New Year

07:  Kiwanis Club of Crewe Pancake Dinner, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Crewe Community Center, Contact President Gloria Dooley 434-767-4242

06:  Ash Wednesday

05:  Mardi Gras

04:  Board meeting only.  Dr. Joe's office - 7:00 PM.

03:  Super Bowl XLII

02:  Groundhog

January 2008

  Kiwanis International President’s Visit – Dave Curry.  12:00 noon – 1:30 PM with Petersburg luncheon Club at Old Town Catering.  Buffet Lunch - $15.00 per person.  Kiwanis International President Dave Curry and his wife, Eva, are attending the regular meeting of the Petersburg Club on Tuesday, January 29, 2008.  Capital District Governor Art Riley and his wife, Vickie, who are the hosts during the official visit of the International President to our District, will also be attending this meeting.28:  Meeting, Program:  Chesterfield County Detention Center -  “We recognize the importance of investing in the future of our community's children.”  

28:  Inter-Club meeting with Ashland.  6:00 PM, Estes Dining Hall, Ranolph Macon College, Cost $12 per person.  Kiwanis  International President Dave Curry was the keynote speaker at the Ashland Kiwanis Club's site on the campus of Randolph Macon college where several area clubs gathered for an inter-club meeting.  Dave and his wife Eva are from Butte, Montana.  The Kiwanis Capital District is fortunate to have Dave meet with several district clubs on his tour of the United States.  Dave's speech was motivating as he described some of the contributions and diversity of Kiwanis Clubs across the world.  Members left the meeting pondering what more our clubs can do for our communities.

26:  Adopt-a-Highway Clean-Up.  Meet at Dr. Joe's office at 9:00 AM.  Steve Miles, Gary Burliegh, Bill Rhea, Danny Wyatt, Phil Crow and Rick Dodson cleaned the roadside along Route 10 in Chester.

25:  1st Annual Kiwanis of Chesterfield DIAMONDS 'N DICE CASINO NIGHT.  The Fabulous Copper Grill in Short Pump Town Center, January 25, 2008, 7pm ~ 10pm.  Proceeds to benefit:  Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield & Comfort Zone Camp.  Experience 3 hours of endless gaming fun along with all the food & beverages you can enjoy, prepared by the talented chefs of the Copper Grill. Massino's Cassinos will provide gaming enjoyment.

25-27:  International Presidents Visit - Click for details. Contact:   Jerry Peuler.

21:  93rd Anniversary of Kiwanis International

21:  Meeting, Program:  Guest speaker Nora Vanderpool who has worked 26 years for the Department of Veteran Affairs provided a VA health care overview.  With its origins as an army hospital, the current Richmond VA Medical Center now occupies 1.2 million square feet.  The medical center is available to 41 thousand veterans and active duty personnel.  The center has served 406 thousand outpatient visits, 7,500 patient admissions and has performed 350 transplants.  The Richmond VA Medical Center is one of three located in Virginia, with the others located in Salem and Hampton.  Also, there are two satellite  facilities located in Fredericksburg and in Charlottesville.  Veterans are encouraged to apply for services by logging into their web site, or calling, or applying in person.   

19:  Division Council meeting 9:00 AM at Southern States Coporate Headquarters, 6606 W. Broad Street.

14:  Meeting, Program:  The Thomas Dale High School Keyette Club officers provided an update on their club's projects and events.  Megan Groff (President), Carri Jaeckle (Vice President), Allison Crould (Secretary), Veronica Linkous (Chaplain), Julia Robertson (Historian) and Madison Parrish (Treasurer) were present.  The club has 92 members, including six officers.  Programs include the Christmas Mother Canned Food Drive and Distribution Center, Angel Tree, Bon Secours, Victory Games, Tutoring, The Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Cemetery Clean-Up, School Supplies for Children of Afghanistan, TDHS Fall Bazaar, CC Wells Christmas Shop, YMCA Christmas Connections and Light up the Night.  Guest speaker Chuck Andelino of the Chesterfield County - Colonial Heights Crime Solvers presented some of the inter-workings of this valuable organization.  Globally, Crime Solvers is now operating in 20 countries.  Our local organization teams with the media, community and local police where they support a staff of 30.  Established in 1984, they have received 21 thousand tips, leading to 5,400 crimes solved with $1.4 million in recovered goods and $680 thousand in drugs taken off the street.  In addition, Crime Solvers has paid $392 thousand in rewards.  Our local hot line number is 748-0660.  Take the time to solve the crime. 

07:  Meeting, Board Meeting

01:  The Kiwanis Club of Chester Web Site's Two Year Anniversary.

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