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December 2009

31:  New Year's Eve

28:  Chester Kiwanis:  No Meeting

26:  Kwanzaa

25:  Christmas

21:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM

21:  Winter Begins

17:  Wright Brothers Day

14:  Chester Kiwanis:  Christmas Dinner at the residence of Gary and Becky Burleigh.  6:00 PM.  Spouses invited.  9701 Stagpenn Road, Chesterfield, VA. [map]

13:  Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade.   Although the weather didn't cooperate as it poored down rain on the Chester Kiwanis Christmas parade this year, but many still came to participate and view the parade knowing that Santa will not be detained by bad weather.  Due to many logistics with setting up a parade, including permits, road closings, law enforcement, and Santa's busy schedule, the parade must occur on the scheduled date and cannot be practically postponed to be held on an alternate date.  Winning parade entries were: 

Dance Xplosion by Michelle Davis - Best Float
Ft. Lee Army Marching Band - Best Band Unit
Tip Tap Toes Dance School – Best Performing Unit
Chesterfield Fire & EMS – Best Fire and Rescue Unit

Click Here to view Village News Parade arcticle.  Click Here to view photos for this year's parade.

12:  Hanukkah

07:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Board Meeting, 6:30 PM

05:  Capital District Divisions 4 and 18:  Governor Don Dudey will be attending the Regional Service Project and a Regional Council Meeting on Saturday December 5th at the Salvation Army Angel Tree warehouse located in the old Dillard’s Store in Chesterfield Town Center (intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Huguenot Road in Chesterfield Co).  This is the Dillard’s in the rear of the mall near Sears.  There is no signage in the building; please look for Kiwanis signage.  The Regional Council Meeting starts at 9:00 AM (Presidents, Secretaries and President-Elects are expected to attend BUT all are welcome).  The Governor’s Meeting with Club Presidents is from  11:15 AM until 12 noon.  Service Project have two shifts: 9:00 AM to 12 noon & 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Lunch will be at 12 noon:  Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be cooked on site.  Gov. Don will be the luncheon speaker.  This is a K-Family Event so get your Builders Clubs, Key Clubs, CKI, Aktion Clubs and YOUR Club members out to meet Gov. Don, enjoy some fellowship and help the Salvation Army get ready for the Angel Tree Distribution.  Please let Lt. Governor's Bob Cassada or Tom Wagstaff know if you will be attending.  This is the second year for this Regional Service Project.  It was a great experience last year.  Get a wonderful start to the holiday season helping to spread holiday cheer to some of the less fortunate in central Virginia.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester had 10 people at the Regional Council Meeting/Governor's Visit & Service Project for Divisions 4 & 18 which took place at the Salvation Army Warehouse located in the Chesterfield Town Center from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The meeting (9:00 - 11:00 AM) featured reports from all clubs, a foundation report, district coming events, a discussion on committee membership, discussion about Division 18 Lieutenant Governor designee and election dates and a question and answer period with Capital district Governor Don Dudley.  Those Kiwanians not attending the meeting were busily working on the service project of gathering, sorting and packaging Salvation Army gathered items requested and posted on area Angel Trees.   Click Here to view TDHS Key Club and sponors.

03:  Chester Kiwanis:  The Kiwanis Club of Chester, as with many other local clubs helped out with the Angel Tree program operation at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Pictured here, Nicole Jordan and Mary Lykins worked with members of the Thomas Dale High School Keyette Club to collect and prepare gifts for some of the less privledged families.  Danny Wyatt, Gary Burleigh and Rick Dodson also helped out.

01-06:  Chester Kiwanis:   Bizarre-Bazaar  Please contact Danny Wyatt to sign up or if you would like to make a donation to support our club administrative activities.

November 2009

30:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM

26:  Thanksgiving

23:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM.  Program:  The club's foundation director Noelle Grosso was guest speaker where she presented an exercise on patriotism and the American Flag.  She provided each club member with a sheet of paper and colored markers to draw the American flag from memory.  While all members knew there are 50 stars and many knew there are 13 stripes on the flag, most learned (re-learned) many other things concerning the American Flag and our flag's history.  For example, there are nine rows of stars rotating rows of six and five starting with six and ending with six.  There are seven stripes to the right of the Union - the section where the stars are presented.  Blue represents vigilance and justice, white represents purity, and red represents valor and courage.  Betsy Ross was credited for making the first American Flag.  For more information concerning the flag, click here.  For our member Tom Sokol, please click here to view the history of Dolley Madison.  President Gary Burleigh announced that Capital District Governor Don Dudey will be attending the Regional Service Project and a Regional Council Meeting on Saturday December 5th at the Salvation Army Angel Tree warehouse located in the old Dillard’s Store in Chesterfield Town Center (intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Huguenot Road in Chesterfield Co).  This is the Dillard’s in the rear of the mall near Sears.  There is no signage in the building; please look for Kiwanis signage.  The Regional Council Meeting starts at 9:00 AM (Presidents, Secretaries and President-Elects are expected to attend BUT all are welcome).  The Governor’s Meeting with Club Presidents is from  11:15 AM until 12 noon.  Service Project have two shifts: 9:00 AM to 12 noon & 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Lunch will be at 12 noon:  Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be cooked on site.  Gov. Don will be the luncheon speaker.  This is a K-Family Event so get your Builders Clubs, Key Clubs, CKI, Aktion Clubs and YOUR Club members out to meet Gov. Don, enjoy some fellowship and help the Salvation Army get ready for the Angel Tree Distribution.  Please let Bob Cassada know if you will be attending.  This is the second year for this Regional Service Project.  It was a great experience last year.  Get a wonderful start to the holiday season helping to spread holiday cheer to some of the less fortunate in central Virginia. 

16:
  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM, Program:  The club's programs chair Bill Fox was guest speaker where he presented a slide show of his cruise ship tour of Turkey and Greece this past May and June.  Bill was aboard a relatively small ship Nautica.  The ship left out of Istanbul, Turkey where Bill and his wife Margi toured the beautiful Blue Mosque which began construction in 1603.  Bill enjoyed a Starbucks coffee in Istanbul while Margi shopped at the Grand Bazaar.  From there, the Nautica cruised to Kusadasi, Turkey where they viewed the ruins of Ephesus in ancient Ionia and tested out the acoustics of the Amphitheatre where Paul addressed Ephesians.   Bill and Margi cruised on to Greece where Bill took a donkey ride in Rhoads and viewed the first Olympic site.  Lieutenant Governor Bob Cassada wishes to invite anyone who wishes to participate this weekend at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds where CHASM will be filling food baskets for the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program.  President Gary Burleigh encourages all club members to consider the Distinguished Member Award.  To qualify, you must bring in at least one new member, attend two inter-club meetings, attend a Young Children Priority One event, chair a meeting, attend board meetings, attend a Division or District Council Meeting, and have perfect attendance.  Sign up sheets are going around for the Angel Tree program at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights on Thursday December 3.  Also, Danny Wyatt is finalizing the  Bizarre-Bazaar plans.  Please contact Danny Wyatt to sign up or if you would like to make a donation to support our club administrative activities.

11:  Veteran's Day

09:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM

06:  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!

02:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Board Meeting, 6:30 PM

01:  Daylight Savings Ends - Fall Back 1 hr.

October 2009

31:  Halloween

31:  Colonial Heights Kiwanis: pancake day 7:00 AM - 12:00 Noon at Colonial Heights Middle School [MAP].  Note:  9:00 AM Division 18 council meeting.  Ticket $4.00 available at gate.   The Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club held their annual Pancake Breakfast at Colonial Heights Middle School.  Seven Chester Kiwanis members attended, including Lt. Gov Bob Cassada, Past Lt. Gov Steve Miles, Guy Smith, Danny Wyatt, Gary Burleigh, Allen Shore and Rick Dodson. The same seven attended the Division Council meeting conducted by Lt Gov Bob Cassada.  Click Here to view group photo.

26:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM

26:  Chester Kiwanis / Central Chesterfield Kiwanis Inter-Club Meeting:  Four members of the Kiwanis Club of Chester met in an inter-club meeting with the Central Chesterfield Kiwanis Club at Gulliver's Restaurant in Chester.  Paul Brown is the president of the Central Chesterfield Club and is pictured here with Gary Burleigh, Marshall Henry, Joan Benton and Rick Dodson.

24:  United Nations Day
 
19:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM.  Program:  The guest speaker was Bill Brown from the Creigh Deeds for Governor campaign.  Bill is on the accounting faculty in the College of Business and Economics at Longwood University.  Bill is also a member of the Chesterfield County Planning Commission representing the Dale district. From Bill's perspective, one of the most important things going on in Chesterfield County right now is the review and update of the county's comprehensive plan.  Bill urged everyone to get involved in providing input to that process.  Bill and his wife reside in Chesterfield County and have two grown sons.  Bill Brown said he favored Deeds for governor because of his positions on transportation and education which were part of the Deeds pro-business attitude.

17:  Sweetest Day

14:  Chester Kiwanis:  In spite of the cloudy and cool weather, the second annual Hard Times Fall Festival was held on October 14th at the Chester Village Green.  For those who braved the weather and brought a coat, the rain held back and the crowd stayed dry and was entertained with good music, food, drinks and conversations.  All proceeds raised by this event help to fund community services projects.  Click Here to see the list of where proceeds are spent.  The Hard Times Fall Festival was started last year as a response to our economic hard times and our desire to give our community the opportunity to attend a great event that was inexpensive and fun.  King’s Korner again provided the food with a menu of Virginia styled barbeque, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner rolls, and hot dogs.  Music was provided by Spectrum.  This former house band at the Richmond Hyatt has performed at over 1,500 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.  Kiwanis Club of Chester member and president-elect Joan Benton directed the event.  Joan and the Kiwanis Club of Chester members would like to thank all of the community sponsors of this event for their donations.  A listing of these sponsors is being prepared and will be published on this web site in the near future.  Joan and the club also wish to thank all those who purchased tickets to help support our community service needs.

13:  Chesterfield Kiwanis:  Wine & Cheese (plus appetizers).  6:00 PM  Tickets $15 in advance.  The Vino Market, 3730 Winterfield Rd, Suite 300 Midlothian, VA  Flyer [map]

12:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM  The guest speaker was Matthew Der, son of member Kris Der.  Matthew is a past-president of the Thomas Dale High School Key Club and now a student at the University of Richmond.  Matthew has studied abroad attending Macquarie University in Australia.  During his studies abroad, Matthew toured Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands.  Matthew presented slide shows of his travels including sky diving, beautiful sunsets, fire-dancing, redwood forests, mountains, glaziers, bungee jumping, Aussi Rules football, hunting, ocean fronts and much more.

12:  Columbus Day

05:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Board Meeting, 6:30 PM

September 2009

28:  Chester Kiwanis:  Installation of Officers Banquet Dinner.  6:00 PM.  Tickets $25.  Cash Bar.   Howlett's Tavern Located in Chester Village Green at 3530 Festival Park Plaza Chester, VA 23831,  804-930-1034

26:  Chesterfest at Chester Village Green, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM.  Details    Map    Joan Benton, David Elswick, Gary Burleigh and others  helped out at the Kiwanis Booth at ChesterFest where they handed out balloons, raffle tickets and information concerning club activities.  Click Here to view photos from ChesterFest. 

22:  Autumn Begins

21: Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM.  Program:  Our guest speaker was Joe Internicola who is the Plant Manager of the Dupont Spruance Plant located at 5401 Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond, VA.  Although Joe has recently relocated to Chesterfield, VA, he has been with Dupont in various capacities since 1984.  He is a member of the Virginia Manufactures Association Board and a member of the Virginia Robotics Board.  The title of Joe's presentation was "Turning Economic Challenges into Opportunities".  The Dupont Spruance Plant has been in operation since 1929 and is part of the Dupont firm which was founded in 1802.  Thomas Jefferson was one of Dupont's first customers where Joe described a letter from Thomas Jefferson complimenting the company on the quality of their gun powder.  After about one hundred years, the company transformed from a weapons focus to a chemical company.  More recently the company is again transforming itself to include biological genetic engineering.  This has created new products such as Sorona® a renewably source polymer used in commerical carpet.  Since the downturn of the economy last fall, the Spruance Plant has taken on many measures to cut costs, including reduction of staff and special focus on reducing power consumption and manufacturing process waste.  The Spruance Plant used to focus on such products as cellophane, nylon and Teflon, where today they produce advanced products such as Kevlar® , Tyvek®, and Nomex®.  Joe described how such products are used for protecting our military.  He described cases where bullets penetrated solder's helmets.  A bullet entered the front of a helmet, was trapped in between fiber layers in the helmet an exited the rear of the helmet without harming the soldier.  Allen Shore (below) our Circle K sponsor introduced his guest Michelle Williams (below) who is a criminal justice major and Circle K member at Bryant & Stratton College

21:  Kiwanis Club of Midlothian:  14th Annual Captains Choice Golf Tournament.  Presented by Richmond BMW Stonehenge Golf & Country Club Midlothian, Virginia.  $360/Team ($90/Golfer)  Includes green fees, cart, range balls, lunch, dinner, beverages, and prizes.  Lunch provided by Topeka’s Steakhouse ‘n Saloon.  Dinner provided by Tripps Restaurant & Tavern.  Registration: 11:30 AM – Lunch:  Noon – Shotgun Start: 12:30 PM.  Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September.9, 2009.  Soft spikes are required!  Tournament Director will determine tie-breaker, if required. [registration] [flyer] [projects]

16:  Colonial Heights Kiwanis:  Annual Shrimp Feast at Lake Chesdin.  20222 Talon Point Drive, Matoaca, VA.  [Map].  Proceeds go to our annual scholarship and community service programs.  Event Hours:  Food and music 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  Bar 4:00 to 7:30.  Take home plates require a separate ticket.  You must have photo identification.  Donation: $30.00.  Contact: Erick Yarchin at (804) 425-2610 or click here to send Erick an email. 

14:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM

12:  Chester Kiwanis:  Saturday Breakfast Budget meeting.  9:00 AM at Tony's Restaurant.

07:  Labor Day

07:  No Meeting in lieu of Labor Day

August 2009

31:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting and Board Meeting (September) 6:30 PM.  Program:  Our guest speaker was John Mulcahy, Director of US Regional Development TEAM for Mercy Ships.  Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978.  Mercy Ships is the leader in using hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care and community development services to the forgotten poor.  Professionals and skilled workers from dozens of nations, with a common vision of helping the poor, donate their services onboard ships and at land-based offices.  Aboard the latest ship Africa Mercy, a crew of 465 from 35 countries help to support the six operating rooms on board providing out-patient surgery and much needed medical care for the population at the ports of call.  Mercy Ships provides services including building local medical clinics, training in agricultural techniques using local tools and digging wells.  For more information concerning Mercy Ships, you can contact John Mulcahy at 804-267-9394 or click here to email him.  Click Here to view a short video introduction concerning Mercy Ships.

24:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM.  Program:  Our guest speakers were Virginia Area 6 Special Olympics athlete and messenger Paul Marretti, Coordinator Meg Powell and Volunteer Olivia Coada.  Area 6 is one of 28 Special Olympics programs across the state and provides for free participation in a host of events for 750 area athletes.  Area 6 serves athletes from Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.  Those interested in helping out this organization can participate as a coach, volunteer, helper or a financial contribution to fund the athletes.  Special Olympics is funded by private gifts, including large corporate sponsors. The following are some upcoming events:

09/26:  Area Fall Games - Providence Middle School
10/03:  Regional Volleyball Tournament - RVC
12/06:  Two-Person Bowling - Sunset Lanes
01/23:  Basketball Qualifier - Lee Davis HS
02/06:  Polar Plunge - Virginia Beach (Annual Fund Raiser)
02/13:  Basketball Area Games - Powhatan HS
02/28:  Regional Basketball Games - U-Turn
03/13:  Manchester Invitational Basketball - Manchester HS
04/10:  Area Swim Meet - Tuckahoe YMCA
04/17:  Regional Swim Meet - ACAC
04/25:  Area Softball Games - Mechanicsville
04/30:  Area Summer Games - Collegiate School 

For more information concerning Virginia Area 6 Special Olympics, you can contact Meg Powell at 804-672-3253 or click here to email her.

21-23:  91st Annual Capital District  Kiwanis Convention.  Dover Delaware.  Registration Form, Advertising Form, PowerPoint Presentation.

22:  Chester Kiwanis:  Highway Clean-Up Day.  We will meet at Dunkin Doughnuts for coffee and doughnuts at 6:30 AM (Tom Sokol treat) and begin the cleanup at 7:00 AM.  Pictured here, several members of the Kiwanis Club of Chester participated in the Route 10 Highway clean-up project. Tom Sokol, Community Services Chairman plied the members with coffee and donuts at Dunkin Donuts before releasing the caffeine-high crew to clean up a two mile stretch of Route 10 between J.T. Morriss Funeral Home (eastern boundary) and Family Physicians (western boundary). Participants can be queried at the next meeting to see who "picked up" the most unusual piece of trash.  In the past, Phil Crow would always have the greatest and/or most unusual find!  But Phil is at mid-winters this weekend, so that distinction will fall another Kiwanian this year.

17:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, 6:30 PM  Note: Social Meeting will not occur; regular meeting as usual.

10:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM.  The guest speaker was again Kyle Winter, the Deputy Director for the Department of Environmental Quality - Piedmont Regional Office.  Kyle has worked for the DEQ since 1991 and previously informed the club concerning solid waste management issues on July 13  This round, Kyle spoke on issues surrounding water quality in the area, including the James River.  Water quality has generally been improving since the early 1970s since then President Nixon signed the Clean Water Act.  The Department of Health, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Mines, Minerals, and EnergyDepartment of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and the Department of Environmental Quality all have roles in managing Virginia water quality.  Kyle discussed how water quality is monitored and what is done in the event that water is determined to be unsafe for fish or humans.  For more information on Virginia water quality, please visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/.  The meeting next week will be held at our regular location and a meal will be available, as usual.

03:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM  The guest speaker was George Fickett, Jr. who spoke to our club detailing the Civil War Bermuda Hundred Campaign and the Battle of Chester Station on May 10,1864 which was part of that campaign.  George is a local Civil War Historian and employed by Chesterfield County.  The county is about to publish a Tour Guide for the Bermuda Hundred Campaign which will cover the local civil war sights of interest.  George is also active in preserving  civil war sites in our area.  His work is being done through the Chesterfield County Historical Society.  Natalie VanAllen, a graduate of Chesterfield Community High School, and Austin Shornak, a Thomas Dale High School graduate, have each been awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Kiwanis Club of Chester.  VanAllen will study massage therapy at the Massage Instituite of Cleveland, and Shornak is enrolled in Radford Univeristy's Waldron Nursing School, where she has been invited to join the Honors Academy.


27:  Chester Kiwanis:  August Board Meeting 6:30 PM.  No Meal 

20:  Chester Kiwanis:  Social Meeting at Jay and Kim Slagle Residence.  6:30 PM  [Map]  Spouses and new member candidates welcome.  Please bring a cover dish.

13:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, 6:30 PM.  The guest speaker was Kyle Winter, the Deputy Director for the Department of Environmental Quality - Piedmont Regional Office.  Kyle has worked for the DEQ since 1991 and informed the club concerning solid waste management.  Solid waste is virtually any solid material that is rejected by society.  The best goal is to reduce the amount of waste.  However, once waste occurs, then several techniques including recycling, reuse, reclamation and disposal will need to occur.  This helps to protect both ground and surface water, control air pollution, reduce vector attraction (i.e., rodents, gulls, etc.), and to ensure safe conditions for workers and neighbors.  Disposal facilities deal with material recovery, incineration and composting.  The Resource Recovery and Conservation Act (RCRA) as a result of the Love Canal pollution concerns provides for location standards, facility design and operation criteria, financial assurances standards, and ground water monitoring and corrective action standards.  Disposal and Land Fill facilities are not to be located near airports, floodplains, wetlands, fault areas, seismic impact zones and unstable areas.  Facility design issues include liners, leachate collection systems, landfill gass collection and control systems, storm water diversion/or collection systems and cell construction to deal with final elevations, slopes and cover.  Virginia is the second largest importer of trash from out-of-state.  For more information on solid waste management, please visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/.

06:  Chester Kiwanis: Board Meeting Only 6:30 PM  NO MEAL.  Formal Induction of the three newest members.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester's newest members John Howsmon, Allen Shore and Buddy Reibsamen were officially inducted into the club on board meeting night.

04:  Independence Day

June 2009

29:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  Mike Montefusco, NOAA -  NWS.  The guest speaker was National Weather Service (NWS) weather forecaster Mike Monefusco from the Wakefield Office.  NWS has 4,700 employees and resides under the Department of Commerce.  NWS provides 1.5 million forecasts each year putting out 150,000 weather alerts.  In a typical year, NWS tracks six hurricanes, 170 tornados, 5,000 floods and 10,000 violent thunder storms.  500 people die each year in the US from weather related injuries.  The Wakefield office  has 10 forecasters and 23 employees and provides forecasts for five airports.  Click Here to view Wakefield Radar Map.  Click Here to view Marshall Henry meeting with incoming Thomas Dale High School Key Club President and Secretary.

25-28:  Kiwanis International Convention.  Click Here for Details.

22:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  Emmanuel Dabney, National Park Service

21:  Father's Day

21:  Summer Begins

19:  36th Annual Burkeville Ruritans & Crewe Kiwanis Virginia Chicken Festival.  Crewe, VA  4:00 - 9:00 PM
 

15:  Chester Kiwanis:  Summer Schedule  – Meeting at a Dixon’s House – 7:00 PM – Details to follow.
Spouses and new member candidates welcome.  There was a big turnout for the social meeting at the residence of Dixon and Gemma Handwerk.  The weather was perfect and the food plentiful and delicious.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester typically meeting at the home of three different members during the summer season.  Click Here to view more pictures from this event.


13:  The James River Clean-Up project at Dutch Gap in Chester on June 13 in honor of Kiwanis One Day.  We should arrive at the Dutch Gap Boat Landing by 8:30 AM for registration.  Everything you need to know is included in the following links:  Directions, Liability Release.  Print this off and sign before arriving at the Dutch Gap location.  Everything you need to bring is on the Participant checklist, as well as guidelines for the groupClick Here to view group photo from this event.  Click Here to view Tom Sokol snagging some James River Garbage in honor of Kiwanis One Day.


08:   Chester Kiwanis Concert on the Green  featuring the U.S. Army Ft. Lee Band at 7:00 PM at Chester Village Green [Map].   For the eighth 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.    The Kiwanis Club of Chester in conjunction with the Chester Village News again sponsored the Concert on the Green held at the Chester Village Green featuring the 392nd Army Band.  The weather could not have been better and a record attendance was set.    [Video]  [Photos]

08:  Chester Kiwanis: No Meeting in Lieu of Concert on the Green.

03:  37th Anniversary of our Charter Night

01:  Chester Kiwanis: Board Meeting Only 7:00 PM  NO MEAL.

May 2009

28:  West Richmond Kiwanis:  Scooper Nights at Bruster's to Fight Cancer  Indulge Yourself to Helping Others with Scooper Nights at... Bruster's!!!! Two locations have offered to donate a portion of all sales to the American Cancer Society. The Richmond Location (9101 W. Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 755-6200) and The Ridgefield Location (2100 John Rolfe Parkway, Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 364-1003) 25:  Chester Kiwanis: No Meeting in lieu of Memorial Day.

27:  Thomas Dale High School Keyette Dinner:   6:00 PM in the TDHS cafeteria.  Brock's BBQ catering ( they have catered our youth events for past 10 years or so).
 
25:  Memorial Day

20:  West Richmond Kiwanis:  Meeting 6:00 PM, Henrico Doctors Hospital - Parham Campus - First Floor Classroom, Program: Author Teresa Bettino Popular Author with Richmond Ties.

19:  Annual Prayer Breakfast:  Held at Union-PSCE, Lingle Dining Hall, Richmond, Virginia.  Registrations can be taken at the door, starting around 6:30 AM The guest speaker is Dr. Travis Collins, who is the senior pastor at Bon Air Baptist Church. The breakfast and program should run until around 8:30 AM.

19:  Chester Kiwanis Inter-Club with Chesterfield Kiwanis Club at the Independence Golf Club 600 Founders Bridge Boulevard Midlothian, VA 23113 at 6:30 PM.

18:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Jerry Pruden Chesterfield Fire Dept. To serve the community by protecting life, property and the environment; by providing fire safety education, inspections, suppression, investigations, emergency medical support, disaster response and hazardous materials mitigation.

16:  Armed Forces Day

13:  Chesterfield Kiwanis:  5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament,  Schedule of Events: 11:00 AM—1:00 PM
Registration, Lunch, Driving Range Open, 1:00 PM Shot Gun Start, 5:00 PM—7:00 PM Reception & Refreshments, Awards & Door Prize.  Presentations, American Buffet Dinner.  Cost is $125/golfer or $500/team.  Sponsorships are available.  For more information, click here to email Charles Adams or reach him at (804) 794-1019.

13:  West Richmond Kiwanis:  Scooper Nights at Bruster's to Fight Cancer  Indulge Yourself to Helping Others with Scooper Nights at... Bruster's!!!! Two locations have offered to donate a portion of all sales to the American Cancer Society. The Richmond Location (9101 W. Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 755-6200) and The Ridgefield Location (2100 John Rolfe Parkway, Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 364-1003)

11:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  The guest speaker was Dr. Margaret T. Kutz, Pastor, Chester United Methodist Church.   Reverand Kutz described fellowship activities of the Chester Clergy Association which consists of leaders from 25 Chester area churches.  The organization meets 10 times per year and sponsors three events including a Thanksgiving Service, Easter Sunrise Service and a Martin Luther King Day celebration.  Recent research has found that for an area including 7 miles surrounding Chester has a population of 119,000, an average age of 35. household income of $75,000 with a racial breakdown of 65% White, 24% Afro-American, 7% Espanic and 3% Asian.  Reverand Kutz also discussed the workings of CHASM  Chesterfield/Colonial Height Alliance for Social Ministry.  CHASM is a clearing house for approximately 100 local churches to better coordinate resources for those in need.  Twelve of the churches, including Chester United Methodist have food pantries.  One church has a Women's career clothing closet.  Requests to CHASM has increased by 40 percent since last summer where the organization receives hundres of requests per month for aid.  The club welcomed our newest member Allen Shore who was voted into the club by the board of directors last week.  

10:  Mother's Day

07:  Kiwanis Club of Smithfield will be having their annual Golf Tournament, to be held on 7th May at Cypress Creek Country Club.  Click Here for more information.  Click Here for tri-fold Mailing Brochure.

06:  Nurse's Day

06:  Kiwanis Clubs of Petersburg will be sponsoring their 25th Annual Shrimp Feast from  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Richard Bland College Pecan Grove.  Cost of admission is $20.  Please contact Danny if you wish to attend.

06:  West Richmond Kiwanis:  Meeting 6:00 PM  Henrico Doctors Hospital - Parham Campus - First Floor Classroom, Program: Chief Bryan T. Norwood Richmond City Police Department

05:  Cinco de Mayo

04:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Board Meeting

02:  Chester Farmer's Market at Chester Village Green

April 2009

30:  Colonial Heights Kiwanis:  28th Annual  Priority K"Klassic Golf Tournament, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, $400 / Team, Lake Chesdin Golf Course.  Announcement, Entry Form, Sponsorship Form, Hole Sponsor Form.

27:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  The guest speaker was Nadine Marsh-Carter, President/CEO and adoptive parent for Children's Home Society of Virginia.   CHS is Virginia’s most experienced adoption agency.  While CHS isn’t a “home for children” over 13,000 children have been placed into permanent homes by CHS which is a private, non-sectarian, non-profit, full-service adoption agency that serves the entire Commonwealth.  The agency never turns away a birth mother or child in need.  Nadine describes adoption as a gift that provides family support, confidence and values to create families.  CHS has been in operation for 110 years with it's roots by providing rail transportation for abandoned children in West Virginia bring them to Richmond and providing Maternity homes for unwed mothers.  CHS provides three primary services which include adoption, pregnancy consulting and temporary fost care.  CHS provides prospective parents with training parents who wish to adopt children with special needs.  In a most impressive, articulate manner, Nadine described the history of several adopted children and families during their course with the CHS.  It is evident that CHS is fortunate to have someone as knowlegable and devoted as Nadine Marsh-Carter to lead CHS.  Danny Wyatt announced that the Petersburg Breakfast and Luncheon Clubs will be sponsoring their Barbeque and Bluegrass fundraiser again this year at Richard Bland College in Petersburg.  The event will be held on May 6 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Cost of admission is $20.  Please contact Danny if you wish to attend.  The club welcomed Allen Shore a former member of the Kiwanis Family.  Allen relocated to the Chester area last year.  Allen is a past District Governor for Circle K in 1991 for the Carolinas District.  He has been a member of several Kiwanis clubs and other civic organizations.  He currently works for Bryant & Stratton College as subject area coordinator for math.  He has interest in some point in the future of starting a Circle K club.  The club hopes that Allen will decide to join and reestablish his Kiwanis roots.

24:  Arbor Day

23:  West Richmond Kiwanis:  Scooper Nights at Bruster's to Fight Cancer  Indulge Yourself to Helping Others with Scooper Nights at... Bruster's!!!! Two locations have offered to donate a portion of all sales to the American Cancer Society. The Richmond Location (9101 W. Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 755-6200) and The Ridgefield Location (2100 John Rolfe Parkway, Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 364-1003) 
 
22:  Earth Day

22:  Administrative Professional's Day

20:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  Anita Storino, Principal, Chesterfield Community High School - The Chesterfield Public Education Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education in Chesterfield County, Virginia by providing financial and intellectual resources to the Chesterfield County Public Schools.

18:  Kiwanis Club of Hopewell  3rd Annual Pig Roast 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Crystal Lake Park Click Here for Details.

18:  Pocahontas Little-Big Adventure  Contact Noelle Grosso if you would like to volunteer.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester and the Thomas Dale High School Key Club assisted sponsor Running Kids for the Little Big Adventure held at Pochantas Park from 09:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event was a triatholon for a parent and child. The teams would compete by paddling a canoe over a measured course before transitioning to a bike ride over a measured course and finishing with a race.  Members of the Thomas Dale Key Club were a big help in staging the canoes for the eight individual heats.  Click Here to view photos from this event.

18:  Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce - 11:00am - 6:00pm for "A Celebration of the Vine" at 9800 Government Center Parkway in Chesterfield, Virginia.

15:  Tax Day

13:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting.  Our program Monday evening was provided by Hilah Edney who is a grandmother of six and soon to be a great grandmother.  Her presentation was generally about her life experiences after turning 50'ish.  She went back to college at MVC where she earned her MS in Bioethics.  After receiving this degree, she decided to become even more adventurous.  So she sold her car, her house and its contents ......EVERYTHING and went to Japan for one year.  During this time, she taught Medical Ethics to aspiring medical student and established a name for herself among several Japanese nephrologists.  Their research need to be translated into English for publication in medical journals and she was the lady for the job.  Fourteen years later Hilah, "kicking and screaming", returned to Virginia due to the ill health of her mother.  Technology and email have allowed her is maintain that job and her relationships with her "Japanese family".   Hilah still returns to Japan annually for 8 to 12 weeks were she has more direct, face-to-face contact with the researchers.  We can not begin to relate the numerous insightful, but often hilarious, stories shared by this delightful lady.  Ask any of the Kiwanians in attendance, and they will tell you she kept us laughing.  Indeed, we were very fortunate to have as our speaker last evening the "Auntie Mame of Chester".

12:  Easter, Ron Gray and Danny White have invited all Chester Kiwanis members to the 6:30 AM Easter Breakfast Service on April 12 at the Trinity United Methodist Church.  Breakfast will be served after the service.

10:  Good Friday

09:  Passover

06:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Board Meeting.  With only five cards left in the deck (i.e., once Jay returned the Queen of Hearts to the deck), Joan Benton picked the queen to win the 50-50 Grand Prize.  It was appromiately one year ago, when the previous winner Danny Wyatt (arms pictured behind Joan above) last won the 50-50 grand prize.  We were saddened to hear that past member and past president 1974-1975:  Cortlandt H. Joyner has passed away on April 2.  Click Here to view obituary.  Ron Gray, Bob Cassada and Danny White wish to remind all Chester Kiwanis members that we have been invited to attend the 6:30 AM Easter Breakfast Service on April 12 at the Trinity United Methodist Church.  Breakfast will be served after the service.  Live flowers may be brought to be placed on the cross.  Also, for those early risers, Bob Cassada could use some help starting at 5:30 AM making breakfast to be served after the service.  President Dixon Handwerk and Danny Wyatt wish to remind us of the Kiwanis Club of Hopewell's 3rd Annual Pig Roast on Saturday April 18.  Click Here for details.  The nominating committee has announce the following nominees for officers beginning September 2009:  Gary Burleigh - President, Joan Benton - President Elect, David Elswick - Vice President, Bob Cassada - Treasurer.  Board of Directors term ending 2011 are Phil Crow, Kris Der, Tom Sokol, Brad Trotter and Wayne Stuart.  In addition, The Kiwanis Club of Chester Foundation Board of Director nominees are:  Bob Cassada (treasurer), Bill Rhea, Noelle Grosso, Ed Thompson and Brad Trotter.

01-05:  Chester Kiwanis work assignments for Bizarre-Bazaar.  Set up work opportunities are for wed (the 1st) noon to 5 pm, and Thur (the 2nd) 7 am till 9 pm.  Show hour shifts are Fri thru sunday starting at 9:30 am for 3.5 hour shifts each.  Shutdown shift 5pm till 9pm.  This is usually alot of fun, and when you do this a couple of times the vendors get to know ya and they become friends and a great sight for sore eyes.... at least Buff is........... anyways.... so please sign up, we have to have our requests in by the 16th.

04:  Kiwanis One Day.

04:  Key Club District Convention, Richmond, VA.

01:  April Fool's Day
30:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting.  Program:   Don the Storyteller - Reinventing your life “We are where we are today because of the actions we have taken in the past. If our storytelling is improving because we are continually learning, preparing, performing and seeking feedback and ways to get better, then we will grow as a storyteller. I know that if you are reading this article, you are someone who is serious about your telling. But, you know that reading is not enough. It is joining that storytelling group and attending regularly. It's letting people know that you are a storyteller, explaining what a storyteller does, and then offering to tell stories to their group.” http://www.creativekeys.net/StorytellingPower/article1052.html.  Our guest speaker was Don Newbery.  Don has earned his degrees in Education at University of Maryland and New York University.  Don is a former University Atheletic Director, basketball and baseball coach.  Don was inducted into two New Jersey Athletic Halls of Fame.  During the past 18 years, Don has been a television host, an actor in television commercials, a background actor in more that 50 movies, a print model, and now a guest speaker.  Don told us many stories from his sports and TV and Movie acting career.  He described many amusing stories of his encounters with personalities such as Ann Bancroft, Chris Rock, Mathew McConaughy and Charlie Sheen.  Don told the Story of Charlie Eckman, an NBA referee and basketball coach and encouraged that he be honored in the hall of fame.  In 2007, Don and his wife Dede celebrated their 50th anniversary.  Their two married daughters and five grandchildren all live within three miles of their home in Henrico County.

27-29:  Lieutenant Governor Bob Cassada encouraged all clubs to consider funding one or more future leaders for the Key Leader weekend March 27-29 at Arlington Echo in Millersville Md.  The cost for the weekend including room and board is an amazing value at only $175 per student.  This rate is subsidized by Kiwanis International Foundation and may not be available in future years unless we take advantage of it this year here in Capital District.  Contact Nicole McDermott at 703-917-8877 or click here to email her.

29:  37th Anniversary of the Organization of the Kiwanis Club of Chester (our official birthday)

23:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting.  Program:  The club's first quarter program chair person Noelle Grosso introduced guest speaker and president-elect Gary Burleigh to present Part II of his vacation and second honeymoon in Alaska.  Gary took an Alaskan cruise with Celebrity Cruise Lines last fall.  Those who previously attended his Part I picture presentation he gave to our club on January 19 were again pleased to see the remainder of his voyage.  The beautiful scenes of glaciers, mountains, local towns, as well as his train ride to Seattle inspired many to start planning their Alaskan get-a-way.  Gary and his beautiful wife Becky will have memories to cherish forever from this trip.  Ron Gray and Danny White have invited all Chester Kiwanis members to the 6:30 AM Easter Breakfast Service on April 12 at the Trinity United Methodist Church.  Breakfast will be served after the service.  Tom Sokol announced that the board has approved that the club will participate in the James River Clean-Up project at Dutch Gap in Chester on June 13 in honor of Kiwanis One Day.   In addition, the club will take on a second Kiwanis One Day Project by providing a free "How to Stay Debt Free" financial seminar to Chester Area residents.  This seminar will be held at the Chester Public Library at a date to be determined.  Sign-Up sheets are being passed around in our meetings.  Also, please contact Tom Sokol if you would like to attend one of these events and have not placed your name on the sign up sheet.  President Dixon Handwerk announced that the Kiwanis Club of Smithfield will be having their annual Golf Tournament, to be held on 7th May at Cypress Creek Country Club.  Click Here for more information.  Click Here for tri-fold Mailing Brochure.

20:  Spring Begins

18:  TDHS Key Club End-of Year Dinner.

18:  TDHS Key Club Blood Drive.

17:  St. Patrick's Day

16:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting.  Program:  The guest speakers were Kathy and Les Paxton from Guiding Eyes for the Blind with their dogs Lennon and Kahlua.  Guding Eyes is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. Guiding Eyes is an internationally accredited, nonprofit guide dog school with a 50-plus year legacy of providing the blind and visually impaired with superior Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services.

Kathy and Les began their work with Guiding Eyes in 2000.  They are currently raising their 13th puppies.  There are 10 such puppy raising groups in Richmond.  They receive puppies from the organization that are eight weeks old and have gone through some pre-training.  They work with the puppies until they reach two years of age.  About one-fourth of puppies who begin training actually make it become working dogs for the blind.  The remaining who are not suited for such work are  transferred to such organizations such as the police and ATF or are returned to the trainers as pets.  There are 12 dog training schools for the blind in the United States, including Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  If you are interested in learning more about this Puppy Raising Program, please click here to visit the web site or call 1-800-432-5227.

14:  Presidential Regional Midwinter Training.

14:  Walk for the Chester Art Center at Thomas Dale High School.  12:00 noon to 2:00 PM.  Thomas Dale High School Athletic Field.  The TDHS Keyette Club is sponsoring the walk and Nicole Jordan has encouraged our club should help support their efforts.  The Keyettes are looking for pledges of $5 for each lap around the track.   Donations are accepted if you do not which to walk.

12:  Inter-Club meeting with Midlothian, 7:30 AM.  Ukrops across from Chesterfield Towne Center.  Danny Wyatt, Bob Cassada, Joan Benton and David Elswick met in an inter-club meeting with the Midlothian Club.  Lieutenant Governer Bob Cassada was present to help particapate with the Midlothian Club's induction of a new member.

11:  Chester Kiwanis Inter-Club with the Colonial Heights Club's luncheon meeting at 12:30 pm at the Colonial Italian Restaurant in Dunlap Farms [1 Dunlop Village Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 - 804-520-5555]. Take Route 1/301 South to E. Ellerslie Ave. Turn right and cross the bridge (over the railroad tracks) and then take your third left onto Dunlap Farms Blvd. Restaurant should be on your right hand side.  Rick Dodson, Danny Wyatt, Phil Crow and Tom Williams attended an inter-club meeting with the Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club.  The guest speaker was Ellen Sandridge of the Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond. Ellen was one of the principal organizers of the Anthem Gurney Tourney.  The Colonial Heights Club is having a canned food drive from March 26 to April 4.  Click Here for more information.  The Colonial Heights Golf Tournament will be held at Lake Chesdin Golf Club on April 30.

09:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  WOVEN, Renee Cobb.  Board Meeting.  Renee has been an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, in the College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond's executive development programs. She holds degrees in English, Theater, and the Administration and Supervision of Adult Education. In 2002, Renee began an educational organization for women. WOVEN (Women of Value in Every Nation) helps empower women and their children to fulfill their destiny of greatness. For two years she wrote the parenting article "Family Matters!" and hosted her own radio show. She has worked with governor's staffs, had national television visibility, and shared conference billing with celebrities. Her powerful messages are extended into her books, workbooks, tapes and products. But most importantly, she loves being married to a great guy, (a left-brained accountant).

08:  Daylight Savings Begins - Spring Forward

07:  Heart of VA Session 3  Leadership Training.  Southern States Cooperative Headquarters 6616 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.

07:  Central Chesterfield Kiwanis Club:  Chester 3rd Annual Oyster Feast will be held at the Dale Ruritan Club located at Route 10 and Chippenham Parkway.  The event will be held on Saturday March 7 and will begin at 1:00 PM.  Entertainment is by Scott Fisher-Fish Radio; Shuck and Shag to Beach Music.  Tickets are available for $25 at the Bank of Southside Virginia (Chester Branch).  No tickets will be sold at the door.  For more information, contact Phil Cunningham at 748-6556 or Paul Brown at 732-2706.  Proceeds benefit local charities.

02:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting Cancelled due to snow storm.

February 2009

23Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  The guest speakers were Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) representatives and docents Mary Ann Peppiatt and Celeste Johnston.  Both Mary Ann and Celeste have worked as volunteers for the VMFA since the year 2000.  The museum originally opened in a new building in January 1936.  It was the first state-owned art museum in our nation.  Having been expanded five times during its history, there is currently a huge expansion program underway which should be completed in the Spring of 2010.  When the expanded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opens, gallery space will be half again larger, and special-exhibition space will double to a size large enough to accommodate most major loan exhibitions.  The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing will include 12,000 square feet in special-exhibition space.  With the museum’s permanent gallery space dramatically expanded as well, about 5,000 works of art will be displayed, significantly more than were on view before the project began. Some 110,000 square feet will be added to the VMFA's existing 380,000 square feet.  The cost of the project is estimated to be $150 million with approximately two-thirds of the funds donated by the public and the McGlothlin family.  The state of Virgina donated one-third.    The largest amount of the permanent-collection gallery space in the McGlothlin Wing – approximately 11,200 square feet – will be devoted to the exhibition of the American collection, more than doubling its previous footprint. Another of the largest gains in space – 7,400 square feet – will be for the showing of the art of the Himalayas and India. (VMFA owns one of the top collections of South Asian art in the Western hemisphere.) The museum's East Asian galleries for the display of Chinese, Japanese and Korean art will be increased by 50 percent. A growing Modern and Contemporary collection will span space in both the existing and the expanded museum.  The three-story J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Atrium connecting the existing museum with the McGlothlin Wing will function as VMFA’s “Main Street".  It will feature a 40-foot-tall glass wall to the east, broad expanses of glass overlooking the E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden to the west, and a partially glazed roof that will open the museum up, beckon to visitors, and blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.  The interior of the addition will establish circulation paths to connect the new and existing buildings so that visitors can move throughout the museum without retracing their steps. The McGlothlin Wing alone will be larger than any other art museum in the state.  The expansion exterior will be clad in 10,000 square feet of insulated glass and 22,000 square feet of limestone.  The limestone panels are from Indiana. The glass panels are so large that only a few firms in the world were capable of manufacturing them.  The entrance and forecourt will re-orient VMFA access to the Boulevard, one of Richmond's grand thoroughfares.  After dark, the atrium, the stairwell and the windows will glow from within, giving the museum the appearance of a beacon in the night,  The wing was designed by London-based architect Rick Mather, who incorporated with Richmond-based SMBW Architects.  A new space for the museum's 150,000-volume library, the largest art library in the Southeast, will make it more accessible to the public, and the VMFA Gift Shop will expand to about 4,500 square feet.  A new 600-car parking deck, also part of the project, is already in operation. The 170,000-square-foot deck accommodates more than twice as many automobiles as the museum's former surface lot. The majority of the former lot is being reclaimed for the 4-acre Robins Sculpture Garden, a portion of which will cover the roof of the parking deck with a landscaped slope.  More information on the project, plus a photo gallery, is available online at www.vmfa.museum/expansion_photos.html.  The museum remains open to the public during the expansion project. VMFA is on the Boulevard at Grove Avenue. The galleries are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. VMFA is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and in 2008 celebrates 70 years as a leader in statewide arts education. Admission to the museum is free, although there may be a fee for special exhibitions. For additional information about exhibitions and programs, telephone (804) 340-1400 or visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Web site, http://www.vmfa.museum/.

21:  Lieutenant Governor Bob Cassada wishes to encourage members to attend the Division Council Meeting this Saturday February 21 at the UKROPS located at 11361 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond across from the Chesterfield Towne Center Mall.  The meeting will be from 7:30 AM until 9:00 AM.  Eight Chester Kiwanis members attended a double interclub at the Division Council Meeting.  Lieutenant Governor Bob Cassada provided the orange juice and Starbucks coffee (thanks Bob). Breakfast was from the Ukrops breakfast bar.  Bob gave all attendees a report on the recent Mid-Winter Conference.  He also provided a report on new members of various Club Support Committees and remaining Committee vacancies (i.e., Community Service Committee, Key Leader and Builders Club).   Bob appealed to division clubs to submit the names of candidates for Lt-Governor-elect (to follow Pat Harvey next year).


16:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program: The guest speaker was Barbara Glick who has been the Branch Manager for the Chester Public Library since 2005.  The Chester library has been consistantly ranked in the nation among the top 15 best libraries for its size category.  The Chester library occupies 15,500 square feet  with over 70,000 items on the shelves.  More than 25,000 items are in circulation and 7,000 customers use the computers in the library.  We are fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our community.  Lieutenant Governor Bob Cassada wishes to encourage members to attend the Division Council Meeting this Saturday February 21 at the UKROPS located at 11361 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond across from the Chesterfield Towne Center Mall.  The meeting will be from 7:30 AM until 9:00 AM.  UPDATE:  $50 to save a child.  David Elswick receives NYOF check from TDHS Key Club President Justin Kibiloski.  When they started school this past fall the Key Club at Thomas Dale High School had a new challenge.  To work with a charity that helps children in Nepal go to school instead of working to support their families.  David Elswick, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Chester, made an offer to match the donation by the Key Club.  David said, “I wanted our kids to learn about other kids who do not have the opportunity to attend school.   A few years ago, I saw the Nepal Youth Opportunity Foundation featured on Oprah.  I have supported them ever since.”  In Nepal, a centuries old practice is for poor families to sell their children into indenture servitude contracts for about $50 for a year.  Kids as young as 6 years are entered into these contracts.  The kids live with the person buying the contract and work seven days a week, often from sunup to sunset.  Sometimes the child is beaten or abused.  Some families never see their children again.  NYOF offers the parents $50 in livestock as payment for the child’s services  for a year.  Then NYOF provides another $50 to pay the child’s tuition to attend a local school.  The child attends school while continuing to live with their parents.  Parents have learned they can breed the animals before selling them and in the process become middle class families.  Meanwhile as the children grow older they write plays against the practice of indenture servitude which they present each year when the labor recruiters return in search of more children.  In one state, NYOF has been so successful the practice is now looked upon with shame. 

09:  Chester Kiwanis: Chesterfield County Police Personal Safety Officer David Zeheb of the Crime Prevention Section of the Support Services Division strives to provide a FIRST CHOICE community by educating citizens on how they may anticipate, recognize, and reduce crime.  David will be hosting a senior citizen's academy for those 55 and older starting May 12.  It will be held for 10 Tuesday Mornings and there is no charge.  David has been working as a Chesterfield Officer for 20 years.  He is raising a 17 year old as a single father.  David provided many tips on helping to prevent crime and to keep you safe.
Jim Daniels from the Central Virginia Kiwanis Club announced the clubs 3rd Annual Oyster Feast will be held at the Dale Ruritan Club located at Route 10 and Chippenham Parkway.  The event will be held on Saturday March 7 and will begin at 1:00 PM.  Entertainment is by Scott Fisher-Fish Radio; Shuck and Shag to Beach Music.  Tickets are available for $25 at the Bank of Southside Virginia (Chester Branch).  No tickets will be sold at the door.  For more information, contact Phil Cunningham at 748-6556 or Paul Brown at 732-2706.  Proceeds benefit local charities.  Kiwanis Club of Chester Founding Member Guy Smith Celebrates 70th Birthday

02:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  The club was pleased to have Chester Postmaster Sonnie A. Bolden provide us with an update on some of the new plans for our local Post Office.  Sonnie informed us that the Chester Post Office will be changing the hours of operation beginning March 2.  The current start time of 7:30 AM will changed to 8:30 AM and the closing time will remain at 5:00 PM.  On January 18, Priority Mail cost increased from $4.05 to $4.95 while Express Mail cost increased from $16.28 to $17.50.  Also, Sonnie indicated that there is a tentative plan by the Postal System to increase the cost of first class postage in May.  Of course, he reminded us that the Forever stamps are a good deal and can help lock in the cost of first class postage to the current rate if you buy the stamps prior to  the next increase.  Forever Stamps are only available in sheets and booklets.  Sonnie also went on to describe the many ways the post office is trying to improve customer service while focusing on cost reductions.  The club was appreciative of all the good work by Sonnie and the Chester Post Office.  The club continued with tradition by singing Happy Birthday to Jay Slagle, Dave Duncan, Guy Smith and Shannon Bowman.  Dave, Guy and Shannon who were not in attendance will be able to pick out their birthday presents at the next meeting.  Danny Wyatt announced the the club earned at total of $530 in the recent Bizarre-Bazaar.  These funds are used to help support the club's administrative needs.  Tom Sokol proposed that the club organize a community service activity in theme with the Kiwanis One Day program.  Tom will report back to the club later with a specific proposal.

January 2009

26:  Chinese New Year

26:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  Mentor Match, Philip Day.  The guest speaker was Philip Day of MentorMatch.  Philip is a past president, vice president and secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.  MentorMatch is one of four organizations that received federal grants in August 2006 to arrange good matches between mentors and mentees.  In April 2007, Philip was hired to help created the organization to recruit and manage mentors to meet with youth who are between the age of eight and 18 and are involved with foster care or the juvenile justice system.  MentorMatch is a program of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia.  Mentors are adults age 18 or older and meet necessary security requirements for working with young people.  Mentors and Mentees meet for two hours each week for a year.  MentorMatch provides initial training which requires approximately six hours covering what to expect in a mentoring relationship, what kinds of activities you can plan and how to send in weekly reports.  Continuing workshops are also available.  This year, there are 23 mentors in place with a target of 40 to 50 mentors by year-end.  In the Richmond area, there are 1,600 youths ages eight to 18 in foster care or the Juvenile justice system.  If you are interested in becoming a MentorMatch mentor or wish to otherwise support this valuable service to young people, please call 540-946-2633 or a local Lutheran Family Services for more information.  Lt. Governor Bob Cassada has requested that as many members as possible sign up of for the Heart of Virginia Mid-Winter Conference which will be held at  J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on Saturday February 7.  Click to view the following forms:  Registration Form,  Training Details, Training Schedule.
24:  Chesterfield Kiwanis:  2nd Annual Diamonds 'n Casino Night at  the Richmond Country Club.  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  The event includes a wide variety of gaming entertainment, a multitude of delicious foods to choose from and an open bar.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children who have lost a sibling or parent.  Click Here to Register.  Click Here for Details.

21:  93rd Anniversary of Kiwanis International

19:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting.  Guest speaker was the club's own Gary Burleigh who presented a slide show of his trip to Alaska in August 2008.  From Gary's presentation, it was evident that he loves wildlife and has a facination of antlers.  Noelle Grosso announced that the recent White Elephant Auction generated $220 to help fund the club's administrative expenses.  Marshall Henry thanked Mary Lykins and David Elswick for attending the recent Key Club College Night.

19:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day,

17:  West Richmond Kiwanis - Strike Out Cancer Bowling Tournament to support Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) at Bowl America Short Pump.   4400 Pouncy Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA   23060.  804-360-8222.  Click Here for details and to view flyer and registration form. 

12:  Chester Kiwanis: Meeting, Program:  Keyette Update / White Elephant Auction.  Facilitator: Phil Crow.  It was a near "standing room" only crowd as the Thomas Dale High School Keyette club adviser Beth Jaeckle, president Allison, vice president Kelsey, treasurer Julie, secretary Jessica and chaplain Alexandria attended, in addition to Colonial Heights Kiwanis club members Byron Haner, Jim Russell and Jim O'Connell for an inter-club meeting.  The Keyette Club has logged 730 hours involving 30 community service projects this year.  The projects include tutoring, cleaning up the old cemetery, providing cookies to fire fighters and assisting at Bon Secours.  Bidding was heavy during the White Elephant auction where members donated gifts and other items for auction to support the club's administration fund.  Program chair Noelle Grosso contracted White Elephant auctioneer Phil Crow and assistant Danny Wyatt.

10:  Heart of VA Session 2  Leadership Training.  Southern States Cooperative Headquarters 6616 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.

05:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Programs chair person Noelle Grosso has initiated a monthly celebration of birthdays.  This month, the club sang Happy Birthday to Dixon Handwerk, Kristen Der, David Elswick and Joe Hillier.  Joe Hillier announced that the Fall Festival will be held this year on October 14.  Please place this important date on your calendar.  The Fall Festival has replaced the Spring Fling as the club's annual fund raiser.  Noelle Grosso announced the details of the White Elephant Auction which will be held at the meeting on January 12.  Members are to bring in one or many unwanted items from the home that they may have received as Christmas gifts or just stuff from the attic.  Gifts are typically unwanted or used items from the home, inexpensive, perhaps even humorous items or baked goods.  These gift items will be displayed on a table as members arrive so that we can inspect the items.  After the Keyette's update, the auctioneer and assistant will present the items and describe the beauty and value of each. Club members are encouraged to bid on the items …for the good of the club.  Proceeds go to the club's administrative account to help support the guest speaker meals for the year.  One man's junk is another man's treasure - so start looking around the house for unwanted "treasures". 









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