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31:  New Year's Eve

  Chester Kiwanis:  No Meeting

26:  Kwanzaa

25:  Christmas

21:  Winter Begins

20:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program TBA.  Inter-Club with Kiwanis Club of Hopewell.

17:  Wright Brothers Day

13:  Chester Kiwanis:  Annual Christmas social party will be at Casare's Restaurant in Rivers Bend Shopping Center ( 13301 Rivers Bend Blvd at 6:30 pm.  Cost is $20 per person for members, spouses or  guests. and checks should be made payable to Kiwanis Club of Chester ( Please pay in advance, if you know by Please pay our treasurer Bob Cassada.  There will be a signup sheet or you can e-mail Marshall Henry no later than Friday, Dec 10th.

12:  Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade.   Click Here for Flyer Click Here for Registration   Photos   Video Follow the Kiwanis Club of Chester Christmas Parade on Facebook..  The Kiwanis Club of Chester wishes to thank all of the participants and spectators who braved the rainy weather for the Christmas Parade.  Click the following links to view the HD videos and photo album of the parade:

Parade Video Part 1
Parade Video Part 2 
Photo Album

WINNERS - BEST FLOAT Cub Scout Pack 2877, BEST VEHICLE UNIT Southside Jeepers, BEST BAND Fort Lee Army Band, BEST PERFORMING UNIT Dance Xplosion, BEST EQUESTRIAN UNIT Shady Gait Horse Farm, BEST FIRE/EMS UNIT Chesterfield Fire/EMS.

06:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting.  The meeting  tonight was primarily a Get-Ready-for-the Christmas-Parade run through. Angie McDaniel, parade chairperson, lead the discussion and covered all the details of what will transpire this coming Sunday, Dec 12th. A sign-up roster was passed around for volunteers at the Post Office site [site leader is Joe Hiller], YMCA site [site leader is Brad Trotter], and J.T. Morriss site. Angie said we need every club member to participate.  This is one of biggest fund raising events as well as a gift to the community.

04:  Kiwanis Captial District:  Regional Salvation Army service project and District Governor’s visit at 8085 AMF Drive Pole Green Road exit off I-295. Work shifts 8:30-12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30. Lunch Provided. 

02:  Angel Tree at South Park Mall 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Gary Burleigh, Rick Dodson, Tom Sokol, Joan Benton, Kate Wiltsie and Mary Lykins were joined by Beth Crach and Shelby Bartwith from the Thomas Dale High School Keyette Club in support of the Angel Tree program held at Southpark Mall.   Also with the group were Mrs. Angel Tree Martha Hobson and Donna Sokol.  The Salvation Army Angel Tree program provides gifts to children and seniors who, due to financial hardship, may not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.

November 2010

02 - 05:   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.

29:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting

27:  Petersburg Kiwanis Breakfast Club - Interclub at Applebee’s for Pancake Breakfast 7:00 -10:00 AM $5.00  (all you can eat).  Benefits the scholarship fund.  449 South Park Circle, Colonial Heights, VA 23834. Get your ticket from any Breakfast Club member.  Suggested time 8:30 AM, but come anytime and take a break from shopping mayhem.

25:  Thanksgiving.

20-21:   2010 Tour de Richmond Disc Golf Tournament.  Registration 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM Tee Time.  Ecoff at Goyne Park.  Click Here for more information.

15-18:  CHASM will be receiving donations from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the fairground on 11/15 and 11/16 and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on 11/17 and 11/18.  Distribution of collections will occur on 11/20.  Contact Bob Cassada for further details or if you wish to help.

17:  Chester Kiwanis / Circle K:  Portfolio Night to be held on November 17th at 6:30 PM at Bryant Stratton College (8141 Hull Street). 

15:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Ginger Hawks of ElderHomes.  ElderHomes Corporation is a not-for-profit community development corporation.  Their mission is to improve the housing and living conditions of elderly, disabled, and low-income persons in Richmond, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.  ElderHomes was founded in 1992 by the Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging (now Senior Connections) to focus on the housing needs of seniors.  Since then, they have expanded their mission to help non-seniors who are low-income or have a disability.  Over the past several years, the Kiwanis Club of Chester has joined several other local organizations to assist ElderHomes in their construction of ramps for handicapped access.  ElderHomes also provides assistance for grab bars, weatherization, home repairs, gutter cleaning and painting.  Click Here for more information concerning ElderHomes.

14:  Chester Kiwanis:  11:00 AM service at The Chester Methodist Church which is located at 12132 Percival Street in downtown Chester.

11:  Veteran's Day

08:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting

07:  Daylight Savings Ends - Fall Back 1 hr.

02:  Election Day

01:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeing.  Thomas Dale High School Key Club Treasurer Sarah Oertel addressed our club and asked for our support in their Project Heifer, a UNICEF project.  Heifer International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the earth.  The mission is to provide livestock, trees, training and other resources to help struggling families build sustainable futures.  Heifer's gifts of "living loans" offer milk, eggs, meat, wool, draft power and other benefits that become improved nutrition, health, education and income for resource-poor families.  The Kiwanis Club of Chester members contributed $130 to the Key Club project.  President Joan Benton asked club members to send her an email if you have ideas on what we should do this year for a Christmas Party.  Circle K leader Allen Shore requested help for Portfolio Night to be held on November 17th at 6:30 PM at Bryant Stratton College (8141 Hull Street).  Danny Wyatt is looking for participation at the upcoming Bizarre-Bazaar on December 2nd to 5th.  Please contact Danny Wyatt to sign up or if you would like to make a donation to support our club administrative activities.  Tom Sokol requested help for the Angel Tree program at South Park Mall on December 2 from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Marshall Henry has invited fellow Kiwanians in attending church together on Sunday November 14th at the 11:00 AM service at The Chester Methodist Church which is located at 12132 Percival Street in downtown Chester.

01:  All Saints' Day

October 2010

30:  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.  Click Here to view group photo from last year.

27:  Kiwanis Club of Hopewell 4th Annual Pig Roast:  Wednesday October 27, 2010. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Crystal Lake Park, Hopewell, VA  Click Here for Flyer.  $15 Adults, Children 12 & Under $7.

25:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting

24:  United Nations Day

23:  Capital District Key Club Fall Rally:  Kings Dominion.  $40 Admission which includes admission, T-Shirt and buffet lunch.  Training at 10:00 AM.  For more information go to http://www.capdistkeyclub.org/.

18:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting

16:  Sweetest Day

11:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker and club Treasurer and past Lieutenant Governor was Bob Cassada.  Bob has been working with CCHASM for several years and our club helps to sponsor this organization.  Founded in 1988, CCHASM Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization serving individuals and families who have found themselves in an economic crisis.  Clients assisted by CCHASM are area residents, individuals and families who, for various reasons (loss of jobs, medical emergencies, loss of the primary income member, recent disability), are experiencing an acute economic crisis, which threatens their basic survival needs.  Through their intake and interview stages, CCHASM is able to speak with each client (n English 796-2749 or in Spanish 796-1002) to ascertain and address requests and necessities.  CCHASM currently assists clients in the following areas:  Food:  CCHASM has an alliance with 15 food pantries working to distribute food to over 520 clients and their families each month.  Short-term Assistance:  Help, as funds are available, with rent/mortgage, utility bills, medical needs, auto repair and other items.  Career Clothes Closet for Women:  Many CCHASM's clients are women, who through emergency situations, find they must begin or return to work.  CCHASM provides "office appropriate" clothing in the way of suits, pants, blouses, and shoes to women who need either interview or work attire.  Thanksgiving:  For Thanksgiving 2009, CCHASM was able to provide assistance in the way of a Thanksgiving Gift Meal Package and Gift Card (for perishable items) to 1,511 families (representing 3,054 adults and 2,555 children).  CCHASM sponsors include individuals, businesses and over 100 area faith communities.  The organization interfaces with the Department of Social Services, city and county governments and organizations such as the United Way and Commonwealth Catholic Charities.  For further information concerning CCHASM, click here to email CCHASM or visit their website at www.cchasm.org.

11:  Columbus Day

06:  Torch Relay for Children's Miracle Network.  5K Walk at Brook Road Hospital.  For More information, go to www.torch-relay.orgrichmond.

04:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting

September 2010

29:  Chester Kiwanis:  Inter-Club Meeting with Kiwanis Club of Colonial Heights.  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. 
27:  Chester Kiwanis:  The Kiwanis Club of Chester Installation of Officers was held at Howlett's Restaurant in Chester.  Past President Gary Burleigh past the helm to new President Joan Benton.  Click Here to view photos from this event.  Past Lieutenant Governor Steve Miles acted as master of ceremony.  Past club officers were recognized for their service and Allen F. Shore received the club's Kiwanian of the Year Award.  Club Officers for the 2010 - 2011 term are as follows:


President:  Joan F Benton
President-Elect:  Allen F. Shore
Treasurer:  Robert O. Cassada
Secretary:  Phillip R. Crow
Immediate Past Present:  Gary L. Burleigh

Directors Term Ending 2011:  Thomas K. Williams, W. Wayne Stuart, Thomas M Sokol and Brad S. Trotter, DDS.

Directors Term Ending 2012:  Richard E. Dodson, Thomas K. Williams, Noelle M. Grosso, John Howsmon, Theodore A. Rayman, W. Guy Smith, III and Edward C. Thompson.


President:  W. Guy Smith, III
Treasurer:  Robert O. Cassada
Secretary:  Mary K. Lykins

Directors:  William H. Rhea, DDS, David W. Duncan, Noelle M. Grosso, Edward C. Thompson, Allen F. Shore and Brad S. Trotter, DDS.

25:  Chesterfest  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

23:  Autumn Begins

20:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speakers were Dr. James Schroeder and Julie Schott Bilodeau of CrossOver Ministry in Richmond, VA.  CrossOver Ministry provides quality and compassionate health care to the uninsured in the greater Richmond Metropolitan area.  Their mission is to provide health care, promote wellness, and connect the talents and resources of the community with people in need in the name of Jesus Christ. CrossOver serves and empowers patients by providing a comprehensive approach to health care for the body, mind, and spirit.  Established by volunteers in 1983, CrossOver offers a full continuum of healthcare services to the uninsured that includes: family medicine, primary care, obstetrics and pediatrics, podiatry, dental and vision care, mental health care, HIV diagnosis and treatment, and critical medications.  CrossOver operates a network of three free clinics located in areas of identified need in Richmond, serving over 5,200 individuals annually.  President Gary needs help for ChesterFest this weekend.  Please contact Gary to let him know if you can help staff the Kiwanis booth at Chesterfest.

19:  District Council Meeting.  Contact Bob Cassada for details.

17:  Charity Golf Tournament to support the Parker girls whos mother was tragically killed a few months ago.

15:  Chester Kiwanis:  Fall Festival at Chester Village Green.  4:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Adults $20, Catered by Kings BBQ.  Beer, wine & soft drinks.   Click for Vendor Form.  Tickets available at UNO Chicago Grill
12211 Jefferson Davis Hwy Chester, VA 23831 [MapThe Casper Band performed for 500 attendees in this year's Fall Festival held at the Chester Village Green.  The weather was perfect as the crowd enjoyed the music, food and drinks.  All proceeds from this fundraising event support local charitable needs, including scholarships for students at Thomas Dale High School, Chesterfield Community High School and John Tyler Community College.  Click Here to view details of the Kiwanis Club of Chester contributions to our community.  Click Here to view more photos from this event.  This Kiwanis Club of Chester wishes to thank all of our sponsors, vendors and those who purchased tickets to help support our community.

15:  Colonial Heights Kiwanis:  Shrimp Feast.  Click Here for details.

13:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Jason A. Driver the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regional Director from Dunham & Associates in Philadelphia.  Jason's presentation was entitled "Understanding Roth IRA Conversions".  The club learned that Roth IRA's can often provide several advantages over Traditional IRAs.  Jason believes that most people may benefit from this type of investment, especially since there is a period of time where the investor can convert back without penalty.  Joan Benton announced that the Installation of Club Officers Banquet will be on Monday September 27.  She is still working on final arrangements, and there will be a sign up sheet next week.  Phil Crow is still looking for "Books for Tots" contributions of books for ages 2 -5 or monetary contributions so more books can be purchased.  Phil has about 110 books so far, and is targeting to obtain 250 as part of this program.

12:  Grandparent's Day

07:  Meeting (on Tuesday)

06:  Chester Kiwanis:  No Meeting in lieu of Labor Day

06:  Labor Day

August 2010

30:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting - Our guest speaker was Martha Casey who is an agent for Ingram and Associates.  Martha presented The Truth Project, an in-depth Christian Worldview Experience.  The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 12 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. This home study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.  Our club's Installation of Officers Banquet Dinner will be held on Monday September 27 at 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn South Park.  Please RSVP to Joan Benton to let her know if you (and your spouse) will be in attendance.  Club president Gary Burleigh welcomed our newest members Kathleen J. Wiltsie and Brian J. White.

23:  Chester Kiwanis:  In lieu of a regular meeting night, many members of the Kiwanis Club of Chester participated in the Chester YMCA Bright Beginnings program where they met a Target to help children pick out clothes for the start of school.  Each member had one child to help pick out a pair of shoes, and several pairs of pants and shirts,  a dress (if the child was a girl), a bag of underwear, a bag of socks and a sweatshirt or jacket.  The club thanks Tom Sokol our community service chair for arranging for the club to particapate in this event.

23:  Chester YMCA Bright Beginnings:  Tom Sokol is looking for additional volunteers to help out with the Chester YMCA Bright Beginnings program from 5:30 - 8:30 PM on Monday August 23 at Target.  Volunteers will help students pick out school supplies.  Please contact Tom for details.

18-22:  Capital District Convention.  Lynchburg, VA 

16:  Chester Kiwanis:  Social Meeting at the residence of Gary and Becky Burleigh.  9701 Stagpenn Rd, Chesterfield, VA.  Please bring a cover dish.

10:  Kiwanis Club of West Point:  Annual Crabfeast 5:00 PM

09:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting, Program:  Glenn Muller, Belly Fat Elimination, How to get the fat burning hormones working for you.

02:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, No Board Meeting

July 2010

26:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Dr. Sandra Elbaum of the Chester Family Chiropractic Center.  Sandra and her husband Adam work together at their office located at 4700 Buckingham Court across from Dr. Joe.  Sandra has received numerous awards in her profession over her 20 year career.    Sandra highlighted some of the chemical, physical and emotional elements that are conducive to good health and wellness.  Sandra informed us how important it is to eat regular meals and to supplement with daily doses of fish oil, Ultrameal and meditation.  Also, we need to stay away from many artificial sweeteners and food that contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil.  Chiropractic is the largest and most popular natural, drug-free healthcare system in the world.  Chiropractors perform a service to locate and release stress from the body, a stress that affects the brain and spinal cord.  For more information, you can contact Sandra at her office at 804-796-3221.  Tom Sokol is looking for additional volunteers to help out with the Chester YMCA Bright Beginnings program from 5:30 - 8:30 PM on Monday August 23 at Target.  Volunteers will help students pick out school supplies.  Please contact Tom for details.  Volunteers will receive credit for our meeting attendance.  Below, scholarships program chair Ed Thompson awarded Thomas Dale High School students Jennifer Olmeda and Mathis Seal both with $2,000 scholarships.  Jennifer will be attending Richard Bland and Mathis will be attending Virginia Tech this fall.

19:  Chester Kiwanis:  No Meeting; Roundtable call or email Dr. Joe.

12:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Tam Moody of Delta Graphic Inc (DGI).  DGI was started in 1964 by Harry Moody as a manufacturer of chalkboards for classrooms.  Handed down from father to son, DGI has evolved into a full-line furnishings supplier to education, municipal and government facilities throughout the state of Virginia.  Tam described many humorous stories of how he got started working for his father at the first facility which is now the Chester Muffler Shop.  While Tam's father was strict and quite a character, Tam learned the business and expanded its operations to supply numerous prestigious facilities.

04:  Independence Day

05:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting.  No Meal.  Board Meeting will be held if there is a quorum.  If not, Board meeting will be held on July 6.

June 2010

28:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  The club was again privileged to have Vickie Griffith of BreakThrough as our guest speaker.  Vickie is a business owner, speaker, certified hypnotist, master energy therapist, licensed science of mind practitioner at BreakThrough, as well as a professional speaker and teacher.  Vickie's presentation was entitled "Secrets of Money Magnets".  Secrets of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, & Oprah understand about attracting money, creativity, and joy to your life.  Vickie recommended that we consider reading "The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles" by Bruce H. Lipton and "Molecules Of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine" by Candace B. Pert.  Vickie's technique includes simple to do steps that have proven to work.  For more information, you can contact Vickie at 804-677-1174 or click here to email her.  Angie McDaniel has created a facebook page for the 2010 Kiwanis Club of Chester Christmas Parade.  The club and community can now follow the 2010 Christmas parade progress on facebook.  Click the following link to go the Christmas Parade facebook page: Follow the Kiwanis Club of Chester Christmas Parade on Facebook..

24-27:  Kiwanis International Convention  Las Vegas, NV

21:  Chester Kiwanis:  Social Meeting at Home of Guy and Phillipa Smith for members, spouses and guests.  Please bring a covered dish, as Phillipa and Guy will provide soft drinks, tea, beer and wine;   napkins, plates, cups, flatware;  a couple of their own 'covererd dish' favorites.  They will need to know how many to prepare for, so please send guly an email or call not later than Saturday, June 19; and if you know what you are bringing in the way of food, that info will help in planning.  Directions:  12601 Winfree Street.  From Sibley's BBQ take Winfree Street for six blocks...we are on the left at the corner of Stebbins Street. Easy parking on Stebbins and in our driveway.  Looking forward to a good time beginning about 6:30 p.m.
21:  Summer Begins

20:  Father's Day

14:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Club member Wayne Stuart was our speaker.  Wayne gave a slide show of his vacation to Ireland that he and his wife Ann took in 2004.    We took a virtual vacation tour of the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, the Passage Mounds and Blarney Castle to name a few of his vacation stops. 

14:  Flag Day

12:  James River Cleanup.  In honor of Kiwanis One Day, the Kiwanis Club of Chester had six members including Marshall Henry, Wayne Stuart, Hank Dvorak, Joan Benton, Dixon Handwerk and Rick Dodson help clean up the James River near Dutch Gap. Also, four members from the Thomas Dale High School Key Club participated as well and one Mom and Dad.

12:  Division Council Meeting at Southern States.  Contact Bob Cassada for details.

11:  Special Olympics:  We will have an opportunity to help with Special Olympics at the University of Richmond campus.  Details are incomplete at thsi time, but activities will inclued cheering for, coaching, and helping the special athletes particpate in the summer games.  More details will be provided when received from the Special Olympics staff.  Please contact Tom Sokol to sign up.

08:   Chester Kiwanis Concert on the Green  featuring the Fort Lee Army Band was held on Tuesday June 8th at the Chester Village Green.   For the eighth year, the Fort Lee 392 Army Band again graced the Chester community with a free concert.  Approximately 300 gathered to listen to the music, thank our military for their service, to enjoy lemonade and the pleasant weather.  This event was proudly co-sponsored by the Village News and the Kiwanis Club of Chester to thank our community for their ongoing support.   [Photos]

07:  Chester Kiwanis:  No meeting....in lieu of  June 8th Ft. Lee Band concert on the Green.

03:  38th Anniversary of our Charter Night

01:  Chester Kiwanis:  Board Meeting Only.

May 2010

31:  Chester Kiwanis:  No Meeting in lieu of Memorial Day

31:  Memorial Day

  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  We had the distinct pleasure to hear from Doc Thompson of WRVA on monday night.  Doc has an obvious love for our country and concerns about our direction concerning illegal aliens, excessive spending, etc.  He believes that many of our economic and crime problems stem from illegals, and that it is breaking the state's budgets.  His passion gets folks involved in the political process and wakes us up as well.  Capitalism works, it has created unprecedented wealth in the world, our economy in particular, for the last 200 plus years and will continue to work if we can keep the socialism at bay.

20:  Division Council Meeting.  Rite Aid  6:30 PM.  Contact Bob Cassada for details.

19:  Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield:  6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  Wednesday, May 19, 2009
Independence Golf Club.  Midlothian, Virginia.  Proceeds to benefit: Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield's Scholarship Fund, our Key Clubs and our Chesterfield Community Services Board Christmas Families Project
Register online at www.kiwanisofchesterfield.org
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, contact Charles Adams at (804) 794-1019 or govadams@aol.com

19:  Kiwanis Clubs of Petersburg will be sponsoring their 26th Annual Shrimp Feast from  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Richard Bland College Pecan Grove.  Cost of admission is $20.  Please contact Kris if you wish to attend.

17:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was John Dutton, an estate and elder attorney.  John gave a presentation entited "Being sure of what you have gets to those you want to have it, but not until you are through with it".  Click Here to view information concerning Powers of Attorney.  Click Here to view information concerning Advance Medical Directives.  Pictured Here, Danny Wyatt holds up a photo of his first grandchild.  Congratulations Danny!  Also, club member Noelle Grosso and her husband Eddie are expecting to have their second child this Friday.

15:  Armed Forces Day

10:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Dr. Robert Owens, college professor, author, & widely published weekly opinion column.  "Constituitionally Speaking" 

09:  Mother's Day

06:  Nurse's Day

05:  Cinco de Mayo

03:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting.  On board night, club president Gary Burleigh presented the Kiwanis Children's Fund Sustaining Donor Award to Tom Sokol, our club's community services chair.  This award is for supporting the Kiwanis International Foundation with exemplary generosity.  Danny Wyatt and Marshall Henry announced that the Concert on the Green featuring the US Army 392nd band will take place on June 8.  Joan Benton announced that the Fall Festival is progressing according to plan and will take place at the Chester Village Green on Wednesday September 15 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Bob Cassada announced that there will be a division council meeting at our club location at 6:30 PM on May 20 and a second session on June 12 at Southern States.  The annual club officer elections took place and the election committee consisting of Ronnie Gray and Phil Crow announced the following for the 2010-2011 year:  Kiwanis Club of Chester  President:  Joan Benton, President-Elect:  Not filled at this time, Vice President:  Allen Shore, Treasurer:  Robert Cassada, Board of Directors:  Rick Dodson, Noelle Grosso, Ted Rayman, John Howsmon, Ed Thompson.  Kiwanis Club of Chester Foundation Board of Directors:  Ronnie Gray

April 2010

29:  Chester Summit meeting on April 29 at 7:00 PM at the Chester Center for the Arts Office.

29:  Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club:  29th Annual Golf Outing at Lake Chesdin.  Click Here for Details.

26:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Ralph Carter of GOOOH (Get Out Of Our House) and the Chester Patriots.   GOOOH - Pronounced "GO" is a plan to remove all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and replace them with everyday Americans.  GOOOH was first founded in 2007 by Tim Cox from Texas.  GOOOH is looking to amass 500,000 members who each contribute $100 that would generate $50 million to begin a national campaign to replace career politicians.  The next club meeting will be a board meeting and annual election of officers.  Tom Sokol, our community services chair is working on a event to be held on June 11 for the Special Olympics  Torch Lighting Cerimony to be held at the University of Richmond.

24:  Arbor Day

24:  Friends of Pocahontas.  Help to improve Pocahontas State Park.  Work will start at 1:00 PM.  We will be working from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM doing trail work, dam maintenence and building fences.  The work will be light landscaping and carpentry.  Click Here to view photos from this event.

21:  Administrative Professional's Day

19:  Chester Kiwanis:  Program:  Our guest speaker was Barbara Satterwhite.  Barb was RN for 29 years and specialized in oncology at MCV.  Barb is now an Independent Nikken Consultant.  She gave a presentation entitled "Bone Health, The Truth About Your Skeletal System."  Barb described the role of the skeletal system, how bones function, adverse effects of drugs, bio-replenishments and current research.  Since our minerals are stored in our bones and bone marrow manufactures blood cells, some of us learned that our bones do more than hold our body in place.  Statistics show that more than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, 34 million have low bone mass, and 60 million have joint related issues.  Age no longer seems to be the sole contributing factors for these bone related problems.  Diets have changed in modern times with people consuming more acidic foods including soda, caffeine and alcohol drawing calcium from the bones to neutralize the acids.  Calcium supplements are not well absorbed into the bones and may cause other issues.  Osteo-drugs may help reduce bone loss, but not help the natural process of bone deterioration and replenishment.  Nikken has produced a breakthrough line of bio-replenishment products that promote strong and healthy bones. These products were developed by Dr. Narain Naidu, Ph.D. (medicine).  These products include OsteoDenx® and Lactoferrin Gold 1.8®, as well as CalDenx®.  For more information concerning bone health and how to obtain these products, Click Here to email Barb, Click Here to view her presentation, or call her at 804-437-0243.  Ronnie Gray and Phil Crow are members of the nomination of officers committee for our club.  They announced the following nominations for the 2010-2011 fiscal year:  Kiwanis Club of Chester:  President:  Joan Benton, President-Elect:  Open, Vice President:  Open, Treasurer:  Bob Cassada, Board of Directors:  Rick Dodson, Nolle Grosso, Ted Rayman, John Howmon, and Ed Thompson.  Kiwanis Club of Chester Foundation:  Ronnie Gray. 

  5th Annual 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.  Please contact Tom Sokol, if you wish to help out at this event.

15:  Tax Day

12:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Donated Gifts Auction.  Please bring in something for the auction.  Phil Crow helped the club generate money by auctioning many items donated by club members and purchased by other club members.  Click Here to view other photos from the auction.

07:  Earth Day

05:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting

05:  Inter-Club meeting with Kiwanis Club of Richmond at the Virginia Historical Society

04:  Easter,  Everyone is invited to attend Ronnie Gray's Trinity Methodist church at 6:30 AM on Easter Sunday.  Also, remember folks to gather at Bob Cassada's church.... the "pumpkin" church (Trinity Methodist, across from Merchants Tire) at 6:30 Easter morning ... its a good thing to gather together to remember this glorious event, and enjoyeach others presence.  In case we don't see each other, I hope you have a blessed Easter.  Danny

04:  Kiwanis One Day

02:  Good Friday

01:  April Fool's Day

March 2010

30:  Passover

29:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker Mark Fausz, Editor of the Village News, member of the Chester Community Association and Chester Summit committee.  Mark and his wife Linda (Publisher) have been with the Village News since 1998.  Although Mark's background was in home construction and cabinet making, he made the transition to Village News editor look easy.  As most of us know, the Village news is the premier newspaper covering our area.  Mark presented some of the current activities taken on by the Chester Community Association.  This includes bringing focus to the Federal government's High Speed Rail project.  The association has invited members of the High Speed Rail initiative to Chester on May 22 to discuss issues such as the eight to twelve foot fence to be constructed adjacent to the railroad tracks and to learn more.  In advance of this effort, Mark recently visited the old Chester Hotel (Kiwanis Historical Park) site where there is an archaeology dig where he witnessed the uncovering of a 3 1/2 inch arrow head and surrounding chips.  The Chester Community Association has set up a Chester Summit meeting on April 29 at 7:00 PM at the Chester Center for the Arts Office.  This will be a brainstorming meeting with local civic organization in hopes of establishing a community calendar, improving communications and planning of events.  Dixon Handwerk announce that we will have an auction of donated items at our regular meeting on April 12.  Please bring in your items over the next two meetings.  President Gary Burleigh announced the Kiwanis International Skip-a-Meal Program.  Click Here to learn more.  Everyone is invited to attend Ronnie Gray's Trinity Methodist church at 6:30 AM on Easter Sunday.

29:  38th Anniversary of the Organization of the Kiwanis Club of Chester (our official birthday)

26-28:   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.

28:  Palm Sunday

27:  Chester Kiwanis:  Highway 10 Clean Up.  We will meet at Dunkin Donuts at 7:30 AM for coffee and doughnuts.  Locatioin assignments (usining Rick Dodson's maps) will be made and work will begin by 7:50 AM.  If we get enough volunteers, all work will be done by 8:50 AM.  Please join us.  Contact Tom Sokol to sign up.  Community Services chairman Tom Sokol rounded up a large group of Chester Kiwanians (members shown here - Joe Hillier and Tom Williams participated, but are not in photo) and members of  the Circle K Club to clean up the roadside in Chester.  This was certainly a record turnout for a highway clean-up project, and we are  proud of Tom's efforts and for the free coffee and donuts.  Also, a special thanks goes to Allen Shore for inviting his Circle K member to participate. 

24:  Portfolio Career Day at Bryant Stratton College.  If you would like to help out with mock student interviews, please contact Allen Shore for details.

22:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program: 
The guest speaker was Randy Atkinson, Director of Group Sales for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  Randy joined the organization recently and is in his eight year in minor league baseball. He previously worked with the Delmarva Shorebirds for seven seasons as an intern and Director of Ticket Operations. The Delmarva Shorebirds are a member of the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, a Single A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Randy received his degree in business Management from York College of Pennsylvania. His hometown is Kimberton, PA and he is a fan of all Philadelphia teams, following the Phillies and Eagles the closest. Randy's favorite thing about Richmond thus far, is how much it keeps surprising him because there is something fun to do in every part of town. Randy is excited about helping to bring baseball back to Richmond and shared many, if not all of the, promotional ideas and events that will be offered this year. He was very enthusiastic and that carried over to all attendees.  We had a five person inter-club with the Kiwanis Club of Richmond this evening.  Our inter-club chairperson Kris Der wants to reciprocate with the Richmond club on Monday, April 5th at 11:45 a.m at the Virginia Historical Society. (She sent out email recently to all members). Jim O'Connell (Colonial Heights Club) also visited with us this evening.

20:  Spring Begins

17:  St. Patrick's Day

17:  TDHS Key Club Installation of Officers.  Click Here to view photos of this event.

15:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Our guest speaker was Chip Houston a US Marine veteran who works with the Families of the Wounded Fund.   Chip lives in Woodland Pond and we are fortunate to be the first Kiwanis Club to hear his presentation.   The organization began informally in 2005 and working largely through word of mouth, the Families of the Wounded Fund has raised more than $2,000,000 and has helped more than 300 families so far.  The organization helps the wounded service men families in need with lodging, meals, transportation, health and child care, phone service and other costs that pile up while family members and caregivers attend to their loved ones far from home.  We are fortunate to have McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond which is on of four in the US that specializes in head and spinal cord injuries.  For the second year in a row, David Elswick had again challenged the Key Club at Thomas Dale High School to work with a NYOF charity that helps children in Nepal go to school instead of working to support their families.  David Elswick matched the donation by the Key Club and several Kiwanis Club of Chester members.  Inter-club chairperson Kris Der has arranged for an inter-club meeting with the Kiwanis Club of Richmond at the Virginia Historical Society on April 5.  Ed Thompson has Ducky Derby tickets now on sale - $5.00 per ticket or 3 for $10.00. Cash prizes will be drawn at the Capital District Convention in Lynchburg in August.  President Gary Burleigh announced that Steve Miles be taking over the position of Heart of Virginia Trustee for the remaining term previously held by Jim O'Connell.  The fundraising committee is pleased to announce that we have volunteers to lead each of our 2010 fundraising events as follows:  Raffle:  Danny Wyatt, Fall Festival:  Joan Benton, ChesterFest:  David Elswick, Christmas Parade Party:  Rick Dodson

14:  Daylight Savings Begins - Spring Forward

13:  The HOV Midwinter Training and Elections has been rescheduled to Saturday March 13th at same place and same time.  There is one major change.  Instead of three training sessions it will be two sessions in the morning, followed by lunch after which the Trustee election will occur.  Following Trustee election the assembled body will break into Div 4 and Div 18 for Divisional Council meetings and LTG elections.  Please mark your calendars and be register if you and your club have not registered.  Those who have already registered once the final sessions are decided upon, you will be notified that you can change your selections.  Thanks for your understanding.

08:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Make up Board Meeting.

02:  Interclub with Circle K Club at Bryant Stratton College (8141 Hull Street) from 5:30 till 6:15 p.m. see Kris for details.

01:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting

February 2010

26-28:  Capital District Midwinter Conference and 50th Annual Circle K International Convention to be held in Arlington at Hyatt Regency Crystal City February 26-28. All Chester and Division 18 kiwanians are encouraged to attend. Support the Capital District, our District Foundation, Sponsored Organizations and our beloved LTG Bob Cassada with a strong turnout.  Don't miss the Casino night Friday benefitting Capial District Kiwanis Foundation and great training sessions all day Saturday. In honor of CKI's 50th year, Kiwanis International President Paul Palazzolo will be on hand to facilitate several workshops and as keynote speaker at the Saturday Night Banquet. Sign up by Feb. 5 for discounted rates. Full details at www.novakiwanis.org/midwinter.

27:  Kiwanis Club of Central Chesterfield:  4th Annual Chester Oyster Feast, 1:00 PM.   $25 per person. Dale Ruritan Club, Rt. 10 and Chippenham Pkwy. Details: Phil Cunningham, 748-6556 or Paul Brown, 732-2706.
24:  TDHS Key Club - old auditorium at Thomas Dale High School at 6:30 p.m.- see Kris Derr for details.

22:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Guest speakers were Kevin Bacon, his dad Harris Bacon and Tom Hoof.  Harris and Tom are civilian members, two of 28, that are charged with providing administrative oversight for Crime Solvers. Harris has been President twice and Tom Hoof four times.  Crime Solvers was created to overcome the two main problems which prevent law enforcement from obtaining information about crimes from citizens. Fear and apathy. Crime Solvers mission is to provide an anonymous means to the public for reporting information to the police about crime. The citizens can provide tips without disclosing their names. Tips are provided to two full time Police Coordinators who are responsible for the day to day operation of Crime Solvers. Tips do not come through the law enforcement channel.  Rewards, which are approved by the civilian member board, are paid for tips that lead to an arrest.  In this day and age, telephone calls are only ones means of receiving tips.  Text-a-tip and web site tips are very popular.  Crime Solvers has a speakers bureau and can provide a speaker for any event.  Contact (804) 748-1278. 

17:  Ash Wednesday

16:  Mardi Gras

15:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program:  Nicole Jordan and Beth Jaeckle introduced the 2009-2010 Thomas Dale High School Keyette Club Officers.  Each of the officers presented a summary of their projects and activities for the semester.  The keyette club logged 1,500 hours of community service for the semester.  This included projects such as the YMCA Kids Night Out, Fall Festival and Light Up the Night.  The club helps out with many activities at Bon Secours Nursing Home, tutoring, ChesterFest, canned food drive for Christmas Mother, and making blankets for the Jackson-Feild Home for Girls. The Kiwanis Club of Chester could not be more pleased to help sponsor the TDHS Keyette Club. 

15:  President's Day

14:  Chinese/Lunar New Year

14:  Valentine's Day 

08:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program: Keyettes with Beth Jaeckle, the TDHS Sponsor.

02:  Groundhog Day

01:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting

January 2010

30:  Heart of Virginia Mid-Winter Training  ALERT:  From Lt. Governor Bob Cassada - Due to the expected snow the HOV Mid-winter  Training and Election is being postponed.  As soon as the committee can agree on a new date we will get that information to the clubs.  The committee realizes that this will create a hardship for many of you as your schedules are full of activities, especially on a Saturday.  Stay safe and warm.

30:  Regional Midwinter Conference.   This is a one day conference at JSRCC is a separate event from the DISTRICT Midwinter conference in Arlington.  Attendance at both events is encouraged, as both offer excellent, although distinctly different opportunities for learning and fellowship.

25:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program: Ed Montgomery who will speak about CaringBridge, Connecting Family and Friends When Health Matters Most.  We were pleased to have Ed Montgomery as our guest speaker.  By trade, Ed has been a handyman and licensed commercial builder.  A couple years ago, Ed's dentist advised him to see a specialist concerning swelling of his lymph nodes on his neck.  Ed went on to discover that he had throat cancer.  Ed described his ordeals with having his cancer treated through recent advancements in treating cancer.  Ed went under chemo therapy and suffered many side-effects including loss of hair, loss of taste, trouble with salivary glands, trouble swallowing, weight loss, and other sicknesses.  Ed showed the brass and silver filters used during radiation therapy where he underwent eight weeks of treatments.  During this time, Ed became aware of caringbridge.org where he developed a web site to stay in touch with his family and friends.  As many have found with serious illnesses, family and friends may be hesitate to communicate often as not to disturb the patient.  Though the use of the CaringBridge web technology, patients have an easier time staying in communication and relaying progress and soliciting support.  To learn more about Ed's compelling story of surviving cancer, please click here to view his web site where you can also order his book "Ed, It was Malignant".

23:  Kiwanis Club of Hopewell:  Pancake Supper, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Masonic Lodge on W. Broad in Hopewell.  Tickets $5.00.

21:  95th Anniversary of Kiwanis International

18:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Program: Our guest speakers were Kathy Jentgen, Executive Director of the Chester YMCA and Mary Jo Dodson, Board of Management Chair for the Chester YMCA.  Kathy has been with the Chester YMCA for six years, with prior experience with the YMCA in Ohio.  Kathy has been married for 36 years and has two grown children and two grandsons.  The YMCA serves 150,000 people in the greater Richmond area.  The YMCA is the largest provider of child care services in our nation.  The YMCA's Bright Beginnings program provides children in need with such items as clothing, pens, paper and pencils.  The Marquerite Fun Club serves 25 children from section 8 housing development.  This year, the YMCA was pleased to induct 32 children in their Leaders Club volunteer program to read to patients at Lucy Corr Nursing Home.  The YMCA would like to add on to their facility as they continue to grow, including a family friendly pool and teen center.  David Elswick displayed Kiwanis Club Promotional Material developed in conjunction with Rick Dodson.

18:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day

11:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Our speaker was Kiwanis Club of Chester member Bill Fox.  Bill provided us with techniques on how to use a digital camera when taking pictures for sporting events.  Bill explained the need to adjust camera settings for proper shutter speed and ISO to have brighter pictures that are nut blurred.  We were pleased to host two inter-club meetings with both the Richmond and Colonial Heights Kiwanis Clubs.  President Gary Burleigh announced that the Hopewell Kiwanis Club will be having a pancake supper this Saturday January 23 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Masonic Lodge on West Broad Street in Hopewell.  Tom Williams has asked that anyone interest in being a member of the Fund Raising Committee to contact him as soon as possible.  Please note that the Kiwanis International Board directed the staff to prepare a change that will be effective April 1, 2010 if the Board approves it at its meeting next week in Indianapolis.  Tom Varner spoke with Ellis and he said that as far as he knew the vote is just a formality as it was the Board that directed it to take place. Everyone expects it to be approved by the Board.  There are two situations:  Until March 30, 2010, all new members will pay a $50 new member fee.   Members joining April 1, 2010 and thereafter will pay the prorated annual dues fee; the new member fee will be discontinued. The proration is as follows for US clubs. So the April first  new member would pay $36, May $30, etc.   Please Click Here to view the rational for this proposal.

04:  Chester Kiwanis:  Meeting, Board Meeting

01:  New Year's Day

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

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