First, I want to thank the Golden K members for the nice card! It certainly was a day
brightener! Also, thanks to Mike Sheehan for his hospital visit and calls. And thanks to
President- Elect Joe Hennessey for taking the meetings in my absence. It made things much
easier to know everything was covered.
I continue in cardio rehab and frequent blood work
for warfarin levels. Each day shows improvement as this journey continues. Since February is
thought of as heart month, the search for an appropriate joke or poem yielded little.
enjoy the very touching Redneck poem. Only two verses are quoted as it continued in a
downward fashion. If you are touched by it, the other verses can be found at the source.
A Redneck Valentine's Day Poem: Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-redneck-valentines-day-poem
Collards is green, yer eyes ain't blue
I am so lucky to have a darlin' like you.
Ya kin strip a motor in just few minutes
And still have time to go hunt supper and even skin it.
We go together like a skunk and stink
Ever time I see ya my eye starts to wink.
Yer love fer me is like a roll of duct tape
Ya hold me together each time I break.
Since this will be a bi-monthly edition, it seems appropriate to mention the two great days
of March. First, St. Urho's Day on March 16. The legend of St. Urho is not the product of
one person, but of many. The original character is usually traced to Virginia, Minnesota,
but like most good legends, there have been many voices in creating the history of St. Urho.
Also, it seems large amounts of liquor were involved in the creation. It is based on St Urho
driving out grasshoppers from Finland, as the grape crop was destroyed, thus, impairing the
production of wine. Actually, the Finns were jealous of the Irish having a special day, and
wanted to celebrate two days instead of one day. Obviously, the main difference between
Urho and St. Patrick is the fact that St Patrick really lived!
Saint Patrick's Day is
observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside
Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a
solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself. The other
major difference is no alcohol was or is now involved in celebrating the life of good St
Patrick! At least that is what my Irish friends tell me!
So, you might wonder - what has this to do with Golden K Kiwanis? I must admit - nothing.
Noticed in the Board agenda that nominations will be discussed and the annual audit. After
a month-long leave, it will take a bit to get on track. Hopefully, by April, my article will
be more to the point.
Remember, what we do as Kiwanis is important!!!!! As we look at the world around us there
are so many needs. We may think the things we take part in are not very important - but, they
are to those who need the help, and those providing it!!! Keep up the good work and please
remember the Golden K members who are no longer able to attend!
. . . Al
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched
- they must be felt with the heart.
- - Helen Keller
Deanna and I will be on our "winter getaway" from late February until mid March. As a
result, I am posting this newsletter as a combined February and March newsletter. Our next
newsletter will be published on April 12. We will be thinking of you on the golf course :-)
Isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?
- - Zig Ziglar
2017-18 Officer Nominations Process
At our February Board meeting Secretary, Mike Sheehan, and Two Year Board Members, Jim Ertelt, Dave Paxton, and Dick Zelenski were designated as the nominating committee for
officer and Board member elections for next year.
The Golden K positions of President [our
presumptive nominee is Joe Hennessey], Next President, Treasurer and 3 Two Year Board
Members will be elected later this year. The nominating committee's objective is to have a
slate of those officers ready to present to the members for consideration in April.
consider serving Golden K as an officer or Board member and contact either Mike, Jim, Dave, or Dick if you have an interest in serving.
This election could come down to just a handful of votes. It could come down to just one vote.
- - Vicky Hartzler
Food for Kidz is April 1
For the past 6 years MN/DAK Region 7 Kiwanis has chosen "Food for Kidz" as its Kiwanis "One
Day" service activity. Again this year, clubs from around our region and other volunteer
groups will gather in Stewartville to package food for needy children in the US and around
the world. The goal this year is 120,000 meals packaged.
Russ Hird is our Golden K program
chair for this annual event. Russ will be posting volunteer sign up sheets shortly
requesting our participation in 2 hour shifts. Please consider volunteering. Those of us
who participate car pool over. It is a relatively easy volunteer activity and so rewarding.
Only as much food can be packaged as funding provides for the raw materials needed.
established goal for contribution from each club is $2000. With our limited charitable
contribution budget and only the single fund raising event [Peanut Days] each year, it is of
course not possible for Golden K to meet that donation objective. Russ will also be talking
to us about the opportunity to make personal contributions to this most worthwhile need as a
way of helping to bridge the gap between what is requested of our club and what we are able
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
- - Tecumseh
Our Golden K Club Banners
We have 3 banners representing achievements and recognition over the years earned by Kiwanis
Golden K. You may have noticed we have started to display them - one at a time - at our
meetings. We will change them up about every month. Let's be proud of our club's history!
Key Kiwanis Dates in February and March
For your interest and information:
February 16 is "World Read Aloud Day"
February 17 is "Random Acts of Kindness Day"
March 1 is "Read Across America Day"
March 7 is IHOP National Pancake Day [Kiwanis is a national partner of IHOP in this
Page last updated by Dick Zelenski on February 10, 2017