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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Soap Box Derby T-shirts for sale
by Snow, David

Several Kiwanis members have expressed an interest in getting a T-shirt worn by the Soap Box Derby racers last month, and they are now being made available.

 Those interested in buying a T-shirt should contact Mark Johnson at a Kiwanis meeting or send an e-mail to with your shirt size. T-shirts cost $15. There needs to be a total of at least 13 T-shirts ordered before the order can be made.

Mark Lindsey discusses Rotary Auction
by Snow, David

The Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville welcomed guest speaker Mark Lindsey, who spoke about the upcoming Rotary Auction.

The Rotary Auction will take place April 21-26 at the War Memorial Building with the theme “Fit for the Future.” The auction’s goal is to raise $315,000 for the Rotary Scholars Program. The auction will run from 7 to 10 p.m. each night, except for April 23, which will run from 6 to 10 p.m. It will be broadcast on WHOP radio (95.3 FM and AM 1230).

The auction will continue its diner with barbecue and pork chops, with ribs on April 21, chicken on April 24 and catfish on April 25. The country store and mini-auction will be held in the front of the building April 21-23.

Lindsey said the group changed the Century Club to the Hour Club to help with college tuition because one hour of college instruction costs $144. The Rotary Scholars Program involved 44 students in 2012 and 83 students in 2013, almost doubling the previous year’s total.

Following the meeting, the board unanimously voted to move $5,000 earmarked for attendance at the international meeting in Tokyo in July to help send eight to 12 students to camp to learn leadership, values and fellowship.

The next meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville will be at noon on Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville and Christian County at 1600 Walnut St. in Hopkinsville.

Mayoral debate featured at joint meeting
by Snow, David

Two of the four candidates for Hopkinsville mayor attended a debate held at the April 3 joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs of Hopkinsville at the War Memorial Building.

Republican Party candidate Carter Henricks and Democratic Party candidate Willie R. Kendrick addressed questions sent by club members. Not in attendance were Republican Party candidate Jason McCraw and Democratic Party candidate Joey Pendleton.

Yasmin Ausenbaugh of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville and Robert Martin of the Rotary Club of Hopkinsville served as the event’s moderators. Debate organizer Roxane Thomas and Kiley Kisselbaugh served as the timers of the event.

Each candidate had 90 seconds for opening remarks, two minutes to answer questions, one minute for rebuttal and two minutes for closing remarks. Questions were submitted by members of both clubs.

Followingare excerpts from the debate.

Opening remarks

Kendrick: To the moderators and all of my fellow Kiwanians and to the Rotary Club, I bring you greetings today as a candidate, Willie Kendrick, for Democratic nomination for mayor of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. I also bring you greetings especially to the Rotary Club on behalf of my brother, George Kendrick, who passed on Tuesday, and my brother Bruce and myself for the loans that we received when we went to college. And I want you all to know that “the old goat man,” Mr. W.F. Hammond, and Mr. Haynes, who loaned the money, but he was also a counselor. So, I wanted especially to thank the Rotarians for the help that you gave all three of us. And I’m proud to let you know that all three of us are graduates of Western Kentucky University. Now, I was born here in Hopkinsville; I went to local schools. After school, I joined the United States Marine Corps. After joining the United States Marine Corps, I was sent to the Republic of Vietnam, where I was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart and also a Good Conduct Medal. After getting out of the Marine Corps, I came home and went to college and became a graduate of Western Kentucky University, moved to St. Louis for a couple of years and I moved back to Hopkinsville. I worked for Pennyrile Allied Community Services for six years as a job development counselor before going into the field of real estate. I was in real estate for 26 years.

Hendricks: Well, good afternoon, everyone. And I’ve got to tell you, this is a little bit surreal for me as I’ve been thinking about this afternoon, and I certainly appreciate you giving me the chance to be here before you, sharing ideas and opinions and thoughts about how we can move Hopkinsville forward. The greatest challenge I’m going to have today is staying within that timed response, huh? Yeah, I think so, too, but I’m going to do my best, and I promise not to look out of my left eye when they shine those (time remaining) cards for me so I can claim that I just didn’t see it, Willie. I also want to thank Willie Kendrick over here for being here this afternoon. I think it’s critically important that if you want to be the mayor of this community that you show up, that you show up to debates and town halls and forums, and you do so each and every time that you’re invited. (Applause) Willie, I appreciate you being here. I think it shows that you care about this community, as I do. You know, as I thought about what I say to you, many of you, I’ve known for a long time now, so I don’t want to bore you with a biography. You could read that on the website if you want to. Kiwanians, you’ve grown tired of hearing my voice over the last year-and-a-half or two years, anyway, so I won’t bore you with that. As I was thinking about what I would say this morning or this afternoon by way of introduction, I was in my office and I looked up and it kind of dawned on me. Sitting right before me was a Jerry Claiborne Award presented to me by the Rotary Club in 1991. And I remember that award like it was yesterday, and that meant a lot to me then and it means a lot to me now, enough that it’s setting on my wall. And I turned around and looked on the other wall, and in 2006, this Kiwanis Club presented me along with everyone else who planned the inaugural Soap Box Derby with Kiwanian of the Year. And so, what I want to say to you is how proud I am of you, the No. 1 Rotary Auction in the world, and you, the No. 2 Kiwanis Soap Box Derby in the world, and all reports certainty.

Q: What is your philosophy on leadership, and how will that translate after being elected?

Kendrick: My philosophy on leadership is No. 1, you have to communicate effectively, you must have good interpersonal skills and you must be able to — once you communicate — to coordinate and also to collaborate. So, my philosophy is to learn to work with all people, regardless of whether they’re Democrat or Republican or independent, regardless of racial or ethnic background. I can work with everybody. I proved that by being in the United States Marine Corps. I’ve been around the world — Bangkok, Thailand; Vietnam; Hawaii — in the United States Marine Corps. I’ve never had a problem. So, that’s my philosophy. I can work with anybody.

Hendricks: That’s a great question, and I’ve got a little bit of an advantage to the extent that I used to teach leadership development courses for Concordia University of Saint Paul (Minn.), so I’ve spent a lot of energy thinking about leadership development theory. But, more importantly, over the last 10 years, I feel like I’ve had a lot of experience in this community that you’ve seen, first-hand, as a leader. So, I certainly hope that what I’m about to say as a philosophy, you see it ring true, but I think it’s really quite simple. I think you have to value every person that you interact with for the person that they are. If you’re a true leader, then you’re going to find the potential in each and every one that’s working around you, and you’ll recruit people to work with you that are leaders themselves. So, that’s kind of No. 1: You respect each person for their inherent individual talent, and that allows you to work across parties, across races, across income levels — across any difference, really, and always maintain the ability to gain influence and work with those that you’re trying to work with. The second thing I think you have to do is hold each other accountable. Leaders hold others accountable and they hold themselves accountable, and we must remain committed to strong standards and to high expectations of this community, and you need a leader that’s going to hold themselves and this community accountable to ambitious goals. Third, you do need to be a good communicator, but that’s more than just speaking at a microphone. That’s understanding the use of social media in today’s world. That’s understanding the value of face-to-face interaction in today’s world. That’s making sure that we do everything we can to bring those that you’re trying to lead along with the decisions and discussions that we think are important. Because ultimately, you’re not leading if no one’s following, and over the last 10 years, I think I’ve proven to you that if you’ll give me the chance to lead, there will be those that will follow, and if we do it right with the right attitude and the right energy and the right purpose, that we’re going to move Hopkinsville in the right direction. Thank you.

Q: Do you see Fort Campbell as one of the keys to our economic future, and what is the mayor’s role in the Fort Campbell relationship?

Hendricks: My dad retired as a command sergeant major in 1973, the year I was born at Fort Campbell Army Hospital, which is now the MP Battalion, so it was the old hospital. I had five eye surgeries at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, and for the last 10 years or so at the Chamber of Commerce, I’ve worked diligently every single day to ensure that we have a strong relationship with Fort Campbell, so to answer that question succinctly, yes, I believe it is absolutely vital to the economic future of this community and this region and this country that we have a strong Fort Campbell. A four-and-a-half billion-dollar economic impact every single year out of the 30,000-plus soldiers that are stationed at Fort Campbell. So, whoever you decide to elect for mayor, whether they answer that question “Yes” or “No” today, the reality is: Fort Campbell is vital to us from an economic perspective. But there’s another side of it that I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about it today, and that’s the idea that the very character of those that serve at Fort Campbell enhance the very character of this community. So, we can measure dollars in tangible ways, and that’s very important. Four-and-a-half billion dollars creates a lot of business opportunity. But, more importantly, those men and women who serve who live next door to us who are neighbors living across the back fence, side by side, they go to church with us, they serve with us — many who are veterans — you represent the values that will ensure we are a strong community, whether we are in a recession or in a boom cycle, and that’s the kind of impact that Fort Campbell represents at the basest level, an impact that makes us better as a community, and that’s why we have to do everything we can to recruit more of the Fort Campbell families to live right here in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and I know you know that I will be committed to doing that as the mayor of Hopkinsville. What can we do specifically? We have to attend events at Fort Campbell. We have to make sure we support our Military Affairs Committee and our Chamber of Commerce as they recruit and advertise military families moving into this area. We have to have good housing, quality streets, safe neighborhoods, outstanding schools. We have to be a community that others want to be, and we have to make sure the soldiers at Fort Campbell know about us before they ever land at Fort Campbell. But I will remain committed to that priority as I have been for the last nine-and-a-half years.

Kendrick: As Carter has said, he enumerated some of the things that I feel about Fort Campbell. Fort Campbell has a great impact on the Hopkinsville-Clarksville area, and if you look at Fort Campbell today, a lot of times, we work with the command people, but we need to get down to the lower level: to the sergeants and the NCOs, the lieutenants, the captains and the majors, because economic impact — we can look at Clarksville and see how much it impacted that area. One thing that hurts us is — I was in real estate for 26 years, and I had an office in Oak Grove and an office in Hopkinsville, and I used to deal with a lot of the soldiers that were, like, staff sergeants, and they would tell me that the problem with Hopkinsville was that there was a lack of housing. A lot of soldiers have two or three children, and they don’t want to live in an apartment, and Clarksville has more what I would say is affordable housing that is up to military standards. They just can’t live anywhere any more. So, Hopkinsville — I think we’re doing a good job because it has increased, the amount of soldiers in Hopkinsville has increased that’s high-ranking at Fort Campbell. I have a niece that’s high-ranking down there at Fort Campbell. I get a variety of information from her. A lot of soldiers desire Hopkinsville over Clarksville. They can actually get back to the base faster even though it’s a longer distance. So, what we’re going to have to do, I think — we don’t have developers here that could probably build 100 houses and wait until they are rented. But Clarksville — they have a program in Clarksville where if you build 100 homes and you contract with Fort Campbell to rent those only to military people, when they are out and gone, you still get paid. So, that’s the kind of thing we need to do. We need to find some major developers to come in to build some housing that would be affordable for the soldiers — 70 to 80 (houses) at $1,000 rent. And then, I think if we can do that, we would attract more soldiers.

Hendricks: It’s the first official rebuttal — I’m so excited! It’s not necessarily a rebuttal. I actually want to continue off of something you said, Willie. I think you made a good point. We talk about 30,000 soldiers at Fort Campbell. Roughly 28,000 of those soldiers would be what we call “junior enlisted” or “local ranking officers.” So, if we’re going to have the biggest impact recruiting military to make their home in Hopkinsville, then you absolutely right on, Willie. We’ve got to be working within that arena and understand that that’s our true opportunity. The last 10 years, that’s what we’ve done at the Chamber of Commerce, and I’m happy to report as you said, Willie, that things have improved. In fact, in 2005, 13 percent of those living off-post chose to live in Christian County — 13 percent. Right now, it’s about 22 percent, if I’m not mistaken, Kensley (McLellan), somewhere in that ballpark. So, just about a 10-percent increase in the last nine years, and we need to see that pace pick up. But that’s certainly an improvement, and I’m very excited that we can report that today and we can continue to work and move that forward as the next mayor.

Kendrick: I just wanted to say that one thing I found out in dealing with the soldiers: I’m a certified post-traumatic stress disorder counselor. I thought I brought my pin with me. I took a six-week course over in Nashville at the Veterans Administration. It was backed by Vanderbilt University’s psychiatric department. Now, the best way to recruit soldiers from what I understand is when they’re in Germany and they’re ready to deploy back to the United States, or in Iraq and ready to deploy back, we need to have a couple of representatives to go there and talk with them. That’s what Clarksville is doing, and they’re beating us by doing that. So, they know Clarksville, but they don’t know Hopkinsville until they get to Fort Campbell. So, we need to send some representatives to those areas to explain to them Hopkinsville. We have a great historian here. We can get all the information we want from Mr. William Turner, one of my former professors. And so, that’s what I think we need to do, meet them at the point where they want to come back.

Q: Do you have any ideas for further downtown revitalization?

Kendrick: Yes, my idea of our downtown revitalization is to continue on what Mayor Kemp and his staff has done. I think our downtown is becoming a vibrant place to be. I look at Paducah, I look at Bowling Green and other areas to be compared to Hopkinsville, and really, I think we’re doing a great job right now in improving our downtown. We’ve got our new city building, and once that’s built and occupied, I think that’s going to attract other avenues of entrepreneurship. I know of some people that are looking to bring some retail stores in this area that would cater to people that are in the downtown facilities. That would be my idea, to piggyback off of that, our new city building.

Hendricks: Just last week, a good friend of mine left me an article about Gwinnett — I think it was Alabama; it might have been Georgia — and some of their downtown revitalization, and this article was bragging about roughly $15 million worth of investment in their downtown, private and public, over the last 15 years or so. And I thought, “Well, that seems like a lot of money if you read the article,” but I’m familiar with the fact that downtown Hopkinsville has seen about $12 million worth of investment in the last two-and-a-half years, if you count the downtown building project that’s under way right now. And so, I would agree with Willie that we have some development going downtown, but we need to continue to push that. We need to get more aggressive. And so, for instance, somebody considering their placement of downtown revitalization projects could use more teeth and they’d be more enticed to try developers to sink their money into downtown. We’ve got to continue to expand our parks and recreation infrastructure, which draws people to the downtown area who would then use our retail stores that we have and our retail opportunities and our restaurant opportunities. And so, things like the Rails to Trails project are much more than health and wellness; they are also connecting our downtown to the neighborhoods in the south end of the community, potentially all the way to the James E. Bruce Convention Center. Now, visualize that with me. The James E. Bruce Center connected to downtown by a walking, running and biking trail? Wouldn’t that be a beautiful thing? And it’s that type of investment and those types of connectivities along with the continued address of revitalization efforts that are going to help our downtown growth. But we’ve got to approach the reality that we’re also going to grow in other areas, and it doesn’t have to be affixed to downtown. So, let’s be strategic, let’s continue to invest in the incentives that certainly began working but we need to see more of, let’s make sure that we’re converting second stories to residential properties because there is a demand for nice rental properties in Hopkinsville, especially in the downtown area, and let’s be sure that we continue to have the quality of life and infrastructure items like the farmers’ market, the Rails to Trails project and, hopefully, in improving and expanding the library in the near future so we can get people downtown for festivals, events, for living and for shopping, and your next mayor is going to have to be serious about it and be very creative and think outside the box to continue to invest in the future.

Mayoral debate to highlight joint meeting Thursday
by Snow, David
A mayoral debate between Republican candidate Carter Hendricks and Democratic candidate Willie R. Kendrick will take place at the joint meeting of Kiwanis and Rotary clubs of Hopkinsville on April 3 at the War Memorial Building.

Republican Party candidate Carter Hendricks and Democratic Party candidate Willie R. Kendrick will take part in the debate. Each candidate will have 90 seconds for opening remarks, 2 minutes to answer questions, 1 minute for any rebuttal and 3 minutes for closing remarks. Kiwanian Yasmin Ausenbaugh and Rotarian Robert Martin will serve as the debate’s moderators.

Questions will be submitted by club members and will be reviewed to prevent redundancy before being given to the moderators.

“Both clubs are voting groups, and they are smart groups,” said debate organizer Roxane Thomas. “I think this is a great opportunity to be in front of this type of group.”

Hendricks is running against Jason McGraw in the Republican primary, while Kendrick is running against Joey Pendleton in the Democratic primary. Both primary elections will be held on May 20.

Warren Beeler speaks to Kiwanis
by Snow, David

Warren Beeler, an agriculture policy advisor with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, speaks at the March 27 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville.

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Warren Beeler, an agriculture policy advisor with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, was the guest speaker at the March 27 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville.

Beeler spoke about agricultural efficiency, of the nation’s farmers doing more with less and how production has improved over the years.

“In 1961, we had 6.1 billion acres of farmland,” he said. “By 2001, we had added 69 million in the world, but in the United States, we lost 22 million. So, when we say we’ve got to produce more with less, that’s exactly what we mean.”

Beeler said the improvement in animal housing and care facilities has made a huge difference in agricultural output. Technology has also aided in the improvement in efficiency.

Beeler closed by answering several questions from Kiwanians.

Beeler has served the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for 15 years in livestock marketing and show and fair promotion. Along with advising Commissioner James Comer on agricultural issues, Beeler speaks on behalf of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at agriculture conferences and workshops.

More information can be found online at or by calling the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at 502-564-4983.

*Earning awards from the Salvation Army were Lisa Selbe and the Warm the Children program for their assistance during the Christmas holiday. The Kiwanis Club was also recognized for its great participation as bell ringers during the holidays.

*The Kiwanis board meeting will take place at noon on Tuesday, April 1, at the Pennyroyal Hospice.

*The meeting of the Soapbox Derby committee will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at First Christian Church.

*The next meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville be a joint meeting between the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club of Hopkinsville at noon on Thursday, April 3, at the War Memorial Building.

Kiwanis Welcomes Ag Commissioner Jamie Comer
by Hendricks, Carter
Be sure to come out to next week's Kiwanis Meeting, September 5, 12pm as we welcome Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer.  Christian County ranks in the Top 5 in most major crop categories.  This will be a great chance to hear from our Ag Commissioner firsthand!  Bring a guest and encourage them to, we'll be installing new members...See you next Thursday!!!

On Thursday, September 5, 12pm, the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club is pleased to welcome Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer.  Commissioner Comer will share an update on agriculture in our region and the Commonwealth.  Christian County ranks in the Top 5 in most major crop categories so Commissioner Comer's comments will certainly be relevant to our local economy!

Also, the Hopkinsivlle Kiwanis Club will be welcome several new members that have joined during our current membership drive....not a member yet?  Don't delay, contact the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club today or visit the club's next meeting, September 5, 12pm in the War Memorial Building.

Kiwanians Invite Guests to August 22nd Meeting
by Hendricks, Carter

The Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club invites any guest or interested persons to attend our club meeting on August 22, 12pm at the War Memorial Building to learn about our club and its mission to save the world one child and one community at a time.  The meeting's program will feature area football coaches as they discuss the upcoming season.  In addition, the Kiwanis Club will offer special remarks highlighting the impact of our club.  Lunch is provided at no cost to guests.

If you can't make our meeting on the 22nd, don't Carter Hendricks at and we'll get you set up to attend an upcoming meeting! 

Of course, we are always recruiting new members so let us know if you have interest in joining our club and helping to make a difference in our region...good lunches, great friends, and big impact...that's being a Kiwanian!

Kiwanis Leadership Learns to Lead
by Hendricks, Carter
Recently, club leaders have had a chance to learn and grow as we try to improve our child at a time...

President-elect Steve Barrios recently returned from the Kiwanis International Convention in Vancouver, Canada and offered a great report at the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club's recent Board Meeting.  Steve was excited to have the opportunity to learn from other clubs while bragging on our own club.  He had the opportunity to share about the ever popular Soapbox Derby!

In addition, Steve and Club President, Carter Hendricks, will be traveling August 8-10 to participate in the Kentucky-Tennessee District Convention in Prestonsburg, KY.  Both are excited to attend, learn, and come back better prepared to help our members grow the club and improve the community.  Steve will also be participating in the mandatory Club Leadership training.

For more information on the International or District Convention, please see Carter Hendricks, Club President!

Kiwanis Considering 2013 Ornament
by Hendricks, Carter

The Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club is considering its options for the 2013 Kiwanis ornament, a collectible item for only $8.  Previous year ornaments include Fort Campbell Memorial Park, Ferrel's, the Pennyroyal Area Museum, Fort Campbell, and the Trail of Tears Commemorative ornament in 2012...among other ornaments.

Club President, Carter Hendricks, recently commented, "We are always excited to choose our new ornament.  We have some good choices this year and I look forward to working with the members and the community to ensure we have a good year of selling!"

The 2014 ornament will be chosen and ordered by end of July 2013.  The Kiwanis Club will make the ornament available to the public in late October with hopes of stuffing many stockings throughout our community with the official 2014 Kiwanis ornament.  Be looking for more information regarding the the 2014 ornament and our ever popular mixed nuts as the holiday season approaches.

News with Annitude
by Ptaszek, Barbara

Last week Annie gave up an overview of the News happenings in 2012.

She spoke of the many different events that occurred no only in Christian County, but Trigg as well:

Eggners Ferry Bridge Colaspe

Veterans Center Opening

High School Bomb Threats

Welcoming home Ft. Campbell Soldiers

Gander Ceremony

And many many more, Thanks Annie for a wonderful Year in Review with attitude..


by Ptaszek, Barbara

It is with sadness that we mourn the loss of fellow Kiwanian Jim Love. Jim’s infectious smile and positive attitude helped to shape our club and community for over 30 years. His news with Love will be absent from now on, but  his spirit and memory will live forever in our club and in our hearts.

 Rest In Peace Jim, our fellow Kiwanian and eternal Cubs Fan.


Campanile Productions’ A Christmas Carol
by Ptaszek, Barbara

  Some of the cast members from Campanile Productions’ A Christmas Carol, Russ Guffey, Melanie Ozburn and Dr. Jeff Riggs, shared with us about the production and some of the up and coming musicals that will be presented at the Alhambra. Dr. Riggs told us that their cast and crew are all local people in the community.

            Some of the up coming musicals are:

Annie Get Your Gun, March 15,16 &17

Steel Magnolias, May 10, 11 & 12

Broadway Bound, June 14, 15 & 16

Visit their web for more information                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                














2012-2013 High School Basketball teams
by Ptaszek, Barbara

  The basketball coaches from each High School gave us an  outlook at their upcoming schedules against  their  opponents. Each school will be playing each other so it was fun to see them talk about  competing against one another.   Go out and support your favorite team at a game.



JROTC soldier care boxes
by Ptaszek, Barbara

Pembroke K-Kids President Gabe Hellums and K-Kids Sponsor Taylor Gatespresented items collected by the Pembroke K-Kids for the JROTC soldier care boxes.  in addition, Kiwanian Lisa Selbe presented a check and donated items to Colonel Sartain for the JROTC soldier care boxes.


Colonel Mitchell Sartain, Junior ROTC
by Ptaszek, Barbara

Retired Colonel Sartain has been the JROTC instructor at Fort Campbell High School since 2008. He began by noting the similarities between Kiwanis objectives and the goals and aims of the JROTC. He shared with us the organizational chart for the JROTC and explained some of the responsibilities of the different positions in the organization.

             There are currently 202 students involved in the program at FCHS. They have a Drill Team, Color Guard, Raiders, and Rifle Team. They will be participating in the Veteran's Day parade in Hopkinsville on Saturday, 11/10/12, as well as the Veteran's Day ceremony at the Kentucky Veteran's Cemetery West on Monday, 11/12/12, among many other local events in the Hopkinsville/Clarksville area. He told us that their current project is FCHS Falcon Battalion Troop Holiday Packages for which our club has been collecting items during the last few weeks.


Pennyroyal Arts Council
by Pyle, Selina


Josh Maxwell with the Pennroyal Arts Council gave us a preview of some of the events that will be happing at the Alhambra this year. You can find out more about their happenings on their website.





Christmas Ornaments
by Pyle, Selina
Our New Christmas Ornaments are in and ready for everyone to sell. Please see Guy Howie on getting them, also we have some from previous years.
New Member
by Pyle, Selina

Eli Pace, Editor for Kentucky New Era.


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Induction of 2012-2013 Officers & Board Members
by Pyle, Selina


Club officers for the 2012-2013 Kiwanis year include:

· Carter Hendricks, President

· Steve Barrios, President-Elect

· Guy Howie, Vice President

· Wally Lyon, Secretary

· Phil Camp, Treasurer

· Barbara Ptaszek, Immediate Past President

David Ptaszek, Pennyroyal Center
by Pyle, Selina

David was guest speaker at Kiwanis on August 2. He have a brief history of mental health practices in our country and how attitudes have changed over the years as we deal with persons with mental illness, mental retardation, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse & other mental health issues.

David also provided background  info about the Pennyroyal Center. Therapeutic rehabilitation groups are held now to help people reintegrate into the community after receiving therapy & assistance through PC.

He talked  about Trace Industries & how it helps people be productive while producing equipment for the US Army & services for local industries. PC serves as many as 18,000 different people in a year through as many as 300,000 visits. Pennyroyal Center is a not-for-profit organization providing valuable services for 8 counties in western Kentucky


The Eliminate Project
by Pyle, Selina

John, is a passionate philanthropist and Kiwanian. He talked about the villages that he visited, and with $100, 000 in his pocket he was wonder how he was going to change the world. But with the help of Kiwanis, UNICEF and the Governments he did just that.

He told that Kiwanians needed to know how $ 1.80 can protect a woman and her future babies with vaccine of tetanus. So our help with the Eliminate Project will do that.


Thanks John for sharing your story with us.


District Governor's Visit
by Pyle, Selina
Don Ritter, District made a visit to our club on February 23rd along with some members from the Russellville Kiwanis Club.
The Road to Recovery: Your Chamber and Community in 2012
by Pyle, Selina
My Hat is off to You!
by Pyle, Selina

April 5, 2012


You are where the action is, and I want you to know what you have done! For the first time in this, our 2011-2012 administrative year, the Kentucky-Tennessee District now has more than 5,000 members, and we are continuing to grow our membership and our service. Fifteen of our 18 divisions experienced positive growth trends in the month of March. The names of the presidents and secretaries of those clubs that experienced member growth in March are listed at the end of this message. This is my note of appreciation to you for what you have done and are continuing to do.

Please note that many, many clubs have experienced no change in their member numbers. At the very least this means our district is experiencing great retention, and that is highly commendable. But we also need to remember that some clubs may have lost members that were replaced by an equivalent number of new members, and in a way this is also growth; I can't give you the credit you deserve because the monthly membership report from International does not reveal that information. If your club fits that category please accept my thanks and accept my regrets for not being able to name you, too. Just hang on to that good feeling, knowing how important you also are to our efforts to serve the children of the world.

Below are the names (if available) of the presidents and secretaries of those clubs that had a positive membership growth in March. Congratulations to each of you for your leadership in encouraging your members to recruit new members and for your achievement!!!!!!

President Barbara Ptaszek and Secretary Wallie Lyon of the Hopkinsville club

Thanks, again.


Donald E. "Don" Ritter
Governor 2011-2012
Kentucky-Tennessee Kiwanis District
Serving the Children of the World -- Together We Will


Soap Box Derby Website
by Pyle, Selina
The Soap Box Derby Website is up and going! As well as the Facebook Page. Please go in and look around and Like us on Facebook.