Richmond Kiwanis Club

January, 2012 Newsletter

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the
Galaxy Bowling Conference Room, 1025 Amberley Way
Richmond, KY 40475-8847
(Off of I-75 Exit 87) in Richmond, KY.


Tuesday, January 3
Speaker: Carolyn Jennings
Richmond Recycling

Tuesday, January 10
Speaker: Michael Bryant
Madison County CSEPP

Saturday, January 14
Noon to 2 p.m.

Kidz Konnection Klub Bowling at Galaxy
Kiwanians are sponsoring this event for kids
We will pay for their bowling fees and provide pizza.
Kiwanians are asked to attend and help wherever needed
(Please wear a Kiwanis shirt if you have one)

Tuesday, January 17
Speaker: Charlotte Wong
KODA- KY Organ Donors Association

Tuesday, January 24
Member Working Session to Prepare for
February 21 Recruiting Meeting / Chili Cookoff
(All members are requested to bring 10 names of individuals
and their contact information to invite to the recruiting meeting)

Tuesday, January 31
Madison Central High School Key Club Charter Banquet
This will be attended by Kiwanians, Key Club members,
parents, friends, and school officials.


Kiwanis supports "Shop with a Trooper" program

Charlie Johnson, Preisdent of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond presents a $500 in support of
the "Shop with a Trooper" program toTrooper First Class Toby Coyle,
Photo by Danny Damrel

(Left photo) KSP Trooper Scott Felder and wife Debbie help 9-year-old Travis of Berea find the right size shirt Saturday during Shop with a Trooper. (Right photo) SP Capt. Lisa Rudzinski, commander of the local State Police post, helps 8-year-old Leamber of Estill County pick out T-shirts Saturday during Shop with a Trooper at Walmart.
Photos by Richmond Register Photographer Nancy Taggart

Eight-year-old Kaylee of Berea tries on gloves Saturday while shopping with Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Sandusky at Richmond Walmart as part of the annual Shop with a Trooper program.
Photos by Richmond Register Photographer Nancy Taggart

 

RICHMOND - There was a heavy police presence at the Richmond Walmart Saturday morning, with uniformed Kentucky State Police Troopers scouring departments throughout the store.

No, it wasn't in response to shoplifters, parking-lot bandits or an insurrection.This, far more benevolent police response, was for the annual "Shop With a Trooper" program, where troopers and a host of volunteers, ranging from civilians who want to give a hand, to non-uniformed personnel, work to give deserving area youngsters an opportunity to have a good Christmas.

Trooper First Class Toby Coyle, who coordinated the local program for the seventh year, said 74 area children between the ages of 5 and 15, were taken shopping with the troopers, while an additional 20 youngsters, age 5 and under, too young to shop, were presented with pre-wrapped goody boxes in Richmond, while a simultaneous event serving 64 kids was being conducted at the Walmart in Stanford.

The youthful shoppers were allotted $100 each to spend on toys, clothing and other merchandise. The children in the program, from Madison and surrounding counties, were referred by schools, social-service agencies, neighbors and parents for the program that provides the kind of Christmas they might not have if not for the program.

It is funded by annual contributions from businesses and individuals. (The Kiwanis Club of Richmond contributed $500 toward the "Shop with a Trooper" program.)

"With this program, 100 percent of the funds donated go to the kids, and I want to thank all those who made contributions," said Coyle, a Berea resident.

State Police Post 7, which coordinated the event, serves 11 Kentucky counties. State police posts from throughout the commonwealth participate in the popular annual program.

"We have a host of volunteers, including state police, civilian employees, alumni of the civilian State Police Academy, retirees, troopers' families, citizen volunteers and employees of other agencies that work with the state police," said Captain Lisa Rudzinski, commander of the local State Police post.

"This is one of the ways the Kentucky State Police have of giving back to the community, and as much as the children enjoy it, I can promise you we enjoy it a hundred times more," said Rudzinski.

While the children are invited to get things for themselves for Christmas, she said they often opt to buy some gifts for other family members, as they happily accompany cart-pushing troopers through the various departments of the store.

"There are a lot of families in need. We deal with those families, and it's a good feeling to be able to give back," said Trooper Charles Brandenburg, a former Richmond Police officer, who is new to the KSP and was participating in the event for the first time.

Walmart employees also get happily involved in the program, with the store providing snacks of doughnuts, juice and candy canes. Each child also gets a picture with Santa Claus.

"This is like my favorite event of the year," beamed assistant store manager B.J. Cornelius.

"It's a blast," echoed store manager Randy Bowling, as he watched the happy shoppers darting from one department to the other.

A young lady of 14 named Malia, from Beattyville, was joyfully filling her cart with clothing, as 14-year-old girls are wont to do, while 8-year-old Leamber of Estill County was collecting a Barbie, some games and a Zhu-Fari pet. Trenton, 12, of Berea, chose clothing, cologne and a game, while Harold, 7, of McKee, was making his dollars stretch by choosing smaller, less expensive toys, along with a few clothing items.
Following the shopping spree, the children were treated to lunch at the local Chick-fil-A.

While all the shopping was going on, troopers were also busy conducting a food drive at the local Kroger to benefit local area families.

Anyone can donate to the "Shop With A Trooper" program all year round by contacting any Kentucky State Police post or by contacting a local trooper.

Richmond Register Story By Frank Kourt

 


Possible Future Program Topics

January 1-31:

Family Fit Lifestyle Month ­ Try for just one month to reduce the fat, sugar, and salt in your diet. The first month of the New Year is the perfect time to change your life. For information, contact Family Fit Lifestyle Inc., 15202 N. 50th Place, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254; phone, 866-548-3348; e-mail, Jyl@Americas-HealthiestMom.com; Web site, www.AmericasHealthiestMom.com.

International Life Balance Month ­ This month is focused on making better strategic decisions yearlong to get your life in balance. This includes the importance of balancing time for self, family, and friends. For information, contact Sheryl Nicholson, The Advisory Team, 23 Citrus Drive, Palm Harbor, Florida 34684; phone, 727-937-3322.

National Be On-Purpose Month ­ This is an observance to encourage us to start the New Year by putting our good intentions into action, personally and professionally, and to trade confusion for clarity as we balance our lives with more meaning and purpose. For information, contact Kevin McCarthy, the On-Purpose School for Leaders, PO Box 1568, Winter Park, Florida 32790; phone, 407-657-6000.

National Hot Tea Month ­ This month celebrates one of nature's most popular, soothing, and relaxing beverages; the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. For information, contact Joseph Simrany, president, the Tea Council of the USA, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 825, New York, New York 10170; phone, 212-986-6998.

Oatmeal Month ­ Celebrate oatmeal, a low-fat, sodium-free, whole grain that when eaten daily as a part of a diet that's low in saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Delicious recipes, helpful hints and tips from Quaker Oats, will make enjoying the heart health benefits oatmeal has to offer easy, convenient and, above all, delicious. For information, contact the Oat Expert, 225 W. Washington, Suite 1625, Chicago, Illinois 60606; phone, 312-629-1234.
January 2-8


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