Wednesday, January 7, 2009

blog revival

Natalie tells me she will be helping revive the blog. It will have its second birthday this coming January 29th.

You can have a total of 100 contributors.

Be well, enjoy.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

this blog's birthday . . .

. . . is today. It is 1 year old. We began this experiment in Kiwanis community collaboration January 29, 2007. images

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Kiwanis Club of South East Cleveland Bulletin January 24, 2008

Meetings are held each Wednesday at noon at Holy Name Rectory, 8328 Broadway Ave.

(In lieu of last week’s meeting, members Tony, Dave and Ellen, and guests Mike Psenicka and Robin Poole, represented Kiwanis at the Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce luncheon and heard Mayor Tom Longo’s “State of the City Address.” Kiwanis membership was promoted and over 15 Kiwanis brochures given out to interested parties.)

Minutes of January 23, 2008 meeting

Meeting called to order at 12:15 p.m. by President Ellen. Tom’s guest, Gene Andrews, who had come to give Natalie some insight on a seminar she was in charge of, and Sheba from the Fleet Branch Library were welcomed.

Happy Bucks

Natalie glad all in her family are getting better after bouts of flu, strep, pneumonia, etc. Ione happy no snow fell in front of the church, so she didn’t have to shovel it. Naaman glad to be back to a meeting and for the sunshine. Elmer glad Naaman’s back. Ellen also glad to see the sun and everyone here. Dave had $2 bucks – one that his wife is doing well after having her colon removed, and another for the grandchild that is expected to be born any time now. Tom happy Gene could be with us. Gene for the blessing of still having his wife with him, although she had been very ill.

Club Business

•New member recruitment discussed. Tom said Matthew Coates, manager of the Charter One Bank at E. 57th and Broadway, is considering membership. He could commit to attend one meeting a month. Tony, Dave and Ellen also did some recruiting last week at the Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce meeting. Dave put our membership drive in perspective, saying, “We can do and do and do, but it is also important to just “be.” Let us not lose sight of the value of friendship and fellowship.”

•Ione reported that the family we had purchased Christmas presents for was “just thrilled” about everything. Besides the presents, they were given food, coats and University Settlement supplied them all with beds. Sounds like a very, merry Christmas!

•Sheba said the library will be doing a program in April to mark the birthday of Olympic champion Stella Walsh (from Slavic Village) and tying it into the Polish Constitution Day celebration. She said she has to do some research on the life of Stella Walsh, and Dave recommended she contact John Grabowski at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

•On Monday, Feb. 18, our club will be hosting the Division 15 monthly meeting, to be held in Haren Hall at Holy Name, with a good Polish meal catered by Seven Roses. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; meeting at 7 p.m. Please save the date as we want our club to be well represented. We will devote next week’s meeting, Jan. 30th, to the nuts and bolts of hosting this event. At the following week’s meeting, Feb. 6th, we will discuss the upcoming Pancake Breakfast set for April 20th, also in Haren Hall.

Meeting adjourned at 12:40 p.m., followed by monthly board meeting.

UPCOMING EVENT – Monday, February 18, “President’s Day” – SE Club to host Division 15 meeting in Haren Hall, 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. meeting. All hands on board!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Kiwanis Club of South East Cleveland Bulletin January 10, 2008

Meetings are held each Wednesday at noon at Holy Name Rectory, 8328 Broadway Ave.

(Last meeting of the year was December 19th at Seven Roses Deli on Fleet Ave. Present for some fine food and holiday fellowship were: Tony, Tom, Elmer, Ellen, Marie, Natalie, Ione, Barb, and guests Georgia & Dennis and Tony’s wife, Gail.)

Minutes of January 9, 2008 meeting

An informal meeting (sans Happy Bucks) was held, as only four members were present: Tom, Barb, Ellen and Natalie. Although few in numbers, several items of note took place.

•Tom Igo Scholarship applications, along with a cover letter to be drafted by Barb, will be distributed to members of the South High School Key Club no later than March 1. Students have until May 1 to get their scholarship applications in.

•This month’s board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Anyone with items to be put on the agenda should contact Ellen beforehand.

•Next month’s board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

•The South East Club is hosting next month’s Division 15 meeting on Monday, Feb. 18 (which also happens to be President’s Day). Tom and Ellen will talk to Tina at Seven Roses about catering the dinner “Polish-style.”

•In lieu of our regular meeting next Wednesday, it was decided that members attend the Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce meeting that same day, January 16th, to network with business leaders there and distribute Kiwanis brochures to promote membership growth. Garfield Heights Mayor Thomas J. Longo will be the featured speaker at the meeting, giving his annual “State of the City” address. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall & Pazzo’s Catering, 10808 Granger Rd., Garfield Hts., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $12.00 per person includes a luncheon buffet. Ellen will prepay for a table, so those attending should pay her. Please RSVP to Ellen by Monday, Jan. 14, if planning to attend.

•Barb and Tom will be speaking (separately) to other area Kiwanis Clubs this month. Tom and Emily Lee will speak to the Wellington Kiwanis Club on Thursday, Jan. 17, at a building (Tom doesn’t know the name of it) on the southwest corner of Rts. 58 & 18. Call Tom for more details. Barb will speak to the Brecksville Kiwanis Club on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Methodist Church at Rts. 82 and 21. Dinner 6:15 p.m.; program 7:15 p.m. Call Barb for more details.


Wednesday, Jan. 16 – No regular meeting at Holy Name. Members will instead attend the Garfield Hts. Chamber of Commerce meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10808 Granger Rd., Garfield Hts., next Wednesday, January 16. Cost: $12. RSVP to Ellen by Monday, Jan. 14. Mayor to give his annual “State of the City” address.

Monday, Jan. 14 – Division 15 meeting at Garfield Memorial Church, 3650 Lander Rd., at Chagrin. Supper 6:30 p.m.; meeting 7 p.m. RSVP for supper by Thursday, Jan. 10, to John Driscoll at 216-765-8870 or 216-333-5865.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Regular meeting followed by monthly board meeting at Holy Name.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Big Tom meets the Big Pumpkin

Hi Ellen,

Tom asked that I forward this Pumpkin Picture (big Pumpkin Picture) to you, Elmer and Dennis..... I don't have their e-mail addresses so will you please forward to them when you have a minute?....I tried to print the picture but could not do on my home computer. You may have more luck.....Let me know.


Pat & Tom

Thursday, September 20, 2007

opting out, or opting in?

Dear Friends,

At our recent convention, the decision was made to allow members who wish to do so to elect to receive their Ohio Kiwanis Magazine in electronic format only. The attached form is printed in the latest Ohio Kiwanis Magazine. If you could just bring this to the attention of your clubs and members at your next division council meeting, it would be very much appreciated.

Dave Whiteman
District Secretary
Ohio District of Kiwanis International
(click on image to print "opt-out" form)

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time."

Saturday, September 15, 2007


There's a fairly new book out by one of our local luminaries, Stephen Post, in which he talks about the concept of "generativity" as one of the elements that elevates the level of play in the community. One quote that made me think of Kiwanis, and Key Club in particular, was this, on page 49:

Generativity predicts that we will be successful. It has a positive
impact that is not related to social class, IQ, or religiousness. However, teens
who are highly generative tend to end up in a higher social class.

Friday, September 14, 2007

minutes of the September 12th meeting

Hello all,

Attached is your latest Kiwanis bulletin. Please note that dinner reservations for the Division 15 meeting this month need to be in by this Monday. Call or email me if you're going. Also, I talked to Bob about his Past President's Party, and it's set for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., so save the date. He wants to go to Harry's Steakhouse again, so I have to confirm that. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

minutes of the September 5th meeting

Hello fellow Kiwanians!

Attached is your latest Kiwanis bulletin. Marie asks that all of us who can please attend the press conference today [09/06/2007] on the steps of St. Hyacinth Church at 5 p.m. to show support for the SVD initiatives in the wake of the killing of the little girl there last weekend.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

lots of presenting going on around these parts

Hello all,

Attached is your latest Kiwanis bulletin and photos from last week's check presentation to Emily Lee of the American Lung Assn. of Ohio, and her award presentation to Tom and t-shirt presentation to Naaman. Lots of "presenting" last week at Holy Name! Don't forget - meeting next week at noon at McDonald's at Broadway and Union, followed by short walk along Morgana Run Trail. Have a great weekend!


minutes for the past 2 weeks

Minutes for June 13th and for June 20th meetings. Click to enlarge or to print images.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

minutes of the June 6th meeting

Click on image to enlarge it. See you all for spaghetti tomorrow.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Saturday, May 12, 2007

South East Kiwanis Broadway Clean Sweep Rated a Success

Sweepers, rakers,shovelers and hosers alike said that this year's cleanup made the street sparkle.

Trash to the left of us, trash to the right of us and trash straight ahead blown in by the pesky Northwest wind, but we prevailed. Georgia said that almost fifty people came to help. Cleveland's finest particpated as well stopping by and watching the traffic patterns so all of us felt safer sweeping along the street and sidewalk. No, Dennis, they didn't come for just the coffee and donuts. Besides, I thought they stopped by to thank you and Georgia for being their staunch supporters while we still await the fate of the Third District.

My crew cleaned up the East 55th side of Broadway by the Library. Ludwig from Hubcap Heaven swept the entire corner from one end to the other. He sure helped that corner of East 55th and Broadway look spic and span. We pulled weeds, we picked up trash in stairwells that sat there for months, but when we finally were ready to sweep those library steps we knew we had accomplished a good thing. Robin should be so proud of her kids. They are good workers. Thanks, Angel, Tre or Gray ( my ears just aren't what they once were), and Chris.

Dr. John Skrha, the founder of Broadway Clean Sweep, settled in to oversee the event with his photographer wife, Bets and his daughter Betsey. I didn't get a chance to ask him but I think he was quite proud that we all carry on the tradition. A plus this year was the wonderful music that poured out of the windows of the Broadway School of Music. I don't know who plays that saxophone but they are quite talented as many of the other musicians who serenaded us were.

Barbara and her crew would have been out there too but they are preparing for a recital to be held on Monday May 14th. Call the school at 216-641-0630 for details.

Georgia had everything under control getting people to sign in, giving them spots to clean, and generally, seeing that the event moved forward. Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland came on over and I am not sure where they pushed their brooms but I am sure that Georgia pressed them into service.

Tom McLeary and his able assistant, Louise provided the whole gang with hot dogs, chips and lemonade. My friend Christine served as an informational assistant urging people to have another hot dog but don't take too many chips because there was a finite amount. Dennis and Dave took there crew down the street with the fire hose and hosed Broadway down so that the dust was corralled for one day. Mittal Steel sent their street sweeper to finish the job. All in all, the work crews should get a standing ovation and a Bravo! for a job well done.

And, as Jerry Seppelt, our District Governor said as he fixed one more hot dog for the road. "I'm outta here before Dennis and Georgia find something else for me to do. See you all next year!"

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thanks to Tim Ferris on Kiwanis blogging

The South East Cleveland Kiwanis Club is indebted to Tim Ferris for encouraging our members to use this fine communication tool.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

CATS meeting

Tim as usual you did a super job of explaining bloging etc to our club. As always it was great breaking bread with you .