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Paying Kiwanis Dues 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 04:30 PM - Kiwanis
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I end my year as Kiwanis President this month. This is my farewell address at our annual dinner.


I started my year with statement that Kiwanians do service. After a year of personal and professional challenges, I am more convinced than when I started that the future of Kiwanis is the same as its past, in service. Kiwanis will grow only if it focuses on its mission rather than its membership and seeks to change the world, one community and one child at a time for the betterment of all.

When you peek behind the curtains of Kiwanis at a board meeting, one hidden scene you get to witness is the unveiling of the overdue dues report which lists all the members who haven't paid their membership dues. The entertaining part of the ceremony is watching everyone check to see if their name graces the report. Board members, the most active of Kiwanians, don't remember, for sure, if they have written their yearly membership dues check. We could probably charge the most active Kiwanians twice and they would gladly pay…there is a new club fundraiser!

You would be excused if as an outsider you got the impression from the seminars and speeches, contests and conventions that all Kiwanis talked and thought about was dues paying members. But, among the folks who value Kiwanis to give themselves to it, membership dues are the least important part of what Kiwanis means to them and to others, in fact, they are forgettable.

But we pay other dues. Laura Brelin paid her dues collecting and delivering school supplies to a 4th grade at Glover CLC, Howard Tolley and others signed in to read to children at Barber CLC in Goodyear Heights. Kevin Sherwood puts on his Santa Claus work uniform at Children's Hospital where Kiwanis sang for children being helped with speech and hearing problems. Kara Hanzie squeezed in a Kiwanis shift between two company events to ring the bell for Salvation Army; Mark Fairhurst got his tool belt on and started a Gingerbread House for family fun at Lock 3 in partnership with the city; Jenny Deiss pushed her cleaning cart with others to work at our Boy Scout cabin at Camp Manitou, our board showered services on a family that rents from member Roberta Rininger, at the Boys and Girls Club for Kiwanis One day Olivia Wakeling organized us in helping children learn how money matters in the real world, Dan McClish grabbed a level and a hammer for a Habitat for Humanity build. Ginger Baylor, Bonnie Binns and the Aktion club punched in to launch Youth Baseball at Lock 3, I raced along our sponsored Akron Soap Box Derby racer: Adam Wade; and Bill Fesler packed lunches with the rest of the crew for Keep Akron Beautiful volunteers at the Akron Zoo.

These are what I remember doing, not writing a check, but paying dues to community & kids. No one got here without someone paying your dues. Teachers taught. Pastors prayed. Farmers fed. Soldiers bled. People helped you. A community encouraged you. A country protected you. Kiwanis is a way we can pay those dues, to those who built better communities, and built us into better adults. That is the dues I remember being paid by others for me, and I want not to forget to pay those dues to others, and Kiwanis is a good way to remember to pay our dues. In Kiwanis, people pay the dues for better communities and better kids.

Thanks to all Kiwanians that came to meetings, to Katie Rennard for our programs and always needed yet rarely welcomed reminders, for Laura Brelin for doing everything and more, for Jenny Deiss for coming to everything as long as there is coffee, for Mark Fairhurst's calm and efficient way of disaster management, for Phil Stauffer for taking minutes and shepherding the board elections, for Jennifer Eckhoff and Dan McClish for joining our club, and all the former presidents for their help and encouragement.

I have pledged my support and participation to Laura as she starts her year as President. She is responsible for most of our new service projects during my term and I am encouraged and excited to see what she does with us as we pay our dues to change the world for the better, one community and one child at a time next year.
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Akron Roundtable Prayer 
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 08:30 AM - Prayers, Kiwanis
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Our Akron Roundtable speaker was Richard K. Smucker Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company. I use some thoughts from their annual report and Miriam Weinstein, author of The Surprising Power of Family Meals in my prayer.

Here's my prayer:

Bring us together around tables today
and bring families together at table this evening

At tables in boardrooms and dining rooms
may we strengthen each other
in doing the right things and doing things right

And when we leave our tables today and tonight,
may we be covered with appreciation and filled with purpose.

Amen.


As my year as Kiwanis President closes, so also does my year of service on the Akron Roundtable board and my privilege of praying before the programs. It was good to go out with this thanks from our speaker, Richard Smucker.

I appreciated all of Richard Smucker's address available on the Akron Roundtable site, but especially when he prioritized to whom Smuckers was accountable and whom did they serve. The list of constituents he shared was:
  1. Consumer
  2. Customer (the grocery stores)
  3. Employees
  4. Suppliers
  5. Communities in which we work
  6. Shareholders
He stated that if they took care of the first five constituents, in that order, fair and long term returns to the shareholders is a natural outcome.

Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. $20


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August Roundtable Prayer 
Thursday, August 18, 2011, 09:00 AM - Prayers, Kiwanis
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Our Akron Roundtable speaker was Stan Austin, Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Here's my prayer:

Source of Life, we yearn to return to the garden where you walked in the cool of the day. Help us tend the life around us as you nurture the life within us. Let both flower into beauty and bounty so that our community can be a place where even God can rest. Amen.


Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. $20


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July Roundtable Prayer 
Friday, July 8, 2011, 09:00 AM - Prayers, Kiwanis
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Our Akron Roundtable speaker was Corbin Bernsen actor on the television show Psych and director of the film about the Akron Soap Box Derby, 25 Hill

Mr. Bernsen's was having trouble with his voice during his talk, so I brought him a glass of water. He said "thank you", twice. Five seconds of my 15 minutes of fame well spent.

Here's my prayer:
Shelter of the Past and Hope of the Future,
Today may this city built on a hill shine as a beacon to all people.
As a place where fatherless children are nurtured,
Where grief is redeemed by loving neighbors as ourselves,
And where daily we do more together
than all of us can do in a lifetime alone.
Bless this city built on a hill, that our faith, hope, and love races down
To cover all your children, today and forever. Amen.


Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. $20


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May Akron Roundtable Prayer 
Thursday, May 19, 2011, 09:00 AM - Prayers, Kiwanis
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Our Akron Roundtable speaker was Richard K. Vedder Professor of Economics, Ohio University whose topic was "Why College Costs Too Much and What We Can Do About It"

Here's my prayer:
Higher Power, as we consider the cost of education, we thank you for the dreamers who founded institutions, the generous who funded them, the planners that built them, and the staff, administrators and teachers that bring learning to life.

We also pause to remember all those who have paid more than we ever will, those who served their country in the armed forces, who sacrificed so that generations that follow would have the opportunities they would die for.

Now may wisdom come into our hearts,
and knowledge always be pleasant to our souls;
may prudence watch over us,
and understanding guard us all our days. Amen.


The last section is from Proverbs 2:10-11 (NRSV)

Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. $20


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