The Weekly membership newsletter of the
Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake, NY
P. O. Box 535, West Sand Lake, NY 12196
Meets 6:30 PM Mondays at The Lakeview Inn Restaurant
President Gary Meislin Secretary Patricia A. Lane
President-Elect Skip Patton Treasurer Robert S. Pasquarelli
Webmaster David E. Booker Immediate Past Pres Gerald Tysiak
Sandpiper Editor Margaret Weiss Photographer James Rogers
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John C. Brownrigg, James M. Colabelli, Eve M. Ward
Joseph M. Behson, Raymond C. Turner, , William M. Whipple
Barbara Fioravanti, Robert R. Loveridge & Ron Wagner
PRESIDENT Gary Meislin presiding
GREETINGS & INVOCATION by Fred Wurtemberger
GUESTS: from Columbia HS Key Club, Molly Beaudin & VP Jillian Doler;
Melodee James & Wayne Trimm;
Betty Jean Whipple
Carol Johnsen ,
and Jan Colabelli
WELCOME BACK, Peter Sentz!
PROJECT SIGNUP SHEETS
DOORS OF HOPE Tues Sept 21: KVP, Whipple, Dorr, Davis, Ginther
FOOD TRAILER @ Soccer fields every Sunday in Sept and Oct!
Sept 26: Deliver trailer: Kieley Oct 3: Deliver trailer: Colabelli
11 – 2: Ward, Wagner, Crozier 11 – 2: Ward, Gates, Davis
2 – 5: Weiss, C. Tysiak, J. Tysiak 2 – 5: Weiss, Johnsen, Meislin
Return trailer: Kieley Return trailer: Colabelli
Thanks to those who worked yesterday: Whipple, Ward, Loveridge, Ginther, Weiss, Mulligan, and Patton.
Ø While waiting for the Guest of Honor to arrive, (summoned via cell phone by his daughter!), Dick Johnsen told a story of attending his daughter’s college graduation where the congregation sang hymn after hymn waiting for the pastor who was scheduled to lead the ceremony. He apparently forgot about daylight savings time, and he arrived an hour late!
Ø Thank you note was read from the leader of the ecumenical Vacation Bible School for the use of our big tent.
Ø Jerry Tysiak repeated the request from Averill Park School District for a representative to the Long Range Task Force. Randy Wheeler agreed to represent SLK—thanks, Randy!
Ø Jerry also reported on the work day at Butler Park last Saturday (8 SLKs, 40 hrs: Perez, James, Tysiak, Brownrigg, Mulligan, Colabelli, Whipple, & Ginther). The back and roof of the stage were stained, and rotted boards were replaced. Another work party is slated for Tuesday from 3-6 PM to finish the work (Mulligan, Pasquarelli, Tysiak, Kieley, Colabelli, & Whipple).
Ø The next meeting of the RAAD group against alcohol and drug abuse is this Wednesday, September 22 at the Sand Lake Library.
Ø Bob Loveridge announced that our collection date for this year’s Bells of Life campaign is Saturday, December 4th. Shifts are 10-1, 1-3:30, & 3:30-6. He asked that the Key Clubs be notified, as they are very important to the success of the fund raiser for the KPTU.
Ø Skip Patton announced a need to replace Bob at the Food Trailer Sunday, Oct 3rd for the first shift from 11-2; Nancy Davis volunteered. Thanks, Nancy!
Ø Nancy announced that the Fitness Coach, Al Blond, will lead the Salute & Scoot 5K run on Sunday, Oct 17th beginning at 3 PM. Skip Patton volunteered to work.
Ø Jillian and Molly from Columbia HS Key Club thanked SLK for support of the Key Leader Fund.
Ø Eve passed around a reservations signup sheet for our annual Installation Dinner on Monday, October 4th. It will be a sit down turkey dinner at 7 PM, with a social hour and cash bar beginning at 6. Dress: nicer than usual!
The Legacy Group, represented by Bob Pasquarelli, honored Ken James, a 39-year member of Sand Lake Kiwanis! Bob characterized Ken as an educator, a land baron, and a sportsman who plays hide and seek with turkeys, hunts big game in the Rockies, and salmon fishes in Alaska! He claims he never gets lost. He tried to catch fish like the bears, but had better luck with rod and reel. One year he caught so many salmon he had to ship them home by charter plane, and then fed the whole Sand Lake Club at Glass Lake Inn! He has been very active on behalf of legislation favoring sportsmen. A passionate outdoorsman, he became very concerned about the blight that was killing the American chestnut tree, and has worked long and diligently replanting them to bring them back into the ecosystem. But no matter what he was working on, he always had his ducks in a row! “All over the Hudson River!”
Woodie Hacker: Ken replaced me in BOCES, in the Conservation Dept, in SLK, and as president! I have a pin from the James Gang, a hunt club that Ken formed. Then I found out that Ken was half owner of a boat in Lake Ontario, and got him to take my son and me, but NO FISH! On the way home, we drove into a big snowstorm, and had to walk from WSL to my house, where Ken had to stay overnight. No way could anyone make it to his house! Power was out for a week! Another time we had a sumptuous dinner at the James house—cocktails, elk, venison, wild turkey! We also took a trip to Canada, and he tried to convince us that it was an Interclub! Woodie gave Ken an OVID hat from our fund raiser with the ducks and a fun run for kids.
Bob Loveridge: We have had many kids’ activities in this club, but Ken started the fund raising for the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Unit at Albany Med. He has already received the KPTC Fellow Award, but I am proposing to raise it to the Diamond Level with a contribution in Ken’s name to the Children’s Hospital!
Skip Patton: I met Ken and Lila Jean at Church of the Covenant, and our family also had a dinner at their house. The tales of where our salmon came from sparked a trip for us to Alaska, and for 12 days we marveled at the wonders of that state, and took a flight through the Alaska Range below the summit of Mount McKinley.
Bill Whipple: I’ve known Ken and Lila Jean since 1977 in Church of the Covenant, too. When I joined SLK in 1993, OVID was the big thing—the duck race in the Hudson River. There were numbers on the ducks, and the first ten over the finish line were the winners. Bill showed some of the ducks, all tied together! He also presented Ken with an OVID shirt, two more hats, and bags of OVID pins, which were distributed to everyone!
Peter Sentz: Ken and I are neighbors, but I met him in the late 80s when I joined SLK. I’m also a member of the James Gang Hunting Club, and after years of washed out gravel roads up there, they finally paved the road last year! We’ve spent lots of time together. Ken is the most dedicated Kiwanian I’ve ever known. We’ve had uncounted fish dinners together. He even refused to stop hunting even when he had a broken hip! One time we encountered a she bear and cubs! Ken knows more about American chestnut trees than I ever thought possible, and he’s a very knowledgeable person about so many things. I’m proud to call him my friend!
Jim Rogers: When we first met in the early 70s, I was chairman of the Camping Committee for Twin Rivers Council, BSA, up at Camp Rotary, and a work crew from SLK came up. We also had an Anniversary Group (James’, Trupias, Rubecks, Cookes, and Pierces) and celebrated each anniversary by going out to dinner, and then coming back to someone’s house to play bridge. I remember going ice fishing with Ken, Don Radz, and Ed Momrow—watched those poles all day in the cold, and nothing happened! Ken tied all his own flies, too.
Dudley Dorr: Around 2000-2001, SLK agreed to help make the old Presbyterian Church / Town Hall into our present Council on the Arts, and we had a “demolition day”. Ken was the best demolition man ever! We put Ken on the Property Committee. His woodworking talents shone when he made small benches from the pews, and he also made our Club’s Badge Box for us.
John Brownrigg: I have two more hats for you, Ken – more OVIDS! That was a great fund raising idea you had, and unfortunately the foundation messed things up, and we never had another event the ensuing years. Ken contributed his own money – a lot of it – and for two years he put his heart and soul into this project. It should have continued, but others voted no.
Joe Behson: Called Ken’s whole family up – daughter Melodee, son-in-law Wayne, and friend Julie – and presented Ken with a plaque stating that E. Kenneth James is now a Legacy Member of Distinction!
Ken himself: Sorry I was late—we were out in the Berkshires! I have always enjoyed being a member of Sand Lake Kiwanis, and treasure the great camaraderie and fellowship of so many years! I have only one regret—that all that work on the OVID project was ended by one man! Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful evening!
$ Jerry: for Ken James—people don’t realize all the work involved over 2 years pulling together 6 divisions to raise money for the KPTC! Also for last week’s trip home from the meeting, I was stopped for speeding in that 30 mph zone near the Arlington House, but when the trooper saw my Sand Lake Kiwanis name badge, he let me off with a warning, and I didn’t get a ticket!
$ Jim Colabelli: Happy that Jan is here with me tonight, and for Ken’s honor. I remember years ago I had to go to Miller Hill School (which was closed that year) to pick up the citrus fruit I had bought. It was creepy and dark, and the roof leaked, but I finally found Ken and I think George Raneri? Years later I joined SLK.
$ Jim Rogers: for Ken James, and for being able to watch my grandkids play their soccer games, and I was NOT working in the Food Trailer!
$ Nancy: for Peg’s suggesting meatloaf, for LtG Emily attending, and for Skip being a super spud smasher, for the Historical Society’s dinner last Saturday!
$ Booker: for Ken, and for my trip to Jamestown where their freezers were so full of deer meat that I went home with steaks and sausages!
$ Dick: for Ken’s ability on any project! He’s a hands on guy with lots of tools, a great basketball and soccer player, and he can even dance! He helped me when we first moved into our house. But I will never tell him if I see any turkeys!
DOOR PRIZE was won by President Gary!
50/50 for $20 was won by Joe Behson!
MEGA 50/50 confounded Dudley Dorr this week. He picked the Queen of Diamonds from the 32 cards, so the $339.00 will grow again for next week’s drawing!
NEXT WEEK PROGRAM: James Perez
SEPTEMBER 26 GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Bob Reiter
SEPTEMBER 30 FINAL VR DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING at Sterup Square
Hosted by Troy Club, 6 PM, $21 dinner, Installation of new Lt Gov
Weiss, Ward, Loveridge, Tysiak, Wagner, Booker, J&J Rogers, Pasquarelli & Hacker
OCTOBER 4 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
GREETER/INVOCATOR: Bob Pasquarelli
OCTOBER 11 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
GREETER/INVOCATOR: Randy Wheeler
OCTOBER 18 PROGRAM by the Legacy Group
OCTOBER 25 PROGRAM: Michael Gates
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Jim Colabelli
SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
“People who feel positively think differently. They think better.” Deborah Norville
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