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Kiwanis Kronicle Rancho Murieta, California Published by the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. Volume 13 Number 3

President’s Corner

Inside this issue Kiwanis Help Line


A letter from Kiev


Who attends what


Welcome Year of Dragon


12 Days of Christmas


History of Key Clubs


Wreaths across America


Megan’s Law


“Semper Fi”

Looking ahead! 

Jan. 9, 2012 Division Council Meeting Oak Avenue Free Methodist Church in Orangevale. Candidates Night: Governor -elect Candidates Rae Whitby -Brummer and Alan Guire will be present.

Jan. 21, 2012 Sat. Region 16 Conference 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dante Club $10 (lunch included)

Feb. 11, 2012 Sat. Red & White Ball – Dante Club Prime Rib Dinner $40@ Info? Call (916) 489-4476

Feb. 13, 2012 Mon 5:30 p.m. Oak Avenue Free Methodist Church in Orangevale. We host the Division 44 Council Meeting

Mar. 3, 2012 Sat. Cal-Nev-Ha District Mid -Year Conference at Hyatt Regency, Monterey

Apr. 26, 2012 Thurs. Creelman -Francisco Classic Golf Tournament at Davis.

Joe Mazzoni, Sr.

Apr. 28, 2012 Sat. Official Governor’s Visit – Kiwanis Night at the River Cats

Question box???

June 28-July 1 Kiwanis International Convention. New Orleans

Aug 16-18 Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District Convention Santa Clara California.

Kiwanis Calendar

Editor: Kuhl Uell December 2011


Jan 1

Diann Swan Jan 4

Gurdev S. Hora Jan 14

Bernie Bowes Jan 27

Pete McKenzie Jan 29

Question: What are questions that you cannot answer?

Answer: See page 8.

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Kiwanis Cuisine Results from See’s Candy Sales. Results from Sweats for Vets

By John Holm

First, Lee and I want to thank Lynne Erpelding, Louise Gumbinger, and Patty Favero for their creative input and hours of “hard labor” in helping Lee prepare our home for the Rancho Murieta Women’s Club Christmas Tour, and of course, the Kiwanis Christmas Open House. There would never have been a Christmas party at Holm’s House if Susan and John Sozzi had not suggested they partner with us. They helped with the beverages, with the planning, and bartendered the entire evening. They could not have been more helpful, and were a big reason for the success of the evening. Thanks go too to Jackie Strain, and to all the Kiwanians who brought food and wine. Many thanks and Merry Christmas to all of you! While getting around to try and greet everybody I had a chat with Rich Gilmore, and asked him how many “care” packages he had shipped to our troops? Are you ready for this? Seventeen!!! That is just another example of how generous and supportive the members of our club are, and what a great job individuals continue to do when called upon to give a hand. You heard of course about Frank Hashorva overhearing at the November Division Council Meeting about a Kiwanian obtaining a donation from Wal-Mart’s by submitting a request in writing from their club. (Continued on page 2)

President’s Corner “Semper Fi” By John Holm (continued) (Continued from page 1)

Kiwanis Kronicle is a monthly newsletter published by the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. Club was chartered May 21, 1996. The address of the club is P.O. Box 855 Rancho Murieta, CA 95683-0855 (916) 354-0538 Club meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at the Villas Recreation Center 7083 Murieta Parkway (Enter North Gate) Rancho Murieta, CA 95683. Boards of Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Inc. and Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Club Foundation Inc. meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month after the board meeting at the Villas Recreation Center. President…………………...……..John S. Holm Imm. Past Pres….……..Paul J. Gumbinger President Elect………………..Virginia Macko Secretary………………………..Beverly Powell Treasurer………………………….Virginia Wolfe Director………….…Jarvio Grevious (2013) Director…………………Carol Kramer (2012) Director……….………….…Dan Leahy (2013) Director………………….Greg Nelson (2012) Director…………………..…….Al Swan (2012) Non-Voting Members Assistant Secretary……………………...Vacant Assistant Treasurer…..Louise Gumbinger Editor…………….....…………..John W. Seigal The editor is solely responsible for the content. It is the intent to be 100% accurate. Articles labeled as Editorial represent the opinion of the editor and may not represent the opinion of the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. nor Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Club Foundation, Inc. The address of the editor is P.O. Box 1131 Sloughhouse, CA 95683-1131 or email at:

Frank’s first request netted a gift card in the amount of $100.00,which went to Diann Swan in support of “Sweats for Vets”. The second was for $200.00, and went for the same important cause. Speaking of “Frank”... Frank Canada, with his limited mobility, used the telephone to call both locally and around the country, and sold $ 1,340 worth of See’s Candy. That is equivalent to one day’s sales at both the Plaza and Davis Ranch. Great job! One of our newest and youngest members, Calvin Park, brought his fiancée Katie to the party. Calvin recently went to his boss to announce he had joined Kiwanis, a community service club, and wanted to sign up for our homework club. His boss thought it was an excellent idea, and Calvin has joined the Cosumnes River Elementary School Homework Academy along with Sandy Scarzella, Carrol Cartwright, and Phil Fitch and three others from our community. Calvin is using his computer skills to assist the students complete their computer homework assignments. I think we are going to hear more from Calvin and Carrol. And then there is our adaptive devices expert, Claudia Faeth. We are not only in good shape with our wheel chairs, but with everything else in our shed as it is bursting at the seams. Carol Kramer, Kiwanis board member, represented our club at the Rancho Murieta Women’s Club Golf Club luncheon, and received a donation from them in the amount of $505.00. These funds were a result of Claudia selling raffle tickets within her club, and she was in a position to recommend that a portion of the funds she raised be donated to our Kiwanis club. Thank you Claudia, and a thank you letter is going out to the women’s golf club. Another new member, Pete McKenzie, and our former club president Paul Gumbinger, initiated a monthly event at Pete’s Stonehouse Bistro to raise funds for our administrative budget. On the first Tuesday of this month Kiwanians enjoyed a Happy Hour and/or dinner and Pete donated a portion of the tab to our Administration Account. The bistro enjoyed a big turn


out on December 6th thanks to the promotional efforts of Al Dolata At this writing it is good to learn that Paul Gumbinger is back in his own home from the hospital and is on the mend. Good news! Our next quarterly meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday,March 7th. 2012. The meeting will feature Teresa Field, the chair of the Youth Services Committee, and the chairs and coordinators of the following upcoming four events: · Little League Opening Day Sat., Mar. 17th. 2012 Chair: Carrol Cartwright – Co-Chair: Greg Nelson · Kid’s Fishing Day / Mar. 25th. 2012 Chair: Joe Mazzoni, Sr. – CoChair: TBA · Easter Egg Hunt / Sat. April 7th, 2012 Chair: Jarvio Grevious – Co-Chair TBA · Casino Corral / Sat., May 5th. 2012 Chair: Joe Mazzoni, Sr. – CoChair: Ron Ruff The emphasis will be on the coordinators of the respective events, and their responsibility to recruit the volunteers they require, notifying the volunteers sign-up coordinator for the event, and ensuring they are present at the event per the volunteer signup sheet. Note: we could use a computer whiz to help create a master volunteer list for each event that the volunteer coordinator for the event can update, but any member could access at any time to verify the time and date they have agreed to serve. Any volunteers? Until next month, Semper Fi!

Kiwanis Help Line

(916) 354-0538 Need help?

 Want to know where to get a wheel chair?

 Want meals delivered during lunch?

 Want to know about how to join Kiwanis?

 Want to know about Kiwanis sponsored activities?

Another letter from the Kiwanis Club of Kiev

Hello Ginny Macko, I thank you for the communication, for interesting information about your club Projects summary. This year was special for us. We did a lot of work for children in Ukraine. This happened in after a hard time for many. This year many social programs that support children and young people (have been closed). Every year the situation in the country is deteriorating, and therefore social program: left out of the state; left out children with disabilities, orphans, children affected by violence; and teenagers who live on the street. In our country people do not encourage patrons and sponsors to be. If the company maintains that any financial Projects, they can get a tax increase, since they have money to spare. We are very pleased that we could continue the work of our club and many children received gifts during the holidays, rest in our camps, clothing and food, and most importantly, we have shown that there are people who love them This year for Christmas we are planning to make 20 programs. And about 400 children touch a miracle in my life. We begin our program from December 17 and will end January 17 this past Christmas season in the Ukraine. December 17 we want to spend the Christmas meeting of the Disney Princess. (At) the last Christmas party people (will start) dismantling the decorations in homes and also a Christmas tree.

Our club also supports opening in February, the center where they will live with the small mom (age) 14. These moms are now living on the street but they did not give their children in orphanages, and this center will provide an opportunity to save lives for mothers and children. One of the members of our club will be the Director. This is the first center in Ukraine. Our members are volunteers. We also want to support hospice care for children who are now created. In the summer we will hold three camps. One is for children 2 - for teens and 3 - for mothers with children who have suffered from domestic violence. Thanks again for fellowship. It's wonderful that we are part of a large and friendly international family that serves children and adolescents. Merry Christmas! Let all these days that you do bring joy to children. Give a smile and love each child and the world will be bright and good. Lora. Editor’s Note: This club corresponds with Kiwanian Ginny Macko. The mystery remains, how this club in the Ukraine selected our club to contact.

Pun of the month

A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."


Who attends what? As a Kiwanian (new or old) think about who attends what meeting? Club meetings (1st and 3rd Thursday 7:00 am) all members are expected to attend. There is a program at each meeting. Meet at Villas Recreation Center. Committee meetings Set by committee chairs. The committees meet to conduct business and to prepare proposals to the board meetings on the third Thursday each month. Board meetings Immediately after the second club meeting in the Villas Recreation Center. One board is for the Kiwanis Club and the other is for the Kiwanis Club Foundation. Separate organizations but the same board members. Committee chairs and other club members are invited to attend board meetings and see how the club and foundation is administered. Service projects Club members are expected to participate in the service projects of our club. Interclubs These are meetings when four or more attend another Kiwanis Club meeting. Generally it is an eye opening experience. You get a chance to see how others do it. Some things you can adopt and use, and some things‌ well let us generally leave it unsaid. Socials Special events just to have fun and socialize. Mid-Year Conference A one-day educational and motivational conference designed for all club officers, committee chairmen and members. It is planned so Kiwanis members can drive to the conference together, participate in an InterClub, attend a few workshops and then be back home the same day. The conference promotes fellowship as well as provides an opportunity to learn more about Kiwanis. A Division Council Meeting (DCM) is a meeting in which the clubs within the Division come together and are given the opportunity to network; share experiences and best practices; and promote upcoming club events. Conventions: The Kiwanis family is too large to gather at one time. So representatives from the Kiwanis family meet at conventions to conduct organizational business, elect board members, amend bylaws and conduct leadership training etc. These conventions are generally held annually at the district and International levels.

My raccoon story by Jack Seigal I began noticing my lawn had the sod, turned back and holes dug in the soil. It was not turkeys this time. We do not have a dog nor cats. A friend told me we had raccoons. The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 16 to 28 inches and a body weight of eight to 20 lbs. The raccoon is usually nocturnal and is omnivorous, with a diet consisting of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates. It has a grayish coat, of which almost 90% is dense underfur, which insulates against cold weather. Two of its most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are themes in the mythology of several Native American tribes. Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution of tasks up to three years later. The mask of a raccoon is often interrupted by a brownblack streak that extends from forehead to nose. The word "raccoon" was adopted into English from the native Powhatan term, as used in the Virginia Colony. The same friend said he had the same problems and called Sacramento County Animal Care. A trapper was sent out and trapped the raccoon for $25.00. I went to the Animal Care website to find this information: The County Agricultural Commission has a trapper service that sets traps and picks up raccoons, skunks, possums and coyotes. Call 916-875-6603 at between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to make an appointment for the same day, or call anytime for next day appointments.

The trapper leaves the office at 8:30 and any calls coming in after 8:30 are processed the next day. The trapper charges a $25 fee for the trap and the first animal pickup. Any additional animals picked up are $12.50 each. I called that number and the trapper said the raccoons eat grubs in the lawn. He recommended that I purchase a suitable insecticide and apply it. If this does not cure the problem, call back in a couple of weeks. I applied the insecticide (two doses) and the digging continued.

Interclub Calendar

Report from Interclub Chair Patty Favero: Please add to calendar and plan on attending! DCM Host Club: Auburn Oak Ave. Free Methodist Church 8790 Oak Avenue, Orangevale Monday, January 9, 2012 5:30 p.m. $10 for dinner. Candidates night! See page 1 New members: attendance at the DCM is a requirement to get your “gold name tag”.

Think ink!

Rancho Murieta Ace Hardware sells the insecticide. It has a liquid form and a granular form. Glenn Easley is showing both versions. The trapper was called and a trap was set with a raw egg (in the shell). The raccoon came, took the egg out, and ate it about 10 feet from the trap. Another egg was set out. After about 6 days the trap captured a raccoon. The trapper was called and took the trap and the raccoon away. What the trapper did with the raccoon is unknown, but I’ll bet he relocated it, far far away.

Recycle your ink/ LASER/toner cartridges. Turn in at Rancho Murieta Business Center or given to Jack Seigal at meetings. They will be turned into our Kiwanis Family House. It makes “cents” to recycle for the environment and for our Kiwanis Family House income.

Collect labels! Support Cosumnes River Elementary School!

Deposit items at collection boxes at Plaza Foods and RMA


Welcome the Year of the Dragon

Years of the Dragon Fifth in the cycle, Dragon Years follow the Rabbit and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Dragon Year actually begins: 1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000 *2012 The Dragon personality The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast - the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected. The key to the Dragon personality is that Dragons are the free spirits of the Zodiac. Conformation is a Dragon's curse. Rules and regulations are made for other people. Restrictions blow out the creative spark that is ready to flame into life. Dragons must be free and uninhibited. The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colorful and flamboyant. An extroverted bundle of energy, gifted and utterly irrepressible, everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas, ornate gestures, extreme ambitions. However, this behavior is natural and isn't meant for show. Because they are confident, fearless in the face of challenge, they are almost inevitably successful. Dragons usually make it to the top. However, Dragon people are aware

of their natures. Too much enthusiasm can leave them tired and unfulfilled. Even though they are willing to aid when necessary, their pride can often impede them from accepting the same kind of help from others. Dragons' generous personalities give them the ability to attract friends, but they can be rather solitary people at heart. A Dragon's self-sufficiency can mean that he or she has no need for close bonds with other people. Dragon Facts: People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics. The Dragon sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual's personality. The western counterpart is Aries Following are features associated with the sign of the Dragon. Characteristics:  Innovative  Enterprising  Flexible  Self-assured  Brave  Passionate  Conceited  Tactless  Scrutinizing  Unanticipated  Quick-tempered The Water Dragon 2012 Water has a calming effect on the Dragon's fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to reevaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another.

I used to be indecisive. Now, I’m not so sure.


Kiwanis Christmas Social at Holm’s Home

Good food!

Good fellowship! Thanks go to John and Lee Holms who provided their home; to John and Susan Sozzi, who co-hosted it; to Jackie Strain, who coordinated the food; and to all the Kiwanians who brought food and wine. Many thanks and Merry Christmas to all of you!

The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" above $100,000 for the first time. Holding mostly steady this year: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping and gold rings. The 364 items repeated across all the song's verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management. The broader government Consumer Price Index increased by 3.9 percent over the same period. Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords -a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-aswimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.) But buying just one set of each verse in the song will cost $24,263 this year -- a moderate 3.5 percent rise.This follows a huge leap in 2010 of 9.2% to $23,439.38. Eleven pipers piping will set you back $2,427, but that's a relative bargain compared to seven swans-aswimming, which cost $6,300. That's a 12.5 percent rise over last year. Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investment

for PNC Wealth Management, said the core rate of increase is less than half the 9.2 percent jump last year. "The story in general is wages are still a very sluggish part of this economy," said Dunigan, who noted that the price of eight maids-amilking at minimum wage was $58 -- the same as in 2009. Five gold rings even declined a bit, to $645, from $650 last year. But last-minute shoppers who turn to the Internet may be in for some surprises. The core list that costs about $24,000 in stores will come to $39,860 online - a whopping 16.1 percent increase over Internet prices last year. Dunigan said the high cost of shipping live birds explains some of the difference. Six items didn't go up in cost this year: French hens, calling birds, gold rings, maids-a-milking, ladies dancing and lords-a-leaping. Pipers piping and drummers drumming rose 3 percent. The partridge is still the cheapest item, at $15, and swans the most expensive. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. checks jewelry stores, dance companies, pet stores and other sources to compile the list. Some of its sources this year include the National Aviary and the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Ballet Company. Finally some good news: the cost of living is apparently holding steady. Earlier this week, the IRS announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2012. Typically we see parallels between our Index and the Federal government’s. To figure the costs of the items, PNC went straight to the experts. This year, the company relied on Philadelphia dance companies, the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadanco, to price out the services of the


ten lords-a-leaping and the nine ladies dancing. The prices for most of the birds – including the partridge and the turtledoves – were provided by the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. If you want to buy the whole shebang from a single partridge to twelve drummers drumming for each verse (that’s 364 separate pieces of Christmas joy), it will cost you $101,119.84. The most expensive items on the list? Those seven swans aswimming: you’ll have to shell out $6,300 for them, an increase of 12.5%. While the cost of goods seemed to rise, labor, not surprisingly, remained fairly constant. Of the four gifts that didn’t increase in price, three of them – eight maids-amilking, nine ladies dancing and ten lords-a-leaping – were related to employment. Musicians, however, pulled in a slightly higher price with boosts for both the eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming. The cost of the pear tree that houses the infamous partridge increased by a whopping 13.3% at suburban Philadelphia’s Waterloo Gardens, consistent with a rise in prices for many agricultural products. The popularity, however, of pear trees at the holidays remains fairly low – perhaps if we tacked a tax on them to raise consciousness a la the Christmas tree, they’d fare better. The Christmas Price Index began 28 years ago, in 1984, when the chief economist at PNC Bank decided to figure out how much it would cost to buy each of the gifts. It’s now an annual tradition… kind of like this one.

History of Key Clubs The first Key Club was formed in 1925 in Sacramento, California with 11 charter members. Key Club was the idea of two Sacramento Kiwanis club members, Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent, who also were high school administrators. They approached their Kiwanis Club of Sacramento with the idea of starting a junior service club in the high school. It would resemble Kiwanis, have its own classifications based on school interests and hold luncheon meetings. The club was comprised of the key boys in the school, willing to serve the school in any way possible and to create better school spirit. Thus, the club was dubbed Key Club. Originally it meant Kiwanis Educating Youth. Soon, the club that started out as a vocational guidance program expanded to become a complete service organization for the whole school. It also offered a social aspect to balance its service activities. Today, Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students in the world. It has more than 250,000 members in 5,000 clubs in 30 countries. Check out a timeline of important dates in the organization’s long history or read the Key Club story. Time line:  1925 The first Key Club meets at Sacramento High School.

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1939 Florida association forms, becoming the first Key Club District. 1943 Key Club movement achieves “International” designa-

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tion. Delegates to the first Key Club convention formally for to form the International Associations of Key Clubs. Malcolm Lewis is elected as its first president. 1946 In New Orleans, Louisiana, 250 delegates to the 3rd Annual Key Club International Convention adopted a new constitution and bylaws. Major Emphasis Program: “Children: Their future, our focus” is developed 1946 First Keynoter magazine is published.

1946 First Key Club Week is observed. 1952 The 1,000th club is chartered. 1956 In Washington, D.C. the 14th Annual Key Club International Convention featured a “boyish popular” U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. When the soon-to-be U.S. President enters the convention hall, delegates storm him with banners bearing his state’s name.

1967 The first Key Club outside


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of the United States and Canada is chartered, at Nassau, Bahamas. 1968 2,610 members attend the international convention. 1975 Key Clubs celebrate their 50th Anniversary

1977 Female Students are admitted into Key Clubs.  1987 Kiwanis International allow females to become members  1991 Michelle McMillen becomes the first female member to be elected Key Club president.  1992 Key Club membership reaches 146,972 members in 4,013 clubs, in 17 nations.  1997 Key Club launches its first website.  1998 Key Clubs raise more than $1.2 million for UNICEF to fight Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD).  1998 First Key Club strategic plan is developed.  1999 Membership tops the 200,000 mark.  2000 Key Clubs celebrates their 75th Anniversary.  2005 Key Club’s membership reaches 243,422 members.  2008 Key Club members raise more that $1.3 million to fight HIV/AIDS in Swaziland.  2010 Key Clubs exist in 30 countries, with membership over 250,00 in 5,000 clubs.  2011 Sacramento High School, the birthplace of Key Club still has a Key Club “H80001”.  2011 December 1, 2011 in Cal-Nev-Ha District there are 14,499 Kiwanians and 13,156 Key Club Members. Our club sponsors Key Clubs at Sheldon and Pleasant Grove.

say the paint is wet? Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'? What is the speed of darkness? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up every two hours? If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?

Questions you just can’t answer Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard when he lives in the jungle without a razor? Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat? Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough? Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you

Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? Did you ever stop and wonder....... Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these pink dangly things

Boy Scout Troop 633 was invited to participate in the Wreaths Across America Ceremony today at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Scouts Scott Johnson and Ian Oushakoff presented the wreath in honor of America's POW/MIA's. 7,000 wreaths were placed throughout the cemetery to honor the 10,000 veterans there. More info can be found at http:// Submitted by Alicia Correia. Note: Troop 633 is chartered to our Kiwanis Club.


here, and drink whatever comes out?' Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat? Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer? Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from? If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons? Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? Stop singing and read on...... Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup? Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Megan's Law is a federal law passed in 1996 that authorizes local law enforcement agencies to notify the public about convicted sex offenders living, working or visiting their communities. Megan's Law was inspired by the case of seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who moved across the street from the family. The Kanka family fought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. The New Jersey legislature passed Megan's Law in 1994. In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed Megan's Law as an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children's Act. It required every state to develop some procedure for notifying the public when a sex offender is released into their community. Different states have different procedures for making the required disclosures. The federal law was not the first on the books that addressed the issue of registering convicted sex offenders. As early as 1947, California had laws that required sex offenders to be registered. Since the passage of the federal law in May of 1996, all states have passed some form of Megan's Law. Commonly included information includes the offender's name, picture, address, incarceration date, and nature of crime. The information is often displayed on free public websites, but can be published in newspapers, distributed in pamphlets, or through various other means. At the federal level, Megan's Law is known as the Sexual Offender (Jacob Wetterling) Act of 1994, and requires persons convicted of sex crimes against children to notify local law enforcement of any change of address or employment after release

from custody (prison or psychiatric facility). The notification requirement may be imposed for a fixed period of time - usually at least ten years - or permanently. Megan's Law provides two major information services to the public: sex offender registration and community notification. The details of what is provided as part of sex offender registration and how community notification is handled vary from state to state, and in some states the required registration information and community notification protocols have changed many times since Megan's Law was passed. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act supplements Megan's Law with new registration requirements and a three-tier system for classifying sex offenders according to their risk to the community. The State of California has this website for Megan’s Law: http:// When you go there, read all of the warnings and disclaimers. With the website you can search by:  Name  Address  City  ZIP® Code  County  Parks  Schools Legal Limits on Disclosures. Only information on registered sex offenders allowed to be disclosed under California law appears on this web site. Under state law, some registered sex offenders are not subject to public disclosure, so they are not included on this site. State law does not allow offenses other than the crimes for which the convicted sex offender is required to register to be disclosed here. Notice of Corrections. If you believe that any information on this site is in error, please contact a police or sheriff's department, or contact the Department of Justice by email at


Legal and Illegal Uses. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Any person who is required to register pursuant to Penal Code section 290 who enters this web site is punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment. (Pen. Code, § 290.46, subd. (h)(2).)

Kiwanis Kronicle Kiwanis Kronicle is emailed to members who have email addresses. It is also emailed to some Kiwanis Division and District addresses. If you want a copy emailed to you, email editor:

Ag Report Davis Ranch Davis Ranch I selling Christmas trees up to December 23rd and possibly the 24th (depending on demand). It also has mandarins and an assortment of winter squash. It will reopen in March when the asparagus comes in season. Corn should be in season in late June (and hopefully by July 4th).

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

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7:00 a.m. Meeting Program Michael Passmore “Passmore Ranch Fish Farm”













Meeting Program Lt. Gov. Bernie Bowes

Note: Board meetings of the club and foundation tomorrow after the club meeting

January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer).

January starts on the same day of the week as October in common years, and starts on the same day of the week as April and July in leap years.

In the Southern Hemisphere, January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Northern Hemisphere.


In a common year, January ends on the same day of the week as February and October, and ends on the same day of the week as July in a leap year. Don’t forget 2012 is a leap year.

Kiwanis Kronicle, December 2011  
Kiwanis Kronicle, December 2011  

The monthly publication of the Kiwanis of Rancho Murieta, CA.