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The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

The local club welcomed several who visited the Taylorville Kiwanis club from 2 Kiwanis Clubs in Decatur.  From the Decatur Golden Kiwanis Club came members John Alley, Sharon Cunningham, Dan Sebok, and Gary Goecken.  From the Decatur Early Bird Kiwanis Club were Rich Barnett who is the club president, along with Dave Zindel, Chris Phelps, and Chuck Zueck.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director and former Illinois State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (center in above picture) was guest speaker at the weekly Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting.  Rosenthal told stories about being a Brigadier General, including a story about a war type simulation flying F4s where he had to eject out of his jet in Gulf Port, MS.  Rosenthal said his motto was “Regardless of how bad it is, it could always be worse.”

He also reviewed his history of being a Illinois Representative, and learning the value of working together to accomplish a mission, come to an agreement or at least agree to disagree.

Rosenthal then talked about his position as Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  He said his biggest asset is being able to manage people and as he said “how to fix things!”  

Rosenthal was introduced by Kiwanis member Will Perkins (right).  Bill Kerns (left) presided over the meeting as president of the Kiwanis Club.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com. 

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