Agriculture in Madison County will be the focus of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond during the month of November.

Monday, Nov. 3, Kiwanians will participate in the 2014 Farm City Banquet at the Madison County Extension Center.

Richmond Kiwanis Club President Vickie Damrel will present the “Jack Taylor Award for Service to Agriculture” to Dr. Michael Panciera, former director of the Berea College Agriculture and Natural Resources Program.

The award was named for Jack Taylor a deceased member of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, who was a long-time agricultural extension agent and farm manager for both EKU and Berea College.

The first award went to Scott Turpin in 2002, and it has been presented annually at the annual Farm-City Banquet since then.

In 1946, the first full year of the existence of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, it was involved in a project that sponsored the first Farm-City Dinner and was coupled with a soil conservation demonstration attended by 150 farmers and city people.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, Dr. Panciera will address a regular meeting the Richmond Kiwanis Club about the role of Berea College in developing agriculture and natural resources in Madison County.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, the club will participate in a tour of the EKU greenhouses, conducted by John Duvall, next to the A.B. Carter Building (the Agriculture Building) at EKU at the corner of Kit Carson Drive and the Eastern Bypass. The tour will include flowers and ferns used for university functions, poinsettias sold each Christmas season to fund agriculture programs and a visit to the tropical teaching greenhouse where horticulture students learn to propagate and care for exotic plants.

Friday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the club will attend the Madison Central High School Key Club induction of 2014-15 officers and new members.

(Key Club is a Kiwanis sponsored organization focused on developing student leadership and service.)

The event will take place in the Madison Central High School auditorium. It is being organized by John Babuka, MCHS Key Club president, with the assistance of faculty adviser and Kiwanian Buffy Turner.

The inductees will learn more about the services provided by the Kiwanis Club, including support for local food banks and work to provide programs for children around the world. Pparents and the public are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8 to 11 a.m., the club will conduct its 42nd annual pancake breakfast at the First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern Bypass. This will be an all you can eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage and drinks. The charge  is $5 for adults and $3 for children. This annual fund raiser will again be in support of service to children.

The club’s Tuesday, Nov. 18, meeting will be discussion of current and potential hands-on projects to serve the Madison County community, including the agricultural community. Joan Kleine will moderate.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, Brandon Sears, Madison County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources will speak on “Agriculture in Madison County.”

Regular weekly meetings of the Richmond Kiwanis Club are conducted 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Galaxy Bowling Center meeting room, 1025 Amberley Way, Richmond. The public is encouraged to attend any meeting.

For more about the Richmond Kiwanis Club, call Vickie Damrel, club president at 582-3011 or visit




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