Kiwanis Club fuels Christmas giving with home tours, candy sales

By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves Special to The News Messenger
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Tickets for Lincoln Club of Kiwanis Holiday Home Tour are on sale. The tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and includes six elegantly decorated homes in Sun City Lincoln Hills. All homes are new to the tour. Also look for door prizes, complimentary goodies and a gift sale. Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 per child. Contact Sheila Roels at 408-2640 or Connie Stephens at 408-2625 for tickets and more information. All tour proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Family House and local Kiwanis projects. Do you See’s what I See’s? From now through Dec. 23, Kiwanis Club of Lincoln is also selling See’s Candy, available at two locations. Look for See’s at 365 S. Highway 65 (formerly Blockbuster) in the Safeway Plaza next door to Round Table Pizza from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and at Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Proceeds will also benefit the Kiwanis Family House and local Kiwanis projects. For more information, e-mail Jim Berry at Visit to learn more. Fa la la lah ... Tickets are still available for Lincoln Hills Chorus’ “Holiday Concert.” Under Conductor Bill Sveglini, the 130-member volunteer chorus will offer three performances: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 and Tuesday, Dec. 13. Pianist John Hersch will accompany. Tickets are now on sale at the activities desk in Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane or Kilaga Springs Lodge, 1167 Sun City Blvd. For more information about the concert or the chorus, call Sveglini at 434-5655 or e-mail Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves like challenges. Jeeves like physical challenges. He likes to lose his leash and run after his friends in the dog park. Jeeves likes mental challenges. He enjoys the crossword puzzle that appears each week in this newspaper. Jeeves likes verbal challenges. He enjoys a good debate with the Downtown Dogs. Jeeves particularly enjoys philosophical debates. Recently, a Downtown Dog asked, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?” Jeeves came up with a pragmatic solution. He didn’t need to take a trip to the forest to find his answer. Jeeves especially likes the ones in downtown Lincoln. He found the answer to this philosophical question at City Hall. And Jeeves wants to thank two very special women who helped him find it. Jeeves found the answer by asking the question in a different way. Here’s what Jeeves asked, “If he misses a City Council meeting and he doesn’t hear it, did the meeting take place?” And here’s what Jeeves found out. Lincoln City Clerk Patricia Avila compiles a written record of all the issues discussed during each City Council meeting. This record is called “minutes” of the meeting. Jeeves isn’t sure why it’s called “minutes.” Based on what he has seen lately, Jeeves believes this record should be called “hours” of the meeting. Regardless, Jeeves has found out that the meetings take place even if he misses them. And Avila makes sure that the city has an accurate and permanent record of those meetings and many other important ones. Jeeves is grateful for all that Avila does. He often relies on meeting minutes to ensure accuracy of his comments. Sometimes, Jeeves calls Avila to double-check on what he’s about to write. Pat always returns his calls. She is always gracious. Jeeves is also grateful for city of Lincoln’s public information officer Jill Thompson. Jeeves usually watches each City Council meeting as it happens via cable television. And usually he records it so that he can watch it again, if necessary. But sometimes his paw pushes the wrong button. So he fails to record the meeting. Thanks to Jill, Jeeves never worries if he misses the meeting. Within a couple of days of every City Council meeting, Thompson posts a recorded copy online so that Jeeves can watch the meeting in its entirety. Thompson also sends out frequent city bulletins to Internet addresses, including his. She helps make Jeeves’ job as a writer easier. Avila and Thompson are special women who have a special challenge. That challenge is to ensure that residents receive information accurately and timely. They set a great example. It’s one that Jeeves tries to emulate. They are two people who work hard for the city of Lincoln. During Lincoln’s August tanker fire, both stayed in their positions to help our city cope with an impending disaster. They were not alone. Emergency fire and police personnel were our first responders. And Jeeves, like everyone else, remembers how bravely and wonderfully they performed their duties. Jeeves is grateful. However, this Thanksgiving, he now wishes to express his gratitude to other city staff who stayed on the job to ensure our safety. These are staff we do not usually identify as emergency response personnel. City Manager Jim Estep and Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatzcak stayed behind, along with personnel from engineering, public works and many other departments. They could have left. They chose to stay. Jeeves wishes he knew all names of those who stayed behind so that he could say “thank you” to each one. He would also like to thank Mayor Paul Joiner plus City Councilmen Tom Cosgrove and Spencer Short, who were on hand to help deal with the emergency. Councilman Short was in Auburn but hurried back to Lincoln just as soon as he heard about the fire. Alas, two City Councilmen did not attend the Aug. 23 emergency meeting. Jeeves has mentioned their absence from this meeting before (Scene to be Seen, Sept. 1). Before writing about the absences of Councilmen Gabriel Hydrick and Stan Nader, Jeeves obtained a list of meeting attendees from the city clerk. It’s public record. And the record reveals that they weren’t there. Nonetheless, Hydrick called to complain after Jeeves noted his absence in this column. He said such a notation was “irresponsible.” Hydrick said that no one called him to attend the meeting. Jeeves believes Hydrick when he says that he didn’t receive a call. That’s not what troubles Jeeves. What troubles Jeeves is that this councilman doesn’t seem to understand that he shouldn’t need a call to show civic leadership. Jeeves believes that leadership isn’t something that can be turned on or off. It’s a skill. Some acquire it more easily than others. Some perform it better than others. Leadership should not depend on a telephone call. Obviously, both councilmen knew there was an emergency - they evacuated. Jeeves understands that both would want to ensure their families’ safety. But he fails to understand why they didn’t stick around to ensure ours. Jeeves wishes he could thank them. He can’t. Jeeves hopes that they will respond better to leadership challenges in the future. But he hopes that it doesn’t take another emergency to put them to the test. Because if a tree falls, they may not be around to hear it. Jeeves and Kathy extend their very best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.