The Steubenville Kiwanis Club members have kicked off 2012 with two resolutions.
One of them is to have programs in January that all tie in to a fitness theme - physically and mentally thanks to the speakers lined up this month by Mike Gray, who has that assignment for the Tuesday noon luncheon gatherings held at the YWCA on North Fourth Street, Steubenville.
The other resolution is to make the second-annual Kiwanis Trivia Night competition a successful fundraiser and a good time to boot with hopes to up this year's participation.
Steubenville Kiwanis Club members organizing the second-annual Trivia Night are, from left, Anita Jackson, Cas Adulewicz, Eric Timmons, Janet Mayle, Tom Timmons,
Phyllis Riccadonna, Paul Brandt and Duke Rakich.
I'll tell you about the trivia competition first.
Last year's event was held at St. Florian Hall, attracted more than a hundred people, included a dinner and raised between $1,500 and $2,000 as teams competed by answering questions on all kinds of topics, including local trivia.
This year's event is on the calendar for March 10 at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Commons area at Steubenville High School.
There won't be a dinner with this event but the concessions stand will be open so no one will be able to blame grumbling stomachs as a reason for an inability to come up with the answers.
The cost for a team with a maximum of 10 people is $100 - the same amount it will cost if a team is nine people, eight people, five people. You get the picture, It's $100.
A team can buy up to 10 mulligans at $2 each.
A team can be made up of employees, friends, church groups, whatever.
Depending on participation, the first-place team gets $500; the second-place team goes home with $300; and the third-place team wins $100.
If you'd like information or want to register a team, call Tom Timmons, the club's secretary-treasurer, at (304) 797-8055.
Timmons brought this unique fundraiser to the club's attention last year because he was familiar with such an event through his sister, Sue Busier of Maryville, Ill. Busier belongs to the Maryville Kiwanis Club that organizes a trivia night as its major fundraiser, given such events are pretty popular there.
Busier served as the guest emcee for the Steubenville Kiwanis Club's first-time event and will return to assume the honors again.
The local club is resolving to attract 20 to 25 teams and also will have a Chinese auction as part of the event.
So now is the time to organize a team and get this on your calendar.
There's also no time like the present, according to last Tuesday's speaker, to get on track to get fit, to make good on a resolution we all make to lose some weight and exercise.
The speaker was my former longtime newsroom colleague Paul Giannamore, now the manager of Anytime Fitness at 322 S. Hollywood Blvd., Steubenville, a facility that is open 24-7.
How many of us this time of year resolve to lose some weight and exercise, but we fail at the follow-through part. The catch is you actually have to do what you're thinking.
Giannamore said there are a number of reasons why people end up joining gyms but then don't come.
One reason is having unrealistic expectations, that you're going to work out seven days a week, an hour or so a day.
Or that you're going to have instant results.
Other reasons can be that people think everything in a gym is too complex, or they're too intimidated to ask for help, even though it's available.
Giannamore said his approach to weight loss that started two years ago when he weighed 310 pounds and was barely walking 2 mph was a 20-minute focused workout. It combined 10 minutes maybe on the treadmill or bicycle and 10 minutes on different weight machines.
The idea is gradual.
And the ideal result is that your head and body are in accord - both want to exercise, not just the brain on New Year's Eve that mentally resolves to get fit.
"It's not just a I-have-to-do-this kind of thing. It has to become a part of your life. It's not a passing fancy," Giannamore said.
Before Giannamore's presentation, Janet Mayle, club president, welcomed everyone to the meeting and shared thank-you cards from the students at East Elementary in Steubenville. The club has a pizza party in December for the first-graders there and provides them with sweatshirts and some school supplies, and Oglebay's Good Zoo does a presentation.
The Rev. Calvin McLoyd offered the blessing for the meal - a healthy fare complete with salad, soup and a low-fat dessert.
Other speakers for this month's noon meetings are:
TUESDAY: A representative of the county Extension office will address the topic of eating healthy. The club's first board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College's board room.
JAN. 17: Billy Petrella of Tri-State Financial Services will offer some suggestions on "what we should be doing moneywise and with our portfolio," according to Gray.
JAN. 24: A representative of the Ridgefield Group offers a "Computer Hygiene" presentation to include keeping a computer free of viruses and protecting your identity.
JAN. 31: The Kiwanis take a field trip to the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library and Jefferson County for a presentation by Alan Hall, director.
As Gray notes, a new year can be a time not only to get fit and get things in order but also to read more and discover all that the library has to offer.