Beulah Baptist Church
Church & Faith
My faith and my church are two more of the milestones of my life. I grew up attending Beulah Baptist Church, in Portsmouth, Ohio, where my father and grandfather were both deacons. From that wonderful community of God’s faithful, and my parents, I attained my spiritual values. In my family, going to Beulah Baptist Church every Sunday was mandatory!
Now my wife, Patricia, and I worship the Lord together.
On Mother’s Day in 1997, I was ordained a deacon. I serve now as Chairman of Deacons and as the Sunday school teacher.
Over the years, I have also served as chairman of the bylaws committee and I have acted as church moderator in the absence of our pastor. My faith sustains me!C
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CONNECTION
In 1982, I had the good fortune of playing ball in Canada, where I was confident and skilled enough to win a batting title. In 1985 I ended my career with the Toronto Bluejays. I was part of the first divisional championship and that association spurred my commitment to international work and advocacy.
In my baseball career, I have lived in other countries and traveled all over the world — Canada, Japan, Germany, Guam — not to mention all over the United States, too. Every where I traveled, people identified with Major League Baseball. In my diverse life, and in the diverse road I’ve traveled, I believe in leaving no human being out. God created all of us and I value HIS creations.
Kiwanis Club for 2008!
Al Oliver Voted Vice President of the Portsmouth’s
Kiwanis Club for 2008!
About the Kiwanis:
Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 89 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is “Serving the Children of the World.”
Guided by six permanent Objects, Kiwanis clubs view their role within their respective communities with a great deal of foresight. Key aspects to operating an effective club include:
Evaluating both children’s issues and community needs on an ongoing basis
Conducting service projects to respond to those identified needs
Maintaining an active membership roster of professional business people who have both the desire and the ability to serve their community
Club meetings traditionally are conducted once a week and offer an atmosphere of fun, learning, and fellowship. In addition to attending the meetings, the typical Kiwanian volunteers each month to assist with club service projects.
Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, “Young Children: Priority One.” This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition, and parenting skills.
Service projects also can address other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports and recreation, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.
Kiwanis also plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders. K-Kids clubs at the elementary school level, Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level all are Kiwanis organizations that teach community service and leadership skills to young people. In addition, Aktion Clubs are made up of adults with mental and physical disabilities who enthusiastically perform service to help others.
Worldwide, the entire Kiwanis family is committed to eliminating the devastating effects of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the world’s leading preventable cause of mental retardation. More than 1.5 billion people are at risk of suffering IDD because they do not receive enough iodine in their diet. But, because of Kiwanis’ efforts, many parents who have been affected by IDD are able to watch their children grow up healthy and reach their full physical and mental potential. The results of the IDD program will benefit every future generation.
A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs invest more than 6.2 million hours and US$170 million in communities around the world. Through these efforts, the Kiwanis organization truly leaves a lasting impression on future generations.
Objectives of Kiwanis International
-To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
-To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
-To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
-To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
-To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
-To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.
Portsmouth Kiwanis Club Positions
Held By Al Oliver
Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth, OH – Vice-President
Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth, Youth Services Committee, Former Board Member
Portsmouth Kiwanis Chairman – Portsmouth, Ohio
Portsmouth Kiwanis Youth Services Vice Chair-Portsmouth, Ohio
Portsmouth Kiwanis Chairman: Human & Spiritual Values-Portsmouth, Ohio
A. O. 300 Club
The Al Oliver 300 Club stemmed from my goal to be a LIFETIME, 300 hitter! The Al Oliver 300 Club’s mission is to help everyone be a great, lifetime achiever! No matter the challenge you face, or how hard the road seems, strive to be a winner! YOU CAN MAKE IT! I want to help you!
Three things were important to me in my creation of the Al Oliver 300 Club: 1. Home 2. School 3. Church. I believe that these three things are the most important areas in anyone’s development. If you believe in the worth and power of these three, simple criteria for life’s success, then you’re already a member of the Al Oliver 300 Club!
Membership means that you will pledge to strive to do the right thing, at home, in school and in church. Parents should instill in our young people the importance of education and spiritual values. With those three things going for you, you can’t be anything but successful!
My sponsored events throughout the year seek to bring people of all nationalities, cultures and faiths together for “F & F” — “Fellowship and Fun!” “The 300 Club” will sponsor events like: sports trivia, Halloween and Christmas parties, and simply coming together for spiritual growth, mentoring and sharing. We’re all in this life together!
The 300 Club will offer assistance to families, children and teenagers in identifying and resolving family and social issues that reek havoc in our homes and communities with the goal of a a higher quality of life.
The 10-point list below can be a guide to identifying traits and attitudes in young people who need our help:
1. Lack of self-confidence and self-esteem
2. Poor Motivation
3. No Goals
4. Lack of personal discipline
5. Lack of parental discipline
6. No self-respect
7. Peer group pressure
8. Negative thinking
9. Poor attitude
10.Low academic achievement.
In this program the parents and teachers will be the hitters! Our youth will be the runners!