Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Red Cross Rod Shares his Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is a special time for all of us.  The Rough Risers' on Thanksgiving week usually enjoy the message of someone who shares something for which they are thankful.

This year, Rod Hamer, shared his adventures in working with the Red Cross.  As a logistics specialist, Rod oversees the mobilization of resources to support the victims of disasters across the country.

Rod shared a video presentation showing scenes from the Louisana Flood and even the flooding threat in Cedar Falls.  He also shared some "behind the scenes" visuals of where they slept and how the volunteers live when they are on-site.

We are thankful for you, Rod.  Thank you for what you do.

You are making a difference in the world!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Barney's on the Radio - 93.5 The Mix

He's at it again. Barney's on the radio sharing our preparations for the Gift of Giving event in December.  While being interviewed on 93.5 The Mix, he did a wonderful explaining the Gift of Giving and listing the various participants and sponsors.

As the radio host continued the interview, Barney described some of the many projects and events that we do throughout the year.

My favorite part was when questioned about "What is the ingredient that makes your kettle corn taste so good."  Barney replied with "Love."

This was a job well done, Barney.  Thanks for your ongoing support.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November is Filled with Exciting Programs

Wednesday, November 2 - Business MeetingWhere active club members discuss their accomplishments and plans for running and developing the Rough Risers.   

Wednesday, November 9 - This is ROTC
Lieutenant Colonel Glen Keith will share what the UNI ROTC program involves and how cadets can benefit from engaging in this program.

Wednesday, November 16 - The New Schindler Education Center
Rick Knivsland, UNI Instructor and SEC renovation coordinator, will shares the many improvements that we will experience when we reenter the building in January.

Wednesday, November 23 - Red Cross Thankfulness
Rod Hamer will share his thankfulness for working with Red Cross to assist those in need across the country.  He will include slides of the Louisana Floods.

Wednesday, November 30 - Gallagher Bluedorn PAC Focus Group
Steven Carignan, Executive Director of the GBPAC, will provide the opportunity for our club to provide feedback about the shows GBPAC will be selecting for the upcoming season.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Another Productive Year of Service

Every year our club serves the Cedar Valley in many ways. Our service is heart-warming in both the varied ways we help the community and the amount of service hours we give.

This year we provided 951 hours of service. Our C.F. Rough Risers put together another wonderful and productive year.  Two noteworthy construction activities were the completion of the final shelter at the C.F. Youth Soccer Complex and painting both restrooms at Big Woods Lake.  An Ongoing activity is the demolition project at Hartman Reserve.

In addition to our eight standard fundraising (popcorn) events, RAGBRAI 43 passed through Cedar Falls and we helped them by guiding cyclists to the proper areas.  

Here is the list of events and hours worked per event.

Event                                 Hours Worked
Gift of Giving                             41
Christmas Family                        6
Lincoln Elementary                    32
Food Bank                                 24
Hansen, Orchard Hill Elm.         28
Cedar Heights Elementary        30
Soccer Complex Shelter          191
Ragbrai                                      33
Circle K                                      24
4th Street Cruise                        38
College Hill Arts Festival            40
Sturgis Falls                             228
Cattle Congress Fair                236
July 4th                                       41
                               Total          951

It's been a wonderful year and we look forward to another exciting year filled with service and opportunity in 2016-2017

Leigh Zeitz

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cattle Congress Popping was a Success!!

Look at this crew of able-bodies Kiwanians. Ready to Pop and Ready to Sell.

This last weekend was our last Kettlecorn Popping for the season. It was at the 106th Cattle Congress Fair in Waterloo this past weekend, Sept 15th - 18th. 

Typically, we have experienced "medium" results at this fair, but due to a "mix great weather, a big crowd, super workers and a tremendous product……" we did well. We raised $1,382 to share with our community.

A good time was had by all 30 Kiwanians who shared in the popping session.  It was good to see some of our Satellite Members join us at the event.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Coach Kyle Green Shares about UNI Basketball's Upcoming Season

We were fortunate to have Assistant Coach Kyle Green come to breakfast this morning to share what's been happening in UNI basketball and what we can expect this coming year.  

He began with sharing where some of our past players are today.  Many of them are playing in Europe and having a great time.  He pointed out that one of the reasons that the UNI team is so strong is because even past players feel that they are "part of the family."  They will often come back to UNI and play with the existing players - thus getting them into the feel of the UNI basketball brotherhood.

Coach Green reviewed the players we will see this season.  He said that there will be 8 new faces so much of the potential of the team is still unknown.

The schedule will be a challenging one with the players even going to a tournament in Puerto Rico.  He anticipates that we will do well in the league.

Off the court, Coach Green talked about how the team members get involved in the community by working with the Boys and Girls Club as well as visiting schools and working with students.

Overall, it looks like UNI will have a great basketball season this coming year.  Thanks Coach!!


Monday, August 1, 2016

August will be a Month of Adventure

Wednesday, August 3 - Business Meeting 
Where active club members discuss their accomplishments and plans for running and developing the Rough Risers. 

Wednesday, August 10 – My Exciting Travels to Africa
Emily Borcheding, our club member, will share her adventures in Africa on a recent trip.

Wednesday, August 17 - Sharing Collections
Nathan ArndtCurator for the UNI Museum, will speak about how he works with the public to provide research based programs and education to community members of all ages.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Growing Opportunities are Blooming in Cedar Valley!

Things are blooming in Cedar Valley and the ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County Service is making it happen.   

Today, Justin Roy Edwards joined us to share the agricultural activities in Cedar Valley.  They are creating gardening plots around Waterloo and Cedar Falls for people's enjoyment and for producing food for those who need it.  

As Urban Agricultural Specialist, Justin is busily writing grants and creating gardens so that volunteers can  produce thousands of pounds of produce for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

He shared the Master Gardener Online program where interested horticulturalists can learn to Master the Trowel between September 27 - November 15.

Gertrude Jekyll once said, "The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."  We can bet that the love of gardening will never die in the Cedar Valley as long as Justin and his team sow their message.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Eldora Kiwanis Golf Tournament on July 22

Do you like to swing a club?  
Would you like to support a club?

On July 22, the Eldora Kiwanis Club will hold a "2-Person Best Shot" tournament at the Pine Lake Country Club.  The proceeds will go to student scholarships and children's needs.

12:30 - 1:30 registration
1:30 shotgun start  (Carts available to rent)
4:30 meal and awards

Cost:    $30 per person
Prizes: $10,000, Kayak, and many more

Contact: Steve Christensen for more information.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July Will Be Liberating for ALL of Us!!

Wednesday, July 6 - Business Meeting 
Where active club members discuss their accomplishments and plans for running and developing the Rough Risers.    

July 13 – Happenings in Cedar Falls from a New Mayor's Perspective
CF Mayor Jim Brown will share his fresh point of view about what is happening in Cedar Falls and what plans he has for the future.

Wednesday, June 20 - Urban Ag Programs in Black Hawk County
Justin Edward, ISU Extension Urban Agriculture Specialist will speak about speak about how he works with the public to provide research based programs and education to community members of all ages.  

Wednesday, June 27 – Meet the New Director of Athletics at UNI.David Harris, UNI Director of Athletics, will share his ideas and plans for the future of athletics at UNI.  

Summer Popping has been a Blast!

Throughout June and early July, the Roughrisers have been popping a lot of Kettlecorn! While the numbers may vary, the Roughrisers have approximately 30 active poppers for each event.  This includes about 2-dozen Kiwanians and 5 Kohls employees.

We were stalking success! At the College Hill Arts Festival, $2,863 was raised in the 2-day event.  $5,929 total was raised from the 3-day event at Sturgis Falls.  Also, at the 4th of July Fireworks at Cattle Congress, we raised $1,000. Throughout our three recent fundraising events the Roughrisers have raised a total of $9,792!

Not to be corny, but this money raised will all be given back to the community. We support many organizations. To read more about this, see our previous post.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Rough Risers Donate $21,332 to Better the World.

The purpose of the Cedar Falls Rough Risers Kiwanis club is service to our community, local and worldwide, especially to provide service to children. As part of our service, we pop kettle corn and join with sponsors to raise and donate money to various community organizations. 

In 2015, we supported 36 organizations and schools in the Cedar Valley and the world:

Direct Benefit to Children ($10,890 + $2,700):
  • Aspire,
  • Back to School,
  • Big Brothers/Sisters,
  • Boy Scouts,
  • Boys/Girls Club,
  • Cedar Valley Preschool,
  • Girl Scouts,
  • Grin and Grow Day Care,
  • Quaker Dale,
  • Cedar Falls H.S. Scholarship,
  • Hawkeye C.C. Scholarship,
  • Special Olympics,
  • UNI Wheelchair Sports,
  • Waterloo Gift of Giving,
  • Hawkeye C.C. Literacy Program,
  • Harbaugh-Williams Education Promise Fund,
  • Kiwanis International Children’s Fund.
  • Six elementary and 2 junior high schools in the Cedar Falls School District. We pop kettle corn and donate it to the schools to sell at their carnivals. ($2,700)

Programs Benefitting Both Children and Adults  ($7,742):
  • Kiwanis International Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus,
  • Family Children’s Council,
  • Habitat for Humanity,
  • Hartman Reserve Building project,
  • Hartman Reserve,
  • Kiwanis International Foundation,
  • Kiwanis International Skip-a-Meal,
  • NE IA Food Bank,
  • NE IA Kiwanis Foundation,
  • Recreation Center Sports,
  • Salvation Army.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June will be Filled with Great Programs.

Wednesday, June 1 - Business Meeting 
Where active club members discuss their accomplishments and plans for running and developing the Rough Risers.    

June 8 – The Gift of Life
Stan Weichel will share his ideas about how to prepare for death.  He will address the many considerations that we don't typically think about as we approach the end of life.

Wednesday, June 15 - Reading with Jean
Susan Card will speak about a program that she developed where volunteers are matched with elderly individuals who are unable to read but enjoy the fellowship of a reading friend.  The program is named "Reading for Jean" and is in honor of Susan Card's mother. 

Wednesday, June 22 – What's Up at Hawkeye Community College
President Linda Allen and a Hawkeye board member will be sharing the latest developments and programs at Hawkeye.  

Wednesday, June 29 – New Haps at the Cedar Falls Library
Sheryl McGovern, Cedar Falls Public Library Director, will share the upcoming events at the library and lead a book talk about one of her favorite books.

Monday, May 16, 2016

BIG THANKS to Our 2016 Kettlecorn Sponsors!!!

Click on the ad (above) to see a larger version.

Our Kettlecorn Sponsors are AWESOME!!!!

We have 25 companies throughout the Cedar Valley who support our activities through financial and in-kind donations.  This past Sunday we ran an ad in the Celebrations section (Page 9) of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.  

Thank you for your support!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We Will Have Fun Popping KettleCorn this Summer.

We are in the midst of another wonderful and profitable summer of popping kettlecorn and sharing our delectable ambrosia with those of the Cedar Valley.

This year we have 13 engagements (16 days) this summer.  As a tradition we have popped for all of the elementary schools and given them all of the proceeds.  This year we will be popping for the two middle schools as well.

Annually we make thousands of dollars selling kettlecorn and donating our earnings to dozens of children and charitable organizations.

Imagine that - your gastronomic enjoyment can help support children's success.

Come Join Us for a Bag Full of Yummies.
          February 20....Lincoln Fun Fair

          February 26....Holmes Fun Fair

          March 22.........Peet March Madness

          April 22...........Orchard Hill Fun Fair

          May 6..............Cedar Heights/Southdale Fun Fair
          May 7..............Walmart Rough Risers

          May 28.............4th Street Cruise

          June 17-18......College Hill Arts Festival

          June 23-26.......Sturgis Falls Festival

          July 2...............Jaycees Fireworks @ National Cattle Congress

          September 15-18...National Cattle Congress

          September 24..Walmart Circle K

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Emily Borcherding Joins Our Ranks


Wednesday, March 9 - We are pleased to report that Emily Borcherding has joined the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers.  

Gery Deaver, her sponsor, introduced Emily and shared the many reasons that she would benefit our club. President Tony welcomed her into the club and presented her Kiwanis International pin, Rough Riser cap and shirt.

Emily is the Reading and Learning Coordinator at the UNI Academic Learning Center. She is a woman who is dedicated to empowering students in their learning.  As Yeats might say it, she believes that "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

Glad to have you aboard, Emily!!

Rough Risers - Leave your welcome comments for Emily by clicking on the comments link below.

Dr. Andy Pattee Talks about CF Community Schools

Wednesday, March 9 - Dr. Andy Pattee shared something about what has been happening in his district and what they are planning to have happen. 

Professional Learning Community (PLC) (District Model)
The PLC model involves building district-wide leadership teams amongst faculty members across the district. Together they work on a regular basis to create student-centered classrooms. This program is funded as part of a $1.6 million Iowa grant. 

2016 Bond Referendum
On April 5, CF residents will vote on a $32 million School Building referendum.  This will fund 3 school district projects:

  • Renovate North Cedar Elementary School
  • Renovate Orchard Hill Elementary School
  • Build a new elementary school for SouthWest Cedar Falls

For more info at:

Thank you for sharing with us, Dr. Pattee.  We look forward to seeing you in the future.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March will Provide Us with LOTS of New Ideas!

Wednesday, March 2 - Business Meeting 
Where active club members discuss their accomplishments and plans for running and developing the Rough Risers.    

March 9 – What's Up with the Cedar Falls Community Schools?
Dr. Andy Pattee will join us today to give us an update on the happenings in the Cedar Falls Community School District, including student achievement, points of pride, and facility work.

FlWednesday, March 16 – Koats 4 Kids
Julie Ehlers will share what Koats 4 Kids is providing new winter coats and boots for children in need from the Cedar Valley area.

Wednesday, March 23 – Easter Message

Reverend Ed Baker of the Orchard Hill Church will provide a message for us.

Wednesday, March 30 – Beyond Great in Cedar Falls Schools
Floyd Winter and Dave Deaver will share with us the mission and activities of the Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation. They will share their Beyond Great Campaign and other active projects.

Floyd Winter

Dave Deaver

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Plans Underway for a New Hospital

Wednesday Feb. 10—Sartori Memorial Hospital has served Cedar Falls for over 100 years. Plans are now being made to build a replacement hospital that is designed to meet the medical needs for the community well into the future.

Jack Dusenbery, the CEO of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare spoke to our group today about the changes underway at Wheaton and the new hospital in Cedar Falls in particular. It will be located on 50 acres of land at the intersection of Greenhill and Hudson Roads, with construction beginning next year and the new facility in use starting in 2019.

We appreciate the information Jack shared with us about this major change for our city.