Friday, March 28, 2014

Programs for April

We have a wonderful set of programs during April:

April 2:
We have a business meeting. 

April 9: 
Business Meeting - We review club business and committees meet.

April 16: 
Easter Program - Boys and Girls Club
Speaker: Glenda Husome

April 23: Bel Canto Cedar Valley
Speaker:  Alice Reid Pruisner

April 30: Antibullying Program at Peet Junior High
Speaker: Peet Junior High Counselors and students
Peet Junior High

Sunday, January 12, 2014

UNI Adapted Sports Camp in the News

In Fall, 2013 we had Jack Eherenman from the UNI Adapted Sports Camp come to our morning meeting to share what they have been doing and how they have been enabling students with lower-limb disabilities to participate in sports.  He also brought along Jon Litzkow and another team athlete.

Here is a video about what they have been doing:


What have you seen recently addressing the differences they are making in students' lives?




Sunday, January 5, 2014

Programs for January

We have a wonderful set of programs during January:

January 1: 
We don't have a meeting on New Year's Day because it is a day to watch ball games and enjoy family.

January 8: 
Business Meeting - We review club business and committees meet.

January 15: 
The Role of the Greater Alliance in the Greater Cedar Valley
Speaker: Stephen Dust, Director
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber

January 22: Global Leaders, Stronger Community
Speaker:  Britt Jungck, Director
Waterloo Schools Foundation

January 29: The War on Drugs Task Force in Cedar Valley
Speaker: Barbara Culpepper-Scheel
War on Drugs Task Force of Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Members of the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers reached into their pockets and came up with a contribution of $1100 to join fellow Kiwanians in their fight against the deadly disease of maternal and neonatal tetanus.  The disease is known to cause the death of over 60,000 babies and a significant number of mothers every year, and Kiwanis International has joined forces with UNICEF with the goal of eliminating the disease world-wide. 
The joint effort, named Project Eliminate, has the goal of immunizing 100 million mothers in 26 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.  The total cost of the venture has been set at $110 million.  According to Kiwanis project leaders, funds raised to date total nearly $41 million.
This is not the first global project for Kiwanis.  The organization recently completed its campaign to rid the world of iodine deficiency disorders, the world’s leading preventable cause of mental retardation, raising more than $100 million for the program in 103 nations.
The Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers have not only raised funds for such projects, but also have a history of building structures for children in the community, including several at Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Black Hawk County parks, the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, and Habitat for Humanity homes. 
             Individuals interested in contributing toward the Eliminate Project may contact the Rough Riser’s president, Gery Deaver (through the links in the right-hand column on this website.)  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Quakerdale Makes a Difference

Lalaina Rabary of Quakerdale spoke with the group today. Quakerdale is a Christian, non-profit organization providing hope, faith and growth to Iowa's youth, families and communities through support services.

Lalaina told us about the 10-12 bed Emergency Youth Shelter that will be opening on January 1, 2014 at their campus located in downtown Waterloo to serve Black Hawk County and surrounding areas.

We look forward to the future work that Lalaina and Quakerdale will be achieving and how we can help them reach their goals. Our club helped their program by donating $500 for 2013.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

ColorDash5k Map

Get ready, the Kiwanis ColorDash5k is coming up soon. Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 2 o'clock the fun run/walk begins. Registration packets will be available starting at 12 noon the day of the race. Also, you can pick up packets at the Runner's Flat in downtown Cedar Falls on Saturday, the day before the race.

Go to TheColorDash5k.com to register.
  • Families (up to 6 members) can register for $80 per family
  • Individuals or members of a team are $40 per person.
Proceeds go to support the Kiwanis Eliminate project which will eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus across the globe. Come, have fun, brighten your day, and help support a worthy cause.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club Makes a Difference Over the Past 67 Years

The Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club has made a difference in the Cedar Valley for nearly 7 decades.   

Beginning in post-WWII years (1947), the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club served the community under the motto of "Serving Youth and Community." 


Their service ranged from selling peanuts, apples and waffles to buying equipment for Boy Scout organizations, books and supplies for schools and planting trees in Cedar Falls parks.

Unfortunately, this club had to close its doors in December of 2012.  Norm Lemmon wanted to document the good that his club did for the Cedar Valley so he created the historical list of Fund Raising Events and Projects that they accomplished.

Peruse this wonderful list and revel in admiration for a service club that made a difference in Iowa.



Did you know about all of these activities?  Give the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club a salutation in the comments below.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Building Soccer Shelters - Week of 7/14

We will keep the building communications from Marv Heller in this post throughout the week of 7/14 and beyond.  Please consult this posting if you need information about what will be happening throughout the week.  This is in addition to the emails that you will receive from Sue Loy.

As of July 14:  A crew is needed on Monday, 7/15, from 8 am to noon for layout and other miscellaneous tasks. No work on Tuesday. We will be waiting for holes to be dug.

As of July 16: Scott promised the holes would be dug today.  After inspection tomorrow morning, a crew is needed to set the poles. Every day for the rest of the week, including Saturday, we will work during the coolest part of the day--start time is 7 am.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Join Us for the Kiwanis Color Dash 5K on Sept 8 in Cedar Falls, IA


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mark the date! Sunday, September 8, 2013, Cedar Valley Kiwanis clubs will host the Color Dash 5K at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls.

As you run/walk/dash/crawl or roll for 5K, you will be blasted with colored powder (food starch) to turn you into a rolling rainbow. It's WONDERFUL!!!

You will receive a Color Dash t-shirt, a Color Dash swag-bag, a Color Dash color pouch for the end finale, and entrance to the dancing event after the run. 
Learn more about the event.  
$40  Individual
$35  Team Member (at least 4 - 100 members per team)
$80  for Full Family (2 - 6 members)


REGISTER ONLINE for the World's Brightest 5K Run.

Proceeds from this event go to the Kiwanis Eliminate project the goal of which is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Read more about the Eliminate project here.



After you have signed-up online, event packets can be picked up on Sunday starting at 12 noon and the run, walk, dash begins at 2 o'clock. (Packets can also be picked up the day before (Saturday) at The Runner's Flat on Main Street in Cedar Falls.)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to Set-Up Our Kettlecorn Tent



Would you believe that our kettlecorn tent can be set-up in 30 seconds?  I have never seen it happen with this level of rapidity, but here is a video of how it can be done . . . maybe we need to wear suits when we do this.  =-)

For those of you who learn better through the written word than through video, here are the written instructions.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gimme Shelter (CVYSA)


Kiwanis Speaker Highlight
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bryan Foster, Chairman
Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Association
2013 Building Projects

Bryan Foster of the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Association visited our club on the 13th. Bryan shared the general plans of the CVYSA for building and general development for the soccer complex. The association is considering a shelter that is considerably larger than the ones the Rough Risers have built in the past. This proposed new shelter would better accommodate some of their larger events. They are also considering other shelters of the size we characteristically build. 

The CVYSA soccer complex has been in the running for state-wide events and is regarded as a premier facility for soccer programs that primarily focus on area recreation programs but also serves schools, universities, and regional events. The facility also hosts the Bosnian Cultural Foundation's Krajiski Teferic, a festival that draws attendees from across the United States.

It was an informative presentation. Bryan pointed out that the bike/hike trail borders the soccer complex and that the trail users can find abeyance in the shelters the Rough Risers have built. However, he emphasized that the shelters provide great comfort to the players and parents of the over 1500 area youth soccer players and he thanked us for our service and support.

The blue zones mark possible locations for shelters. The longer line is part of the Cedar Prairie Trail that borders the soccer complex.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rough Risers Enter the Blue Zone

This morning we had Sue Beach, Program Manager for the Cedar Falls Blue Zones Project, speak to us about the Blue Zone and what it can mean to us.

The Blue Zones Project is a collaboration between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways to help make Iowa #1 in the nation for well-being. This is the main component of the Healthiest State Initiative that encourages all Iowa communities to become Blue Zone Communities over the next 5 years. 

Four communities: Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Mason City and Spencer have already been selected as demonstration sites for the Blue Zones Project.  There are another dozen larger Iowa communities and 9 smaller communities that have applied to get involved in the Blue Zones project. 

It is an interesting project.  Based upon research into what it takes to live a long and healthy life, they identified 9 elements that they refer to as the Power 9.


These are 9 elements that we can follow to make our lives longer and richer. Vist the Power 9 Principles   They are much more than exercising and eating right. They address lessening the frenetic pace of your life style and knowing your purpose in life. 

The members of our Rough Risers club have expressed an interest in becoming a Blue Zones organization.  Sue Beach said that there are guidelines for becoming such an organization and she will forward them to us.

One of the things that our website will do is publish a healthy recipe at the beginning of each month. We are already working with the Dietician at our Cedar Falls HyVee, Dean Schillinger.  Dean will provide us with some recipes and healthy recommendations.

This presentation is a nice follow-up for the Blue Zones presentation that Jeb Smith gave us on January 30. You will remember that he introduced us to the Outdoor Fitness Rack that they have developed as part of the Blue Zone movement.  Our club might be interested in supporting these projects.

Will you become a Blue Zones member?  How important is it for us to support the Blue Zones movement for us and our community?

images: cedarfallsbluezones.com/


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Meeting Minutes - June 20, 2012

The old saying is "no rest for the wicked" - we Rough Risers must have been pretty bad - we have a lot going and no rest:


  • Sturgis popping - June 22 - 24
  • 4th of July - July 6 - 7
  • Construction - parts of July (starting the week of the 2nd)
  • Teen Serve - serving supper on June 25 and 26
  • Gov. Branstad presentation - June 29
Lots of opportunities for everyone.

Congratulations to the Hazen's, Hewitt's, Ericson's and Traetow's on their wedding anniversaries.

Congratulations to Stan on his fine showing at the Iowa Senior Olmypics in the football accuracy throw.

A thank you to Stan for sharing with the club his tribute in recognition of what would have been his 54th wedding anniversary.

A reminder that directories are available.

We popped and distributed 600 bags of Kettle Korn for Simpson's last Saturday.

We are praying for a complete recovery for Roger.

Thanks to Reece for our program this morning - Jim Jermier from the UNI Foundation.

Next week Don Redfern will make a presentation regarding the Ice House restoration.

Our greeter is Leigh Zeitz.

Have your best Sturgis ever !!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Meeting Minutes for June 13, 2012

A good business meeting - an excellent breakfast complete with hash and we were out early.  Great job Reece !!

Ned won the drawing and expensive gold plated with diamond studs Kiwanis key chain.

Heller requested that July be reserved for Kiwanis construction.  The Wednesday
morning golf club was put on notice.

Speaking of - Jerry, Bob, Gene and Dean took a trip to Nevada for the District golf
tournament.  For reasons unknown they had the low score and yet finished second. They did return with valuable prizes that will no doubt be part of our weekly drawing.

We are popping at Simpson Furniture as this email is being typed.

We ordered a new tent.  It should be available for the 4th of July popping.

Sturgis sign-up has started.  the dates are the 22nd - 24th.  This is a big one !!

The club voted to donate $ 200 to the Taylor Morris fund.  If you would like to follow his recovery check out www.caringbridge.org/visit/taylormorris.

Condolences to Cindy Hahn and family on the passing of her Mother.

Gery Deaver presented a plan that will be presented to the July Board for discussion/ adoption.

       When a member is having some financial difficulties it is proposed we have a list of members (angels) who would be willing to pick up a months dues or a social activity for that individual(s).
       The member could contact the coordinator (Gery) requesting help or if a member knows of a need let Gery know.  The "angel" would be contacted and the matter handled - all confidentially.

A more detailed write up will be presented when the Board has reviewed.

Our greeter next week is Jeff - our program is TBD.

Have your best week ever !!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Meeting Minutes for January 11, 2012

What a great meeting !!

We had a good turn out, good business session and a super program.

Stan announced he is working on some inter-club visits starting in February.

Marv won the drawing for the Kiwanis Prize-of-the-Day but since he preferred to go fishing off the coast of Florida he did not receive his prize.  (This made the finance committee happy as it helped reduce expenses.)

Dean indicated the Kettle Corn Committee was looking into a joint venture with the Waverly club to do a popping at the Bremer County Fair.

The committee is looking for additional contacts to be made for sponsorships.  If you have some ideas contact Dean or Jerry.

We will most likely start contacting sponsors sometime in February.  Due to the sponsorship breakfast we have already received several commitments and dollars.

Floyd Winter was our speaker and spoke about the CF Schools Foundation of which he is the President.

Mr. Winters opened his talk with some praise for the Rough Risers.  He was with the evening club when we were started.  A complimentary description he made of the Rough Risers is that we are a "DO" club.  Considering the source I thought that was very complimentary.

He described how the monies donated are put to work (including ours).  It was also enjoyable hearing his remarks regarding some of our educator members (stocky)..........

Thanks to Tony for putting this program together.

Next weeks program will feature Jim Fisher a special education instructor.  Our greeter is Roger Hazen (assuming he is not trout fishing).

Have your best week ever !!!

JIm

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meeting Minutes for November 29


Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone !!!


Members:
  • Greg, hope you heal quickly from your eye surgery.  Greg had
    surgery for a detached retina.
  • Happy birthday to Gene.
Projects: 
  • We had a sign up for our Christmas family and also for contributions. We should be able to spend $50 - $60 for each of the 7 members of the our family. There will be an opportunity to contribute next week. December 14 will be present wrapping day.
  • There is a possibilty of a Spring project at the Women's Club.  Our project committee will investigate.
Circle K:
  • Circle "K" continues to be active with a good sign up for the Kids Christmas Gift and providing packages for "foster" students at UNI.
Programs:
  • Our speaker was one of our own - Pastor Bob Ericson who presented us with an inspiring Thanksgiving message. Thank you Bob! 
  • Our speaker next week is JoAnn Van Gruper - the greeter is Reece Conrad.
  • A sign up sheet for members who want to schedule programs for each month was passed around.  There is still opportunity to sign up for a month.
Have your best week ever !

Jim Larson

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 Cedar Valley Organizations Benefit from Kiwanis Hard Work

During the 2010-2011 year, the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers assisted 30 organizations through monetary donations. These organizations were primarily education and/or youth-oriented. 

They included:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Dollars for Scholars
  • Junior Achievement
  • Hartman Reserve
  • Kiwanis International Fund
  • NE Iowa Food Bank
  • Circle-K UNI
  • CFHS Scholarship
  • NUHS Scholarship
  • HCC Scholarship
  • CV Soccer Association
  • Harbaugh-Williams Fund
  • Quakerdale Organization
  • Quakerdale Mobile Camp
  • Kiwanis International Skip-a-Meal
  • NE-IA Kiwanis Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hartman Summer Camp
  • Family and Children's Council
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • UNI Wheelchair Sports
  • DEsigner Genes
  • Young Leaders in Action
  • Grin & Grow Preschool
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Special Olympics
  • Cedar Valley Preschool
  • Self Help International Nutrition
  • Sanctuary Trust (Mama Lumka)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Our Small Group Makes a BIG Difference.

How DO we do it?

2010 - 2011 was a GOLDEN YEAR for the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers. Believe it or not, our small club of 34 men and women raised $36,900.

Yes, you read that right. We raised almost $37,000.

How did we do it?  Most of it was through selling our Koveted Kiwanis Kettlecorn.  We popped corn for 17 events throughout the spring, summer and fall months of 2011.  For 23 days we stood beneath our blue tent and sang the praises of  our famous Kettlecorn. We sold $13,152 of corn and donated $8,367 of kettlecorn to Cedar Falls elementary schools to sell on their own.

A strong reason for our success was the terrific support from local businesses. Twenty local businesses donated $500, $1,000, or even $4,410 to our cause so that we could donate this money back into 30 organizations in the Cedar Valley.

Thank you all.  Together we are making a difference.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Meeting Minutes for October 12

The last couple of weeks have been of completion:

The Bridge work is completed.  I was wondering if our crew could work on the Seerley bridge by Peet?  That is the only way it will get done.


The Habitat House has a roof thanks to some dedicated workers last Friday.
Thanks to Marv Heller who had the lead on these projects.

We will be popping Kettle Corn this Saturday at HyVee and Scheels.  There are a lot of openings including the need for a popper for the first shift.  Contact Steve if you can help.

A big thank you to Lynn and Dennis who brought a guest (possible new member).
A warm welcome to Nathan Link.  Hope to see him next week.

Benie Spann from the Black Hawk VA gave an interesting talk on what that department does, how it works and the challenges they face.  Thanks to Reece for scheduling this program.

Next week will feature Bill Hartley coordinator for NE Iowa Operation Christmas Child.

Our greeter next week is Dale Waack.


Have your best week ever !!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thunder in the Valley brings Gold to Our Coffers.

Faster than a Speeding Bullet . . .
   More powerful than a locomotive . . .
        Able to sells huge boxes of it with a single sale . . .

It's SUPER KETTLE CORN!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, at the Waterloo Air Show Kiwanis Rough Risers experienced Thunder in the Valley like never before. Kettlecorn couldn't be popped quickly enough to satisfy the insatiable hunger for these sweetened kernels. Customers sometimes stood in lines 60 people long just to have the opportunity to share the famous Kiwanis Rough Riser kettlecorn with their family members.

At the end of the two days, over 2600 bags of kettle corn were sold for a gross income of $13,180. While four different Kiwanis clubs worked at the booth, our Rough Risers worked 223 hours. Our net income for the air show was $4,773.

We will DEFINITELY sell at the Waterloo Air Show next year . . . only next time we will have two poppers.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sturgis Falls is a HUGE Success!!!!

We have been selling kettle corn at Sturgis Falls for decades. Rough Risers kettle corn has become a Cedar Valley tradition of this celebration. Local residents look forward to enjoying bags of kettle corn.

This year we reached a new all-time record this year!!!

In these 3-days, we sold over $7200 worth of kettle corn. This is an increase of $600 over our previous record.

This was an event that required a great deal of dedication from the group. We had over 300 member-hours of labor.  Beyond that, we even had the wonderful team of workers from Kohl's who provided over 36 hours of assistance. 

It was a productive day. We had two hours of down time Saturday afternoon while it rained.  At the rate we were going we had missed sales of more than $700.  David Loy reported that we popped 21 50-pound bags of popcorn.  At 25 bushels of popped popcorn per 50-pound bag, this means that we popped 525 bushels.  Not a bad day of selling.

"A lot of work went into making this happen.  As always this was a TEAM 
effort - a super job by everyone," says club president, Jim Larson. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 7/6/11

We had an important meeting with decisions made that will have
a positive impact on the future of our Club.

First of all condolences to the Teig family on the passing of 
Marilyn's Mother.

Congratulations to the Hardings on their anniversary - today.  Steve, the big spender, did buy Jane breakfast.

A thank you to the Loy's for once again hosting a 4th of July  "fireworks watch" party.

Gil presented the financial report.  We are in good shape after some very good work by the Rough Risers at Sturgis and the Waterloo fireworks.

Jane announced there are at least 35 signed up for the get together at Gateway Park on the
12th.  The time is 6:00 - it will be catered - bring lawn chairs and a beverage.

Jane has also set up an interclub with the Waterloo morning club on the 13th.  If you would like to attend please let her know.

A big thanks to Jane for her work in the Club Admin area.

Steve announced the shirts will be $ 20 each.  Most of them have been distributed.

Our next Kettle Corn popping is at the College Arts Festival on July 15 and 16.  Sign up has
started please contact Steve if you can work.  The signup sheet will be at next Wednesday's meeting also.

Steve suggested that members finding it difficult to handle the popping chores at events could make a valuable contribution by putting stickers on bags.  This would smooth out the whole popping operation.

Dave presented a proposal whereby we could meet the requirements set by Kohl's that they can only contribute to a 501c3 organization.  We will set up a fund with the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, a 501c3, that will allow Kohl's to contribute dollars to the Foundation.   The 
dollars would go into a fund under our name and be distributed per our wishes.  (I am simplifying this).  There are some requirements and fees but the end result is we are eligible for Kohl's contribution and would also make us eligible for other grants.

The Board on Tuesday was unanimous in presenting this proposal to the Rough Risers on Wednesday and the vote by the club was unanimous by a show of hands.

Thanks to Dave for a lot of work in putting this together as well as a lot of work in researching other alternatives.

Reece passed out a Club Excellence Form to be filled out by the members.  It will help give directionto the present and future leadership.

Next week a representative from CFU will discuss the burying of lines currently under way.

The greeter is David Loy.

Have your best week ever !!

JIm

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 6/29/11

WE SET A RECORD !!!!

$ 7,200 worth of Kettle Corn was sold during the three-day Sturgis Celebration! 
That set a record - increasing our previous high by $ 600.

A lot of work went into making this happen.  As always this was a TEAM effort - a super job by everyone.

Congratulations to the Bergeson's and the Dreyer's on their anniversaries.

Greg announced that UNI Circle "K" member Nicole Wilson is the Area 4 Lt. Governor. Congratulations and best wishes to Nicole.

Jane announced preparations are being finalized for our social on the 12th.  If you have not yet signed up, give her a call.

The Loy's are once again opening their home for the Rough Risers to enjoy the fireworks from their location.  Everyone is welcome !!  Please bring snacks and beverages (more on this later).

Steve still has a few shirts to distribute.  Please contact him for yours.

There are still opportunities for helping out with the Waterloo fireworks popping on the 2nd.  Contact Steve if you can help.  We need workers for the 2nd shift especially.

Rod Hamer stepped in and gave an excellent presentation on the American Red Cross and their work both locally and nationwide.  Thanks to Rod for a great job !

Reece suggested we spend some time at our business meetings labeling bags for Kettle Corn. After last Sunday that suggestion definitely deserves serious consideration.

Next week will be our business meeting - our greeter is the one and only Larry Loenser !

Have your best week ever and enjoy a safe and happy holiday !!

Jim

Reminder to Board Members - Board meeting at J's at 6:30 on the 5th.

A final thought - "if you take a 5th on the 4th you may not come 4th on the 5th". 
(Don't blame me - I heard it on WHO radio.)

Kiwanis, UNICEF Team Up on Tetanus Project

We made it into the Courier on July 3, 2011. Last Wednesday Karyn Spory, a Courier reporter, had breakfast with us so that she could learn about the Rough Risers. Here is the article that reflects her findings:

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- After more than 30 years of service, the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers are probably best known for their kettle corn.

But a new national project with UNICEF getting under way soon likely will shed light on some of the Rough Risers' other projects.

Kiwanis International and UNICEF are teaming up to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills nearly 60,000 infants each year, according to the organization's website. The goal is to wipe out the problem by 2015, an initiative that will require $110 million.

Rough Risers President Jim Larson said the group will begin their Eliminate Project later this summer once the new administration takes over. For now the club will focus on local service projects.

Cindy Hahn, one of the directors, said "Rough Risers are doers. This club is hands-on rather than just donation. Our motto is, 'We build,'" she said.

Recent projects included shelters for the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex, picnic tables at George Wyth State Park, renovations at the Cedar Falls Ice House and Habitat For Humanity building projects.

"Not only did we build shelters at the soccer complex, but we also built shelters at the Hartman Reserve Nature Center," Secretary Treasurer Gil Hewett said.

She favors the construction efforts but other initiatives are important, too.
 "I don't think it makes much difference which it is because people are working together and I think that's what's important," she said.


The club is always receptive to adding members. The Rough Risers meet at 6:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Clarion Motel on University Avenue for a buffet style breakfast and a little work.

"It's a great organization," Larson said. "You get to know each other and get to do things within the community."

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 6/1/11


We had another excellent turnout - I counted 27 plus 1 guest.

A welcome to Doug Nefzer a guest and prospective member.  Doug was a guest of Dean Dryer. Doug is married with 2 children and is the Business Director for CF  Schools.

Congratulations to the Jerry and Jane Slykhuis and to Ned and Ruth  Ratekin on their anniversary's.

Happy Birthday to Roger and Michael.

Gil reported the 4th Street Cruise popping contributed $ 1,300 to the Savings Account.

He also reported 19 Rough Risers were there working.

We need participation from ALL to meet our manpower needs for Waterloo  
Days.  We will pop our Kettlecorn in Waterloo Expo Park on 
  • Thursday 10 - midnight
  • Friday      10 - midnight
  • Saturday  10 - midnight
  • Sunday    10 - 5:00
If you have some time please give Steve a call.

The Board, at yesterdays meeting, agreed to contribute $ 100 to the Back to 
the School project and $ 200 to The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.  These 
donations had not been previously budgeted.

Jane requested that when you schedule a speaker you give her the mailing 
address so she can send a Thank You card.

Sue discussed the Kiwanis International Eliminate project that will be  
kicked off next month.  The objective of this project is to eliminate 
maternal  and neonatal tetanus. For more on this go to   

We will no doubt be involved with this project in the coming year(s).

Our greeter next week is Marv Heller and our program will focus on the  
Waterloo Market.

By the way, Rod has put together and impressive line-up for June: 
  • CF Lutheran Home on the 15th 
  • The Girl Scouts on the 22nd 
  • Strengthening Families (an Extension Program) on the 29th.
Have Your Best Week Ever - see you at the Rough Risers' kettlecorn tent in Waterloo.

Jim

Monday, May 30, 2011

Meeting Notes - May 25, 2011


I can not believe any club has the quality of programs that we do.  Today was no exception with a presentation regarding the Bashay School in Tanzania.  Our presenters were Donna Baumgartner and Idrissah Mshana.

This Saturday we will be popping for the 4th Street Cruise.  We start  at 10:30 in front of the Blacks Building.

Thank You's were received from Habitat for our work on the house on Lane Street and from Elizabeth Wilson recipient of our John Scott  Scholarship.

Sign Up has started for My Waterloo Days Kettle Corn popping.  We have  our work cut out for us as we will be in operation Thursday (2nd) through Sunday (5th). Thursday, Friday and Saturday are 12 hour days (11:00 - 11:00) 
so  there will be 4 shifts on those days.  We need everyone to participate !

Next week will be our business meeting - our greeter is Roger Hazen.

Have Your Best Week Ever !!

Jim

REMINDER - Board meeting at J's on May 31 - 6:30.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

To Write Love on Her Arms at Kiwanis

We were fortunate to have Jamie Harthoor and Keegan Strabala come to breakfast this morning to share their group, To Write Love on Her Arms UNI (TWLOHA-UNI). TWLOHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

Jamie Harthoorn is the president of the UNI TWLOHA organization and she told us of their weekly meetings on Mondays at 9:00 PM. They are trying to build a support community for people who have problems with their lives. They aren't doctors or certified counselors, but they work to be available to talk with people and refer them to counseling and support resources as they need them.

The reason that I invited TWLOHA to share in our meeting was because this is an organization that works with life-changing problems. While they meet face-to-face weekly, one of the organization's strengths is that it available on-line, face-to-face, over the phone or any way that they need to connect with people who need help. This group is making a difference in the world (or at least the worlds of those in need of help) and they work to support organizations who provide support.  They say that when they sell t-shirts, their proceeds all go to the Pathways Behavioral Services counseling center in Waterloo.

They shared a video newscast that explained the background of TWLOHA.


To Write Love On Her Arms UNI has their own FaceBook group. If you are interested in getting involved, check their group to get the latest information about the group.

What do you think?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 4/6/11

Activity is really ramping up:

Workers are needed for the Kiwanis Evening Club Waffle Day on the 16th. We are working on the Habitat House - April 6 and 9/May 13 and 14. Follow up is being done to wrap up the Kettle Corn Sponsor Project - need dollars and logos

We will be popping for Price Lab and Southdale on the 29th (only the Rough Risers can be in two places at one time)

We are coordinating with the Circle "K" Club to provide final week gift packages for 18 "aged out" foster students at Wartburg, Hawkeye and UNI. Note: we may be taking a collection for this at our next meeting.

Shirts have been ordered - thanks to Steve for his work.

A proposal is being put together and will be presented at the Council Meeting at Friendship Village on the 12th regarding our Kettle Corn participation in the August Air Show.

The membership committee is working on a brochure for recruitment.

The Kettle Corn Committee is investigating the purchase of a trailer for storing our supplies.

The Scholarship Committee has a Cedar Falls High recipient for our scholarship. That will be presented on May 17.

There will be an Inter-Club visit to Waverly on the 11th.

As you can see we have a lot of items on our plate - we need everyone to step forward and participate to make all of this work.

Congratulations to Gery Deaver and Tony Reid - elected to serve on the 2011/2012 Board and thereafter until "death do they part".

We have an individual who has expressed interest in the President- Elect position. Reece has indicated he would be willing to serve if needed.

As you will note the April 6 meeting was a business meeting. I feel a lot of progress was made in getting projects either off the ground or completed.

Mary Schlicher from the evening club was in attendance and asked for our help with their project.

A warm welcome back to Michael Davidson !

Reece is our greeter for the April 13 meeting.

Jim

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 3/30/11

Marv reminded everyone of our work project at the Habitat House on the 9th. We will be working on the roof.

There will be a signup at our next meeting relative to that work day as well as one on the 6th.

If you can help with the evening club Waffle Day on the 16th please contact Mary Schlicher (277-7708). I know it would be appreciated.

A warm welcome to Michael Davidson who was a "guest" of Marion's.

Congratulation to Jim and Martha Paprocki on their 25th anniversary.

WE NEED to find a place to store Kettle Corn supplies. Please give this serious thought.

Thanks to Dennis - Witham Auto is a Kettle Corn sponsor !

Our program was presented by three Presidential Scholars from UNI. Their special project was raising funds for the purchase of books for a 4th grade class room at Edison School. I noted that several Rough Risers added to their fund raising efforts on a personal basis.

If you would like to participate please go to UBS and ask about the "Opportunity to Achieve" project.

Next week will be our business meeting as well as elections. Remember we will be electing two board members and a President-Elect.

Our greeter is Dennis Bergeson.

Have your best week ever !

Jim

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 3/23/11

Numbers were down - but everything else was great.

We had an interesting program presented by Wendy Knapp from Goodwill.

Goodwill is short on product so if you are doing some Spring cleaning or even if you are not they would be grateful for any and all donations.

Marv requested that those of us who can reserve April 6 for some work on our Habitat project. This work would be done prior to our roofing work on the 9th.

If you have not given Steve your shirt size please get in touch with him.

Elections are coming up April 6 - two board members and a President-Elect.

The CF Evening Club needs help for their Waffle Day fundraiser. If you have some time on the 16th please contact Mary Schlicher (277-7708).

A reminder the 4-H breakfast is this Saturday at the UAW Hall. This is an excellent breakfast and for a very worthy cause (I am a former 4-H member so I can attest to their work).

Our program next Wednesday will feature Brittney Betzer from Team TLC. Our greeter is Lynn Barnes.

Have your best week!!

Jim

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 3/16/11

Things are really picking up!

April 9 we will be roofing the Habitat house. There will be work to do a day or so prior to that date and probably after.

May 14 we will installing siding. This will also require some work prior to and after. Please reserve these dates.

The CF evening club needs help for their Waffle Day project on April 16. If you can help please contact Mary Schlicher.

On April 2 we will be electing two Board members and hopefully a President-Elect (we need a volunteer). If you do not want to serve on the Board please contact Susan Loy.

Larry announced the 4-H breakfast will be March 26 at the UAW Hall - tickets are only $ 6.00. Please try to support if you can.

Speaking of Larry we wish him a happy birthday (18th).

As mentioned before the directories are available and can be picked up at a meeting.

Leigh recommended the Rough Risers consider a donation to the KI International Japanese Relief Fund. The board will consider at our meeting on April 5.

Christine Carpenter, Chair of the Healthy CV Coalition, gave a presentation on the work their group is involved with. A project she would like our participation in is to provide funds for stickers for children attending the weekly Farmers Market in Waterloo. The HCVC is coordinating programs for children at the Market site.

This will also be a board agenda item.

Our program next week will feature Wendy Knapp from Goodwill. Our greeter will need some help in being enthusiastic - Leigh Zeitz.

Have your best week ever!

Jim

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 3/9/11

We certainly had a room full today!

There were 25/26 attending from the Rough Risers, 4 from Circle "K" and 3 from the Waterloo Easy Risers Club.

A welcome back to Ned and Leigh.

The buffet was exceptionally good - this feature has been a real plus to our meetings.

The Easy Risers had tickets available for their pancake breakfast on the 26th. Their event is from 6:30 to 11:00 at the Central Christian Church -3475 Kimball. I would assume most Rough Risers will be there at 6:30 since we are used to that hour.

They are also very interested in working with us on the Air Show Kettle Corn project.

Happy anniversary to the Schillings on their anniversary (9th).

Steve indicated the b-calm units had been delivered. We will be getting a report back sometime in late May or early June.

Jerry reported we were at the $ 15,000 mark in sponsorships. Work is continuing on a proposal for the Air Show.

Phil passed out the 2011 directory. It looks great! Thanks to Cindy, Phil and the PR Committee on an excellent job.

Marv has been working with Habitat on updating a home. Please mark your calendar for April 7, 8 and 9 for the roofing portion and May 13 and 14 for the siding portion.

Steve presented samples of shirts with the objective of taking orders as well as picking the color. The color chosen by a large majority was blue. If you have not already done so please email Steve with your shirt size, as we need to get the order in so as to lock in a very good price. Steve's email is hardst@hotmail.com

Our program was presented by Kathy Berns/DHS Transition Planning Specialist and Janessa Lee a UNI Student who was in the foster program.

Our board will consider preparing finals week care packages for the UNI students who were in foster care. This may be a project we can do jointly with Circle "K".

We have an exciting line up of programs for the rest of March: 16th Christine Carpenter with the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition 23rd, Wendy Knapp with Goodwill 30th Brittney Betzer with Team TLC (Brittney is a UNI Presidential Scholar)

Our greeter next week is Jeff Wollum.

One of the real assets of the Rough Risers is that so many pitch in so the work is evenly distributed. This strength will be much needed as we move into April and beyond.

Have your best week ever!!

Jim