Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lynn Barnes is interviewed on The Mix about Our Color Dash

In preparation for our Kiwanis Color Dash on Sunday, September 28, Lynn Barnes was interviewed by Scott Fensloff on the radio station, 93.5 The Mix.

It was a good interview which began with Lynn and Scott discuss all that we Rough Risers are doing for Cedar Valley.  This was followed by discussion of the Color Dash and what people can expect to experience.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exciting September Programs

This will be a wonderful month of presentations.  It will involve Math, Photography and Computers.

Wednesday, September 3 - Business meeting.

Wednesday, September 10 - Extreme Mathematics.
Dr. Doug Shaw, a mathematic professor from UNI, will be stretching your ideas about numbers and mathematics what you can do with them.  Bring your thinking caps to the meeting.

Wednesday, September 17 - FORTEPAN Iowa: a "Public Park" for Iowa Amateur Photography.  
Dr. Bettina Fabos, professor of communications at UNI, has an exciting project underway. Modeled after a project in Hungary, she is assembling a website where we can collect our photos from childhood to share your Iowa history.  BRING YOUR SCRAPBOOKS.

Wednesday, September 25 - Using Chromebooks in our Schools
Our own club geek, Dr. Leigh Zeitz, will be demonstrating how Chromebooks are being used in our schools.  It's not really about the computers but about new learning opportunities that are available in today's schools. Should be fun. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Are YOU Coordinating Rough Riser Programs This Year?

These wonderful people have signed up to arrange a month of programs — this is one of the unsung duties, yet our programs educate us about the needs of children in the Cedar Valley which helps us do our mission more effectively.  It’s always great to hear the impact we are making or can make.  And other programs help us be informed citizens of our community!



October 2014       Gery Deaver
November 2014   Leigh Zeitz
December 2014   Liz Woodward
January 2015       Leigh Zeitz     
February 2015     Jane Harding
March 2015          Steve Harding
April 2015             Phil Hufferd     (hope he’s better by then!)
May 2015              Bob Nelson
June 2015             Larry Loenser
July 2015              Gene Traetow
August 2015         David Loy
September 2015  Tony Reid

You won't need a speaker for the first Wednesday of the month, as that is business meeting.  If you’re short on ideas, we often have groups that we sponsor who want to come speak to us, so I can help with suggestions.


You might also consider checking the University of Northern Iowa Speakers Bureau.  They have some fascinating speaker about a whole range of topics.

Here’s the procedure that has worked well this year.  When you have your speakers, send me (Tony Reid) an email with

  • Name of speaker
  • Organization
  • Topic
  • Whether they will need a projector

Copy this email to:

  • Jim Larson so he can have the correct spelling of the name for his minutes
  • Jane Harding so she can send a thank-you note
  • Rod Hamer so he’ll know who’s up each meeting
  • Publicity Committee:  Michael Davidson, Lynn Barnes, Leigh Zeitz, Phil Hufferd
Thanks, 

Tony Reid

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When are YOU Greeting for Kiwanis Rough Risers Meetings?

Yes.   It is always wonderful to see your friends greeting you at the door when you arrive for our Kiwanis meeting at 6:25 on Wednesday.  

Ever wonder how these wonderful people get selected for this honor?  Well, believe it or not, there is a secret list where each of our members have been aligned with a magical date. This roster will direct who receives this wonderful opportunity and when.

You can always read Jim Larson's wonderful notes that he distributes each week.  He will inform you of all the wonderful news that was shared and events occurred at each meeting. Most importantly of all, he will end his message with a reminder of who will be greeting next. 








But what if you have other commitments and want to ensure that you don't miss your opportunity to GREET?  You need a schedule for your planning.    HERE IT IS!!!

August
     27      Dennis Bergeson

September
     3       Lynn Barnes
   10       Leigh Zeitz
   17       Reece Conrad
   24       Brian Cross

October
     1       Alan Czarnetzki
     8       Michael Davidson
   15       Gery Deaver
   22       Dean Dryer
   29       Bob Ericson

November
     5       Cindy Hahn
   12       Rod Hamer
   19       Jane Harding
   26       Steve Harding

December
     3       Roger Hazen
   10       Marvin Heller
   17       Gil Hewett
   24       No Meeting

More to come in January, 2015

Monday, August 11, 2014

August Programs are Here

August will be a month of interesting programs.

Wednesday, August 6 - Business meeting.

Wednesday, August 13 - the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club will learn about the UNI Wheelchair Camp, from Jack Eherenman.  The Rough Risers provide financial support to this program.

Wednesday, August 20 - the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club will learn about the Family Literacy Program at Hawkeye Community College.  The Rough Risers provide financial support to this program.  Presenters will be Sandy Jansen and Diane Hamer.

Wednesday, August 27 - the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club will get an update from the UNI Circle K Club.  Circle K is a Kiwanis club for college students, and the UNI club was founded and is supported by the Rough Risers.  Presenters will be Alan Czarnetzki and the new President and Vice-President of Circle K.


Join Us at These Events:


Thunder in the Valley Airshow - Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 24 -
This spectacular Air Show sponsored by the Waterloo Kiwanis Club is returning to the Cedar Valley.  It is AWESOME!!!  Look for the Rough Risers selling our Kettlecorn, so you can support us as we support the children of the Cedar Valley.


Run in the 5K Color Dash at Gateway Park - Sunday, September 28 - 
Come walk or run in the Color Dash at Gateway Park on Sunday September 28, which is sponsored by the Rough Risers together with four other area Kiwanis clubs.  Profits will go to the Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International’s push to eradicate maternal and neonatal Tetanus everywhere in the world.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wonderful Programs in July

On Wednesday July 9, Mike Lind will address the Rough Risers Kiwanis Club about the importance of mentoring children in the Cedar Valley.  Lind is the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa.  

On Wednesday July 16, Tricia Wisniewski will speak to the Rough Risers Kiwanis Club about the work of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates.  CASA volunteers serve as the voice of abused and neglected children in court so that each child has a safe, permanent and nurturing home.  

On Wednesday July 23, Jim Newcomb of the North Cedar Neighborhood Association will speak to the Rough Risers Kiwanis Club.  The Rough Risers have provided the labor to build a new shelter for a nature area with the North Cedar Neighborhood Association.  

On Wednesday July 30, Ruth Orth of the Food Bank of Northeast Iowa will address the Rough Risers Kiwanis Club.  The Rough Risers and Kohl’s have purchased brand new book bags for the Back to School project sponsored by the Food Bank, and Kiwanis members also volunteer time helping at the Food Bank.  

BTW Last year the Rough Risers donated $39,636 to 42 organizations supporting children in the Cedar Valley. You support these children when you buy Kettlecorn at local events!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rough Risers pledge $7,500 to Hartman Reserve Building Replacement

Last week, Club President, Gery Deaver, presented Hartman Reserve with a 3-year pledge for a total of $7,500.  This money will be joined with other funding resources to replace Hartman's original building at the Nature Center.  The Rough Risers have been long-time strong supporters of Hartman Reserve.  Beyond donating money, we have built storage shelters, refurbished buildings, staffed pancake breakfasts, planted trees and helped with a variety of activities.

This photo shows President Deaver presenting the pledge to the President of Friends of Hartman Reserve Board, Steve Harding.  BTW, Steve Harding is also a past president of our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club.

We look forward to working with the Hartman Reserve to service the Cedar Valley community.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Outstanding May Programs are Here!!

We have a wonderful selection of program in May. They range from local history to future high school plans to programs in Nicaragua and Ghana that support people as they help themselves.

Hope you are come to enjoy them . . .

Wednesday, May 14
Candy Streed will address the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club about the agricultural and industrial history of our area.  Streed is Program & Partnership Director for "Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area."  Last year the Rough Risers donated $39,636 to 42 organizations supporting children in the Cedar Valley.

Wednesday, May 21
Superintendent Andy Pattee will address the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club about the various plans for a new Cedar Falls High School.  Dr. Pattee is Superintendent of the Cedar Falls School District.  Last year the Rough Risers donated $39,636 to 42 organizations supporting children in the Cedar Valley.

Wednesday, May 28
Nora Tobin will address the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club about work in Nicaragua and Ghana in which Self Help International is helping people to help themselves.  Tobin is Executive Director of Self Help International.  Last year the Rough Risers donated $39,636 to 42 organizations supporting children in the Cedar Valley. 

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