Friday, October 13, 2017

October is a Scary Month

October is an unusual month for our club.   Only 2 eerie programs to entertain us.

October 4 - Club Meeting Canceled

We didn't have a meeting on October 4.  We canceled it because we had our annual October Banquet on Thursday. 

October 11 - Club Business Meeting
Our board's business meeting was so interesting, we decided to move the meeting to October 11 instead of ignoring it.

October 18 A Non-Imaginary Approach to Complex Numbers. 
Doug Shaw, Math Professor at the University of Northern Iowa, will share more mathemagic with us as we explore the amazing world of numbers.

October 20 - Panic Park is ALIVE, ALIVE!!! 
It's Halloween so let's see hear from some of the Ghouls in Panic Park out at the Rotary Reserve. Bringing the ghosts and goblins will be Mike Henderickson, the Executive Director of Black Hawk County Conservation. He will share the tale of Panic Park as well as some other scary stories. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Coach Peterson Aces her Presentation for the Rough Risers

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - The Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers had the honor of a visit from UNI's Women's Volleyball leader, Coach Bobbi Peterson. Coach Peterson is nationally-ranked in the NCAA Top 25. The Iconic Coach Peterson told us about their grueling 2017 season and talked about her roster of players who really step up to the challenge.  

Coach Bobbi put her team's best feat forward by sharing that her players were not only successful on the court but they are to be "reckoned with" in the classroom as well. They boast an average GPA of 3.4.

Bobbi said that 14 of her 15 players come from the great state of Iowa and she has welded the Panthers into a well-oiled machine. She mentioned a Panther player from Sumner, Iowa, Jadlin Seehase, whose hard hitting heavy arm, has spiked many an opponent team into their own “ARMageddon!” 

Having a Top 25 nationally-ranked court prowess is one thing, but Coach Peterson made it clear that she wants her players to succeed off the court as well. She encourages them to give back to the community through volunteering and engaging in service projects to help kids such as Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs and the like.  Earlier this year, the team went on a NCAA-sanctioned mission trip to Nicaragua to do volunteer work and to learn from a different culture.  They also played against an international team on a concrete court in front of international fans.  This was an opportunity to experience some unique situations.  

This presentation brought new perspectives to the Lady Panthers.  Thank you, Coach Bobbi.  Written by Lynn Barnes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Our Rough Risers Honors Banquet is Thursday, Oct 5 @ 6:00

Don't miss our OUT with the OLD and IN with the NEW 2017 Honors Banquet next week.

We will be thanking our esteemed leader for the 2016-2017 Kiwanis year, Alan Czarnetzki.  Thank you, Alan for your leadership and guidance as our Kiwanis club has had an extremely successful year.

We will also be welcoming our new president, Tim Jones.  Tim has been an active vice-president who has lead our Kettlecorn activities along with many other projects throughout the year.

When: Thursday, October 5 @ 6:00
Where: Clarion Hotel

NO - Kiwanis Meeting on Wed, October 4.

YES - Kiwanis Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 3

See You at the Banquet!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coach Green Shares the Latest from the UNI Gridiron

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Coach Kyle Green, the Associate Head Coach of the UNI Men’s Basketball team, joined us to share stories about the UNI Men's Basketball program - past, present and future. He gave us insight on how they prepare for games - physically and mentally. 

Coach Green emphasized that basketball isn't the only game in town.  They stress  academics first and basketball second.  This resulted in a league topper overall player average of 3.0 GPA. 

Another way that they unify the team is to work together to develop leadership and collaboration skills.  Last season they required each team member to read and discuss a sports book, Legacy. This book is about how a New Zealand Rugby Team developed a winning culture and leadership both on and off the game floor.  These are the philosophies that they wanted the team to exhibit.

The mindset involved taking responsibility for their surroundings and to leave it better than they found it.  Taking such responsibility paid dividends better in hustle up the floor, rebounding skills, nutrition, free throws, stronger physically and mental capacity.

Coach Green talked about how he scouts future Panther Ballplayers and what talents he especially looks for to enhance the team. He looks for potential players who they can develop to for future successful seasons.  The NCAA rules only allow each school to offer 13 full time scholarships each year, so he has to very selective to whom he offers them too.  Written by Lynn Barnes and Leigh Zeitz

It was an interesting presentation and we are glad that Coach Green joined us. 

BTW, Why are Panther Athletics so cool?  😎😎    
            Because they have so many fans.     

OUCH!! 😏

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Improving Cedar Valley's Students' Financial Skills through the Job Foundation

Jennifer  Corey-Brost
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - The entire world is a business and one of the areas where many students are lacking is the understanding of the complexities of consumerism and personal finances.  We must all be wise stewards of our accumulation of personal wealth and how to handle it properly to prevent foolish aforethought.  Money is usually the culprit of most in-family stress when there is a shortage crisis.  Where do young people get that first-hand information on business and personal finances and get the expertise prior to entering the real world of macro and micro economics?  
Darvel  Givens

One answer to that question came to our last Kiwanis meeting to explain the JOB Foundation. Jennifer Corey- Brost, founder and executive director of the foundation began by providing the history and organization of the program. Darvel Givens, program coordinator, shared some of the specifics about the program and its impact on Cedar Valley children. Each of these leaders has earned a Masters of Business Administration and it has been useful as they work with young people and teach them how they can avoid money pitfalls and achieve lifetime financial success. They also concentrate on how they can become contributing citizens who improve their respective communities. Many of our club members wished a similar student organization was available when they were young; since they had to learn it from the school of hard knocks.  Written by Lynn Barnes

It was an enlightening experience to learn about the JOB Foundation and we wish them the best fortune in working with local children.

Monday, September 11, 2017

When is it YOUR Time to Greet?

shaking hands image

Every Wednesday morning you are greeted with a grinning Kiwanian shaking your hand as you enter our Kiwanian Cove in preparation for another wonderful breakfast with friends.

The question is "When is it My Turn?"

Here is Duty Roster for the rest of 2017.  You will notice that there is no meeting on October 4 but we have identified our hosts for the rest of the meetings.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September Sports Some Real Winners!

September will be another exciting month of programs for the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers.  We will hear from two UNI coaches and one financial coach.  It should be a month-long motivating experience.

September 6 - Club Business Meeting

September 13 - Jennifer Brost, Founder of The Job Foundation, will share how their program is teaching financial responsibility to under-privileged children in the Cedar Valley.

September 20 - Kyle Green, Associate Head Coach for the UNI Men's Basketball team, will give us his outlook for this year's UNI basketball team and discuss future recruits.

September 27 - Bobbi Petersen, Head Coach for the UNI Volleyball team, will share her unique perspective on leading the winning volleyball team for 18 seasons.  Having spurred her players to win seven Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles, eight MVC tournament crowns and make two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, she should have an interesting story to tell. 

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Our Sponsors Make Us Stronger

Our Kiwanis Rough Risers are making a difference in the Cedar Valley.  We sell kettle corn to support our donations, but we also have the support of our 23 incredible sponsors this year.

This past year, we were proud to have received almost $14,000 in cash and in-kind donations.

Show your support of our sponsors by frequenting their businesses. Thank them for their sponsorship to enable our donations to benefit the community.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Steven Dust Tells Us What's Happening in Cedar Valley

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Steve Dust, the CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber was our speaker at our last Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club meeting held at the Clarion Inn here in Cedar Falls. Steve gave an excellent presentation on how he and the other business/education/ technology/industry leaders promote the Cedar Valley to welcome more economic growth and development to settle their business here.  

An interesting aspect of Steve's presentation was his ability to share how their approach has evolved over the years. For generations, the emphasis has been on
 Tractors – Teachers – Technology 
to lure new facilities to locate in this rich marketplace.  However a new paradigm has emerged for new wave thinking that is now 
Talent – Technology – Transformation 
to fulfill business needs in the future to promote job growth and economic development.  

Our Cedar Valley area is rich with amenities, talent, and schools of higher learning to prepare students to fill jobs today for new industry.  Repurposed and transformed buildings will still hold onto our past; but they can be refurbished for more modern utility for our modern needs.  Our fiber optic broadband network is an excellent selling point for digitized companies to settle here.  

We will invite Steve to come back again in the near future and give us another talk on more advanced areas of his experience.  Written by Lynn Barnes

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Katie Orlando Shares Big Brothers/Big Sisters with Us

Emily Borcherding, Katie Orlando & Tracey Southall
Wednesday August, 26, 2017 - The guest speaker for this Cedar Falls Kiwanis meeting was our outgoing Kiwanis Lt. Governor Katie Orlando who is also the CEO of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa.  Katie, who is also a member of our club, shared her organization's philosophy and the many programs that they have to support kids in Northeast Iowa.

The Big Brother/Big Sisters organization's main purpose is to pair similar-interest disadvantaged little brothers/little sisters aged 6 to 18 with adults (Big Brothers/Big Sisters) for mentoring.  According to Katie and the organization's past experience,  When an adult is matched with youth and the meet for 4 hours or more a month over 18 months, it can provide you Little Brother/Little Sister with a good role model and inspiration. This connection also helps a child improve academically in school and become a better citizen.  This cements together the Big/Little participants, by producing a lasting and fruitful relationship that will last a lifetime for the benefit of both.  Most of the mentored youth finish school and then go on to an institution of higher learning or the military.  
Written by Lynn Barnes

The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa is making big difference in the Cedar Valley's youth.  We are thankful for what you are doing and for sharing it with us.

This program was organized by Emily Borcherding.  Thanks, Emily.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Telling the Direction of the UNI Educator Preparation Program - Dr. Victoria Robinson

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - This past Wednesday, our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club had the teacher of teachers, Dr. Victoria Robinson, the Associate VP for Educator Preparation from the UNI College of Education share an eye-opening presentation on today’s state of education in Iowa. Our Kiwanis Club has a large section of current and retired educators who received their core course study from the University of Northern Iowa so Dr. Robinson’s timely presentation was met with much focus and attention.

Dr. Robinson gave our Kiwanis Club an in-depth historical background of the teacher preparation in Iowa all the way though until the present time. We did not realize that a quarter of all UNI undergraduate students study to become an educator and the largest major course of study on the Campus has approximately 1,200 students. Dr. Robinson added this mind-boggling fact: 98% of all school districts in Iowa have teachers who are graduates of UNI.

This is an area of major study to prepare educators for cutting- edge professional development that impacts our children to prepare them for tomorrow. UNI is working to help fill the void of the teacher shortage and vacancies due to an educator retention problem. Written by Lynn Barnes

Thank you for sharing your presentation with us, Dr. Robinson! 

Emily Borcherding was the program organizer for this month and this presentation was another success!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

KWWL's Abby Turpin Shares the News with Us!!!

August 9, 2017 - Our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Riser Club had an extra special guest speaker this past Wednesday’s meeting.  It was none other than Waterloo’s very own KWWL TV News Anchor Abby Turpin!   

She was a delightful and informative speaker as she gave a detailed personal history about her credentials on her performing and journalism background.  She came from a family of Ohio educators and then broke away from the mold to follow her dream as a main market news anchor.   She has been nominated for the coveted Television Emmy Award for Excellence.  Although every day has its different challenges, Abby took us on a virtual tour of her typical 14 hour work day.   

Not only is Abby a professional broadcaster and mentor to new cub reporters breaking into the business; but she is a successful home maker, wife, and mother of a young daughter.  She hopes  that someday she will break into the major markets. Written by Lynn Barnes

Emily Borcherding was the program organizer for this month and it was a real hit!

We thank you for joining us, Abby.  It was a lot of fun.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August Programs are to be Celebrated!

August will be a celebration of ideas and experiences:

August 2 - Club Business Meeting

August 9 - Abby TurpinKWWL News Anchor, will discuss her background and explore her ideas about the role of news in today's world.

August 16- Vickie Robinson, Associate Provost for Educator Preparation, will discuss the direction of UNI's Educator Preparation program. 

August 23 - Katie Orlando, CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, will provide an update on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program including updates in programming, participation and future vision.


August 30 - Steve Dust, CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, will share the latest news about how the Alliance is supporting Economic Development in Cedar Valley

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nathan Christensen Celebrates UNI Scholarship Club

July 26, 2017 - Our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club had the privilege of engaging a special guest speaker Nathan Christensen who is the Assistant Athletic Director for the University of Northern Iowa Panther Scholarship Club.  Nathan's primary interest is in fundraising 4.3 million dollars to provide student scholarships to attract high caliber athletes to get their education and share their sports abilities at UNI.  UNI sports marketing offers a wide gambit of opportunities to raise this large sum of money every year.  

Recently, the Scholarship Club has started a fun and successful event called the Panther Caravan and Rally in the Valley, where they bring the university players to the fans to promote Panther Pride and generate enthusiasm for the UNI Sports Programs.  UNI has one of the top ten highest student grade point averages nationally among Division 1 Colleges.  Not only has the Scholarship Club provided athletic scholarships, but recently, they have replaced the much-needed football turf in the UNI-Dome.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hope for Healing for Iowa Program by Quakerdale

July 19 - Barb Sanders shared their program, Hope for Healing for Iowa, at our Wednesday Kiwanis Rough Risers meeting.  Sander’s presentation provided a quick overview of the multitudes of facilities and services they have provided for area youth, the families, and the communities they serve statewide. Quakerdale has facilities located all over the Cedar Valley.

Our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club is a partner sponsor since the Kiwanis Priority One is Helping Children of the World.   We have supported this organization over the past few years due to Quakerdale’s heavy involvement in youth and family developments.   Since the State of Iowa has diminished funding grants, Barb is working to raise more private funds for their youth programs, They are in deep need for more help to continue these essential programs for needy youth and without more financial assistance, some programs will either suffer or disappear from their offering venues.

Quakerdale is making a difference in our communities and we look forward to supporting them in the future.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Barb and Dave Else Share "For All the Small Schools"

July 12, 2017 - Most of us native Iowans grew up in small communities and the center of each school district was the town’s pride and joy was the High School.  We remember our rites of passage going from youth to adulthood with our teachers, classes, friends, proms, first loves, and going to the state championships.  We were prideful of our schools colors and mascots and our school’s sports records.  It is sad to see our former source of town pride and bragging rights, fall into the dustbin of forgotten lore or into a new collective.  Unfortunately, due to school district consolidation, most small Iowa high schools are a vanishing part of the landscape and losing each town’s unique identity.   

The book that heralds and preserves the disappearing Iowa small high school with photographs and brief description of each school was presented by the authors, Barb and Dave Else from Cedar Falls, from their book titled For All the Small Schools at our last Kiwanis meeting.  Both Barb and Dave traveled all over the state to take pictures of these vintage landmarks to memorialize their place in life of small town from years gone by.  At the turn of 1900, there were 12,000 Iowa high schools in just as many school districts. At the end of 2014, it is down to 346 school districts. Most buildings have been lost either to make room for progress or have fallen into disrepair and are in derelict status.  Their great book that has far more pictures than writing, so it provides the essence of our schools and makes a great read.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Join Us at the Slykuis Memorial Golf Outing on July 14-15

It is time to celebrate Jerry Slykhuis and all that he meant to family, athletes, educators, friends, Kiwanians, and the world in general. Involve yourself in the 1st Annual Slykhuis Memorial Golf Outing.

The Pi Sigma Epsilon: Epsilon Theta and our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers are organizing and sponsoring this memorial event in honor of Jerry.  This is a two-day event that begins with a social gathering on "The Hill" in Cedar Falls and ends with an all-day golfing extravaganza on "The Course."

Friday, July 14 (6:00 - 9:00 pm) - Appetizer Social 
at the Social House on "the Hill" (2208 College Street)

Appetizers will be provided courtesy of Whiskey Road and Little Bigs. We will also raffle-off different prizes along with having a couple guest speakers. The Silent Auction will begin at the Appetizer Social and go to the conclusion of the Golf Outing. 

Saturday, July 15 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm) - 2017 Slykhuis Memorial Golf Outing 
at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course (3205 W. 12th St.) 

This is where the "club hits the ball."  The entry fee will include the Friday Night Social, Greens and carts fees, Buffet-style lunch, Tee gift and an opportunity to raise money for a good cause while having fun and winning prizes.

Your team will have the option of playing Pheasant Ridge (18 Holes) or Walters Ridge (9 Holes,
par 3 course). 
  • For those wishing to play Pheasant Ridge, the cost will be $100 per player or $400 per team. The format of the outing will be 4-person best shot. We will run a double shotgun format with the first group teeing off at 8:30 am and the second group teeing off at 1:00 pm. 
  • For those wishing to play Walters Ridge, we will be naming tee times and the cost will be $40 per player or $160 per team.      Written by Leigh Zeitz
A great time will be had by all!!!

Friday, June 30, 2017

July Programs are HOT!!

July will be filled with informative and relevant presentations.

July 12- David Else, retired UNI Education Prof and Barb Else, retired remedial reading elementary teacher, will discuss their book, " For All the Small Schools."  It covers the many small rural schools around Iowa.

July 19- Barb Sanders, Director of Hope 4 Healing, will discuss "Quakerdale and Hope 4 Healing"  She will share the projects that they support to "Encourage hope, faith, growth in the families and communities" they serve.

July 26 - Nathan Christensen, UNI Assistant Athletic Director for Development, will provide an Update on UNI Athletics and the exciting year we have ahead of us.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Highs and Lows of Meteorology - Alan Czarnetzki

June 14, 2017 - We really enjoyed Alan Czarnetzki's overview of modern weather forecasting today. Dr. Czarnetzki is a Professor of Meteorology at the University of Northern Iowa and president of our club.  He covered meteorology methods that ranged from basic (e.g., what temperatures are typical this time of year?) to sophisticated (e.g., computer simulations). He also shared a bit about his early interest in weather (he began recording daily observations and forecasts at age 10) and how children's books on weather helped that interest grow.

It's always interesting to hear about our own members' professions.  There is such a breadth of interests in our club.

I must admit that this presentation reminded me of an age-old meteorological adage, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."
Written by Leigh Zeitz and Alan Czarnetzki 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

John Bermel Gives Us the Swing of Golfing

June 21, 2017 - John Bermel, PGA professional (and director) at the Pheasant Ridge golf course, shared his experience as the UNI golf coach and his golfing adventures in general.  John is also the golf coach for UNI and he was joined by three of his top women golfers: Hailey Bermell, Hannah Bermell, and Taylor.

The presentation began with Hailey and Hannah sharing that they began riding golf carts when they were 2 years old and grew up "on the golf course."  They practiced every night from 3 - 5:00 and it resulted in winning high school state championships repeatedly. Constant practice and perfection lead to academic success too with the women reporting that they had high school GPAs of 4.1, 4.0 and 4.12.

John shared some experiences with running the Pheasant Ridge golf course.  Recently he leased the the course from the City of Cedar Falls and has been upgrading the course to improve the golfing experience.  It has resulted in more golfers and better games.  

John Bermel is also a strong supporter for the Jerry Slykhuis Golfing Event on July 15. He will be hosting the event at the Pheasant Ridge course and was close friend of Jerry's.   Written by Leigh Zeitz

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kassidi Poots Shares the Eucalyptus Tree - Children's Grief Program

Kassidi Poots
June 14, 2017 - Kassidi Poots from the Cedar Valley Hospice - Grief Services Unit presented us with a unique and little-known children's grief program, called the Eucalyptus Tree.  

The grief services are available on a no-charge basis to all the Cedar Valley Community citizens.  Kassidi gave a briefing about a special youth service grief camp that is available for children, so they can make every moment count in their life.  They have several certified professional Counselor and Chaplin staff members on hand to provide a variety of specialized grief support as needed to help the family cope through the grieving process.

She acquainted us with the Program Ambassadors (Katy & Quincy Koala), because kids handle grief differently than do adults.  They use Katy and Quincy Koala with children less than 9 years old that face difficult end-of-life situations.  With Katy and Quincy, their intention, as grief mentors. is to help children cope with the loss of a loved one using play therapy and also the 5 pattern steps of grief counseling.  

This is a valuable service to our children and we want to thank Kassidi and her team for their work.
Written by Lynn Barnes