Friday, December 1, 2017

December will be Joyful!!!!

The best thing about December is that we get to share things with each other and with kids throughout the Cedar Valley. Our month begins with the wonderful Gift of Giving event. The rest of the month is filled with programs that share ideas and events.

December 2 - Gift of Giving
This is an annual event where we join together with the Cedar Valley JayCees to serve over 60 Cedar Valley youths. We meet at 6:30 AM at the UAW building in Waterloo. The kids arrive about 7:00. Adult members pair up with kids and we board buses to go to Blain's Farm and Fleet. Santa greets them at the door and the kids are given the opportunity to buy Christmas gifts for family members. There is a credit limit for each of them. After checking out, we return to Waterloo where they have breakfast and wrap their gifts. Their parents pick them up about 9:00 AM. A great time is had by all.

December 6 - Wrap Presents
This year we adopted 2 families through the Salvation Army. This is an annual event where members donate money towards purchasing gifts for the families. We will have a quick business meeting, but we will have much more fun wrapping the gifts.

December 13 - Stan Engel Cruises the Parks

This past year, our member - Stan Engel took a whole 6 weeks to travel the US with family. He visited relatives and National Parks. Today Stan will share the beautiful 
scenery and his amazing stories with us.

December 20 - The Mission of Grin and Grow Childcare Centers

Mike Knapp, Director of the Grin and Grow Childcare Centers in Waterloo, will share the mission of Grin and Grow Childcare Centers. We have been supporting Grin and Grow for over a dozen years.

December 27 - Round Table Meeting

Now it's time to sit and talk. We never know how many members will join our breakfast in the holiday season. Therefore, we just sit "round" our tables and share our lives.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 8, 2017 - This last Wednesday our own member, former Marine Sargent Stan Welchel , gave a talk on the history, selection and traditions of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.  His presentation which was filled with photos and stories reminded us of the supreme sacrifice that many ordinary soldiers have given as they fought for our freedoms in lonely global battlefields. An astounding story that Stan shared was that a lonely sentry guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 24 hours a day. This soldier guards this hallowed ground so we can never forget the men and women who serve to protect this great nation.  

Thank you Stan, for making us remember that our freedom has a high cost and for your honorable service for our country.  

You make us feel proud to be Americans!

Written by Lynne Barnes

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We are Thankful for our November Programs

November will be an exciting month. We will celebrate the past, present, and future through some amazing presenters

November 1 - Business meeting
This is where we answer the questions that need to be answered, make the decisions that need to be made, and plan the things that need to be planned.

November 8 - Veterans Day Commemoration 
Stan Wetchel will share the story of veterans in World War II.  His presentations are always interesting and informative. 

November 15 Ramps and Pathways
Dr. Dykstra-VanMeeteren, Director of the Center for Early Developmental Education, will share the STEM work that they have been doing with young kiddos.  With any luck, she will bring some toys for us to use.

November 22 - Gallagher Bluedorn PAC Focus Group
Want to affect Cedar Valley's future? Join us as Steve Carignan shares a series of video clips of programs they are considering for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.  It should be fun.

November 29 - Making a Difference in the Valley
Dr. Al Hays, a retired UNI professor, will speak about his continuing work on social justice issues in our community. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Took a Trip Around Panic Park Today.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Our last Wednesday of the month brought us a spooktacular presentation by Mike Hendrickson, Director of the Blackhawk County Conservation Commission.  He told us about their Panic Park haunted house for Halloween 2017. 

They’ve had their haunting license for ghosts since the year of 2000. The Park has been the favorite haunt for many local kids numbering over 4000 annually.  Panic Park is found at the Old Rotarian Reserve. Your adventure begins when you arrive by tractor and wagon after getting through a gauntlet of zombies and ghouls.  Your journey will involve roaming many scary rooms filled with creepy clowns, dolls, mummies, scarecrows, witches and even a fog-filled room.  If you get lost in that room, you will be mist. If you're a hungry “Goblin” and you're looking for a quick bite - they provide a food “Casketeria.”   After you survive Panic Park, they even offer a laser tag obstacle course and an outside maze with lots of dead ends.

The Park is open during the last part of September and end of October for some ghoulish fall nights.  The Conservation Board members, employees, and their kindred spirits work hard doing a world-class job for this haunted house. They fully engage in this project because it is Blackhawk County Conservation Commission's biggest annual fund-raiser 
Price of admission is $15.00 at the creaking door. 
Written by Lynn Barnes and Leigh Zeitz

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mathematics Comes to Life in the Hands of Professor Shaw!

Wednesday, October 19, 2017 - Our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club had a non-traditional speaker this past Wednesday, Professor Douglas Shaw of the Math Department at UNI.   

The attending Kiwanians never thought we would be given a student’s cursory study on the Non-Imaginary Approach to Complex Numbers by an Instructor who loves math so much.
Professor Shaw gave such an enthusiastic and entertaining approach presentation on addition, multiplication, and division.  
We got the enigmatic math question answered:  why do we divide sin by tan? Just cos.  

The professor talked about the utilitarian and the theoretical aspects of mathematical equations of Phasors, and Geometric Representatives and in equations the letter “J” is not the square root of anything.  

Our Kiwanis Club will no longer think of math standing for Mental Abuse To Humans!

Thank you, Dr. Shaw.

Written by Lynn Barnes.

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