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

Monday, June 12, 2017

June Programs are Really in the Swing!


June programs will swing with fun. 



June 14: Kassidi Poots from Cedar Valley Hospice will share their Eucalyptus Tree Children's Grief program. 







June 21: John Bermell, PGA professional at Pheasant Ridge golf course, will present a program on golf. Pheasant Ridge golf changes, UNI men's and women's golf, the Slykhuis Memorial Golf outing, and whatever else he wants to tell us about golf in the Cedar Valley. 








June 28: Alan Czarnetzki, UNI professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences (and president of Rough Risers) will present a program on weather forecasting. Will he tell us how to whether the weather unless we want the rain to reign, the wind to whine, and the hail to hail?   Snow telling . . .

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Castle Hill Playground has been Conquered.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - After 133 hours of work and 60 gallons of stain, we are happy to report that the Castle Hill Playground project has been completed.  It looks GREAT!!!!  Special thanks for all who participated - especially to Marv Heller who coordinated the project and did a great deal of work behind the scenes.


Marv Heller, Tony Reid, Nick Teig & Stan Engel
Beginning on April 22, this interclub project involved stain, brushes, rollers, bottles of water and a whole lot of "sweat equity."  The Waterloo Community School District provided the tangible materials while the Cedar Valley Kiwanis Clubs provided the "energy."




This project was headed by Marv Heller but its completion included 22 Rough Risers, 3 Early Risers, and 3 members from the Waterloo Noon club. The Rough Risers worked 111 hours and the other two clubs contributed another 22 hours.

The funny thing was that neighborhood kids continually came over to play on the playground so you know that it is a valued asset. Marv said that "One of the neighbor ladies stop to talk to us...she helped build it.  She was very happy to see it get some maintenance attention."

This project met a number of Kiwanis goals. It benefitted the youth and community.  It united multiple clubs in a common event.  It was a Positive Influence. It made the world a better place.


Well Done, Kiwanians!!!!


Written by Leigh Zeitz

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Let's Build a Treehouse at Hartman Reserve

May 31, 2017 - We had a very special speaker last Wednesday at the Kiwanis Rough Risers Club proceedings. Our featured speaker was our very own Club member, Tim Jones, a retired architect and President of the Board of Hartman Nature Reserve.  

Tim wanted to share the news on the remodeling and upgrade projects for the Nature Center and then went on to requesting help from our Club about re-purposing some donated and pre-loved custom made barrister bookcase shelves to hold all the Center's book collections on flower, fauna, fin, fur, and feather subjects.  

Let's Build a Treehouse: The best part was when Tim wanted to get our input to help build a youth tree/fun house that Tim was in the process of designing that would be the showcased focal point when entering the Nature Center. The Club wanted to discuss this topic further before making our decision on the undertaking this huge task.  

Thanks Tim, you did a great job designing and formulating this very creative and kid-friendly section for Hartman Reserve!   Written by Lynn Barnes

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Stan Remembers Heros and Doug Shares the Future

May 24, 2017 - At our Kiwanis meeting last Wednesday Stan Welchel read a poem to remind us of the supreme sacrifice that many ordinary soldiers have given in the lonely battlefields fought for our freedoms we take for granted every day.   There wasn’t a dry eye in attendance.  Thank you Stan for making us remember that freedom has a terribly high cost and for your honorable service for our country.  You make us all feel proud to be an American!

Our esteemed member, Doug Nefzger, is the Cedar Falls Schools Business Manager. He gave us updates of all the construction projects currently happening for educating our children and youth for making a higher caliber citizen for tomorrow and the future job market.  He shared the plans for building the new elementary school that is being built on Erik Road. It will be named the Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary school in honor of this prolific and talented author who was born in Cedar Falls in 1881.  He also share the plans for the upgrades at Orchard Hill and North Cedar Elementary schools.  

We are at a crossroads. Thirty years from now, the Cedar Falls citizens will look back on these decisions to do these projects and rejoice.  The benefits won’t be felt until further down the road.  Doug shared that this is a huge initial construction payout, but the dividends far exceed  basic costs.  Thank you Doug for your expertise and tireless efforts to make these building projects come to fruition.  Written by Lynn Barnes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Nook Shares his Vision for UNI

May 17, 2017 - We had a very special guest at our last Wednesday Kiwanis meeting.  The new University of Northern Iowa President, Dr. Mark Nook spoke to a full house of Rough Risers Club members who were there to eagerly await hearing his message.  

He began by explaining that his priority was to have the UNI graduates impact their society and communities positively and provide them the tools and knowledge to do that.  He wants all the graduating seniors to take pride in their diplomas and leave school with a smaller debt ratio than earlier students.  His main goal is to increase the student population to 14,000 and create a positive learning environment for UNI students. 

Dr. Nook recognized UNI's Athletics teams as ranking in the Top 10 for academics in the NCAA Division 1 Athletics.  This is further support that the students receive a well-rounded education in the 3 Pillars—Diversity - Educaton - Community.  

We will invite President Nook back again for updates on his successful tenure at UNI.
Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

UNI Phi Sigma Episilon Fraternity and Rough Risers Join in Golf Tournament in Memory of Jerry and Jane Slykhuis

May 3, 2017 - Last Wednesday, Patrick Martin and 6 others from the UNI Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, came to the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club to speak about the upcoming Jerry Slykhuis Memorial Golf Tournament on July 15th, held at the Pheasant Ridge Golf Club at 10:00 a.m. in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  There will be a social event as well the night before at 6:30 pm at the Golf Course. 

Jerry was a fellow Kiwanian Rough Riser and a keystone member, before an untimely tragic car accident took his life and his lovely wife Jane’s.  Our Kiwanis Club along with the PSE Fraternity will be holding this event to honor Jerry and Jane’s life to bring our community together and to shape kids lives.  Kiwanis’ number one priority is kids.  All the proceeds will go to college scholarships, kid’s camps, athletes, and a small memorial park bench.  

There will be a silent auction along with autographs from Doug McDermott –UNI football jerseys that had been signed from the team members – and Minnesota Twins Tickets.

Check out this website for further details and updates.  What a fun and enjoyable way to celebrate Jerry and Jane’s life because they had given so much to the Cedar Valley’s young people all these years and continue on their legacy.
Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cedar Falls Senior Center ROCKS!!!

April 26, 2017 - The Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club had a special treat last Wednesday with
a visit from Sheryl McGovern and Kim Ricketts from the Cedar Falls Community Center on Main Street.

They shared the many activities the Center offers senior citizens.  Both Sheryl and Kim spoke about the Meals on Wheels Project. This progam delivers over 15,000 meals to shut-in seniors, which is a much needed service.

There are many programs at the Center. Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, Line Dancing are offered for functional fitness for senior health. Competitive billiards are provided with 3 tables or maybe just fun and practice with new friends.  Or in an effort of keeping your minds sharp and cutting edge, a Computer Tech Club covers classes on smartphones, computers, internet safety for seniors.  For outside activities, bus trips to places like Amana Colonies are provided for the participants.

There is always something exciting going on for any interest!  Our Kiwanis Club will have Sheryl and Kim come back again for more exciting updates from the Cedar Falls Community Center!
Written by Lynn Barnes

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Emily Goes to Cuba

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - The Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club were honored to have one of our very own members, Emily Borcherding, give a tremendously interesting presentation last Wednesday about her recent trip to Cuba.  Emily showed many of the sights of urban and suburban countryside and ways of life in the newly-opened country to Americans.  She said she wanted to see Cuba before it was changed to the modern era.  

Emily showed the Kiwanis club sights of Havana.  She showed the small shops and the farm fields that were worked by oxen, as they toiled the ground to make their living.  Most products were made by hand.  She said that she also had her mother accompany her during the trip.  The pristine old cars of the 1950's and early 1960's of pre-revolutionary days; showed the club what the people were using as daily drivers.  Her trip to Cuba gave Emily a deeper appreciation about things like the scarce toilet paper or any paper products that we take for granted here in the states.

It was fun to share in Emily's trip.
Written by Lynn Barnes

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Talk to Me Technologies is on the Cutting Edge

April 12, 2017 -  Kelly McCormick and Hillary Maeken Talk to Me Technologies presented "Star Wars" type of technology to our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club.  They shared a new way to open up the world for individuals with communication challenges. 

Talk to Me Technologies is located in Cedar Falls and has been helping those who have been diagnosed with challenges like autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, stroke, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. They used specialized computers to create a synthesized voice by either tapping on a screen keyboard or. even with severely limited physical abilities, they use eye-gaze technology to communicate or control home electronics by selecting on-screen icons with their eyes.  

Now every voice can be heard through these devices and make those with limited abilities a brighter tomorrow and improve their quality of life.  Written by Lynne Barnes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Interclub Invitation to Paint Castle Hill Playground on Sat. April 22

Let's work together and make a difference in the Cedar Valley!!!!

Click the letter to make it readable

We can bring the Castle Hill Accessible Playground back to 
the beautiful playground we once knew.  

Monday, April 10, 2017

David Loy Passes On

It is with a heavy heart that we must report that David Loy passed away on Thursday, April 6.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 10 from 4 - 7 pm at the Richardson Funeral Service.  His funeral services will be at the Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls beginning at 11:00 am.

David was one of the founding members of the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers.   He was a leader, innovator and organizer.

He lead as President, President-Elect and he was often elected to the Board of Directors.  He and his wife, Sue, were our financial experts and provided financial reports on a quarterly basis.

David originated our annual drive where we ask local businesses for sponsorship.  This has been an overwhelmingly successful program which has yielded thousands of dollars each year that is distributed to community organizations.

Kettlecorn was Dave's middle name.  He found the opportunity for purchasing initially purchasing the equipment and materials and he led the project ever since. He identified the locations where we would pop our goodies, ensured that we had enough people to staff the events and filled the trailer with all of the necessary ingredients.

Dave was a colorful guy.  In fact, he was so colorful that he conceptualized, organized and lead the 5K Color Dash in 2014 and 2015.

He was awarded the George F. Hixson Fellowship Kiwanis Award in 2000 for all of his active leadership and support of our club and its many service projects.

David Loy will be missed.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

March 29, 2017 - Rick Knivsland treated our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club to a tour of the University of Northern Iowa’s Schindler Education Center Building at the UNI Campus in Cedar Falls.  Rick headed up the Renovation Committee and brought a special perspective on the renovation project during the construction process. 

 Rick showed the Rough Risers the highlights of the technology-rich building. Our Club members walked away from the tour with the assurance that UNI’s future teacher students are getting a world-class education to use in their classrooms for many years to come.  

The Kiwanis Club was very impressed with the offering available to all the students, faculty, and staff at the newly renovated Schindler Education Center.  This building is the crown jewel of UNI and will provide for the teacher needs in cutting-edge education benefiting all children under their tutelage.  Written by Lynn Barnes

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Mayors Come to Town

March 22, 2017 - This past Wednesday, our presenters were Mayor Quentin Hart from Waterloo and our very own Mayor Jim Brown from Cedar Falls.

They discussed what was going on in their cities, future plans and how they are working together in a collaborative effort to make our communities a better place to live, play, raise families, and work.  Public safety is always a major concern for them.  They talked about streamlining the respective governments doing more with fewer assets.  They both talked about new building permits were way up over last year so we are witnessing more jobs and getting backfill taxes from the promised state funds already owed to rebuild our infrastructure.  They are working hard to promote the Cedar Valley to attract future business to reside here for job growth.  Both Mayors said water treatment was a major priority to keep our waterways and environment safe and clean for the public consumption.


Our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Riser Club feels citizens in Cedar Falls and Waterloo are very fortunate to have leaders who are men of their caliber.  -  by Lynne Barnes

Saturday, March 18, 2017

What's Happening at the YMCA?

March 15, 2017 - Angie Widner, the Chief Executive Officer of the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County spoke to us last Wednesday. She shared the mission of their YMCA which is: The YWCA of Black Hawk County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all

Anyone can join in the swim and gym programs and other YMCA programs.  They serve over 400 local youth with a number of youth-centered activities and sports.  

They have success stories that show over 91% of involved youth have an improved GPA over their previous school year.  The children involved in the Y's Reading Program have 87% better proficiency from last year.  

Angie said that they are always looking for volunteers for help and assistance with financing equipment to support youth programs and camperships.  
Written by Lynn Barnes

Monday, March 6, 2017

365 & Counting: Iowans in the Vietnam War

Tom Brickman - Originator of Project


March 8, 2017 - At our last Wednesday Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club Meeting, Tom Brickman of Janesville spoke on his firsthand war experience as an Army specialist that he spent his tour of duty in Vietnam 48 years ago.  Combat is something hard for Veterans to revisit and discuss.


Tom and his daughter, Shari Kirkpatrick saw a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, Iowa.  What Tom saw trigged memories and nightmares he long ago tried to suppress. During 1967-68, Tom was attached to U.S. Army 196th Light Infantry Brigade in the American Division encompassing the Vietnam War. He served with distinction in heavy combat in Chu Lai, Da Nang, survived the 1968 Tet offensive and earned four battle stars and received the coveted U.S. Army Medal of Commendation for Meritorious Service during his tour overseas.

Chris Shackelford - Grout Museum
However, Brickman wanted to see more than just names, a quick profile, and sterilized statistics on his band of brothers. He thought the photographs of the fallen heroes would fill an emptiness he felt and have faces honoring his fellow comrades at arms that sacrificed everything for their country; so we would never forget their patriotism and devotion.

Tom and Shari were on a mission to match a photograph to all of the 853 names on the Iowans who fell in Vietnam and hope to have all photos eventually of all of the 58,261 of the fallen soldiers in the United States who paid the last full measure of devotion.

Tom and Chris Shackelford of the Grout Museum discussed to the Rough Risers Club about the new permanent Vietnam War display they both worked on to set up at the Five Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum honoring all Iowans who served honorably and faces all of the fallen so they are never forgotten on their sacrifice. It's also because those who gave their lives were more than just names on a wall.  Written by Lynn Barnes

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March Includes Breakfast on the UNI Campus

This month has a variety of opportunities.  We will be learning about a Vietnam War Vet project, hear stories about the YMCA, Mayors will share their visions and we will explore how the vision for the Schindler Education Center at UNI came to fruition.

Wednesday, March 1 - Business Meeting 
Where active club members discuss their accomplishments and plans for running and developing the Rough Risers.
   
Wednesday, March 8 365 & Counting: Iowans in the Vietnam War
Tom Brickman and Chris Shackelford of the Grout Museum will share the Faces to Go with Names exhibit which highlights the lives and stories of all 866 Iowans killed or missing in the Vietnam War. Tom Brickman and his daughter spent several years finding a photograph of each of the fallen; and the museum staff have spent the last two years researching and writing brief biographies for each of the 866 warriors.

Wednesday, 
March 15 - New Visions at the YMCA

Angela Widner, CEO of the Blackhawk County YMCA will join us to share stories about the community importance of the YMCA and the visions they have for the future.
Wednesday, March 22 - Mayors Meet to Share their Visions
Mayor Jim Brown (Cedar Falls) and Mayor Quentin Hart (Waterloo), will provide us with the unique opportunity to learn about what if happening in each of their cities and then share how they are collaborating to enhance the Cedar Valley. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.



Wednesday, March 29 - Let's Visit the New Schindler Education Center (AT UNI)
Rick Knivsland, UNI instructor, recently visited us and shared the renovation plans for Schindler Education Center. Schindler is now complete and he has invited us to tour Shindler. The tour will begin at 6:30 AM and we will have breakfast in the lobby of Schindler beginning at 7:00 AM.  We WILL NOT meet at the Clarion Hotel this week!!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kiwanis Rough Risers Get a New Logo

  GREAT NEWS!!!

Kiwanis International has decided to update club logos.  Here is the latest icon provided by our Lieutenant Governor, Katie Orlando.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Niki Litzel from Salvation Army Shares their Story

February 22, 2017 - Niki Litzel, the Community Resources Coordinator of the Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, spoke to our club on February 22nd.  She gave an informative talk of the multi-faceted functions the Salvation Army and how they provide faith-based social services for the communities of the Cedar Valley for over 6 generations.  They provide much needed services with over 1.5 million strong in their work force worldwide and provide these services to 32 million who are served in the U.S. alone.  They are represented in over 127 countries.  

Niki explained about the Disaster Emergency Services, Kitchen, Worship Center, Women’s & Men’s Shelters, Thrift & Charity Shops, and the Red Kettle Program that are provided through their organization.  Eighty three cents out of every dollar that is donated to the Salvation Army, are used directly to help their patrons.  They are always looking for volunteers for their annual fund drive in the Bell Ringer program.

It was quite informative and we were glad to hear about their many accomplishments.  We are glad that we can support them in their activities.  -   written by Lynn Barnes

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mike Butler Shares his Rotary Club Adventures

February 15, 2017 - Mike Butler, President of the Rotary Club of Cedar Falls shared Rotary and his many exciting experiences with the service club.  Mike has been in Rotary for 30 years. He has had many experiences in Rotary but he said that the high point of his membership has been as the club president.

As of February 23, Rotary International will be 120 years old.  It is a networking organization with over 1.2 million members worldwide.  In 1987 women were allowed to join Rotary.  While Rotary clubs have accomplished a great deal for their local communities, one of their greatest achievements has been to contain polio worldwide. They began in 1979 and have immunized more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  Their work has reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide with polio only remaining in 2 countries.

The Rotary Club of Cedar Falls club is an important service club in the Cedar Valley and we thank them for their work. - written by Leigh Zeitz

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Brock Goos Shares a Surprise with Us!

On February 8, 2017, Brock Goos, the Cedar Falls Recreation & Sports Program Supervisor, presented an informative and in-depth speech on how the CF Kiwanis Rough Riser sponsorship has positively affected the 100 plus Grade 4th & 5th aged kids introduction class of the game of basketball and soccer.  

Not only do the students learn the drills and fundamentals of the game and get needed exercise, the kids have loads of fun and as well as making new friends. 


They play 30 organized team lead games a year at a cost of $30 - $40. The program is held at Lincoln Elementary School on every Saturday from 10:30 - 11:45 AM. 


A big surprise for many of us was that we are sponsoring their softball and soccer teams.  While we all knew that we donated a significant amount of money to CF Rec Center each year, it was a surprise when Brock unveiled the shirts and they bore Kiwanis Rough Risers on the front of each one.

This is just one example of the youth programs that the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club has wholeheartedly sponsored to make the Cedar Falls children our priority one.  The Cedar Falls Kiwanis is always looking for new members and we meet every Wednesday at 6:30 AM at the Clarion Inn University Plaza, 5826 University Avenue, Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Stop by for a visit!  - Lynn Barnes


Monday, February 6, 2017

February is Full of Stories by People Who Make a Difference

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

Wednesday, February 8 - What's the Haps at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center?
Brock Goos, Recreation Supervisor, will update our club on the many fine programs that are available for Cedar Fall-ians . . . and maybe a few upcoming opportunities.
  
Wednesday, February 15 - Getting Involved with the Cedar Falls Rotary Club
Mike Butler, President of the CF Rotary Club, will present the activities, grants and projects of their service club.

Wednesday, February 22 - Honoring our Vietnam Vets
Niki Lipzel, Community Resource Coordinator for the Waterloo Salvation Army, will share stories of renovation, red kettles, and realization in the Cedar Valley. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Upcoming Kettle Corn Popping Events are Coming!!!

It's time to get out the popper and share the Kiwanian Ambrosia we call Kettle Corn.  

Here is the schedule of upcoming events.  It will be updated as dates and times are finalized.

Click here to sign up for a popping shift.  You can also access the sign-up sheets by clicking on the Sign-Up Sheets tab at the top of this window.

Kettle Corn Sign-ups

DateTimeSchool EventPopping Location
February 181:30 - 4:00 Lincoln Fun FairDeaver's - 3714 McClain Dr.
February 24/254:00 - 7:00Holmes ElementaryDeaver's - 3714 McClain Dr.
March 23:00 - 5:30 Peet March MadnessDeaver's - 3714 McClain Dr.
April 213:00 - 5:30Orchard Hill Fun Fair
Hansen Fun Fair
Southdale Fun Fair
Orchard Hill Elem
May 53:00 - 6:00Cedar Heights Fun FairCedar Heights Elem
May 208:30 - 4:00Walmart Rough RisersCF Walmart
May 279:00 - 4:004th Street Cruise4th St, Waterloo
June 16/1710 - 8
  9 - 5
College Hill Arts FestivalUNI
June 22-254:30 - 6
10:30-9:30
9 - 9
9:30 - 5:30
Sturgis Falls FestivalOverman Park
July 11:30 - midnight      Jaycees FireworksNationa Cattle Congress
September ??
Walmart Circle KCF Walmart
October ??
Powderpuff Event at CF HomecomingCF High School


Yes, I know that the title is repetitive.   ;-)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sign Up to Read Across America with Waterloo Schools

Let's continue "Serving Children of the World" by reading to children in Waterloo. 

We have donated $500 to the Waterloo JayCees/Waterloo Community Schools to help them purchase books. Now we have the opportunity to read to classrooms of wonderful kids.

On Thursday, March 2, we will be reading to Pre-K through 4th grade students in 9 elementary schools. These schools include Cunningham, Lou Henry, Lincoln, Lowell, Orange, Kittrell, Poyner, Kingsley, Highland elementary schools.

There are specified times for each of the schools.  These times range from 8:30 - 3:15.  You will find the specifications on the sign-up sheet.   

Click on this link to get to the Sign-up Sheet.  You can choose to read at multiple times during the day.  Don't forget to click on the Submit and Sign Up button at the bottom of the screen. 

Want help in finding the schools?  Here is a map of the Waterloo Schools.  Click on the name in the left column. 

Happy Reading ! ! ! ! 




Saturday, January 28, 2017

See Ya Later, Tater!!!

Tony Reid, Dale Jansen, Bob Erickson & Jim Larson
January 25, 2017 - Each year the Rough Risers volunteer several times at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, doing whatever needs to be done.  On January 25, we sorted through TWO TONS of potatoes which had arrived from Idaho in two huge canvas sacks. 

After throwing out the occasional spoiled potato, we packed them in boxes to be shipped all over Northeast Iowa.  That’s enough potatoes to feed 3,666 people!   - Tony Reid


Kiwanis Building Community!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We opened a Kiwanis Rough Risers Communication Network in our meeting today.  

That's actually a fancy way to say that I set up a system for contacting members through text messaging (or email.) It is easy to join and you are only part of this network if you join.  We will not be adding anyone who doesn't want to be part of the network.

This will not be a system that will pester you and your phone 24/7.  At this point, it is designed to enable group leaders to send immediate communication to the membership (like if we cancel our meeting because of weather.)

Below are the directions for joining this group.  The top ones are for text messaging and the bottom ones are if you want these text messages sent to your email instead.

Get text message notifications:
  1. Open your Text Message app (the app you use to text your family)
  2. Click the icon for Writing a message (on an iPhone it is a box with a pen in the upper right corner of the screen.)
  3. In the To: box (at the top of the screen), type 81010
  4. In the message box (towards the bottom of the screen), type @kiwanisro
  5. Send the message by clicking on the arrow or send button.
  6. You should receive a reply asking you to send your name.   Enter your name and send it back.
  7. You should NOW be IN THE SYSTEM.
Get email notifications:
  1. Open your email program or app.
  2. In the To: box, type Kiwanisro@mail.remind.com
  3. Send your email (THAT’S IT!  You don’t need a subject line or text in the message.)
  4. You will receive an email asking you to verify your request for a subscription. (Took mine 10 minutes - but this may vary.)  
  5. Click the “Click this link” link.  It will take you to a page where you will enter your Name and a password.
  6. Click the on-screen Button and it should sign you up.
Please contact me if you have any questions and remember . . . ask your teenaged grandkid to help you do this.  You will be the coolest grandparent because you will be asking your grandkids for help on something they know how to do well.

Have a Wonderful Week.

Leigh