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.

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


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
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
  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.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dave Welter - Former Principal and Present Scout

January 18, 2017 - Dave Welter, former principal at Holmes Middle School) shared his 30+ career as a baseball scout.  He began with the Reds and has spent most of his career with the Atlanta Braves. He shared stories of scouting high schools and minor leagues.  He told us stories of traveling to South America in search of undiscovered talent.

At the end of his presentation, Dave revealed that he is also a cancer survivor and that he has blogged about the adventure.  He is in the process of turning it into a book to share with all.