Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

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

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