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