Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Article featured in the Kiwanis Nebraska-Iowa monthly newsletter!

Cedar Falls Rough Risers Help Local Schools with Kettle Corn

It is popping season here in Cedar Falls and the Kiwanis Rough Risers are busy at work! The Cedar Falls Rough Risers have already popped over 400 bags of kettle corn for three local elementary and middle schools. The schools will sell the delicious bags of kettle corn at their local spring fundraising events. Each school gets 100 bags to sell. Sold at $7 a bag that is $700 of profit for each school!

Stay tuned for more popping as the club continues to help 5 more schools this spring! That will be almost 1,000 bags of kettle corn!

 Ben Miller, Director of Education for the Grout Museum, shared the museums and facilities they share with the public in the Cedar Valley. They have an enlightening series of camps and programs for the children throughout the year. Thanks for speaking Ben!

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Dr. Nick Teig has passed away

We regret to announce that our long-time friend and founding member for the Kiwanis Rough Risers Kiwanis Club passed away on Sunday, October 29. 
 Nick has been an active member and was always there to help when anyone needed him.

The funeral will be on Friday, November 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. Memorial serivces will be at 11:00 am.

Nick Teig Obituary

CEDAR FALLS – Nick E. Teig, 83, died on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at Western Home Communities-The Deery Suites.

He was born on September 23, 1940, in Radcliffe, IA, the son of Clarence and Beatrice (Sasse) Teig. On August 11, 1962, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Arthur in Randalia, IA. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Northern Iowa before earning his Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was employed as an associate professor at UNI before his retirement, spending most of his career at Price Laboratory School/NU High.

Nick was very involved in his Kiwanis group and his church, First United Methodist. He was always willing to assist with building projects, loved fishing, bird watching and being with his family.

Nick is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Debra (Mark) Sand of Waverly and Kristin (Travis) Torres of Cedar Falls; and grandchildren, Ryan and Andrew Sand, and Jack and Ava Torres.  
He was preceded in death by sister, Caroline Berkman, and two brothers, Carl and Brian Teig.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2023, at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9th at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls. Inurnment at Fairview Cemetery in Cedar Falls.

Memorials may be directed to the church, Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers, or the ALS Association Iowa Chapter/Des Moines.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Mary Potter Sells Us on the Metro Community Concert Association

Where can we go to get affordable entertainment?  

Why go to the Metro Community Concert Association - of course!

Mary Potter, Membership Secretary for the Metro Community Concert Association, joined us today to share the Concerts Association's story and which shows are coming to town.

Thank you, Mary

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Author Sherry J. Kubalsky Shares Her Books and Her Purpose


Author Sherry Kubalsky stopped by to share her books and purpose with us today. She told us some stories about her life in Iowa, her love of windmills, and her desire to write children's books. 

She has written two so far: It's OK to Be Me and The Square Wreath. She shared some plans she has for a couple of more books that sound quite interesting.

Her purpose for these books was to raise money to build water wells in Ghana. All of the money that Sherry makes in selling her books will go to bring clean water to those who have not. 

Thank you for sharing your books and purpose with us, Sherry.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Dr. Jill White Shares How Cedar Falls Schools are Addressing Students' Needs

Photo of Dr. White

We were pleased to have Dr. Jill White, Executive Director of Student Services in the Cedar Falls Community School District, share with us their programs for supporting their students from a Social and Emotional perspective.  They have a program to facilitate students developing competence in Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making.

This is a program that our club has been supporting for a while.  A few years ago, we provided the funds for them to purchase books that are used daily by teachers across the district.  We plan to support them in the near future in various ways.

Thank you for spending your early morning with us, Dr. White.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Join Us for Kettle Corn Popping and Become a Greeter at Our Wednesday Kiwanis Meeting!

Greetings, Rough Risers!

As active members of the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers, we have two wonderful opportunities for you to get involved and enhance our mission of serving the needs of children in the Cedar Valley. Join us in popping kettle corn and becoming a greeter at our weekly Wednesday Kiwanis Meetings!

Kettle Corn Popping - Spreading Joy and Support: There's something magical about the aroma of freshly popped kettle corn!

Over the next few months, we will have the pleasure of popping kettle corn for four different events: the Denver Savings Bank picnic, The Cedar Falls Sports Kick-off, and 2 Walmart toppings.

By signing up for a slot at our Kettle Corn Sign-Up Sheet, you'll not only have a blast popping corn with fellow Rough Risers, but you'll also be contributing to our efforts in making a difference in the lives of children in need. Every kernel popped brings us one step closer to achieving our goals and supporting various community projects.

Become a Greeter - Warmth and Welcoming Atmosphere: Imagine being the friendly face that greets members and guests as they walk into our weekly Wednesday Kiwanis Meeting. As a greeter, you have the power to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, making everyone feel valued and appreciated from the moment they step through the door.

Being a greeter is a simple yet meaningful way to get involved and connect with both old and new members. Your presence will set the tone for a positive and engaging meeting, fostering camaraderie and a sense of belonging among all attendees. Don't miss this opportunity to leave a lasting impression on our club members and guests.

Your Invaluable Contribution: We understand that everyone has busy schedules, but even dedicating a small portion of your time can make a significant impact. Both activities offer unique opportunities for you to bond with fellow Rough Risers, engage with the community, and be part of something bigger than yourself.

Whether you're a seasoned member or a newcomer, we encourage you to take part in these events. Sign up for kettle corn popping and the Program and Prayer Sign-Up Sheet to become a greeter at our Wednesday Kiwanis Meetings.

Conclusion: As we come together to serve the needs of children in the Cedar Valley, let's remember that our collective efforts can bring about positive change. By joining in the fun of kettle corn popping and embracing the role of a greeter, we can strengthen our sense of community and continue making a significant impact.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Kiwanis Rough Risers. We look forward to seeing you at the kettle corn popping event and as greeters at our Wednesday Kiwanis Meetings!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Rough Risers Raise Over $300 by Bussing Tables at Pizza Ranch

What do you do when you want to interact with the public, eat good food AND raise money for the Cedar Valley youth?

Bus Tables at the Cedar Falls Pizza Ranch, of course!

Monday night, June 12, a dozen Kiwanis Rough Risers visited the Pizza Ranch.  This fund-raising project, organized by Randy Lee, involved us picking up used plate ware from the pizza-eating guests and swabbing the tables when they leave.  

Pizza Ranch provides a deal where we can collect 7% of the sales for the night, ALL of the tips that the customers may leave for our working club, and 25% off on a Pizza Ranch meal for the workers. It was a great deal!

Beyond just cleaning tables, this event provided us with an opportunity to talk with the public.  We share who we are as a Kiwanis club and what we are doing for the Cedar Valley youth. We are hoping that this will "spread the word" and hopefully lead to attracting some new members.

$115 as 7% of the net sales for the night and $205 in tips from the grateful customers.

Here are some photos of our experience: 

Monday, April 24, 2023

We Give to Cedar Valley Youth through Youth Programs

Our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club is 

Dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

As discussed earlier, we raise money through selling kettle corn at events and through the generosity of merchants in the Cedar Valley.  We are helping our youth by donating to youth programs in our area.  These programs support our youth in ways that make a difference in their lives.

Here is a list of the programs that will receive donations from us this year.  We plan to disburse over $20,000.

  • Boys & Girls Club
  • CV Jaycee Give of Giving Program
  • Cedar Valley Preschool
  • Community United Child Care
  • Family and Children's Council
  • Grin & Grow Preschool
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hartman Reserve
  • Hawkeye CC Literacy Program
  • Cedar Valley Job Foundation
  • Kiwanis International Fund
  • Koats for Kids
  • NE-IA Kiwania Foundation
  • Northeast Iowa Foodbank
  • Cedar Falls Rec Center Baseball League
  • Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • Family YMCA of Black Hawk County
  • YWCA of Black Hawk County$

Wednesday, April 19, 2023


 You may have tasted our scrumptious kettle corn that we sell at a variety of fairs, festivals, and 4th Street Car Cruises around the Cedar Valley.  This is one of the ways we raise money to donate to youth program and organizations in the area.  

Believe it or not, we raise about  $15,000 a year.  

Another source of support is a generous collection of area sponsors. These are merchants who support our program through donations or in-kind donations. Our sponsors provide another $11,000 to donate to the Kids of Cedar Valley.  THANK YOU!!   **

  • Community Auto Group
  • Denver Savings Bank
  • Martin Brothers
  • Blain's Farm and Fleet
  • Farm Mutual Insurance
  • Pheasant Ridge Golf Course
  • Scheels
  • Sam Annis and Company
  • McGee Construction Company
  • Oakridge Realtors
  • CopyWorks
  • Fluidyne
  • Brad's Corner Drug
  • Witham Auto Center
  • Performance Bodies
  • AutoBody Pros
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Coffman's Body Shop
  • State Farm - Brad McCunniff
  • Structure Real Estate
  • First Nation Bank 
  • Blain's Farm and Fleet
  • Signs By Tomorrow
  • Dickey's Printing
  • VCC Vieth Construction Corp

** (The graphic is the label we put on our Kettle Corn bags during 2022. Will update it when we have our 2023 label created.)

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Dr. Czarnetski Pontificates about Severe Weather

Dr. Alan Czarnetski
Fellow Kiwanian, UN Professor of Meteorology, Dr, Alan Czarnetski, gave a fascinating presentation on Severe Weather. 

Alan discussed how they create computer models to predict upcoming weather in our locality. He discussed the causes and what to do during severe weather. He answered a great number of questions we had about how the weather is predicted.  It was quite informative.

The Professor won’t be leaving any time soon because the weather did not agree with him! 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Chat GPT Writes a Poem about the Kiwanis Service Club

Excited about March 15 when Rushton Hurley will Zoom from his home in San Jose to our meeting in Cedar Falls. He will be talking about Artificial Intelligence and how it may change our lives.

Just for fun, I asked Chat GPT to write a poem about our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Service Club. (I entered our name and a link to our website.)

Here is the poem about the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club:

In Cedar Falls, there's a club, 
With a name that's quite unique, 
They're known as the Rough Risers, 
And their mission's far from meek.

With Kiwanis at their core, 
They serve their community with pride, 
From building homes to tutoring kids, 
Their work is felt far and wide.

They rise up early, before the sun, 
To take on the day with zeal, 
With grit and grace, they get things done, 
Their passion is quite surreal.

They volunteer and fundraise, 
To bring joy to those in need, 
Their service is a true display, 
Of kindness, love, and heed.

The Rough Risers are a force, 
A team of strong and kind-hearted, 
With Kiwanis guiding their course, 
Their impact will never be parted.

So here's to the Cedar Falls Rough Risers, 
For all the good they do, 
May their legacy continue to inspire, 
And shine a light for me and you.

Here is a story that Chat GPT generated about the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers.

In 1980, a group of Kiwanis Club members in Cedar Falls, Iowa came together with a unique idea. They wanted to form a subgroup within the Kiwanis Club that would focus specifically on hands-on service projects. They believed that by working together on projects, they could make a bigger impact on their community.

This group of men, who would later become known as the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers, had a clear vision. They wanted to be a group that would tackle tough projects that other service groups might shy away from. They wanted to get their hands dirty and make a real difference in the lives of those around them.

The Rough Risers quickly gained a reputation for their hard work and dedication. They would meet early in the morning before work, and work together on projects until it was time to go to their day jobs. They built homes, cleaned up parks, and tutored children. They did whatever was needed to make a positive impact in the community. Women joined the group in the early 90s and immediately improved the club experience.

The club's efforts did not go unnoticed. The Rough Risers quickly became known as one of the most effective service groups in the area. They were a force to be reckoned with, and their impact was felt throughout Cedar Falls.

Today, more than 40 years later, the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers are still going strong. They continue to be a shining example of what it means to be a community service group. They have inspired countless others to get involved and make a difference in their own communities. The Rough Risers may have started as a small group of men with a big idea, but their impact has been felt far and wide.

Written by Chat GPT on 3/7/2023

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

What Our Rough Risers Accomplished in 2021-2022

2021 - 2022 was a Wonderful Year for 

Our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club.  

Dale Jansen provided insightful leadership for the club.  Before he left his post, Dale reflected on our accomplishments this year.  The table below depicts our activities.  

Enjoy it!!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Our Programs were Informative in July

In July, we were blessed with a wonderful set of program presenters. 

Roger White 
Cedar Trails Partnership - July 8

Valerie Petersen 
Hawkeye CC's  Workforce Development - July 15

Jason Mehmen 
Cedar Falls Lodge of the Odd Fellows - July 22

Tom Wickersham  
Rooted Carrot - July 29

Saturday, February 26, 2022

We are Popping Again!!

 We are "Back at the Popper Again."

The Popping Season has begun and the Mighty Rough Risers are cooking their Krazy Kettle Korn again to support our schools.  How do we support schools with Kettle Korn? 
We pop 100 bags for each school's annual carnival and donate them to the school to sell for $5 each.  This can yield $500 for the school.

Since we aren't selling the Kettle Korn at the schools, we move our trailer and popper to a warm place where we can pop and then shuttle the bags of Corny Gold to the schools.

This past Friday, Feb 25, 9 members arrived at the Cedar Falls Maintenance Building at 3:30 to begin popping.  A great time was had by all and the kids were a-glee when Jim Larson dropped them off at Peet Middle School.

We will be at the same place at 3:30 next Friday too. 

Join us!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Expect to be Inspired by February's Program

Feb. 8, 2022 – The Cedar Falls “Rough Risers” Kiwanis Club will be addressed this month by three local leaders, who will talk about their years of commitment to kids and what they’ve accomplished beyond the classroom.

Frank Darrah, a former special education administrator at the local area education agency, will join Kiwanians on Wednesday to touch on his past profession, but mostly his four terms on Cedar Falls City Council and a stint on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
        Frank Darrah

His ability to listen to others and remain even-keeled were attributes, Kiwanis program organizer Tony Reid notes, that were evident during his time in education dealing with stressful situations, and ones that transferred over to his past career in public service.

“I have invited him to reflect on his work for the city, especially on aspects of city government that often aren’t apparent to the average citizen,” said Reid. “What wisdom has he gleaned that he would like to share with us that will help us be better citizens, and better understand how city government works?”

“I hope he’ll reflect on how we can all be better citizens,” he added.
            Dave Welter

Dave Welter, a retired Holmes Junior High principal and high school varsity baseball coach, will be the club’s keynote speaker at its Feb. 16 meeting.

Reid said his life is a fascinating one, having beaten cancer, and also spent time as a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves. He wrote a book, “Staying Positive When Life Throws You a Curve!” which reflects on his cancer experience, “with a baseball twist,” according to Reid.

“It is always rewarding to hear what Dave has to say,” said Reid. “He’d been through the wringer when battling cancer years ago. He’ll bring a nice, inspiring message to the group.”
Jen Sigrist

The Feb. 23 speaker, Jen Sigrist, is the executive director of educational services at Central Rivers Area Education Agency, who Reid says is one of the “brightest young women he’s ever met.”

Before joining CRAEA, she was director of personalized learning and innovation at Van Meter Schools for ten years.

What’s most impressed Reid about Sigrist is her expertise in curriculum and instruction, and her work in helping CRAEA reach its goal of all students being “future ready.”

“Jen will tell us how schools are preparing students to be contributing citizens,” he said.

The local Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. inside Lifestyle Inn at 5826 University Avenue. If interested in attending a meeting, send an email to:

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Walk-Through of Robbery Investigation Kicks Off January Program

Cedar Falls -- Local Kiwanians went on a "job shadow" with Special Agent Scott Reger, a 24-year veteran of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI),  at their meeting last Wednesday.

Special Agent Scott Reger speaks last Wednesday.
He led them through a real-life investigation into a 2016 armed robbery of several thousands of dollars from a bank in Hopkinton, and how investigators and law enforcement went about tracking down the "bad guys," and ultimately putting them behind bars.

Reger kicked off Law Enforcement Month for the Cedar Falls Kiwanis “Rough Risers” Club. Two more with public safety expertise will join the group this week and the following one, before the club moves onto its February program, which will include speakers with experience in city government and education.   

Cedar Falls Police Chief Craig Berte will join Kiwanians Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 a.m. at Lifestyle Inn, 5826 University Avenue, where weekly meetings are held, to talk about the city’s public safety officer (PSO) model, its role in helping protect citizens, and more about his law enforcement background.

The following Wednesday, Jan. 26, Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson will stop by a meeting to also share additional details about what his job involves.

** Click "Read more>>" below to learn about what Special Agent Reger shared with the group. **

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The New Cedar River Experience Explained by Gary Kroeger

Gary Kroeger told us that downtown Cedar Falls is trying to create The Cedar River Experience by developing the Cedar River for water sports activity and recreation.  

It’s very swim-ple!  This development will create raging white water rapids for kayaking, calmer pathways for inner tube wading, and a swimmers paradise. They plan that this will create an attraction that will be a huge draw for enthusiasts of all ages.
It will be quite "swim-ressive!"  

This project will cost $4 million. Cedar Falls needs to raise 25% of this total. Gary Kroeger and his Cedar River committee have already raised about 25% of needed funds and the rest will come from donations and grants.  

This project's economic impact will be a boon for the local businesses and markets and enhance our quality of life.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Steve Smith Leads the North Cedar Neighborhood Renovation

North Cedar Neighborhood Association is headed up by a resident of that section of town, Steve 
Smith, who really cares about his community and the functionality of Cedar Falls.  

Over time, North Cedar Falls has not been maintained and it is long overdue for a serious upgrade and update.  When visitors travel into town from the North, the area really looks neglected and it is a bad reflection on the city as a whole. North Cedar's residents have decided to make a difference in their neighborhood. 

Steve is out gathering financial support to change the direction and make improvements so it gives the city a good first impression and improves the quality of life for all residents.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Chuck Rowe Shares "Nonprofit Giving in a COVID World"

Chuck Rowe - Director
Chuck Rowe - Director

Volunteerism knows there's a silver lining; because they see it happen every day. Chuck Rowe is the Director of the Midwest Study Group in Waterloo, Iowa. His company is a volunteer support company that assists volunteer agencies and non-profits in their endeavors in finding places to secure their financial needs.    

Chuck shared what his company experienced in how nonprofit organizations received funding (or lack of funding) during the COVID experience. This experience required them to find new sources to pursue funds to keep their organizations solvent. New technology and making use of online financial resources all help with day-to-day operations. The Midwest Study Group has been a great service for non-profits.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Cindy Herzmann Dreams of Building an Accessible Park for Kids.

Wednesday, October 13 - I know that this sounds like fowl play, but why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide! 

Cedar Falls High School Senior, Cindy Herzmann who is working toward her Girl Scouts highest honor Gold Award, wants to construct an accessible playground at the Soccer Complex. This playground will enable kids of all ages and abilities can burn off energy while their siblings are playing soccer.  She has already collected half of the needed funds and is soliciting for the remainder.  

Ms. Herzmann is a motivated person. She is intending to enroll at Clarke University with a soccer scholarship.  She wants others to have as enjoyable an experience as she has had and wants to leave her legacy with this needed project.   
Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Hank Jungling Tells Tales of Climbing Mt. Everest

Hank Jungling of Aplington doesn’t shirk when he challenges himself to climb Everest. He made up his mind that no mountain is high enough!  

Hank and his daughter Vicky didn’t sweat the tall stuff for their trek! They climbed for 7 rainy days to the peak of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania along with 9 other hikers. After the climb, they took a wild safari tour ride to take photos afterwards.  Their actions "peak louder than words" and Hank is 74 years young!  What an amazing accomplishment!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Del Carpenter Sails into our Meeting to Tell His Tales.

Wednesday, September 22 - 2010 1st Place National Class Sports Champion Del Carpenter of Cedar Falls does have a retirement plan…windsurfing!  

Del took up his passion in 1984 and rode the winds ever since.  Del gave the Kiwanians a much folksy and beneficial life lessons on giving and serving during his presentation that he learned first hand over the years.  When asked why he took up this passion of windsurfing; Del said,” It looks cool and difficult and you're too old to be graceful!”

Sea everybody real soon!  

Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Ron Michaelson Shares his Passion for Rocks

Wednesday, September 8 - Geologist Ron Michaelson, who has a passion for rocks and minerals that span decades; shared several examples of rocks that he has collected throughout the state of Iowa. We did not know that such beauty resides in the soil besides corn! Ron searches for rocks and puts the most interesting specimens in a rock tumbler and gets a fine polish on them for presentation and other rock shows.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Executive Director, Monica Boyer, Updates Us on CF Schools Foundation

College tuition keeps increasing in such large amounts it should be named College three-ition!  

Monica Boyer, the Executive Director of the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation, talked about the classroom excellence grants given to deserving senior students so that they can defray education costs going to institutions of higher learning.  

The foundation also helps with funding things like the new swimming pool going into the new Cedar Falls High School which they contributed $92,000.  Our Kiwanis Club has a self-sustaining scholarship fund with Cedar Falls Schools that provides monies for the High School seniors.

Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Holly Johnson Shares the Story of Hawkeye Community Scholarship Fund


Wednesday, July 14 - High school student track stars looking for scholarships have many hurdles to overcome.  Our Kiwanis Club provide scholarships to deserving students by setting up an Endowment Scholarship with Holly Johnson, who is the Executive Director of the Hawkeye Community Scholarship Fund.  We started the fund in 2010 with monies generated from our famous Kettlecorn sales.  Because of our generous yearly investments, we now have a self-sustaining investment for scholarships to give away to assist Hawkeye student educational needs.

Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Wartburg College President, Dr. Darrel Colson, Shares his Dreams

Wednesday, June 23 - Wartburg President, Darrel Colson, explained a point of view about private colleges and the advantages they offer to students in financial aid to help eliminate college debt for the 1400 student body in school attendance.  Support for Wartburg comes from the Cares Acy, private donations, and from Iowa Taxpayers.  These sources are helping those who can’t pay all the bills to attend school.  Wartburg is connected with the American Rivers Conference in athletics, within which Wartburg College is a formidable force to reckon with in the sports arena and in the overall conference.  Wartburg college excels in life science, journalism, and our business communities.  We were privileged to have him join us and share their success.   Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Women "Try Pie" to Learn about Running a Business.

Wednesday, June 16Want to teach young entrepreneurs about business?  "Try Pie."  Area high school women joined the "Try Pie" business to learn the baking aspects because they "kneaded the dough."

According to Directors Megan Tensen and Sara Hellieso, 16 high school students come together to work 8-10 hours a week to make pies and then sell them in grocery stores, for weddings, and other venues where tasty pies are desired.  It helps prepare these hard-working ladies to enter the work field with much-needed job skills and responsibilities.  They make 200 – 300 pies a day which is quite an undertaking for their dedication and enthusiasm.  Written by Lynn Barnes.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

4th Street Cruise was a BLAST!!!!

The Cruise is BACK!!!!

We were pleased to enjoy popping Kettle Corn at the 2021 4th Street Cruise. It was good to get back to popping for the public and enjoy the camaraderie of working together to "fill those bags with love - and kettle corn."

Best part was that there were only 7 concession stands serving food along the 4th Street venue.  We couldn't keep up with the demand for our golden nuggets. At times, we had 30+ people lined up for kettle corn.  We even sold 15 bags to people driving by in the parade.

Believe it or not - we raised $2,263.  Not Bad!!

This is a wonderful event because all of our funds will go to youth programs and schools throughout the Cedar Valley.  Keep chomping that kettle corn!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tony Reid Shares Stories from Being a Principal

May 26, 2021 - What do you get when you cross an elementary school principal with a high school principal?  I wouldn’t do it.  Principals don’t like to be crossed!  

Tony Reid, retired elementary school principal, talked about his varied experiences with the many students, parents, and staff conflicts that he encountered during his tenure as principal.  Every day was a different experience.  

Tony was there to help make the students become good students and future citizens and therefore, make a greater nation for us by pushing strong education for all.  The best investment is in our children.  Tony was willing to work with teachers that were in need of assistance and guidance within the school district’s policy. 
Written by Lynn Barnes