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

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

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Rough Risers have a BUSY summer ahead

 It has been a tough year since last March, but our Kiwanis Rough Risers have remained active.  

This coming summer, we will be super careful but we are trying to develop strategies for sharing our kettlecorn while staying safe for the public and our club members.  

Planned Service Projects:

  • We will finish the YMCA shelter we built - cement is scheduled to pour in April.
  • We plan to help the Y by refurbishing the outside of one of their storage sheds.

School Poppings - we will pop kettlecorn in someone's yard and then give 100 bags to each school to use in their socially-distanced gatherings or how else they can use them to raise funds.  We will be FULLY MASKED while we pop.
  • May 7 - Popping for 2 schools
  • May 22 - Annual Popper Cleaning

Event Popping - Public events will be different this year.  Some of them have decided to go ahead with their events while others have yet to make a decision or will wait until next year.  We will be FULLY MASKED and careful at these events.
  • May 29 - 4th Street Cruise
  • June 5 - WalMart Popping
  • June 25 - 27 - Sturgis Falls
Store Popping - We are quite successful in popping in front of Walmart and other stores.  We will be FULLY MASKED and careful at these poppings.
  • June 5 - Walmart
  • TBD - FareWay on Greenhill
We hope to see you soon!!!!

Stay safe and stay masked!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

April Programs will be Informative and Inspirational

  Wednesday, April 7 - Business Meeting

Our club members get together to discuss what's happening now and make plans for the future.  We talk about projects, kettle corn, finances, marketing, and a plethora of potential possibilities  
Wednesday, April 14 - Steve Bernard, General Manager, Cedar Falls Utilities.
Steve will discuss the major freeze event of mid-February that caused natural gas supply shortages and extremely high natural gas prices. As a result, CFU customers will see higher utility bills beginning in April.

April 21 -
 Dr. Mark Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa. 
President Nook will give us an update on the University of Northern Iowa with an emphasis on COVID-19 and the current legislative session. 

Wednesday, April 28 - Eric Hall, Science Consultant, Iowa Department of Education.  
(To be announced)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Matthew Tolan Informs Us about Planning Roads in CF

Our Kiwanis club had a "very polite conversation" with Civil Engineer, Matt Tolan of the Cedar Falls Public Works Department.  Matt had the inside track of the large project taking place on West First Street in Cedar Falls.  They are updating and upgrading the entire roadway to create safer access to the city and to the downtown area.  Many aspects have to be considered in a project of this magnitude for current and future needs.  This construction is not finished yet, so more is still yet to come.  Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

JJ Lillibridge Shares Adventures with CF Park and Recreation Programs

J. J. Lillibridge, Recreation & Community Program Manager of the Cedar Falls Park and Recreation Division, hit it out of the park with his talk about the fun that is afforded to residents in the city.  

His team has put together an awesome lineup of activities from aquatics to athletics just to name a few.  Fitness activities along with personal training programs are there to help combat kid obesity and to improve quality of life.  The director is in charge of the removal of diseased ash trees and golf courses as well.  Written by Lynn Barnes.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

UNI Volleyball Coach Bobbi Peterson Spikes it Again!!

Wednesday, February 24 - There are no Cinderellas connected with the UNI Women’s Volleyball Team; because they have the legendary Head Coach Bobbi Peterson. She is not a pumpkin and the players don’t run away from the ball! 

The Coach is the Missouri Valley Conference's winningest volleyball coach ever. Her secret is that she treats her athletes like family to develop their skills both on the court and in the classrooms. Her players have a combined GPA of 3.67 which is a huge accomplishment in its own right. 

It has been a tough COVID-19 year and a building year for the team. We look for a strong team record in the future!  Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Architect Brian Sanderman Shares the Plans and Visions for Our New Cedar Falls High School

Fellow Kiwanian Brian Sanderman of Invision Architecture shared the vision for the new Cedar Falls High School being developed this Spring just west of the UNI-Dome. Brian and Superintendent Brian Pattee shared insights about the overall aspects, strategy, implementation, safety, learning, and the future plans for the old school. It was amazing to learn about the complex process of designing such a school. The experience and vision of Brian and his team helped alleviate the anxiety and fears on the planning and construction phase.  We look forward to an innovative learning environment to soon emerge on 27th St in Cedar Falls.

The home of the Tigers will last generations of Cedar Falls students and it will be a school of which we will all be proud!   Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

 Wednesday, February 3 - Business Meeting

Our club members get together to discuss what's happening now and make plans for the future.  We talk about projects, kettle corn, finances, marketing, and a plethora of potential possibilities  

February 10 - Let's Talk with Mayor Rob - Mayor Rob Green, Cedar Falls.

Mayor Green is a former US Coast Guard officer and has lived in Cedar Falls since 2004. He was President of the Overman Park Neighborhood Association for several years, then was elected to the City Council in 2017. He has served as Mayor since January 2020. He holds a degree in government/public policy from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and an M.A. in Instructional Technology from UNI. He will discuss current issues facing Cedar Falls.

February 17 -
 What's Ahead with the New Cedar Falls High School? Brian Sanderman, Lead Architect, Invision Architecture. 
The Cedar Falls School Board recently accepted bids for the new school, which fortunately came in well under expectations. The Board has also chosen to add a swimming pool to replace the aging pools at Holmes and Peet Junior Highs, to be financed with funds from the city, the school district, and private fundraising. Sanderman, who is also a member of the Waterloo Kiwanis Club, will tell us about the forward-looking features of the new school, including adjustments made after experiencing a pandemic.

Wednesday, February 24 - What's Up with UNI Women's Volleyball?  Bobbi Peterson, Head Coach, UNI Women's Volleyball. Coach Petersen is the coach of the UNI
volleyball team but she was one of the best to ever play at UNI and her name is still among the leaders in several statistical categories. She is in her 21st year as our head coach, and on February 7th became the all-time winningest coach in the Missouri Valley Conference, with her 510th career win.  Volleyball is normally a fall sport but because of the pandemic, it was moved to spring. That move also cost the team several seniors who graduated early, so Coach Petersen this spring has been bringing along an extremely young team. She will tell the Rough Risers about the challenges and potential of this team.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

We are Grateful that Pastor Christine Kaplunas Shared with Us

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - Pastor Christine Kaplunas of the Unity Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Iowa, gave a Thanksgiving message to our fellow Kiwanis Club. She has a God-given talented gift for the musical arts and uses it to support children. She gives free lessons to disadvantaged kids called “No Strings Attached” where she teaches violin and other stringed instruments. She wants to spread this special calling to children, so that she can show her gratitude for what God can provide  through her music teaching. God will provide benefits to all that love him.  Written by Lynn Barnes

What did the Kiwanis Rough Risers Do During the 2020 Pandemic?

What does a service club do in a pandemic time when their primary source of funding comes from selling delicious kettle corn at public events? 

The Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club actively supports youth and community programs in the Cedar Valley through donations and service.  Local commercial sponsors have also provided a significant portion of the funds we donate to our community.  But this year's events have required rethinking our strategies for supporting our community. 

Donating Support: This year has been an eventful year. As people’s needs changed, we decided that it was necessary to revamp our budget to give more money to areas of need. We dedicated our club donations to:
  • Food Bank of Northeast Iowa
  • Salvation Army
  • Several childcare centers
Our club donated to the Cedar Falls Community Schools to purchase books and materials to help teachers meet the extra social and emotional needs of students under stress from Covid-19. 

We opened our own wallets and gave $1,400 in HyVee food cards to the tireless workers in the People’s Clinic for the amazing work they have done fighting Covid-19. 

Working with the Salvation Army, we raised and donated $1,400, plus needed household goods, to support a family that had lost everything.

Service Support: We built an outdoor shelter for the YMCA to provide activity space for kids with healthy fresh air.  This 20' x 20' shelter will be used to protect the many boys and girls who attend the YMCA during the summer.

We repaired a shelter for the Cedar Falls Recreation Department. Repairing this Pfeiffer Park structure is part of our Rough Risers' ongoing program to better the Cedar Valley

Though we were unable to pop much Kettle Corn, we still worked to help our community. When it is safe again, we hope to resume popping. In the meantime, we have a greater appreciation of the help we get from our sponsors, which enables us to Serve the Children of the Cedar Valley!

Thank You!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Josh Sorenson Shares the Status of COVID Vaccines and How Health Insurance Affects Availability.

December 9, 2020
- Many people have the fear that one day they will be stuck on an elevator between floors with an insurance salesman trying to make them commit to buying needless insurance. Oh No! They should rest assured that Josh Sorenson of United Healthcare Insurance in Cedar Falls and his 8 other agents are not ones to be stereotyped as pushy as one would assume.

Mr. Sorenson informed the club of the latest COVID vaccinations and how they will probably be administrated and distributed. He had a personal connection with the pandemic since his grandmother had passed away from the disease. He described how his company offers a plethora of different kinds of policies to the public.
Written by Lynn Barnes

Monday, December 7, 2020

There's a Difference between Joining and Belonging . . . See How this Applies to Our Club

The IS a big difference between Joining and Belonging to our Rough Risers club.

Was just reviewing a presentation by Brad Boyd of Kiwanis International and found this page.  It is meaningful.

Belonging is an emotional experience and it is up to us to provide that emotional recognition and support that can help someone feel a sense of belonging - to our club, our school, our church, our neighborhood, or ?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Elisa Heying explains how Allen Child Protection Center Saves Kids

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
- Elisa Heying, a nurse practitioner of the Allen Child Protection Center, helps abused children overcome being exploited. She assists with forensic interviews and services to support the mental health and the well-being of area children. She is also a child advocate and collects evidence for the authorities,  Elisa supports children in Northeastern Iowa including the Mason City area. When asked how she copes with job stresses she encounters every day, she said that vigorous workouts at the gym and her new comfort puppy give her needed stress relief.  Written by Lynn Barnes

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Chef Wes Zeitz Tells Us What it takes to Run a Restaurant.

What does it take to open and run a restaurant in Indianola, Iowa?  What'smore, how do you confront opening a business 2 weeks before the COVID shut down? Chef Wes Zeitz shared his many adventures at Z's Eatery and Draught.

Chef Z began by sharing his background and what motivated him to get into the restaurant business. He told us about their presence on social media on Facebook and showed one of his videos of his cook trying to eat their Monster burger which was as big as his head. 

Then he educated us about what it takes to run a restaurant.  He said that he was working 80 hours a week but as he has developed his team, he has been able to cut that down to only 55 hours.  The margins in a restaurant are very small and the key is planning. Labor and Food are his greatest expenditure and he works hard to support his employees and "buy the best food he can afford."  It's an on-going educational process. He is proud of their policy to cook fresh - "everything is made by hand from scratch."  Z's Eatery has a delicious menu for us to enjoy.

An exciting part was when he took us on a tour of Z's Eatery and Draught. The restaurant was filled with beautiful wooden handmade tables and the walls were covered by reclaimed wood slats from a barn in South Warren county.  He explained the policies they were using to provide the necessary social distancing to seat their patrons safely.

It was an informative visit and we are looking forward to the time when we can drive down to Indianola to enjoy their savory food.   Written by Leigh Zeitz

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Zoom into October's Amazing Roughrisers' Programs

Wednesday, October 7 - Business Meeting
Our club members get together to discuss what's happening now and make plans for the future.  We talk about projects, kettlecorn, finances, marketing and a plethora of potential possibilities  

October 14 - Enter the Kitchen of Z's Eatery in Indianola - Wesley Zeitz, Chef and Owner of Z's Eatery and Draught Haus

Chef Wesley Zeitz has invited us into Z's Eatery and Draught Haus in Indianola. He will share culinary tales from Burgers to Ribeyes and Pesto Alfredo to Planked Mahi Mahi. Beyond this, he will share tales of what it takes to open and operate a restaurant in midst of a pandemic. 

Wednesday, October 21 - Racism in our Own Backyard. Dr. Allen Hays, Iowa Action Justice Network
Dr. Hays will address racial inequality in policing, prosecution, and imprisonment in Iowa. In Iowa's prisons, 23% of the inmates are African American while only 4% of Iowa's population is black. This program will explore the reasons for this disparity and include interviews with leaders in the black community.

Wednesday, October 28 - Novel Ideas for Kiwanians to Serve the Community during a Pandemic.
Brad Boyd, Central USA Area Director, Global Operations for Kiwanis International.
Brad Boyd will join us from Indianapolis to tell us about how Kiwanis clubs are serving their communities around the world and share some ideas for projects in which we can engage to serve the Cedar Valley Community.