Sunday, November 15, 2009

2009/10 Board of Directors Installed

L to R: Gil Hewett (Sec/Treas), Jim Larson, Michael Davidson, David Loy, Dean Dryer, Susan Loy (Pres.), Jeff Wollum, Sandy Scholl (Pres. Elect) and Steve Harding.

Our 2009-10 Board of Directors were installed on October 14. It was a unique experience because they were installed by Governor Ron Petsch, the newly-elected governor for the Nebraska-Iowa district through video-conferencing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jane Harding Initiated into the Club

Today, Jane Harding was initiated into the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers. Jane has been active with the club for many years as she popped, bagged and sold kettle corn along with the Kiwanians (and her husband, Steve Harding). She has made presentations to the club before and "fits right in" with the rest of the gang.
Upon receiving her membership, Mrs. Harding noted "Now that my daughter can drive herself to school, I couldn't think of a better thing to do at 6:30 on Wednesday mornings."

This photo shows Prez Susan Loy initiating Jane into our club. Her sponsor (and husband) Steven Harding is on the right.

Monday, November 9, 2009

UNI Circle K Members Sell over $1,000 of Kettle Corn

It was cold. It was windy. The elements were rough but the UNI Circle K members continued to sell kettle corn in front of Walmart in Cedar Falls on Saturday, October 10. Their goal was to raise money to support the many activities that they do in the Cedar Valley community. They were successful.

Pictured here is the UNI Circle K president, Mary Wilson, receiving a check for $1,063 from the Kiwanis Rough Risers president, Susan Loy.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

October Programs - It's ALL about Vision

This is a month when our presenters will share their visions:

October 7 - Business Meeting

October 14 - Nebraska-Iowa Area Governor, Ron Petsch, will Skype into our meeting from Nebraska. He will install our officers and share his vision for the future his presentation, "Discover the Passion - Making Dreams Come True."

October 21 - Russ Wasendorf of PFGBest will share with us his vision for his company and the Cedar Valley. He has invited us out to his new headquarters by the Beaver Hills Country Club for his presentation. He will treat us to breakfast. ALERT - DO NOT GO TO THE HOLIDAY INN
Here is the map for getting from the Holiday Inn to the PFGBest headquarters. Their address is One Peregrine Road, Cedar Falls.

October 28 - Coach Mark Farley - Always an exciting presenter. Our UNI football coach will share his vision for his team this year. They are tough and looking good.
Video of Coach Farley describing the 2009 football team.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Erica Scullin: 2009 CF High School Scholarship Winner

Erica Scullin was named the CF High School scholarship winner for 2009.  A valedictorian of her graduating class, she is attending UNI with a medical degree in her future plans.  She is committed to the Cedar Valley and hopes
to contribute her skills and abilities to the area in the future.

Erica is pictured here with the vice-president, Susan Loy.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Updates

This has been a productive summer and September looks to be just as busy. Here is what is on the docket:

9/9 - Designer Genes Down Syndrome Group
9/16 - Betty Zeman, CFU - July storm cleanup and CF Trees Grant Program
9/23 - Doug Christensen - CV Soccer Association
9/30 - Pete Olsen, CFU - Energy incentives and wind turbines.

Kettle Corn Popping Dates:
9/20 - Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, set-up at 12:30p on the grounds
Next Month:
10/9 - Hansen Elementary School PTA
10/10 - Cedar Falls Wal-Mart for Circle K

Cedar Valley Youth Soccer storage building is complete!
Cedar Valley Youth Soccer weather shelter is in progress—still needs some siding, soffit, fascia, ceiling. Check with Marv about work dates, as he has jury duty.

Circle K:
First meeting 9/9 at 5:30. Leigh will attend first meeting.

Coming Up:
Incoming Club President Sue Loy and a work group are examining our committee structure and will recommend some changes. You may be asked to serve on a new committee.

New Member:
Welcome to our new member, Jane Harding.

Thank You:
Thank our departing Board members, Phil Hufferd and Travis Duncan, who just attended their last Board meeting, at least until they get elected again sometime!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rough Risers Experience Second Life

Our Kiwanis club made a new friend through the Web, Thynka Little (AKA  LuAnn Phillips.) Club member, Member  Leigh Zeitz, a University of Northern Iowa instructional technology professor, introduced Second Life to his fellow Rough Risers Kiwanis Club members. This was an opportunity for our club to enjoy a program that was technically broadcast from Vermont, but was set in the virtual world of Second Life.

Thynka Little took us on a tour of her island where she taught farmers about pesticide and various skills that they would want to learn in her extension courses that she taught through Second Life. She said that some of her farmer students were hesitent about learning in a virtual world at first but most of them found that it was a useful and instructional medium through which to work.

The best part was the thank you gift that we gave Thynka Little at the end. Traditionally, the Kiwanis Rough Risers gives their presenters a Rough Risers coffee mug or golf balls. This time, we gave our presenter a virtual Rough Risers coffee mug for her to use while drinking her virtual coffee on her virtual island. 😉

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Shelters Going Up at the Soccer Complex

The Kiwanians are at it again. Last Saturday, August 15, the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers and a team from Cedar Falls Kohl's began building a shelter for the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex. This is the 4th shelter that the club has built for the complex. Unlike the other wall-less weather shelters they built before, this walled shelter was created to house equipment and supplies.

The workers began at 8:00 AM and spent most of the day measuring, cutting, hammering and laughing. This project is the joining together of master craftsmen and those who are less experienced but willing to swing a hammer or carry a board.

This shelter is one of 9 shelters that the club has committed to completing. They built 2 shelters last summer and still have another weather shelter to build this summer. The two shelters that were built this year were funded through two grants: one from John Deere and another through the Blackhawk Gaming Commission.

Enjoy more photos at Michael Davidson's photo site.

Pounding away.
Our craftsman leader, Marv Heller
The shelter after one day of work. The workers continued to build throughout the following week.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Activities for July 2009

July will be filled with interesting programs:
  • July 7—Larry Busch, Human Rights Commission
  • July 15—Dick Hensley, Radon
  • July 22—Dr Schofield, Chiropractic Care
  • July 29—Tyler and Paul Greene, unique Eagle Scout project
We will sell Kettle Corn on:
  • July 4 - Waterloo Fireworks - 4th St, Waterloo
  • July 17-18 College Hill Arts Festival, UNI

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Launches Blog

In our on-going effort to stay current and keep the group/public informed, the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club has launched a blog. We intend to use this blog to:
  • keep you informed of the latest in upcoming events and activities,
  • share when and where we will be selling kettle corn,
  • feature our speakers and their organizations and
  • provide general information that will be useful to our membership.