Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 10/27/10

We had a great turnout for today's meeting.

Congratulations to the Loys on their anniversary - the 21st, birthday greetings to Neal (31st) and Gene (today).

Our final popping will be this Saturday at WalMart.  We will be doing this in support of Circle K.  Stop by if you can - hopefully the wind will have died down by then or it could get very interesting.

Jerry reported that $ 250 was collected for supplies for his son and fellow troops.   Jerry indicated that Fareway gave us a 25% discount.  There will be a delay in sending the boxes as his son will be moving to as yet an unknown base.

Dean and Jerry passed out the Kettle Corn sponsor booklets.  Our goal is to obtain $ 2,000 more this year than last.

We received an email from Veridian Credit Union regarding a free seminar on the 16th of November starting at 5:30. The location is the CF Holiday Inn.  They will be providing information on retirement planning.  A dinner will be served starting at 6:30.  Call 236-6792 to make reservations.

We had an interesting program featuring Sheryl McGovern Director of the CF/W'loo Libraries.

Next week will be our business meeting.  There should be a lot to discuss and plan for as we move forward in the new year.

The greeter is Marv Heller.

See you on the 3rd and have your best week ever.


REMINDER - Board meeting 6:30 on the 2nd at J's.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kiwanis Rough Risers Make BIG Donations in 2009-2010

Now that we have come to the end of our 2009-2010 year, we have a chance to review the changes we have brought to the community.  This will be done in a couple of postings.  This posting describes how we have contributed almost $15,000 to programs in the Cedar Valley.

0-6 Years Old
  • Family and Children's Council
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • Grin & Grow Day Care
7-12 Years Old
  • Hartman Reserve Nature Center
  • NE IA Foodbank
  • Harbaugh-Williams Promise Foundation
  • Kids Lure Prevention - Price Lab School
  • Quakerdale Camp
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Cedar Falls Elementary School PTA Kettlecorn Events
13-18 Years Old
  • Character Counts
  • Young Leaders in Action
  • Junior Achievement
  • Circle K
  • Dollars for Scholars
  • Cedar Falls High School Foundation (Scholarship)
  • Hawkeye Community College Foundation (Scholarship)

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 10/20/10

Thanks to Steve for chairing the meeting.

A sign up sheet was passed around for the Kettle Corn popping at WalMart on the 30th.  There are plenty of opportunities available.

The PR Committee is working on updating the directory.

An interesting program was presented by Ron Gaines  CF Director of Development. He discussed the University Avenue project.

Next weeks program will feature Sheryl MCGovern Director of the library.

Our greeter will be Roger Hazen.

See you Wednesday and have your best week.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mama Lumka Provides Support for AIDS-Affected Children in South Africa - Rough Risers Want to Help!

Twenty percent of women in South Africa are HIV+ in 2004, over 1.1 million orphans were in need of care due to AIDS and HIV+ affected  parents. An additional 250,000 children are orphaned annually. The children are homeless and who is there to take care of these children? Mama Lumka.

On October 13, Mayor Crews and his wife, Ronelle, introduced the Rough Risers to the Mama Lumka's work in South Africa. They have traveled to South Africa twice to learn about and support Mama Lumka's work in caring for children orphaned by AIDS-affected parent.  Mama Lumka's Nceduluntu project is dedicated to building homes for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.

Mama Lumka's mission for supporting children is "to provide integrated, loving community-based residential and day care for HIV+ children and AIS orphans as well as for other abandoned, abused, neglected and/or disabled children from the Nomzamo and Lwandle communities. To re-create a healthy and wholesome sense of family and community standards, ensuring that the children can have a normal childhood and can maximise their potential of becoming secure, stable and economically active individuals. To empower people involved with the Centre, as well as unemployed community members, to become as self-sufficient as possible."

The Rough Risers have decided to adopt Nceduluntu as an international project.  We will donate funds throughout the year to support housing and caring for these children.

YouTube Videos. Below are 2 x 10 minute segments from SABC3 tv documentary - titled
"The Power Within - The Story of Mama Lumka and Ikayalethemba Village", aired on 11 May 2008.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Meeting Minutes from Prez Jim - 10/13/10

What a great meeting!

Plenty of business handled, we had guests from the CF evening club, Mayor Jon Crews and his lovely wife Ronelle were in attendance and we have the opportunity to take on a couple of new projects.

Steve reported the popping for Hansen open house generated $ 550+.

We are contributing dollars to purchase items for Matt Slykuis and his comrades serving in Afghanistan.  So far $ 240 has been collected.  Thanks to Dean for coming up with the idea and coordinating.

Dave presented hard copies of the 2010/2011 budget.

Greg reported that Circle K has approximately 12 active members.  They are ready and willing to be at Wal Mart on the 30th for our final Kettle Corn popping of the year.

We received notification from Cindy that her husband Roger had bypass surgery on the 7th. He is now home and in recovery.  Please keep him and Cindy in your prayers.

Mayor Crews and his wife, Ronelle, made a presentation for the "Mama Lumka" project.  This project is aimed at building homes for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.

The Rough Risers and the evening club are considering providing funds for this project.

Next weeks program will feature Ron Gaines Director of CF Development.  He will be discussing the University Avenue project.

Our greeter is Jane Harding.

I will be out of town next week.  Thanks in advance to Steve for chairing the meeting.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Leaders Installed for 2010-2011 year

We now have a new crop of leaders for the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers.

After a highly productive year, Sue Loy passed the presidency to Jim Larson.  Along with Jim, Steve Harding took the stage to assume his #2 position as vice president. . . . And yes, Gil Hewitt will continue the position where he has thrived for many years as Secretary/Treasurer of the club. Sue will remain on the board as Past President.

Along with the new executive branch, we have a new board of directors - some new and some returning.  These directors include Lynn Barnes, Dean Dreyer, Jane Harding, Cindy Hahn, Tim Jones and David Loy. This band of members are given the honor to attend ANOTHER 6:30 AM meeting on the first Tuesday of every month to provide guidance and vision for our club.

We look forward to another successful and exciting year.

Photo: Dale Waack