Learn what the busiest service club in Cedar Valley is doing. The Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers is composed of 32 active members who pop kettlecorn, build shelters, pack food, and a myriad of other activities so that they can support the youth of the valley.
Here is a brief list of the members who will be greeting you in the upcoming weeks. Find your name and put it in your calendar. October 7 Dave L. October 14 Sue L. October 21 Doug N. October 28 Bob N. November 4 Tony R. November 11 Tom R. November 18 Jerry S. November 25 Greg S. December 2 Nick T. December 9 Gene T. December 16 Stan December 23 Jeff W. December 30 Liz W.
Wednesday Sept. 23—State Senator Jeff Danielsen talked to
our group today about the successes of the past legislative session and the
challenges that must be faced during the next one.
Bipartisan support led to an increase in the gas tax, so
more improvements and timely repairs can be made to Iowa’s road system. After
lagging behind the other state universities the past few years in funding, the
University of Northern Iowa came out well during this past legislative session.
A revamped IT system is projected to save the state $300
million each year.
Goals for the next session are to find ways to keep more young
teachers in the profession and to slow down the mushrooming cost of Medicaid.
The Cedar Falls Rough Risers will hold it’s annual Installation Banquet on Thursday October 1, 2015 at the Clarion Inn in Cedar Falls, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 2015-16 board will be installed by Katie
Orlando Lt. Governor Kiwanis International from Waterloo. The officers will be: Tony Reid-President; Alan Czarnetzki-Vice-President; Jim Larson- Secretary/Treasurer; Rod Hamer Past President. Board members to be installed are; Gery Deavers, Tim Jones, Bob Ericson, Leigh Zeitz, Sue Loy and Cindy Hahn.
The club will celebrate the year completed and look forward to the plans for the coming year. One
highlight will be naming this year’s Hixson Fellowship Award recipient given in the name of an outstanding member, which supports $1000 contribution to Kiwanis International’s Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus Program.
Kiwanis Mission- is the belief that the most effective way to enhance a community is to enhance its children. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things will happen. The Rough Risers purpose is to serve the Children of the Cedar Valley.
Wednesday Sept. 16—Walt Rogers who represents Cedar
Falls in the Iowa Legislature joined us today to share
his insights on the past legislative session and the one that will begin in
Forming the state budget is the biggest single task that the
legislature faces. The largest slice of the budget pie is education, which gets
about 56% of the budget so much discussion and debate centers on education.
Medicaid is a rapidly growing expense for the state and will
get a lot of attention in the next session, along with Governor Branstad’s plan
to privatize Medicaid administration.
We appreciated hearing Representative Roger’s comments that
went beyond what we hear in the news about the statehouse.
Wednesday Sept. 9—A prominent person in local history was
Jud Tunis, who built a racetrack
on the west edge of Waterloo
shortly after WWII.
Jim Volgarino, author of Dirt
Track Dreams, visited the Rough Risers to share the story of Tunis Speedway
as chronicled in his book. The track was originally built for horse racing, as Tunis
was an avid horse racing fan.
The track was soon converted to car racing and over the
decades, was a popular destination for drivers and fans alike. The last weekly
races were held in 1979.
The photos and stories about Tunis Speedway added an
interesting chapter to our awareness of local history and events, and we
appreciated Jim sharing it with us.