Sunday, October 25, 2015

What’s New In 2-Wheeled Fun

Wednesday Oct. 21—Did you know that most Cedar Falls residents live within one mile of a bicycle trail?

According to Brent Johnson, the owner of BikeTech, a bicycle specialty store, that is one of the reasons why bicycling in one of its various types and styles is such a popular pastime. There are bikes designed for common recreational riding as well as models suited for mountain and off-trail riding and even for extreme sports.

One of the latest advances is electronic shifting, which replaces mechanical cables with a computer cable for smooth and precise shifting.

A state association is working to improve the image and importance of bicycling for recreation, fitness and basic transportation.

We appreciate the time Brent spent with us today and for his informative comments.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rough Riser Kiwanians Scan the Walls for QR

October 20, 2015 - What do you do when your walls are covered with secret codes like this?  You do what any other 21st century person would do . . . you pull out your smart phone (or tablet) and scan this QR code to see what it does.

(Scan this one and you will have a big surprise.)

Last Wednesday, we had Leigh Zeitz, associate professor of Instructional Technology at UNI, introduce us to QR codes.  The codes are codes that we can create and scan with our smart phones.

Zeitz instructed us in downloading the scanning app - I-Nigma onto our phones (or the iPads he brought.)  Once we downloaded the apps, we started to scan the black code boxes that were taped on the walls and placed on our tables.

It was fun.  These codes connected us with a lot of cool things including videos, websites, songs, text messages, photos - there was one that even sent a tweet on Twitter.  It was a fun opportunity.

What to see what Rough Risers look when they are let loose to have fun with technology?  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October is an AWESOME Month for Programs

Wednesday, October 7 Business Meeting    
Wednesday, October 14 - QR Codes: What are They and How Can I Use Them?
Leigh Zeitz, associate professor of Instructional Technology at UNI, will share QR Codes and what can be done with them. This will be an experience where you will pull our your smartphone and open a new world.

October 21 - The World of Biking: Present and Future
Brent Johnson, owner and leader of Bike Tech, will join us to share the world of biking.  He will describe the basics of biking in the present day and then take us on a tour of his insight into the future of biking.  It should be an exciting tour.

October 28 - The Hidden Story of Confederate Iowa
Sherman Lundy will be sharing  “the rest of the story” as Sherman tells tales of confederate raids on Iowa as well as stories about Iowans who fought in the confederate army during the United States Civil War.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Officers Selected for the 2015-2016 Kiwanis Year

Leading an active organization like our Kiwanis Rough Risers is not an easy task.  Therefore, it is necessary to keep the leadership fresh and alive.   We turn over our leadership on October 1 of each year when newly elected leaders assume their new roles.

Our leadership is divided into the Executive and Legislative Branches (sorry, no judicial in this system.)  The Executive members are those who lead the club: President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer.  The Legislative members are those who govern the club as the Board of Directors.  In order to keep an on-going critical mass of experienced directors in the group, the term length and expiration dates for directors will vary.  (You can see these in parentheses on the lists below.)

The Executive Branch that will "enter the ring" on October 1, will include:
  • Tony Reid - President
  • Alan Czarnetzki - Vice-President
  • Jim Larson - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Rod Hamer - Past President
Our Legislative Branch (Board of Directors) will include:
  • Sue Loy - 2016
  • Cindy Hahn - 2016
  • Bob Ericson - 2017
  • Leigh Zeitz - 2017
  • Gery Deaver - 2018
  • Tim Jones - 2018