Friday, December 14, 2018

Day of Giving at Scheels

December 14, 2018 - We have some generous sponsors throughout the Cedar Valley and Scheels is one of them.  They have been donating $1,000 to our Kiwanis Rough Risers club for the past 10 years.  It is always good to have reliable supporters like them.

Last Tuesday, Scheels invited Dean Dryer and myself (Leigh) to their store at 8:30.  I  couldn't make it because I had University conflicts

so Dean braved it alone.  The front section of the store was packed and attendees were provided with coffee, tea, donuts, and other refreshments.  Everybody stood and shook hands with others of the selected few. 

Scheels employees share stories about the many organizations they sponsored.  All in all, Scheels donated $146,362 to organizations in the Cedar Valley.  We are grateful that we were included in that select group.

Thank you, Scheels.  Thank you, Dean.

Written by Leigh Zeitz

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mia Reisetter Manages Things at the Table 1912 Restaurant

Wednesday, December 12 - In Cedar Falls, there are numerous eating establishments that you can eat dirt cheap—but who wants to eat dirt when you can go a short distance and have a fine dining experience?  

At the Western Home, the new manager is Cedar Falls' very own, Mia Reisetter (daughter of our fellow Kiwanian, Tom Reisetter) who has impressive credentials including the distinction of a master wine connoisseur of world wines and gourmet foods.  She has worked for some of the finest restaurants in New York City and San Francisco and also with internationally acclaimed culinary chefs.  

The Western Home has included event space for conventions and local organizations meeting spots in the new buildings.  Mia shared her impressive resume with our Kiwanis Club, and she was up for the challenge to start-up new Western Home restaurants including “Table 1912” that with dazzle your taste buds with savory offerings and mild budget impact!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Rough Risers Hold a Wrap Party

Rough Risers Ready for Christmas!!
Wednesday, December 5 - At the Wrap Party, the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Riser Club had members looking for large ribbon and bows to cover up bad wrapping jobs. We were wrapping presents we had purchased to make Christmas a special time for two special families. 

Every year, the Rough Risers adopt a couple of families through the Salvation Army.  We are given Santa lists from the family members so we know what to get. Everyone pitches into a fund and some of our Kiwanis elves go out to purchase gifts. Now it was our turn to wrap the presents to make Christmas merry.  

A good time was had by all!!!!   Look at those smiles as we try to figure out where to cut and where to tape.     Written by Leigh Zeitz and Lynn Barnes

Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year!






Monday, December 3, 2018

Breakfast at Figaro Figaro

Wednesday, November 28 - It was so hard to say “Pasta la Vista!!!”  because we ran out of thyme! We moved our Kiwanis Club meeting place this once to the superb new Main Street restaurant called Figaro Figaro and we didn’t have to spend a pretty penne to do this.   

What a great time we all enjoyed there.  A great meal and baritone songs while being serenaded by the infamous Saturday Night Live alumni Gary Kroeger and his management and staff.  Gary gave us the history on how he came back home to Cedar Falls to settle in and how he got his idea of his eatery.  

Our gracious hosts put out the red carpet to show us a grand time and food and we will take with us fond memories of our experience at Figaro Figaro!   Written by Lynn Barnes

Thank you, Gary, Brad, Joseph, and the team.