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Higher Power Quartet to Hold Benefit Concert for Hope4Healing

(Gladbrook, Iowa) Hope4Healing announced today that Higher Power Quartet from Des Moines, Iowa will be performing a benefit concert for Hope4Healing on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The event will be hosted by New Hope Christian Church, 3901 S Center Street, Marshalltown. The doors will open for refreshment at 6:30. The concert is free and a free-will offering will be taken during the event. Tickets can be obtained on the day of the concert, but advanced registration is highly recommended. For more details, to reserve your spot, or to make a donation, click below:

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Heritage Care Center Hosts 5K Fundraiser for Community Youth Center

(Iowa Falls, Iowa) The Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls, Iowa will be hosting a 5K fun run/walk on Saturday, September 15. This event is designed to raise awareness and funds for the newly organized “Salt & Light” community center, ” …a youth center designed for Iowa Falls kids to play and learn in a nurturing environment.” The cost is $25 to participate and all proceeds will benefit Salt & Light. Pre-registration is encouraged but registration is available on the day of the event.

Josiah White’s Quakerdale Foundation is one of the event sponsors and is handling the online fundraising and registration process. This is yet another great example of the expanded opportunities we now have to serve great causes in our communities as a foundation.

If you are looking for a great family event to attend this fall, sign up to participate in the MAKE YOUR MARK 5K Neon Fun Run/Walk or simply venture on over to their parking lot and enjoy all the family activities. Here is a sample:

Heritage Care Center would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event a possibility:

Green Belt Bank & Trust,
The Quakerdale Foundation,
Mid Iowa Appraisers,
The Dirt Dealer,
Jennings Real Estate,
Iowa Falls State Bank,
The Coffee Attic and Book Cellar,
Advantage Pro Inc.,
Open Door,
The Popcorn Stand,
Zoops For Fun,
Weidemann Construction,
Scott Danger

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2018 Ruthven/Lost Island GPOETL

On Saturday morning, August 18, 2018 and Monday evening, August 20, 2018 the communities of Ruthen and Lost Island came together and conducted two GPOETL Cafés at the Social Center in downtown Ruthen. The goal of these conversations was two-fold:

  • Tapping into the wealth of knowledge within the community, and
  • Recruiting community members with a desire to take the next step in making Ruthven & Lost Island the Greatest Place On Earth To Live

Each conversation was broken up into two parts:

CELEBRATE – to identify areas of community that could be celebrated; things that would draw new people into the community and encourage current residents to remain.

ROADBLOCKS – to identify areas of community that stand in the way of a community reaching its full potential; things that would dissuade new people from moving into the community and encourage current residents to leave.

The Quakerdale Foundation facilitated these events using the World Café model (The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter). The following is the result of those conversations:


SATURDAY, August 18


CELEBRATE

Identify things that you believe would …

draw new people into the community, or
encourage current residents to remain.


INDIVIDUAL THOUGHTS

(Each participant spent five minutes brainstorming on their own, writing their thoughts on half-sheet post-it-notes. They were then asked to identify the top five most important to them personally , write that number next to the idea, and circle it. Finally, they were told to place an asterisk next to any of the items they had experienced. The orange pictures below are a copy of their work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

Table Summaries

(Next a table facilitator was identified. They asked each member to submit one of their top five thoughts and give a brief explanation of why this item was important to them. The facilitator recorded their submission, asked the other members if they too had written anything similar, and then wrote the result next to the submission and circled it. Members were finally asked how many had experienced the item first-hand and that total was also written next to the submission.

This process continued until each member had a thought or idea recorded. The pink pictures below are a copy of the table facilitator’s work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

Top Results

(The group was brought back together and each table facilitator was asked to give their top point getter from their table. One point was given for each person who had written a submitted idea on their individual list and an additional point was awarded for each person who had experienced the submission.

So in the first example above “Businesses” received a total of 6 points (3 people had written the thought on their paper and 3 had experienced this first-hand), “Community Involvement” 8 points (4 and 4), “Healthy Environment” also received 8 points (4 and 4), and “Opportunity for special guests” received 2 points (2 and 0). This table submitted “Community Involvement” as their top point getter. The other table was then asked how many had written something similar on their papers and how many had also experienced the submission first-hand. Their response of 4 and 3 was added to the 4 and 4 of the initial table for a total of 8 and 7. This is what was recorded of the group chart below.

The same process was asked twice of the second table and then again of the first table. The final tabulation is what you see below.)


ROADBLOCKS

Identify things that would …

dissuade new people from moving into the community, or
encourage current residents to leave.


INDIVIDUAL THOUGHTS

(Each participant spent five minutes brainstorming on their own, writing their thoughts on half-sheet post-it-notes. They were then asked to identify the top five most important to them personally , write that number next to the idea, and circle it. Finally, they were told to place an asterisk next to any of the items they had experienced. The yellow pictures below are a copy of their work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

Table Summaries

(Next a table facilitator was identified. They asked each member to submit one of their top five thoughts and give a brief explanation of why this item was important to them. The facilitator recorded their submission, asked the other members if they too had written anything similar, and then wrote the result next to the submission and circled it. Members were finally asked how many had experienced the item first-hand and that total was also written next to the submission.

This process continued until each member had a thought or idea recorded. The pink pictures below are a copy of the table facilitator’s work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

Top Results

(The group was brought back together and each table facilitator was asked to give their top point getter from their table. One point was given for each person who had written a submitted idea on their individual list and an additional point was awarded for each person who had experienced the submission.

So in the second example above “Drugs” received a total of 2 points (1 person had written the thought on their paper and 1 had experienced this first-hand), “Economy” 6 points (3 and 3), “Lack of Caring” received 8 points (4 and 4), and “Lack of Interaction ” received 3 points (2 and 1). This table submitted “Lack of Caring” as their top point getter. The other table was then asked how many had written something similar on their papers and how many had also experienced the submission first-hand. Their response of 5 and 1 was added to the 4 and 4 of the initial table for a total of 9 and 5. This is what was recorded of the group chart below.

The same process was asked twice of the second table and then again of the first table. The final tabulation is what you see below.)

Next Steps – Community Knowledge

(When asked what topic they wanted to spend time discussing from “Celebrate” or “RoadBlocks”, the group picked “Property Infrastructure”. They were asked to brainstorm on ways of addressing the issue and to once again writing their thoughts on half-sheet post-it-notes. The green pictures below are a copy of their work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

The conversation that ensued showed both the passion and knowledge participants had for the issue. Community leadership was challenged to continue this conversation with the goal of identifying a next step the group could take in eliminating or minimizing the roadblock.

Next Steps – Recruitment

At the conclusion of our time together participants were given the opportunity to complete a contact card to express their willingness to become an active member of a next steps team.

7 of the 9 participants volunteered!


MONDAY, August 18


CELEBRATE

Identify things that you believe would …

draw new people into the community, or
encourage current residents to remain.


INDIVIDUAL THOUGHTS

(Each participant spent five minutes brainstorming on their own, writing their thoughts on half-sheet post-it-notes. They were then asked to identify the top five most important to them personally , write that number next to the idea, and circle it. Finally, they were told to place an asterisk next to any of the items they had experienced. The orange pictures below are a copy of their work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

Table Summaries

(Next a table facilitator was identified. They asked each member to submit one of their top five thoughts and give a brief explanation of why this item was important to them. The facilitator recorded their submission, asked the other members if they too had written anything similar, and then wrote the result next to the submission and circled it. Members were finally asked how many had experienced the item first-hand and that total was also written next to the submission.

This process continued until each member had a thought or idea recorded. The pink pictures below are a copy of the table facilitator’s work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

Top Results

(The group was brought back together and each table facilitator was asked to give their top point getter from their table. One point was given for each person who had written a submitted idea on their individual list and an additional point was awarded for each person who had experienced the submission.

In the first example above “Welcome to our community” received a total of 2 points (2 person had written the thought on their paper and 0 had experienced this first-hand), “Fire & Rescue” received 3 points (2 and 1), “Job Opportunities” received 8 points (6 and 2), “Low Crime” received 5 points (4 and 1), and “Environment” received 10 points (7/3). This table submitted “Environment” as their top point getter. The other table was then asked how many had written something similar on their papers and how many had also experienced the submission first-hand. This response did NOT appear with anyone at the other table so the total points stayed at 7 and 3. This is what was recorded of the group chart below.

The same process was asked twice of the second table and then again of the first table. The final tabulation is what you see below.)


ROADBLOCKS

Identify things that would …

dissuade new people from moving into the community, or
encourage current residents to leave.


INDIVIDUAL THOUGHTS

(Each participant spent five minutes brainstorming on their own, writing their thoughts on half-sheet post-it-notes. They were then asked to identify the top five most important to them personally , write that number next to the idea, and circle it. Finally, they were told to place an asterisk next to any of the items they had experienced. The yellow pictures below are a copy of their work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)








Table Summaries

(Next a table facilitator was identified. They asked each member to submit one of their top five thoughts and give a brief explanation of why this item was important to them. The facilitator recorded their submission, asked the other members if they too had written anything similar, and then wrote the result next to the submission and circled it. Members were finally asked how many had experienced the item first-hand and that total was also written next to the submission.

This process continued until each member had a thought or idea recorded. The pink pictures below are a copy of the table facilitator’s work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

Top Results

(The group was brought back together and each table facilitator was asked to give their top point getter from their table. One point was given for each person who had written a submitted idea on their individual list and an additional point was awarded for each person who had experienced the submission.

Sin the third example above “People not willing to serve” received a total of 5 points (3 person had written the thought on their paper and 2 had experienced this first-hand), “Job Opportunities” received 3 points (2 and 1), “Low income families” received 3 points (2 and 1), and “People critical” received 4 points (3 and 2). This table submitted “People not willing to serve” as their top point getter. The other tables were then asked how many had written something similar on their papers and how many had also experienced the submission first-hand. Their response of 1 and 1, and 4 and 4, were added to the 3 and 2 of the initial table for a total of 8 and 7. This is what was recorded on the group chart below.

The same process was asked twice of the second and third tables and then again of the first table. The final tabulation is what you see below.)

Next Steps – Community Knowledge

(When asked what area they wanted to spend time discussing from “Celebrate” or “RoadBlocks”, the group picked “RoadBlocks”. Since “Job Opportunities” had the most points (10/9 for 19), it was selected as the topic of conversation. They were asked to brainstorm on ways of addressing the issue and to once again writing their thoughts on half-sheet post-it-notes. The green pictures below are a copy of their work. Click on any image to see a larger view.)

We came back together and with the remaining time we had an open discussion. Individuals were asked to submit one of their ideas they had written on their post-it-notes. The first person to brave the spotlight prefaced her comment with “I know this is going to sound off the wall, but I think we should ask a Big Box retailer like Target to open a store here in Ruthven.”. Not only was her idea well received, the group rallied behind her idea and many gave suggestions on how to “pull this off” or commented on the positive impact it would have if this happened.

The chart below show the other suggestions that were offered before we ran out of time.

Next Steps – Recruitment

At the conclusion of our time together participants were given the opportunity to complete a contact card to express their willingness to become an active member of a next steps team.

8 of the 10 participants volunteered!

That brought the two-day total to …
15 of 19, or

79%

Did it work? You tell me. When was the last time you had an open forum, discussed issues the participants wanted to talk about, and then had 79% of the attendees volunteer to be a part of the solutions team that would form following the meeting? … and only 2 were actively involved previously in leadership!

To learn more contact: Development@Quakerdale.org
or call (641) 497-5294, ext-1727

A big “THANK YOU” to Ruthven/Lost Island for allowing us to be a part of something so inspiring. We cannot wait to see what happens as a result of this Café!

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2018 Lennox/Quakerdale Pro-Am Raises $100,000 for Iowa Youth and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2018

Contact:

Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
Quakerdale
(641) 497-5294 x1272
DLSmith@Quakerdale.org

31st Annual Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises $100,000 for Iowa Youth and Families

Pictured left to right are Lee Eft, Rob Talbot, Miguel Gutierrez, and Lance Horbach

(Marshalltown, IA) – Quakerdale announced today that the 2018 Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament raised $100,000 to support their work with Iowa’s youth and families. This year’s event marked the 31st year that Lennox Industries Inc. and Lennox International Inc. have partnered with Elmwood Country Club to help raise funding for Quakerdale’s youth and family services.

First held in 1988, the Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament has raised more than $1,973,000 in it’s 31 year history.

Celebrity Pro, Todd Hamilton

116 amateurs, including Lennox executives, dealers, suppliers from all around the US and Canada, joined 29 Iowa PGA Professionals, celebrities Paul Krause, Chuck Long, Bobby Hansen, Tom Davis, Gary Dolphin, Nate Kaeding, Andy Garman, and Celebrity Professional Todd Hamilton from the Champions Tour to play 18-holes of golf at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown. The day concluded with an awards and dinner banquet where Quakerdale was presented with a check for $100,000. Guest speaker Marty Mitchell, Funeral Director for Mitchell Family Funeral Home, spoke of the impact Quakerdale Family Services had on his life and the life of his son. He thanked those attending for providing the funding necessary to keep this ministry going.

TEAM WINNERS (Par 70)

Tied for 8th place with a team score of 63 were:

Josh Hoglan
All Star Pro Golf, Coralville

Dan Brandenburg, Wausau, WI
Kelly Marsh, Brooklyn Park, MN
Elliot Zimmer, Dallas, TX
Steve Kistner, McCook Lake, SD

Josh Manske
Algona

J. P. Howard, Marshalltown
Andy Coyle, O’Fallon, MO
Kendel Richlen, Ankeny
Tommy Reeves, McKinney, TX

Jay Giannetto
Elmwood Country Club, Marshalltown

Lee Eft, Polk City
Bobby Hansen, West Des Moines
Mark Lienhart, Franklin, TN
Teresa Egli, Nevada

7th place with a team score of 62 were:

John Shawver
Fore Seasons Golf, Newton

David Bratcher, Normal, IL
John Cain, Calgary, AB Canada
Gregg James, Wausau, WI
Nicholas Blaylock, Bixby, OK

Tied for 4th place with a team score of 61 were:

Jay Monahan
Hutchinson, KS

Andy Garman, Des Moines
Tom Thompson, Red Wing, MN
Wes Blanchard, Indianola
Kevin Rohloff, Dardenne Prairie, MO

Monte Meyer
South Hills Golf Course, Waterloo

Chuck Long, Ames
Brian Kluesner, Peosta
Jordan Brown, Des Moines
Kevin Harken, Marshalltown

Mark Egly
Des Moines Driving Range

Les Lyons, Cassville, MO
Tom Davis, Iowa City
Brian Houchin, Normal, IL
Jayme Honkomp, Peosta

Tied for 2nd place with a team score of 60 were:

Judd Gibb
Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, Fort Dodge

Mike Wood, Newton
Dick Tesar, Rhodes
Carl Lester, Marshalltown
John Simpson, Golden Valley, MN

Tracy Vest
Des Moines Golf and Country Club

Lance Horbach, Montezuma
Bryant Bednarek, Berlin, WI
Scott Stalzer, Marshalltown
Larry Slauson, Robins

This years’s winning team finished with a team score of 59

Chris Black
Hickory Grove Golf Course, Oelwein

Craig Rossman, St. Louis, MO
Doug Young, Frisco, TX
David Katt, Racine, WI
Kyle Golden, Plano, TX

 

 

 

FLAG WINNERS

Hole #3 Closest to the Pin Henny Kim

Hole #6 Closest to the Pin Austin Chadderdon

Hole #12 Closest to the Pin Bruce Kalin

Hole #16 Closest to the Pin Trent McPharland

PROFESSIONAL WINNERS (Par 70)

Tied for 10th Place with a score of 70:

Tyler Smith Harvest Point
Dane Worley Cedar Rapids, IA
Grant Feilman Wakonda Club
Matt Jennings Prairie City, IA

9th Place with a score of 69:

Chuck Moran American Legion

Tied for 7th Place with a score of 68:

John Shawver Fore Seasons Golf
Chad Callan Briarwood Club 68

6th Place with a score of 67:

Josh Manske Algona Iowa

5th Place with a score of 66:

Jay Monahan Hutchinson, KS

4th Place with a score of 65:

Tracy Vest, Des Moines

3-Way Tie for 1st Place with a score of 64:

Judd Gibb Lakeside Golf Course
Jay Giannetto Elmwood Country Club
Chris Black Hickory Grove

A big “Thank you” to all who participated in this year’s event, worked behind the scenes, served on the tournament committee, donated or provided goods and services. We look forward to “seeing you” again next year!

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Photos courtesy of Levi Roseland, Levi Roseland Photography

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