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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY: Become a Social Media Partner

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Are you passionate about one or more of Quakerdale’s Ministries?

Do you use social media on a regular basis (specifically Facebook, Twitter, or Google+) to communicate with your family and friends?

Would you enjoy spending one hour a week using your social media account to spread the word about a Quakerdale Ministry?

Then we would like to invite you to …


Who Can Become a Partner …

  • I’m excited about Quakerdale!

    Anyone that is passionate about Quakerdale or one of its ministries

  • Has access to and uses Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+
  • Sees social media as a great way to get important and entertaining information to the people they care about


What do they do …

  • Once a week they carve out at least one hour from their schedule to spread the word about Quakerdale or one of their ministries using their personal social media account by:
    • “You’ve got to see this. Now you know why I support Quakerdale!”

      Going to a Quakerdale ministry social media account,

    • Locating at least one post or tweet in the past 7 days they believe needs to be passed on to their friends and family, and
    • Then Like and Share/Retweet with a personal comment stating why you are choosing to pass on the information.
  • That’s all there is to it.

Will you help us tell your world about Quakerdale, its ministries, and the opportunities we have to serve and be served?

Then register right now to …


Quakerdale Announces 2015 Volunteer of the Year

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July 7, 2016


Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
(641) 497-5294

(New Providence, IA) – On Thursday, June 30, Quakerdale held a Volunteer Reception in the Broer Commons at their New Providence campus. Volunteers from various Quakerdale ministries came together to celebrate the power of volunteering, to recognize the 2015 Q-Award Nominees, and to honor the 2015 Volunteer of the Year by presenting them the Q-Award.

Established in 1979, the Quakerdale Q-Award annually recognizes and honors individuals who have enhanced the organization’s mission through significant and/or unique volunteer contributions. Q-Award recipients are nominated by Quakerdale staff and selected by the Board of Trustees. Ministry directors are asked to consider special non-staff individuals who they believe made a significant contribution either directly or indirectly through raising funds, hands-on physical work, or in some other way partnering with them by sharing their time, talents, and/or treasures. All nominees are invited to and recognized at the Volunteer Reception held in June. The recipient of the Q-Award is announced at this event.

2015 Volunteer Nominees are…

Terry Beare, Promise Academy, New Providence Campus
Terry Beare and Mary Humrichouse

Terry Beare with Mary Humrichouse

“Terry is a tireless volunteer for home Eagle Basketball games keeping the score book. Terry has done this for at least four years and maybe longer. Many times Terry will keep the book for three back-to-back games…meaning almost six hours of nonstop action to keep track of. Terry also volunteers with the maintenance department every Tuesday and many weeks more often than that.”

Larry Ketcham, Promise Academy Administrator

Samantha Stephens, Wolfe Ranch, Marshalltown

Rochelle Stephens with Mary Humrichouse

“Sammie Stephens and her family have always helped with chores at Wolfe Ranch, usually just on Sundays. With the staff change and all that was happening in 2015, Sammie took on chores 6 days a week. She went above and beyond the call of duty by also helping with camps over the summer. The Stephens family is a vital and cherished part of the volunteer group at Wolfe Ranch.”

Samantha was unable to attend. Receiving on her behalf was Rochelle Stephens.

Riley Farland, Facility Manager, Wolfe Ranch

Patti Downs, Programs & Services, Waterloo Campus

Dave Holm with Patti Downs

“For the past couple years Quakerdale has partnered with Patti Downs to have a garden. Patti is the garden manager and works with a couple ladies from Food Corp. Laura McInerney and Grace Margherio are both Food Corps service members working mostly with the Waterloo public schools and community organizations to engage children in learning about nutrition, cooking, and gardening. These ladies come weekly to work with our clients in the garden and then at lunch time, show the clients different ways to prepare vegetables and then eat with them. This has been a real positive experience for the clients and they seem to enjoy eating something that they have helped grow.”

Leah Churchill, Leader of Operations, Waterloo

Ray Schumacher, Facilities, New Providence Campus
Ray Schumacher wiith Mary Humrichouse

Ray Schumacher with Mary Humrichouse

“Ray has dutifully worked each week on our maintenance volunteer day operating and maintaining the floor polisher. Ray is easy to work with and has even done research for the project on his own initiative. The polisher weighs several hundred pounds and grinds the cement to a polished finish through repeated trips across the surface. Ray has logged countless hours polishing floors in the Broer addition making a surface that will last for decades!”

Robert Talbot, Executive Director

Jean Gedlinske & Orchard Hill’s Route 55, Spiritual Life, Waterloo Campus

Dave Holm with Jean Gedlinske

“Jean and the Route 55 group from Orchard Hill serve at our Waterloo campus by teaching skills training to our youth. They have hosted a game night, a Mary Kay health & beauty demo, provided a Social time at Slife cottage, worked in flower beds with residents, provided an evening meal, worked in the Community Garden with Patti Downs most Thursday mornings, facilitated a Thanksgiving Meal cooking event, and even showed residents how to sew Christmas stockings. Jean also worked with UNI student volunteers to provide a Financial Literacy class.”

Jean was unable to attend. Receiving on her behalf was Dave Holm.

Dave Holm, Spiritual Life Director

Robert Barnes, Heartland Vineyard Church, Hope4Healing
Robert Barns with Mary Humrichouse

Robert Barns with Mary Humrichouse

Bob has been an absolute blessing for Hope4Healing. He would be embarrassed for us to say this, but he is the role model we mention to other church communities considering Hope4Healing. We would like a person like Bob in every community we serve.

He has a very genuine love for people, giving them what they need not just fulfilling a request. He allows them to do what they can for themselves, empowering them to take more control of their lives. At the same time he reacts with “grace” when bad decisions are made, offering forgiveness and perseverance rather than condemnation or giving up. His is a stance of hope, keeping focused on possibilities for positive change.

Bob expects similar attitudes from his team. He has conscientiously selected the members of his team, realizing such a ministry is not for everyone. When things don’t go well within the team, Bob is willing to make the difficult decisions. He is also a source of emotional support for his team, offering guidance when needed. At the same time he is not reluctant to brainstorm with others to find the best solutions to difficult situations. He seeks guidance and support from the Heartland Vineyard pastoral team when circumstances are such that their support is needed. He has a willingness to accept the decision of the church leadership even when the decision they make is not what he originally thought he wanted. He has the humility to share decision making. Bob has managed to lead his team even amidst his own deep personal losses and chronic health issues.

Ryan Keller, Hope4Healing Administrator

The 2015 Q-Award recipient is …


Adam Koester, Rob Talbot, Rochelle Stephens, and Mary Humrichouse

Samantha Stephens, Wolfe Ranch

Check out photos from the event in our Photo Gallery


29th Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises $90,000 for Quakerdale

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July 6, 2016


Daniel L. Smith
Public Relations/Quakerdale Co-Chair
Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Committee
(641) 497-5294

Lance Horbach, Miguel Gutierrez, Robert Talbot, Lee Eft

Pictured left to right: Lance Horbach, Miguel Gutierrez, Robert Talbot, Lee Eft

(Marshalltown, IA) – On Thursday, June 16, 27 teams of 135 golfers from around the US and Canada gathered at the Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown, IA to participate in the 29th Annual Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The event raised $90,000 for Quakerdale, totaling more than $1,700,000 over the last 29 years to assist them in “encouraging hope, faith, and growth in the families and communities they serve.” Pictured from left to right are Lance Horbach, Independent Insurance Services, Co-Chair, Lennox/Quakerdale Golf Committee; Miguel Gutierrez, General Plant Manager, Lennox Industries Inc., Marshalltown; Rob Talbot, Executive Director, Quakerdale; and Lee Eft, District Manager, Lennox Industries Inc., Co-Chair, Lennox/Quakerdale Golf Committee.

Tom Purtzer, 2016 Celebrit

Tom Purtzer, 2016 Celebrity Professional

Title sponsors Lennox International and Lennox Industries Inc., Marshalltown invited Lennox dealers and corporate executives, Lennox suppliers, and other local Marshalltown individuals and businesses to come for a day of golf, fun, and a first class evening banquet and program. This year’s PGA celebrity was Tom Purtzer from the Champions Tour. Mr. Purtzer was born in Des Moines, and is a 14 time winner on the PGA and Champions Tours.  He started as a professional in 1973, after graduating from Arizona State University.  Tom is currently a resident of Scottsdale, AZ. He is widely referred to as having “the sweetest swing in golf”, and has the reputation of being one of the most sought-after Pro-Am golfers. When not playing full time on the Champions Tour, he and his brother Paul (also a PGA Professional) run Purtzer Performance Golf out of Stonecreek Golf Club in Phoenix.

Other notable Iowa celebrities included:

Dr. Tom Davis, former University of Iowa and retired head men’s basketball coach at Drake University.

Andy Garman, Sports Director of KCCI-TV.

Bobby Hansen, University of Iowa Radio Network Analyst.

Paul Krause, former University of Iowa and Minnesota Vikings stand-out and member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Chuck Long, former University of Iowa quarterback, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and was a 1st round NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions. Mr. Long also played with the Los Angeles Rams in his eight-year career in the NFL.  He is currently CEO/Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation and an analyst for the Big Ten Network.

Tournament Results

Team Competition

Tied for 6th with a team score of 63

Matt Jennings, Canadian Tour:
Dan Weis, Andy Garman, Michael Hagen, Jeff Dickinson

Greg Dingel, Veenker Memorial:
John Kunze, Tim Calvin, Tim Warren, Matt Rozell

Tom Purtzer, Celebrity Professional:
Troy Gasper, Doug Young, Paul Liddell, Todd Karr

Greg Mason, Spirit Hallow:
Lee Eft, Mike Fitzgerald, Doug Anderspn, Shannon Waddell

Tied for 3rd with a team score of 62

Chris Black, Hickory Grove:
Jim Brown, Jim Barnes, Henny Kim, Tyler Gerdes

Ryan McLintock, Davenport Country Club:
Tom Davis, Larry Slausen, Garrett Dickinson, Patrick Powell

Sean McCarty, Brown Deere Golf Club:
Bobby Hansen, Gary Nystrom, David Kammerer, John Ernat

2nd place with a team score of 61

Chad Proehl, Sugar Creek:
John Miller, Chuck Long, Kendel Richlen, Steve Kistner

1st place with a team score of 61
(Professional score used to break tie)

Mark Rohde, Elmwood Country ClubPhotoIcon (128x90)
Les Lyons, Pete Kelly, Carl Lester, Kevin Harken

Professional Competition

Tied for 9th place with a score of 71 (1 Over)

Greg Dingel, Veenker Memorial
Mike Lewis, Upper Iowa University
Chad Proehl, Sugar Creek
Grant Fielman, Wakonda Club

8th place with a score of 70 (PAR)

Mark Atchison, Coldwater Golf Links

Tied for 6th place with a score of 69 (1 Under)

Chuck Moran, American Legion Memorial
Mark Rohde, Elmwood Country Club

Tied for 3rd place with a score of 68 (2 Under)

Darin Fisher, The Preserve
Chris Black, Hickory Grove
Judd Gibb, Lakeside Golf Course

Tied for 1st place with a score of 65 (5 Under)

Matt Jennings, Canadian Tour
Sean McCarty, Brown Deere Golf Club

Flag Prizes

Hole #3, Closest to the Pin — Peter Eberdart
Hole #6, Closest top the Pin — Troy Gasper
Hole #12, Closest to the Pin — Elliot Zimmer
Hole #16, Closest to the Pin — Andy Garman

#MakingADifferenceQ — #LQ2016ProAm

Video, photos and other event details can be found by subscribing to the Lennox/Quakerdale Newsletter

Future press releases from Quakerdale can be delivered electronically to your email inbox by subscribing here.

Looking Forward to July at Wolfe Ranch

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Looking Forward to July at The Ranch!

The Ranch was a busy place in June! We hosted two summer camps that were a ton of fun!  The campers learned about different disciplines in the horse world, participated in a Friendship EAL, played games, and spent some time in the saddle.  If you missed out, don’t worry! It’s not too late to sign up for our last camp of the summer on 7/11-7/13.

KidsWithHorseWe also kicked off our 3:16 Riding Club in June with nearly 30 kids in attendance!  Pastor Carlos Jerez shared a wonderful message with everyone. Clubbers enjoyed riding horses, playing games and decorating cookies.  The next meeting of this club is 7/16 from 9 AM-NOON, and it is free to attend.  It is sure to be another fun and exciting time to ride and fellowship!  Sign up on our website, and parents are always welcome to stay through the event.

HorseWithKidsIt’s never too late to join our riding lesson program. Lessons will continue through the summer and fall and can be scheduled with Mindy by emailing mvanlaningham@quakerdale.org.  Also, don’t forget that Wolfe Ranch is the perfect place to host a birthday party, meeting, or reunion.  The Ranch building can be rented for your guests, and you can add horse activities to make the event extra special!  Simply email bshibe@quakerdale.org to reserve your date.

Check out our schedule of events for July and watch our Facebook page for Fall activities that will be posted soon.

7/1-7/3                 FBEAP Certification Clinic

7/5-7/10               Marshall Country Fair – Visit our horses and 4-Hers!

7/11-7/13            Summer Camp – Register at wolferanchquakerdale.org

7/14                       Riding lessons – email mvanlaningham@quakerdale.org to schedule

7/16                       3:16 Riding Club 9AM-12PM – Register at wolfranchquakerdale.org

Volunteers needed:  email mvanlaningham@quakerdale.org

7/16                       Private Birthday Party 1PM-4PM

7/21                       Riding Lessons – email mvanlaningham@quakerdale.org to schedule

7/23                       Private Birthday Party 2PM-5 PM

8/3                         Veteran’s Home Visit 2PM-4PM

Volunteers needed: email mvanlanigham@quakerdale.org


#MakingADifferenceQ — #RestoringHope

2016 Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Twitter Contest Results

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Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am

Quakerdale held their 2nd annual social media contest during the Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am. Tournament participants were encouraged to tweet pictures and/or videos throughout the day, then get as many friends, followers, and family to like and re-tweet their photos/videos by midnight on the Sunday following the event. Quakerdale offered three prizes to the photo or video with the most likes: 3rd place received $75, 2nd place $150, and 1st place $300. This year they had 24 entries from 7 Twitter accounts. 12 entries were submitted by @Quakerdale, four by @WesBlanch, three by @AngelaBlasiola, two by @SocialSaraB, and one each by @AdamKoester, @KalinsIndoor, and @630_Tim.

This year’s winners were:

3rd place with 4 Likes
@AngelaBlasiola and @KalinsIndoor. Each received $40

2nd place with 8 Likes
@WesBlanch. He received $150

1st place with 37 Likes
@630_Tim. He received $300

We want to say, “Thank you” to all who submitted, liked, and re-tweeted this year. I hope you enjoyed the contest and plan on participating again next year.

To see all the photos, video, and other online resources from the 2016 tournament, CLICK HERE to subscribe to our newsletter.

#MakingADifferenceQ — #lq2016proam

Beat the Heat with a Quakerdale Retreat!

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Do you need a place for a family get away, spiritual retreat, a business meeting, or even a special event?  Well, we here at Quakerdale have just the place for you!  At the Retreat and Event Center we offer nine single rooms and a full kitchen on the main floor and you can even rent a family style suite that has its own bathroom and kitchen.  Lastly, we have a huge space that could be used for business meetings, youth group meetings, or special events like birthday parties or baby showers!

See how affordable our prices are:

  • Single Room:
    single room

    Single Room

    • $25/night/room
    • $100/week/room
  • Family Suite
    • $40/night
    • $160/week
  • Meeting Room:
    • $40/hour
    • $150/day
  • Entire Center
    • $450/night
    • $250/day only

So you have a place to stay now.  What do you do while you stay here in New Providence, Iowa?  Have you ever considered horseback riding lessons?  In a mere 40 minute trip to the Quakerdale Wolfe Ranch in Marshalltown you can partake in group or individual riding lessons.  Too hot or too exhausted and you’d rather just kick back and relax?  We are only 15 minutes from the Eldora swimming pool!  Feeling a little guilty about all the snacks you ate during your mini get-away?  With a 2 minute walk to our Boer Center, we have a fully equipped gym to help you sweat away that guilt!

MeetingsEveryone knows it’s not a vacation, get away, party, or meeting without food!  With the full kitchen you are more than welcome to supply your own meals, but otherwise we have some great catering options as well.  Some local places that cater are: Subway, HyVee, and Pizza Ranch all out of Eldora.  Also, there are many local restaurants within a 20 minute drive.  On the off chance these do not work, other arrangements can be made.

Here at Quakerdale we are trying to start many programs like a Pastor Forum, Weekend Bible Training Workshop, and many kid camps. Be sure to check out our calendar so see updates on these events or give us a call to discuss your desire!

#MakingaDifferenceQ – #ExtendingLife

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June 21, 2016


Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development

(641) 497-5294


Quakerdale Ends Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living Contracts

(New Providence, Iowa) – On June 10, 2016 the board of Directors of Quakerdale conducted a three year strategic planning session.  The following information is a result of those strategic decisions made.

Quakerdale has a 165 year history of working with children and families in the state of Iowa and we plan to continue our work until the Lord returns.  In order to fulfill these goals we must make difficult decisions to ensure our longevity and more importantly to respond to our always changing culture.

Over the last 30 years the state of Iowa has been transparently reducing the number of children and state funding for out of home services.  Over the last 16 years Quakerdale has been growing our privately funded community ministries to fulfill our mission to “Encourage hope, faith and growth in communities and families.”   These ministry programs (which are privately funded) are designed to move us into the future independent of state funding.  Quakerdale ministries are impacting hundreds of children and families each year all across the state of Iowa without state funds!  Quakerdale is determined to respond to the needs of our communities for another 165 years!

Now for the hard news:

Quakerdale has decided to end our Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living contracts with the state due to the new contracting risks in 2017, high program costs, and other mounting challenges.

This means over 20 children and 30 employees will be impacted today.

This was a painful decision and we grieve for the children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will no longer be serving with us.  Our employees

are a part of our Quakerdale family and closing these programs means each one and their families will suffer.  We regret this deeply and will do everything we can to help each one transition as soon as possible.  We hope each worker will continue to support children and families in Iowa.  These are top notch people with hearts of gold.

We hope that our open facilities in Manning and Waterloo will be used by another agency or company to fulfill their role in the community. Quakerdale is forming community grants that will fund causes for children and families in each community in thanks for the wonderful support each community has given us.  We desire to stay active in these communities into the future!

You may be wondering, “What will happen to the other things we do apart from Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment living programs?”

Many people do not realize that each of our privately funded ministries, by themselves, are as large as other non profits and impact literally hundreds of people each year!

Here are some examples: Community counseling across Iowa, Wolfe Ranch retreat and Equine services in Marshalltown, Promise Academy for Kids and Post-Graduate Basketball in New Providence, and Hope4Healing and Mobile Camp are state wide ministries.  We will continue each one of these ministries! As always, we will continually evaluate each one and other new opportunities based on community needs, their effectiveness, and the resources we have through donor support.

We want to restate:  We grieve for those children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will be impacted because we are ending these three programs.  We implore our supporters to keep each of these in their prayers.


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2016 Lennox/Quakerdale Ladies Tour

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IMG_0705.1Thursday, June 16 while the golfers were out on the links at Elmwood Country Club, a group of ladies from the Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am took a tour of New Providence and several Quakerdale facilities. The tour included visits to:

IMG_0743See photos from their tour.

Subscribe to the Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am newsletter for total access to 2016 online resources as they become available.

#MakingADifferenceQ — #lq2016proam

2016 Lennox/Quakerdale Pro-Am Schedule of Events

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Elmwood Country Club

9:00 – 11:00

Putting Contest (Hole 18)

Facebook Go Live coverage on @QuakerdaleOfIowa of final putt for $2,500 at 10:50

11:30 – 12:00

Clinic by Tom Purtzer. Full coverage on Facebook Go Live on @QuakerdaleOfIowa

12:00 – 05:00

Golfing – Follow the action on Twitter by searching the hashtag #lq2016proam

6:30 – 8:30

Banquet, Awards, and Program

Facebook Go Live coverage on @QuakerdaleOfIowa begins at 7:00

#MakingADifferenceQ — #lq2016proam

3:16 Riding Club – Outreach Ministry for K-12th

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Training_Kids-2Last week I discussed riding lesson benefits, costs, and the need for lesson scholarship partners in our blog.  If you missed it, please be sure to check it out! This week, I want to highlight a program that is available to ALL regardless of their ability to pay.  The program is called 3:16 Riding Club.  This is a club that will meet approximately once a month to fellowship, ride the horses, and hear the gospel.  The purpose of this club is to be an outreach ministry and share the gospel with all who attend.

Club sessions consist of horse time, a game and/or craft, and a gospel lesson.  A different pastor is invited each meeting to share a lesson with the kids.  Pastor Carlos Jerez, of First Family Church in Bondurant, will be our first guest speaker. Fellowship and fun are encouraged, as we hope to make lasting connections with the children and families in the Marshalltown community!


Building friends and community through fellowship—on horseback

Our first meeting is this Saturday, and we already have over 15 kids registered to attend!  In order to operate this outreach ministry The Ranch is in need of volunteers, craft materials, and snacks for the participants.  If you or your church family might be willing to partner with us in this important mission, please email or call The Ranch so we can connect.  I am so excited for the start of this program, and to watch what God has in store for us all!  I look forward to posting an update about Saturday’s event soon!  Please be praying for us, and we can’t wait to see you at The Ranch.

Read more about the effects of ministry on our youth here:

Wondering if kids really benefit from ministry at a young age? Watch this video and see for yourself.

The simplest things can often make the biggest impact. That is why we are offering the 3:16 Riding Club; to provide the opportunity for those simple things.

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