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(New Providence, Iowa) – Beginning May 1, 2015, Quakerdale has a new fitness room and gymnasium available to the public.

IMG_0213The fitness room has a nice selection of equipment ranging from free weights to machines, and a beautiful gymnasium for use as well. The facility is open to members from 5 am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday’s from 5am – 8am, and from 1pm to 10 pm.  The facility is equipped with electronic key access and the building is monitored by cameras.

Membership is $25/month for an individual and $60/month for a family of 3 or more.  A full year, pre-paid membership for singles is $200 and for a family is $500.  Membership is free to Quakerdale employees and qualified volunteers.  Anyone interested in membership may come to the White Center Administration Building in New Providence, call (641) 497-5294, or email Laura at Membership@Quakerdale.org.

“We want this to be a low-cost value to our community.  We are excited to announce that a volunteer donating just 3 hours a month, or a family giving 5 hours a month, will pay for their membership!” (Rob Talbot, Executive Director) Quakerdale is always interested in hosting a party, a special event, or, a community league or tournament.

IMG_0239A special thanks to the Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation and to Royal Young for his gift in honor of his late wife, Paula Young, for their financial support of this project. The interior of the room was completed by individual volunteers and groups like the Industrial Arts program of South Hardin High School.


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The Promise Academy at Quakerdale Dedicates Fitness Room

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(New Providence, IA) – On April 23rd, The Promise Academy at Quakerdale dedicated its fitness room in Broer Center on their New Providence Campus.   This fitness room was made possible through the generosity of donations given by Royal Young Family in memory of Paula Young and a grant received from the Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation.   Many volunteers gave of their time and talents to work alongside staff to complete the project. Student from the Industrial Arts program at South Hardin High School are just one example.

IMG_0203The fitness room, along with the Whitehead Gymnasium, is designed to enhance wellness resource accessibility for youth and adults living in rural Hardin County.  The Broer Center allows students, staff, and community members to improve their health and well-being by creating a multi-purpose fitness complex that currently includes a gym and fitness room with plans to complete locker rooms and a training room.

The Promise Academy Eagle’s basketball team calls the facility home, and is used by the student population, the Hardin County Home Educators, the Greater Eldora Youth Sports Program, and twenty plus people from surrounding communities play basketball in the gym every Sunday night. For information and use and memberships, contact The Promise Academy by phone at (641) 497-5294 or by email using PromiseAcademy@Quakerdale.org


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Buying a Horse (Part #2 of 3)

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Such thing as too much horse

“And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”  I Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

In my early days of riding we were training a two year-old thoroughbred cross named “Mooney Blue”. He was high spirited and had mainly one speed……fast! I remember exercising him one day and he decided he wasn’t going to stop.  We rounded the pasture so many times I lost count before he finally came to a stop.  I just held on for my life.  I have no idea how long it took before that horse wore out. It is probably the race horse in him.

Another common mistake that people make buying their first horse is buying something that is too much horse for a beginning rider.  What I mean by this is, people purchase a horse that is too spirited for a novice rider to control.  Be realistic.   A horse may be beautiful and multi-talented but it may be too high strung for someone without much experience.  Sometimes a quieter-natured horse, possibly an older horse in their mid teens is a better choice for a first horse.

This is a common mistake because sometimes we watch experienced riders on TV, at a horse show or maybe watching a more experienced friend ride and we have high hopes that we can jump on the back of any horse and do the same thing.  It looks easier than it actually is if you don’t know what you are doing.  Horses are large powerful animals and they are to be respected for what they are capable of doing.  This is why it is important to make sure that our ability matches the ability of the horse we are purchasing.

Have we ever done this in other areas of your life? We take on more than we can handle and then blame God because we interpret the scripture in I Corinthians 10:13 to mean that God won’t give us more than we can handle.  When in all actuality we are taking on too much in our lives and not exercising our right to say “no”. God expects us to have boundaries and to be self aware of what we are actually capable of doing. So before you buy “too much horse” just say “no”!

by Vera Clark


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Buying a Horse (Part #1 of 3)

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Got Wisdom?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NIV)

I was ten years old when I asked my parents for my first horse and we knew nothing about horses and we had no idea what we were doing.  My Dad and I set out on our adventure and began searching ads in the paper. (This is before we were such a computer driven society.) One ad after another, we looked at horses that were in our price range. Finally, we found a cute little paint horse, believe it our not, named “Spot”.   He seemed really friendly and well-mannered. The owner led me around on him and “Spot” seemed great.  Impulsively, we purchased this horse and brought him home and I thought my dreams had come true. Within a week this dream I had of owning a horse was shattered when the horse began to bite and kick eventually threw me off his back into a water trough. What went wrong?

Well, the first mistake was that we were novice horse people and did not take a professional horse person with us to help us with our decision.  Second, we were easily tricked as we found out the horse had been sedated to keep him under control. The owner had tried to show us how calm “Spot” was pulling his tail and the horse did not seem to mind.   I now know horses cannot feel the pulling of their tails.  We were “chumps” for this horse owner to unload his problem horse on us.  Had we taken someone more experienced with us; this would have never happened!

Have you ever tried to do something on your own without asking others for wisdom?  The book of James tells us that God wants us to ask for wisdom and He will freely give it to us. It is too easy for us to do our own thing rather than stop long enough to ask for help.  Next time you are faced with a difficult decision take time to stop and ask for wisdom and you will receive it.

by Jennifer Daniel


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