Beaver Hills Country Club to Host 2016 Quakerdale Winter Classic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 31, 2016

Contact:

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

Beaver Hills Country Club to Host 2016 Quakerdale Winter Classic

(Cedar Falls, IA) – Quakerdale announced today that it will be holding its 2nd Annual Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm at Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls, Iowa. This online fundraiser will run from December 5 to December 10 and feature 14 charities and 8 Quakerdale ministries.

Conceived in 2015, the event is designed to help expand awareness, increase online email subscriptions, and invite people to join their work as a volunteer, donor, or legacy supporter (leaving a legacy through a planned gift). The 2015 Quakerdale Winter Classic results for Quakerdale alone included an increase of 23 time in web traffic, more than 392,000 impressions on 71,000 plus Twitter accounts, nearly doubled their online subscriptions, and had 161 participants (100 from Iowa, 60 from the US, and one international).

In addition to Quakerdale’s eight ministries:

Family Centered Services

Beth Andrew, (641) 497-5294, BAndrew@Quakerdale.org

Hope4Healing

Ryan Keller, (641) 497-5292, RKeller@Quakerdale.org

Mobile Camp

Jason Kinney, (641) 497-5294, JKinney@Quakerdale.org

The Promise Academy

Larry Ketcham, (641) 497-5294, LKetcham@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale

Rob Talbot, (641) 497-5294, RTalbot@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale Eagles

Dustin Johnston, (641) 497-5294, DJohnston@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale Retreat Center

Adam Koester, (641) 497-5294, AKoester@Quakerdale.org

Wolfe Ranch

Adam Koester, (641) 497-5294, AKoester@Quakerdale.org

 

… 14 charities have accepted their invitation to join Quakerdale ministries this year:

Apostolic Pentecostal Church Youth Group, Cedar Falls, IA (20)

Christina Cortez, (515) 494-3638, ccortez909@gmail.com

Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Waterloo, IA (23)

Andrew Finnegan, (319) 235-9946, afinnegan@heartlandhfh.org

Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (27)

Wes Blanchard, 515-961-0725, wes@weslynn.net

Love Never Sinks, Clarksville, IA (22)

Michelle Lucas, (319) 961-0398, mllucas72@icloud.com

Manning Child Care Center, Manning, IA (26)

Michelle Starman, (712) 655-5437, mccc@mmctsu.com

Multiplication Catalyst Ministries, Wichita, KS (18)

Randy Littlefield, (913) 683-3831, newchurches@efcmaym.org

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Black Hawk County, Waterloo, IA (19)

Leslie Cohn, (319) 235-5263, namibh@qwestoffice.net

Neighbors Across the Land, Charles City, IA (05)

Marie Conklin, (641) 691-4146 or (641) 691-7204, natldrr@gmail.com

ReaLife Church, Waterloo, IA (15)

Michele Feltes, (319) 334-0155 or (319) 334-0263, Michele.feltes@gmail.com

Riverview Ministries, Cedar Falls, IA (14)

Marlene Wilson, (319) 268-0787, riverviewcc@gmail.com

Sacred Moment Ministries, Waterloo, IA (21)

Karen LaVelle, (319) 239-1432, karen159ln@gmail.com

South Sudan & Sudan Christian Community for Peace and Unity, Omaha, NE (16)

Aislinn Rookwood, (402) 515-7774 or (402) 715-8012, aisnielsen@yahoo.com

Tama County Young Guns 4-H Club, Gladbrook, IA (25)

Melissa Keller, (641) 750-2781 or (641) 750-6480, rmkeller2@netscape.net

THE LIFE Project, Cedar Falls, IA (17)

Matt Reisetter, (319) 230-2271, matt.reisetter@p2c.com

“This year is lining up to be something really special” said Dan Smith, tournament director. “We cannot thank Beaver Hills Country Club enough for stepping up and hosting this year’s event. I’m excited to see what God is going to do through this virtual golf tournament to position some awesome charities to do amazing work in 2017.” The event is open to the public. If you would like  to support one of these charities, you can contact them using the information provided below their listing.

To learn more about the 2016 Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm, follow this link:

QuakerdaleWinterClassic.org

For information on how your charity can participate in the 2017 Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm, contact:

Dan Smith
Tournament Director
(641) 497-5294
Development@Quakerdale.org

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What is Your Marathon?

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“Here’s how you run a marathon. Step one:  you start running.  There is no step two.”

Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

26.2 medal

I AM not a runner.  I DO coach basketball for a living, drink way too much Mountain Dew, and listen to Taylor Swift.  I am wired to set huge goals and take abnormally large risks.  So when my wife asked me to join her in her quest to run the San Francisco marathon, I quoted a modern day philosopher—Barney Stinson (see above quote) and then took the plunge.

“The race is not given to the swift, nor to the strong…”

“…but to those who endure to the end.”

Taken at face value, the commonly misinterpreted and combined Bible reference of verses from Ecclesiastes 9 and Matthew 24 certainly fueled some of my training and preparation.

Long story short, we endured—All 26.2 miles.

Cue the Rocky theme song music and the constant buzzing of our phones as the congratulatory text messages and comments via social media poured in.

But now my left foot hurts.  Seriously, like…it’s hard to walk and I could have a major issue type of hurt.  And some of my toenails are going to fall off.  I feel like I got hit by a train.  And now I am thinking about my right hip, sheesh…the list goes on.  And my wife, I know she has her own pains.

But guess what? We have a medal and a memory.  Not to mention an accomplishment that less 0.5% of the population can say they have achieved.  We have a pair of little eyes—our two year old—who saw how we endured and battled to overcome the face of difficulty and complete our goal.  I’ll limp to that!

Leadership is about accomplishing things in a way that inspires others.   Will my son or my boss or you ever sign up to run a marathon just because I did? Probably not.

But instead, I want you and everyone who knows my journey to finish the impossible task they have before them.  I ran the race for my team, for my son, and I certainly ran the race for me, but I also did it for you.  I did it so you could:

  • Complete your degree and grow the industry you are passionate about
  • Raise your unruly toddlers to the kind, caring, thoughtful leaders God created them to be
  • Get out of debt and live financially free
  • Restore your broken relationships and create wonderful memories

I did it so you could push past your limits and see a change in yourself.  I did it to say that I finished and then tell you that you can too.  Ultimately, I did it for the domino effect.

A crucial aspect of inspiring others and leaving a legacy is setting a goal and executing it to the finish.  When we signed up for the San Francisco Marathon back in November, we had no real idea what we would feel like in preparation, in route, or at the finish line.  But we kept moving forward—and we did it!  Some of you may think we accomplished what is impossible.  Heck, at mile 23, I thought it was impossible.  If we would have stopped there, what would be changed?  Who would be moved?  Instead, we kept going.  There are other aspects of our life that have been “impossible” –but we kept going.  There are things that you’ve done—and that you are going to do—that seem impossible…but you’ll keep going.  The most successful people and the true leaders, who can make a real difference in people’s lives, just don’t quit.  They keep moving forward.

If you stumbled upon this post and feel you can relate, I know two things about you.  You want to make a difference and you are not going to quit until you do.  You’ll keep moving forward.  Email me and let me know how you’re doing it. (djohnston@quakerdale.org)

I look forward to seeing the growth of others because of my race.  I look forward to hearing your story of conquering the impossible.  Be sure to #RiseUp, leave a legacy, and let me know if you ever need anything!

–Coach DJ

Program Leader
Quakerdale Basketball

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 …

SocialMediaPartner

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 …

BECOME A SOCIAL MEDIA PARTNER

Quakerdale Announces 2015 Volunteer of the Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2016

Contact:

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

(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
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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 …

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

Samantha Stephens, Wolfe Ranch

Check out photos from the event in our Photo Gallery

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