R o n a l d M c D o n a l d H o u s e C h a r i t i e s o f S i o u x l a n d N e w s l e t t e r S p r i n g 2 0 0 9 Vo l u m e 3 5 N u m b e r 1
IN THIS ISSUE:
LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO…
ACTS OF KINDNESS…
Happy 15th Birthday, Ronald McDonald House We are thankful to the Siouxland community
of Siouxland!!! On April 1, 2009, the House and our many donors and supporters for helping
celebrated its 15th birthday with balloons, cake, us accomplish the following in the past 15 years:
friends and lots of fun! Ronald was here, too, to
entertain everyone with magic tricks and :: Providing a “home-away-from-home” for over
birthday cake. Our Open House was attended by 1800 families from 30 states and 6 foreign
PHOTOS OF DONORS, TOURS ETC.… over 200 people who toured the house, countries
reconnected with one another and enjoyed
Page 6 refreshments. The Siouxland Chamber of :: Extending our reach to Siouxland children’s
Commerce Ambassadors rededicated the House health needs by providing over $325,000 in
with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and everyone Matching Grant funding
helped our judges taste the 6 different cakes
donated for our decorating contest!! :: Assisting Siouxland students with $70,000 of
Congratulations to Marketplace HyVee Bakery college scholarships
on winning our competition. Cakes were also
donated by HyVee Gordon Drive, HyVee We all look forward to many more years of
Southern Hills, Wal-Mart Floyd Blvd , Wal-Mart serving kids and families!
at Singing Hills and Sugar Shack.
“LET ME INTRODUCE…
XTENDING C INDNESS IN OUR OMMUNITY
One of the goals of RMHC of Siouxland is to assist other
YOU TO BAXTER B”
Siouxland agencies with funding for programs that will Baxter, seen here in his Ronald McDonald Costume, unknowingly
improve children’s health. Through our Matching Grant represented RMHC this past Halloween. Baxter did not realize that two
Program, we are able to contribute funds from our local months later he and his family would actually be guests of ours. Baxter’s
budget which are then matched with funds from RMHC younger sister, Baylor, was born on December 3rd with a serious viral
Global. infection. This infection resulted in a lengthy hospital stay. We are happy
to report at this time, Baylor, continues to make great strides with her
In March, 2009, the Matching Grant committee reviewed recovery. Baxter did as all siblings of the ill children of the families that
several requests for funding assistance. The following stay here do, he went with the flow!
programs were selected based on their contribution toward
improving children’s health and increasing pediatric dental Baxter also did something far more important. He shined a light on the
access and care: St. Luke’s Foundation- renovation of an siblings of the patients, who stay with us. Brothers and sisters who remain
exam room in the emergency area to make it inviting and by the sidelines until “everything” is normal again. Patient, yet worried,
kid-friendly :: Onawa Community Foundation- carrying their own vat of concerns- Samantha, Baxter’s mother, gave us 3
resurfacing Gaukel Park ropes course :: Middle School pictures of Baxter in his Halloween costume-I have proudly displayed
Athletics Program (SHIP)- equipment for football & those pictures around the house, including, one on my desk, as a reminder
volleyball :: CSADV- updating the outdoor play area for of how important our mission is to not only the children receiving
children :: Siouxland Dental Health- dental screens & medical attention and their parents but also to those beautiful siblings
follow-up procedures for kids :: Wheelock & Bursick waiting patiently, for their family to come home……..Thank you Baxter!
Dentistry- dental screens, sealants & services for children
without a Until Next Time……
dental home Velvet
Matching Grant applications are reviewed 2 times/year,
deadlines of March 1 and October 1. If you would like an
application or need more information, please refer to our SCHOOLS OF KINDNESS:
RMHC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
RMHC OF SIOUXLAND
WISH LIST It was another large response for RMHC scholarship Thomas Rosenbaum Sioux City East HS
:: Laundry Detergent :: Frying Pans/with lids
applications! RMHC of Siouxland received over 80 Allison Hubert Pierce, NE HS
:: Dryer Sheets :: Postage Stamps :: Light bulbs (60W) applications from graduating high school seniors in Bridgit Buresh Boyer Valley HS
:: New baby items for gift bags :: Drinking Glasses the Siouxland area. A committee of Board members Kayla Hausman West Monona HS
and community members reviewed the applications Mark (Jordan) Gentry Sioux City East HS
(plastic or glass) :: Baking & Cooking Serving Utensils and selected (13) recipients based on their academic Lisa Nishimura Odebolt/Arthur HS
:: Lg.Packing Tape :: Aluminum Foil :: Nightlight bulbs achievement, financial need, volunteer experience David Pacheco South Sioux City HS
and personal statements and recommendations.
(15W) :: Dishwasher Detergent :: Trash Bags (13 gal.) In addition, we have added a NEW RMHC Alumni
:: Gift Bags-Lg :: Toothbrushes/toothpaste :: Pringles We are pleased to award a $1500 RMHC Scholarship Scholarship in 2009. This is an opportunity for all
Snack Stacks :: Snack bags of Potato chips :: Fruity to the following students (representing 11 different students who were awarded an RMHC scholarship
schools in the Siouxland area): for their first year of college to apply for funding for
Snacks for kids :: Snack size fruit cups :: Fruit Box their 2nd, 3rd or ongoing years of undergraduate or
Drinks :: Plain Paper Plates :: Bottled Water :: Boxed Katherine Tjeerdsma Sioux Central HS post-graduate studies! The application and
James Roeber Laurel-Concord, NE HS information for this scholarship is available on our
Cereal :: Break apart Cookies :: Clorox Wipes :: Gabrielle Kachena Yankton, SD HS website (www.ronaldhouse-siouxcity.com) and is due
Granola type snack bars :: Band- Aids :: Plastic Celeste Durant South Sioux City HS on June 1, 2009. We are excited to be able to
forks/spoons Philip Munkvold Vermillion, SD HS continue to help students with the large cost of their
April Allen Sioux City West HS education!
"We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give."
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874-1965)
Many Siouxland businesses and individuals are and many local churches have shared their
doing wonderful things “behind the scenes” to community funds to help our families.
benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Their
kindness is not unnoticed, in fact, we appreciate The bleak winter was made brighter by the kind
every gesture! acts of Allied Solutions employees. Leading the
charge were Deb Hofer, Lori Harper, Kim
These acts of kindness take all different shapes: Jorgensen and Jaime Johnson who coordinated
from Bob Scott coordinating the Bandits Football several fundraising events to raise funds for
players to visit an injured high school football RMHC of Siouxland. Raffles, hot dog lunches
player in the hospital and helping take down our and other activities contributed to over $1000
outdoor Christmas lights, to local businesses donated to help families of ill children at the
(CNOS and the City of Sioux City and Interstates Ronald McDonald House.
Companies) holding casual or jeans days to
benefit RMH. Other organizations (Pech Optical Thanks to all of our friends around Siouxland for
and Macerich Corporation/Southern Hills Mall) their support!
THE PINNACLE OF KINDNESS
What can be a better example of kindness than giving of
your valuable time? We are so thankful that our volunteers
continue to share themselves with the Ronald McDonald
House and our guest families. In 2008, the volunteers
contributed over 1122 hours to help us carry out the services
and mission of RMHC.
In a small effort to thank our dedicated volunteers, we held
KINDNESS IN A HOBBY: a Volunteer Banquet on April 23rd at Bev’s On the River.
The evening was attended by over 60 volunteers and a good
WOODWORKING FOR A CAUSE time was had by all. Each volunteer was recognized for their
contribution to the continued success of the House.
The Ronald McDonald House has the great pleasure of welcoming to its arsenal of static displays two A special award, the Virginia Keck Volunteer Award, was
small houses. These houses were built by the Siouxland Woodworkers Club presented by Peg Bies and Sandy Bainbridge. Don Keck and
(www.siouxlandwooders.com), painted by Bort’s Auto Body and the detailing was by Kathy Addison. family shared with us the background on the late Virginia
These houses will travel to various schools in the surrounding school and business districts in order to Keck and her love and dedication to serving as a volunteer at
promote the purpose of the Ronald McDonald House. Huge kudos go out to these people who so the Ronald McDonald House. This year’s award winner is
willingly give of their talents, time and materials. Al Swift who has been a volunteer at RMHC since the doors
opened and spent countless hours coordinating the
This is the second time the RMHC Pop Tab committee has had the privilege of thanking people who maintenance activities of the House. In addition, he
have so graciously given their talents to make a small house. Gordon’s Body Shop painted our first designed and built the outdoor play area and playhouse,
house that was built and designed by Tom Collier and detailed by Carole Perrin. It has been in memorial brick garden and painted, hammered, updated,
circulation since 2004 and has seen many schools since its beginnings. fixed and guided us through many projects and upkeep. Al
served three terms on the Board of Directors and made
We are fortunate to have these people so willing to help the Ronald McDonald House so we can inform himself available to us whenever needed!! Thanks for all
the public we are here for them when in need! your efforts, Al!
The Ronald McDonald House in Siouxland is grateful to the many organizations and individuals who donate their talents and services to assist our families. Thank
you to the following for your on-going support:
McDonald’s Restaurants of Northwest Iowa Coop :: Catalyst Systems :: Coca-Cola Company :: St. Luke’s Reg. Med Ctr. :: Terra Industries
Townhouse Pizza :: Knights of Columbus :: Wal-Mart :: King, Reinsch & Prosser :: Mercy Medical Center :: Presto-X :: Merry Maids
Foulk Brothers :: Waste Management :: Henjes, Conner & Williams :: Merry Maids
KINDNESS TO THE ENVIROMENT
The economy may have slowed down, but the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House Many thanks to a very dedicated group of
students’ pop tabs collection efforts in the of Siouxland! volunteers that make this effort possible- the Pop
Siouxland schools sure haven’t!!! For the 2008- Tab Chairpersons (Carole Perrin and Anne
2009 school year, the number of pop tabs The Collection Contest winners were Charter James), their Pop Tab Liaisons committee, all the
collected increased 22% over last year! 50 Oak/Ute Elementary for the Elementary schools school contacts and the students themselves!
schools in the Siouxland area participated by and East Middle for the middle schools, saving Our hats off to all of you for a job well done!
collecting and turning in over 5.3 million pop 595 pounds and 195 pounds respectively.
LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL…
Volunteers bring the “heart” of the Sioux City Ronald McDonald House to the special families that stay
at our “home away from home”. We are always looking for assistance in any way that you might be
able to give it!
Responsibilities of a Volunteer range from assisting families that are staying at our House to helping
with the House upkeep and preparing for special events. Please be aware that volunteering at the
House can be challenging at times, but also very rewarding.
If you are interested in becoming an RMH Volunteer, please contact us either by calling 255-4084 or
looking on our website (www.ronaldhouse-siouxcity.com) for the volunteer application form. We
welcome new volunteers and hope to hear from you.
LOVE & KINDNESS GIVEN… NIGHTLY KINDNESS:
IN 2009 HEART CAMPAIGN SHARE-A-NIGHT
The Ronald McDonald House gives weary families a place to
Many thanks to all the generous customers that purchased Hearts during the 2009 “Give A Little Love” Campaign rest their heads after a long day at the hospital. A bedroom
in the Siouxland McDonald’s restaurants. This took place in several of the McDonald’s restaurants during the first 2 for the family and large living areas provide a comfortable
weeks in February, 2009. The McDonalds crew members made a simple ask to their customers to purchase a heart, place to relax, prepare a meal and have quiet conversation.
resulting in over $9,000 of donations to RMHC of Siouxland! All proceeds of the Heart campaign will fund the 3 Families are asked to donate $5 a night if they are able. You
RMHC of Siouxland programs: Ronald McDonald House, RMHC Scholarships and RMHC Matching Grants. can help families who are unable to pay by contributing to
the "Share-a-Night" fund.
A contest among the stores resulted in 2 stores that sold over 1200 hearts- Sioux City Sunnybrook and Sioux Center.
Congratulations to these stores! In addition, employees that sold over 100 hearts were entered into a drawing for a
grand prize, a new Sony Wii! Congratulations to the winner, Karen of the North Hamilton McDonald’s.
RMHC OF SIOUXLAND, INC.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sat, July 18- Townhouse Golf Tournament The Annual meeting of the RMHC of Siouxland, Inc.
Sat, August 15- Governor’s Charity Steer Show/Auction Board of Directors took place on Wed, April 22, 2009
Mon, Sept 14- Onawa Golf Tournament A new slate of officers was approved as well as the
October 1- Deadline for Matching Grant applications addition of four new board members. The new board
Fri, Nov. 20- “Denim to Diamonds” Fall Event members are Jeanne Delfs, Shawn Keizer, Anne
Kellogg and Paul Wofford who all bring a wealth of
knowledge and experience to our board- welcome!
A very special thank you was made to Al Swift, Steve
THE PLANNING OF… Gossage and Eldon Roth whom all have served at least
2 terms on our Board. Al has been involved with the
House since the doors opened and has served on the
Board for the last 8 years. Steve has served 4
People spend a lifetime earning, saving and consecutive terms and has been a constant advocate of
accumulating property yet many do not take the ours to McDonald’s and the Onawa community.
simplest steps to determine how their assets will Eldon, who served 2 terms, has been a very devoted
eventually be distributed. Surveys indicate that and generous supporter of RMHC Global and
between 50 and 70 percent of adults do not have a RMHC of Siouxland. We thank all 3 of these men for
basic will. their dedication to making RMHC of Siouxland the
best it can be!
At Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of
Siouxland, we encourage you to have your estate plans Lynn Wold, President
in place including a last will and testament as well as Tracy Meis, Vice President
power of attorney and living will. It is important for Melissa Tjeerdsma, Secretary
you – as it can provide you with great peace of mind Nick Kuehl, Treasurer
– and your family and friends – alleviating the need Sandy Bergdale
for them to guess as to your intentions. Your will Jeff Carlson
speaks to your wishes when you no longer can. Jeanne Delfs
If you would like more information or if you would Matt Greer
like to let us know you have already included RMHC Anne Kellogg
of Siouxland, Inc. in your estate plans, please call or Shawn Keizer
contact us. As with any major decisions, we encourage Claudia Killinger
you to consult with your own advisors to ensure all Kim Mathers
planning is appropriate for your unique situation. Kevin Negaard
Barb Knepper, Executive Director
Velvet Jeratowski, Daily House Manager
Pam Schermerhorn, Resident/Night Manager
DENIM TO DIAMONDS
and RMHC programs.
appearance from Ronald McDonald, mechanical
McDonald House guest families.
Denim to Diamonds” was the theme at the Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Siouxland Fall Event
on Friday, November 21, 2008. The event raised over
$70,000 that will directly benefit the guest families
staying at the Siouxland Ronald McDonald House
The dazzling evening was held at the Marina Inn and
included a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing
for 280 guests. The evening included a special
bull rides and a testimony from one of the Ronald
Guests helped raise funds for the children and
auction of over 50 items. In addition, there were 6
items on the live auction - an exclusively-designed
diamond pendant donated by Greenberg Jewelry, 10
tickets in a Luxury Suite at a Chicago Bulls game
donated by Townhouse Pizza, a Feast for 16 prepared
by Dr. Jim Hartje and Dr. Luis Lebredo, a week long
vacation getaway to one of 3 locations donated by
Office Elements, a golfing vacation in Scottsdale
donated by Hamilton Touchless & RTL Equipment
and Fund-A-Family, a direct contribution to assist
families who stay at the Siouxland Ronald
Many thanks to all who attended, sponsored,
donated and helped make the evening a great
"We are so thankful for the Ronald McDonald House.
It made for one less thing to worry about when our
baby was ill"
"This is a wonderful service, we are very fortunate to
" It was very comfortable and felt "safe" to come and
go, even late at night-Our stay was wonderful and we
really appreciated how we were able to keep our 2 1/2
year old with grandma as well!"
families of Siouxland by participating in a silent success!!
PICTURES OF DONORS/TOURS, ETC.: 9
Thanks to all of our friends who brought us wish list items, pop tabs or helped with Volunteer duties around the Ronald House!!!
1. Homer High School National Honor Society 2. Woodbury County Farm Bureau 3. Macerich/Southern Hills Mall 4. Girl Scout Troop 5. Central Campus Friends
6. Into the Streets Crew 7. Briar Cliff University Pop Tabs: 8. River Valley 99. Charter Oak/Ute 99. LeMars Gehlen
Sioux City, Iowa 51104
2500 Nebraska Street
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland Inc.