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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


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                                                      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…
E   K

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:

website, www.ronaldhouse-siouxcity.com.
                                                                                                        RMHC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
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!
                                     IN-KIND DONATIONS
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.

                     VOLUNTEER OPORTUNITY
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
                                                                                                                 Candi Emanuel
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
                                                                                                                 Tim Oakley
                                                                                                                 Carolyn Rants
                                                                                                                 Tom Ross
                                                                                                                 Darlene Salmen
                                                                                                                 Susan Unger
                                                                                                                 Scott Wells

                                                                                                               Barb Knepper, Executive Director
                                                                                                               Velvet Jeratowski, Daily House Manager
                                                                                                               Pam Schermerhorn, Resident/Night Manager


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
                                                         McDonald House.

                                                         Many thanks to all who attended, sponsored,
                                                         donated and helped make the evening a great
                                                                                                               FROM FAMILIES:
                                                                                                               "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
                                                                                                               have this!"

                                                                                                               " 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!!
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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

                                                                             712.255.4281 FAX
                                                                             Sioux City, Iowa 51104
                                                                             2500 Nebraska Street
                                                                             Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland Inc.

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