Quakerdale is topic for Matins Kiwanis

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Program Host for Matins Kiwanis, Frank Moran, right, welcomes Rob Talbot, CEO of Quakerdale, as he brings the history and philosophy of Quakerdale to the club.

Matins Kiwanis met Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Salvation Army building and were greeted by Joe Ludley. Token Fines were paid by Andy Schwandt, Mike Fields, Ludley and Alan Hilleman with Happy Dollars coming from Frank Moran, Glen Christen, Hilleman, Andy and Martha Schwandt and Joe Robertson. Another great buffet breakfast was served with Moran and Steve Bolar winning a free breakfast for the next meeting. Andy Schwandt gave an update on the Funnel Cake sales at the 4th of July celebration at the Fair Grounds and will have the volunteer list available for the next outing in Des Moines to be held July 29.

Program Host Moran introduced the guest speaker Rob Talbot. Talbot is the CEO of Quakerdale which was started 167 years ago by Josiah White and is the second oldest facility of its kind in Iowa. It got its start in the 1800’s with White finding homes on both sides of the Mississippi (in Indiana and Keokuk) for the orphans heading west from New York and Philadelphia.

Quakerdale is a Christian not-for-profit organization with a focus on encouraging hope, faith and growth with the families and communities that they serve. Quakerdale reaches out to teach discipline, good citizenship and a personal relationship to God with facilities at Wolfe Ranch between Marshalltown and Le Grand, the Promise Academy, Eagle Basketball, the Van Orman House, Waterloo youth Shelter and the campus at New Providence.

Questions were raised and answered and the meeting was adjourned by President Chris Reid.