Posts Tagged 'Serve Our Youth Network'

Golf for Kids!

You are invited to Serve Our Youth Network’s 3rd Annual Golf Outing to be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2008.  We will have a 1:00pm shotgun start and it will be a four person best shot.

This event will be held, once again, at Toad Valley Golf Course, located at 237 NE 80th St., Pleasant Hill.  The course is a 1/2 mile south of S.E. Polk High School.

The cost per golfer to register is $75 and that includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and dinner when you finish.  You can register online at or by phone at (641) 620-9037.

We are also looking for hole sponsors.  A hole sponsorship is $250 and for that you’ll receive a sign at the hole sponsored, mention in the golf outing program, and mentioned in our bi-monthly newsletter and blog.

If you have any questions about the golf outing please contact Heather Comfort.  She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (515) 971-2039.

We hope to see you there!

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Spring Banquet… by the Numbers

At our 4th annual Spring Banquet on Thursday, May 8th we had 247 guests.  We received $22,180 in gifts that evening with an additional $6,140 pledged (monthly & quarterly pledges annualized).  That brings the grand total raised to $28,320.  This does not include underwriting… this is only gifts and pledge cards received that evening, and pledge cards mailed to us after.

We would like to take time to thank our underwriting sponsors who helped make this evening possible:

We would also give a special thanks to those who helped make the program end of our banquet a success!

  • Barry Griswell, former CEO of Principal Financial Group for speaking
  • Brooke Bouma of WHO-TV who emceed
  • Darin Wogen who shared about his mentoring experience.
  • Chad Quist, Heidi Quist, and Suzanne Lenters for their special music.
  • Pastor Jane Brown of Meredith Drive Reformed Church for providing the Invocation and Pastor Clare DeBoef of Perry First United Methodist Church for giving the Benediction.
  • Jeff Larson for giving our pledge challenge.

Special thanks is also needed for our table hosts without whom we wouldn’t have had any guests!

  • Greg & Becky Abbot of Indianola
  • Rick & Emily Burger of Urbandale
  • Grace Butler of Pella
  • Heather & Seth Comfort of Des Moines
  • Dennis DeGroote of Woodward
  • Beth Draheim of Des Moines
  • Ken Ferguson of West Des Moines
  • Harold Grandia of Johnston
  • Greg & Judy Gear of West Des Moines
  • Paul Gratton of Des Moines
  • Kathy Howey of Pella
  • Joe & Jody Karge of Woodward
  • Evelyn Libby of West Des Moines
  • Joyce & John Lutz of Des Moines
  • Steve & Mary Quiner of Johnston
  • Susan Sorgenfrey of West Des Moines
  • Jeremy & Jen Stumbo of Ames
  • Rich & Elaine Thomson of Altoona
  • Mary Tomlinson of Des Moines
  • Dan & Linda Vander Hart of Des Moines
  • Scott & Tami Vander Hart of Urbandale
  • Shane & Cheryl Vander Hart of Pleasant Hill
  • Bernie & Marcia Van Roekel of Urbandale
  • Ken & Gloria Van Zee of Pella
  • Lois Vermeer of Pella

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Banquet Speaker – Barry Griswell

The former CEO of Principal Financial Group, Barry Griswell, was our speaker for our 4th Annual Spring Banquet.  Below is a video of parts of his speech.

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Thank you Ryan Cosgrove

Ryan playing hangman on the computer with a youth at the shelter. One of our informal mentors, Ryan Cosgrove, is graduating from Grand View College (which is right across the street from Polk County Youth Services).  He has mentored seven boys in the last two years he served with us at the shelter.

He is going on to seminary in Pennsylvania, and we wish him the very best.  Thank you Ryan for your service!  The staff at the shelter appreciate your sacrifice of time coming to meet with the boys, and so do we.

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Speaking at RockFest

Shane Vander Hart, our Director of Ministries & Volunteer Development was asked to speak at RockFest 2 in between bands.

RockFest 2 was a Christian music event held in Pella, IA on 4/20/08.  Below is a video of Shane speaking.

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Banquet will feature Griswell, Bouma

Our upcoming Spring Banquet on May 8th is fast approaching.  It will be held from 6:30-8:30p at the Holiday Inn on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, south of I-80.  If you would like to RSVP for this free event (space is limited) e-mail us or call us at (866) 620-9037  Our speaker for the evening is Barry Griswell,  former CEO (and now chairman of the board) of the Principal Financial Group.

Griswell joined the Principal in 1988 as an officer and agency vice president. He became senior vice president in 1991 and executive vice president in 1996. He was named president in 1998, became CEO in 2000 and chairman of the board in 2002. Prior to his association with the Principal Financial Group, he served as president and CEO of MetLife Marketing Corporation, a brokerage and supplementary distribution-marketing subsidiary of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, J. Barry Griswell was the product of a troubled home. With an alcoholic father and a stressful family life, he sold newspapers and bagged groceries to help the family make ends meet. By the age of 15, he was loading trucks. The adversity seemed to strengthen him. On a full scholarship, he attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Stetson University in 1972.

Griswell lends his leadership and expertise to many industry and community organizations, among them the American Council of Life Insurers, The Business Roundtable, Herman Miller Inc., the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education and the United Way of America. Among his numerous honors are the Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award, the Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also an inductee into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame.

He is a member at Ashworth Road Baptist Church in West Des Moines.

Our emcee for the evening will be Brooke Bouma who is the anchor of the Today in Iowa program seen weekday mornings from 5 to 7 on WHO-TV 13.

Raised on a farm outside of Ottumwa, IA.  Bouma graduated from Eddyville High School, and later attended Central College graduating with a degree in Communication in 1996.  She first worked KTVO in Ottumwa, and then worked as a the morning show anchor and reporter for WIBW in Topeka, KS.

Bouma started with WHO-TV in 2000 as a reporter, and then  in 2003 became Today in Iowa anchor.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and their son, Evan.

We look forward to having both Barry Griswell and Brooke Bouma with us at our upcoming banquet.

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SPAM Dinner

Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Des Moines has a small group that hosts a dinner every year that highlights SPAM, yes that canned, um… meat that will forever be a part of Americana.  They decided to use the dinner to highlight the work of Serve Our Youth Network as well.  I don’t think there is any correlation between SPAM and SOY however.  Mary Tomlinson, our Des Moines volunteer coordinator, represented us and took these pictures.


Gail Spitzer made a SPAM & Pineapple Pizza.


This is Jerry Brown who is showing off how many varieties of SPAM there are.


Serving behind the counter is Sherry Simpson, in line from left to right – three youth from the Wilson family, and SOY volunteers Joyce & John Lutz.


Serving from Left to Right – Jerry Brown, Sherry Simpson & Gary Busby.

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SOY Volunteers Jody Lutterman and Beth Draheim


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