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: ! Thursday, June 11, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News. Page TM'rteen ( Keep Iowa Beautiful "Building Strong Communities - Developing Sustainable Futures" Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director "Iowa's Roses" It is the season for flowers and the rainbow of colors they provide on the green landscape. 118 years ago Rosa pratincola (wild prairie rose) became Iowa's Flower. The Extra Session of the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of the State of Iowa adopted the wild rose as the official state flower of Iowa on May 7, 1897. WHEREAS, the Executive Council has authorized the wild rose of Iowa as one of the decorations on the silver service presented to the battle ship "Iowa;" therefore be it Resolved, by the Senate the House concurring, That the wild rose shall be officially designated as the flower of the State. In addition to the wild prairie rose, there are a wide variety of hybrid roses that we see in gardens and flower centers. We take great pride in their beauty and their aroma. They brighten our lives. Particular attention to the rose was provided by Shakespeare in "Romeo and Juliet." Juliet comments: "What's in a name? that which we call a rose - by any other name would smell as sweet." The rose - regardless of variety, tends to be a thing of beauty enjoyed by everyone. There is one other variety of roses around us every day. These roses often go unnoticed. It is the army of volunteers that provide their time and talents for every kind of project that can be imagined. Like nature's roses they also have an inherent beauty - service to mankind! They brighten our lives! These "roses": Take care of elderly and help those in need, Guide and mentor youngsters, Care for the natural resources, Manage the libraries and museums, Coach youth in recreational activities, Easter Seals Iowa Board of Directors Honored with National Excellence in Affiliate Board Leadership Award Pictured from left to right in the photo are: President and CEO of Easter Seals Randy Rutta, Easter Seals Iowa Board Member Rochelle Burnett, Easter Seals Iowa President and CEO Sherri Nielsen and Easter Seals Iowa Board Chair David Lester. Photo submitted. Concluded p. 15 The Easter Seals national office honored the Des Moines area board of directors in Iowa with the Excellence in Affiliate Board Leadership Award at the 2015 Leader- ship Summit award dinner recently held in Chicago. Easter Seals Iowa board mem- bers were lauded for their work in supporting Cabins for Campers, the renovation of the Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside lodging accommodations for camp partici- pants, and praised for their continued work in fundraising for the Easter Seals Iowa organization. President and CEO of Easter Seals Randy Rutta presented Easter Seals Iowa Chair- man of the Board David Lester, Easter Seals Iowa Board Member Rochelle Burnett and President/CEO of Easter Seals Iowa Sherri Nielsen with the award. "The Camp Sunnyside rebuilding project is just one of many things the Board is being honored for," said Rutta. "They also set a great example of givingback financially to Easter Seals which allows for projects such as the overhaul at Camp Sunnyside to even be possible." Camp Sunnyside was in great need of updated and modernized cabins, and un- der the leadership of Rick Tollakson and Steve Niebuhr of Hubbell Realty Company, new cabins were built in just seven days. Niebuhr, who was serving as Easter Seals Iowa board chair at the time, saw an opportunity within his own company to take the lead in an effort to provide better and safer lodging for campers. Under Niebuhr's leadership, and with the support of the Iowa Board, more than 500 volunteers con- verged on Camp Sunnyside to build two new 7,500 square foot cabins for their camp- ers, logging more than 1,500 hours of service in just one week. Camp Sunnyside provides respite for children and adults with and without dis- abilities. It offers more than 80 acres of fun from horseback riding and rock climbing to swimming and nature trails. The i uilding project made it possible for the campers to continue to come and enjoy the camp with enhanced lodging accommodations. Cabins are complete with indoor shower facilities, laundry and storm shelters. Each cabin is fully accessible and houses 45 campers and 30 staff members. The Cabins for Campers project cost more than $2 million and everything was donated or covered by fundraising. Easter Seals Iowa provides exceptional services to ensure all people with dis- abilities or special needs, and their families, have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities, www.eastersealsia.org. About the Excellence in Affiliate Board Leadership Award: This award honors an Easter Seals affiliate board of directors that has demonstrated excellence and out- standing performance in "all aspects of volunteer leadership. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 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