Ice Golf Jan 27 supports developmentally disabled adults
12/30/2012 12:32, Published by Jacqueline, Categories: Health+Wellness
Photo of Blue Spruce Aktion Club incoming president, Kyla Van Inwagen
by Kim & Jennifer Herfurt
Tom Drews saunters into the Blue Spruce Aktion Club meeting with the air of one accustomed to helping those in need. His goal is to make every adult with special needs feel special every day.
“He is in touch with each member at the meeting and sees who has the greatest need at any given moment. He keeps the group together,” said Patricia Van Inwagen, involved parent of a club member. “Plus he’s funny.”
Drews has been the driving force behind the Aktion Club, now in its third year in the mountain area. He knows how important it is to support these adults. In fact, he devotes most of his days to their care. This year, as well as chairing the steering committee for the club, Drews is devoting his time to attracting sponsors to the 2013 Ice Golf Tournament.
In addition to Tom Drews, Maren Schreiber of Evergreen Parks and Recreation District, a charter member of the Aktion Club, is very involved in planning activities. The club will offer monthly outings for the adults that include activities with other charitable organizations in the mountain area. The agenda for outings will be available online at the newly created http://BlueSpruceAktionClub.org website.
Lots of fun is the promise of this year’s Ice Golf Tournament, so mark Sunday, Jan. 27, on your calendar. Grab your three favorite golf clubs, your three best buddies and present a foursome at Evergreen Lake for the third annual Ice Golf Tournament. Bring the kids. This year the Evergreen Parks and Recreation Department is assembling an outstanding contest on the 9-hole Miniature Golf Course, just for kids. And don’t expect an easy par!
Greg Henika, the Magic Master of Ice Golf design for Blue Spruce Kiwanis, has engineered an even more challenging play for the 18-hole course than previous years. An ardent supporter of the Aktion Club, Henika said, “Getting the course onto the ice is a major challenge. The weather is always a factor. If we have snow, it is easier to define the course, but the snow makes the course more challenging for the golfers.”
Henika piles up the snow to form bunkers, and uses arrows to mark the course direction. As the day progresses and the snow melts, or the top of the lake melts, the arrows can dislodge from the ice. Another problem is the wind. “Often I have to go down to the dam to find the arrows,” said Henika. “Just one more thing to make the Ice Golf Tournament different and challenging. And nobody knows how the tennis ball will bounce on the ice.”
For added enjoyment, teams are invited to dress in costume. Or have your business sponsor a hole. It’s great fun and the money goes to a worthy cause. In 2011, funds from the first Ice Golf Tournament chartered the Blue Spruce Aktion Club, a Kiwanis service leadership club for developmentally challenged adults, 18 and older.
Since then the Aktion Club has lived up to its name by actively moving out into the community. Ringing bells for Salvation Army, stuffing eggs for the Elks Club Easter Egg Hunt, and refinishing and donating a bench to the Evergreen Lake were a few of their activities. In the overwhelming spirit of giving that identifies the Aktion Club, members voted unanimously to donate to a local teenager seriously injured in an accident.
2013 is shaping up to be an even bigger year in the community for the Blue Spruce Aktion Club. Kyla Van Inwagen, the Mountain Connection cover girl, will take over in January as the new president. In her words, “It is my responsibility. I look forward to helping others.”
Under her leadership, and that of the entire enthusiastic membership, the group will appear often in the mountain area in their new blue t-shirts with the Aktion Club logo. By watching these club members it is easy to uncover their philosophy. To paraphrase President Kennedy: Ask not what Evergreen can do for the Aktion Club, but what we can do for Evergreen!
“From day one,” said Maren Schreiber, “this club has been all about giving. They relish the chance to give back to the community that has given so much to them.”
This year the club is ready to increase its visibility in the community. Meetings have been moved to Saturdays to allow a longer time for activities. This change in schedule will help to increase participation of parents.
Blue Spruce Kiwanis, the sponsoring organization for the Aktion Club, is sending representatives from the club to Longmont in February to the Kiwanis District Convention. Aktion Club members are excited about meeting up with club members from other clubs in metro Denver. Kyla smiled, saying, “I can see all my friends and find out what other Aktion Clubs are doing.”
Again this year Jerry Anderson of Baker Hughes will be serving award-winning chili for all the participants of the tournament. Anderson said, “We have created an even better recipe for both the green and red than last year.” So don’t miss a bowl of chili after your round of golf. As always, hot coffee and chocolate will be served to warm your fingers and toes.
Sign up at http://icegolf.bluesprucekiwanis.org for the Ice Golf tournament. For the youth and the young at heart, sign up for the 9-hole miniature golf course. A foursome for this course is $16, or $5 for an individual. For the more adventurous, register for the challenging 18-hole course. A foursome is $100 and individual registration is $30. If you prefer to register by mail, send a check and a copy of the registration form available on the website, to Blue Spruce Kiwanis at P.O. Box 1153, Evergreen, CO 80437.
Evergreen Colorado Blue Spruce Aktion Club blue spruce kiwanis evergreen lake ice golf tournment tom drews maren schreiber patricia van inwagen greg henika kayla van inwagen jerry anderson of baker hughes evergreen parks recreation district