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2017 Client Appreciation Event

On November 14th, we had another successful client banquet.  The food was delicious, the meetings were informative and the entertainer, Matt Iseman, was terrific!  He shared stories of his time on Celebrity Apprentice and working on American Ninja Warrior.  It was a great evening of fun and entertainment.

Click on the video to see the news story on Matt and this year’s charity, Team of Mercy.

The Volkers Group Strikes Out at Homelessness

The Volkers Group Strikes Out at Homelessness

On March 6, 2017, members of the Volkers Group and their friends bowled for a great cause and had a great time “striking out”!  Proceeds from the bowling fundraiser went toward Families By Choice, an organization that fights to reduce the number of those homeless and hungry throughout the Wabash Valley.

The Volkers Group bowling team was represented by Kyle Volkers, Frank Volkers, Mel Krueger, Brooke Cutshall, and Joe Bush.  The pins were not always kind, but at the end of the night we enjoyed a great evening and even walked away with some hardware.

More information about Families By Choice can be found at http://familiesbychoice.org.

 

Pictured are: Joe Bush (High Score winner), Muriel Ryan (Founder of Families by Choice), and Kyle Volkers (team captain)

 

2016 – Toys for Tots

At our recent Client Appreciation Banquet (pictures below) we announced that Toys for Tots would be this years’ recipient of the contribution The Volkers Group makes on behalf of our clients.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. 

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2015 Designated Charity – The Shoe Bus

Every year we select a local charity to support as part of our client appreciation event.  This year, instead of donating money to a worthy cause, we donated socks and shoes… a lot of socks and shoes!

ShoeBuspromoThe Terre Haute Women’s Club heads up a “Shoe Bus” project that provides shoes to Vigo County school children in need. The shoes and socks are distributed through the use of a modified van that makes weekly “shoe bus runs” to Vigo County schools.  Children are recommended by local school nurses for new shoes. Students receiving shoes also receive two pairs of new socks.

The Volkers Group is proud to support creative and worthy causes like this in our community.

More information about The Shoe Bus and the Terre Haute Women’s Club can be found online at http://www.terrehautewomensclub.com/.

 

 

Investment Planners, Inc. and/or IPI Wealth Management, Inc. do not endorse and are not affiliated with this charitable organization.

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Volkers Group Open House

Thank you for celebrating with us!

We hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting for our new office on October 6th. Now located at 2963 Erie Canal Road, Terre Haute, IN, we are pleased to have our new space to serve you better. You will notice the lack of stairs, the wide open spaces and the lingering smell of “new”. If you missed the Open House, please stop in anytime. We look forward to seeing you.

Beyond the Office Walls

An old proverb states, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We at The Volkers Group believe that to
be true. We participate in many activities that give us joy and provide a service to others. While the following
does not cover it all, we just wanted to share a little of what makes us tick. Where our heart and actions lay,
we find our passions and make them part of our lives. Whether it is serving in the mission field, playing Bingo
with a nursing home resident, taking flowers to a friend, or placing a phone call to make someone’s day, Doctor
Oz states one of the best health benefits we have is being connected. This spring we hope you bloom with
adventure and excitement.

spidermanMel Krueger has traded in some time on the golf course for some time with children. As he entered his career at The Volkers Group, Mel enjoys the flexible schedule to allow him to spend time with his youngest grandson, Jackson. Now age 3, it takes plenty of energy to chase him, tell stories, cook meals, and run like Spiderman! Mel believes the extra bonding time he receives while his daughter is at work is a benefit that pays dividends in love. Mel will welcome another grandchild into the family in September. This will make 7 grandchildren, ranging in age from 0 to 19!

 

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Jody Reinoehl is working with Altrusa on the 33rd Annual Chili Cook-off. The event will be held on Sept. 12, 2015 from 11:00 – 2:00 at 9th & Cherry in downtown Terre Haute.

The proceeds from the Chili Cook-off go to support many Wabash Valley literacy programs such as Vigo County GED Graduation, GED testing, Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition, Family Learning Day at Vigo County Public Library, (4) $1,000 financial needs scholarships and the Vigo County Spelling Bee. The funds also help purchase supplies for ISU Alternative Spring Break and our own junior service group “ASTRA”.

 

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The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, they help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and teach the rules of war. Each year, they reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe.

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family, to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food; health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. In addition, The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.

The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply. They are also the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in their training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.

team_runFrank and Janet Volkers traveled with son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Christina Crist, to Leon, Nicaragua last November. Working side by side with other members of Maryland Community Church and people from the village of El Jicarita, success was had with the drilling of a well providing clean drinking water to the people of the village. In addition to the drilling efforts, daily activities were provided for the children whose numbers swelled from 30 to 150! This is the second mission trip to Central America for Frank and Janet who previously went to El Salvador in 2012.

 

 

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Surviving the Color will hold its 2nd 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 2nd. Sponsored by Team of Mercy, the proceeds of this event will be used to continue to assist survivor’s families after a suicide. Having lost a granddaughter to suicide, Janet reminds us that we need to give comfort and care to those struggling to overcome the shock and grief of such a tragedy. Team of Mercy holds monthly support meetings on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Cross Lane Community Church. For more information about Team of Mercy, Surviving the Color, or to talk with someone, give Janet at call at (812) 232-5822.

 

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As a father of four, Kyle Volkers keeps busy. However, his most recent non-father endeavor is joining the board of Terre Foods Cooperative Market. Terre Foods is a member-owned organization formed to bring a whole foods grocery store to Terre Haute. The goal is to have a full service grocery store providing access to local, organic food and products. Not only does this give the Wabash Valley a source for healthy food, but also gives the community a unique venture with real economic benefits. The co-op has had a lot of interesting developments over the past few months, so look out for new and exciting updates from Terre Foods over the coming year. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.terrefoods.coop/

 

 

 

 

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Feeding the Hungry of the Wabash Valley

Picture the setting. It’s Thanksgiving Day. Your family arrived early and stayed late. You laughed yourself silly, cheered at football on TV, and discussed Black Friday shopping. And some time during the day, you let out a sigh and said, “I ate too much.”

Picture this setting instead. It’s Thanksgiving Day. Your family arrived early and stayed late. You laughed yourself silly, cheered at football, and ate chicken noodle soup out of a can. At some time during the day, you let out a sigh and thought, “I am still hungry.”

Salvation Army

As our annual gift to a charity in our community, The Volkers Group will be donating to the Salvation Army. In addition to housing their own food pantry and programs, the Salvation Army serves as the community coordination and intake center for those in need, even if those needs are meet through other agencies.

If you know someone in need of food or other services, the Salvation Army will be doing needs registration at their office, 234 S. Eighth Street, Terre Haute. If you would like to contact the Salvation Army, they can be reached at 232-4081.

 

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Color Run

Inside of each person and each family is a story in the making. It doesn’t end, it just weaves through our lives and is carried forward by the next generation. Our family, like your family, have stories to be told, and much of the time, our stories become public, mostly by our own choice. We believe that sharing the stories of our lives helps others feel comfortable in sharing their own stories, or at least that is our hope. We are all in this world together, and it is up to us to make it the best world possible.

It was with a very heavy heart that we shared the death of our granddaughter, Hannah Crist, age 15, September 13, 2013. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of her, and the tears still come easily, but life has a way of pushing us to continue living. We live for ourselves, for our loved ones who remain and who have passed away before us, and we live for our community, to make it brighter and better because of the love we have for others.

Team of Mercy is an organization that assists survivors in the critical 24 hour period following an attempted or completed suicide. The organization provides families with any necessary bio-hazardous cleaning services at the scene, and offer support to those left behind in their time of need by other survivors of suicide.

On May 31, 2014, Team of Mercy held “Surviving The Color”, a 5K run/walk. This year the event was held in memory of Hannah and the other seven families that lost a loved one in the past 12 months. Our family joined approximately six hundred others at Ohio and Brown for the journey into and around Deming Park. Powdered paint was squirted, thrown, and dowsed onto our clothes, hair, faces and any and all other body parts!  While that may sound absolutely terrible, it was fun, a great way to raise money for a good organization and gave us another way to celebrate those we have loved and lost.

Surviving the Color 2014

Tammy Conner, President of Team of Mercy with Christina Crist

Tammy Conner, President of Team of Mercy with Christina Crist

Yes, Frank Volkers in a tutu!

Yes, Frank Volkers in a tutu!

Kyle running to catch his daughter, Brenna

Kyle running to catch his daughter, Brenna

Some family gathered before the start

Some family gathered before the start

Christina Crist with daughter Sophia

Christina Crist with daughter Sophia

Ready to Begin

Ready to Begin

And we’re off!

And we’re off!

Color Explosion!

Color Explosion!

Adam Crist & tired Sophia

Adam Crist & tired Sophia

 

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