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‘Club Heyday’ offers new creative outlet for area adults with special needs | News, Sports, Jobs



‘Club Heyday’ offers new creative outlet for area adults with special needs | News, Sports, Jobs

T-R PHOTOS BY ROBERT MAHARRY — Those that participated within the inaugural gathering of Membership Heyday, a brand new group for space adults with particular wants, exhibit their initiatives on Wednesday afternoon at Marshalltown Group School. Organizer Hattie Roth, additionally pictured, is planning to rearrange quarterly conferences with the long-term purpose of launching a summer time camp someday sooner or later.

Hattie Roth has massive desires of operating a full-on summer time camp for adults with particular wants sooner or later, however she is aware of she has to begin someplace.

Roth, a service coordinator with Central Iowa Residential Companies Inc. (CIRSI), led the primary assembly of Membership Heyday on the Marshalltown Group School campus Wednesday night with 10 members and a handful of assist workers serving to out with a portray challenge. For now, it’s being billed as a quarterly occasion, but when the demand grows, she would like to make it extra frequent.

“I’ve labored for CIRSI for a few decade, and I’ve seen issues form of come and go along with the totally different golf equipment, teams (and) alternatives that they’ve,” Roth mentioned. “And I believe, to begin with, Marshalltown has plenty of alternatives (and) has plenty of alternatives for youngsters. For any adults, I believe we’re form of missing, however particularly for these guys.”

Roth is concerned with the Arc of Marshall County, which hosts month-to-month occasions like dances and taekwondo periods, however it was weekly and targeted on smaller duties like crafting and paintings. In that sense, she sees Membership Heyday as a method to fill the void and hopes it would proceed to develop.

“I’d like for it to get to be month-to-month. It’s a volunteer primarily based factor,” she mentioned.

Darla Andersen works on portray a pot in the course of the first Membership Heyday occasion at MCC on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, they labored on portray and assembling wind chimes, and Roth plans to tailor the crafting initiatives to the season — in August, it will likely be tie-dye and summer time camp themed. A number of of the members in attendance on Wednesday evening mentioned they have been having “a number of enjoyable” and positively deliberate to be again for the subsequent session.

To study extra about Membership Heyday and the way to become involved as a participant or a volunteer, go to their Fb web page at The occasions will all the time be held on the MCC campus, however they might transfer to totally different rooms relying on the variety of members.

“I’m actually grateful to Iowa Valley. The workers over right here have been actually nice to work with, and it’s an excellent first step,” Roth mentioned.


Contact Robert Maharry at 641-753-6611 ext. 255 or

[email protected].

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