Proposed Changes to RCRV By-laws
- Written by Keith Sutherland
Changes to the RCRV by-laws have been proposed. The changes are minimal, correcting our meeting location and referencing 55+ Initiative in place of RSVP. Several minor typos are also corrected. Please review and come to the October board meeting with your comments/suggestions. The final vote on approval will be held at that meeting.
You can view the proposed bylaws in Microsoft Word format by clicking this link.
Rockwell Collins Retiree Medical Insurance Seminars
On October 3,4 & 5 2016 the Rockwell Collins retiree medical insurance plans for 2017 will be presented at:
3375 Armar Dr
Marion, IA 52302
by members of Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteers (RCRV) . This seminar will be provided at the following times:
Monday October 3 9:00 am 12:30 pm 3:00 pm
Tuesday October 4 9:00 am 12:30 pm 3:00 pm
Wednesday October 5 9:00 am 12:30 pm 3:00 pm
As has been done in previous years, this seminar will provide information on retiree insurance for pre-65 retirees and Medicare insurance options for retirees 65 and older.
In order to make reservations for a specific seminar, sign up online at
You will get confirmation of your reservation by return email.
If you do not have access to a computer, or do not have an email address, you may call
and leave a message with the desired seminar date & time, and the number of people attending. You will receive a return call, only if your selected seminar time is no longer available.
Adult Swing Project
- Written by Dave Knuth
On July 19 of this year, RCRV received a request from Systems Unlimited, Inc. to build an adult swing. This swing had to be able to hold a 300 pound individual. RCRV accepted the challenge and Dave Knuth came up with a design that was presented to Systems Unlimited for their approval. They reviewed and approved the design and subsequent funding estimate. Dave finalized the design and he and Jim Vacherlon procured the necessary materials and hardware. Jim and Dave spent Monday, August 15, cutting the lumber to size and drilling the necessary holes for the fastening bolts. On Friday, August 19, Jim and Dave delivered the material to the Systems Unlimited site, and along with Wil Mickelson and Jim Young, assembled the swing. After the swing was assembled and tested, it was observed to have unacceptable lateral sway. Dave designed a fix and on Monday August 19, Dave installed Service Bulletin #1. The swing was now much more stable, and the folks at Systems Unlimited are very happy with the swing. Chalk up another win for RCRV.
Adaptive Physical Education equipment requests from Ann Griffin
For the last 10 years, many RCRV members have been involved in projects to create equipment for Ann Griffin of the Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Ann is responsible for the Adapted Physical Education (APE) program which supports Physical Educators tasked with teaching students with disabilities. (http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/divlearn/APE/equipment.html ) RCRV members have created several pieces of specialized equipment to allow disabled students to participate in PE activities.
The email is the continuation of a 10 year conversation and don’t worry if you are confused about some of the references. Ask Jim Green for background information.
For a reasonably complete list of documented projects created by RCRV members see: http://rcrv.org/community_projects.php
May 5, 2016
LOVE the Liaison idea!
UPDATE: Big Ball Launcher at National Convention in Minneapolis, SHAPE America
BUSIEST YEAR ever!!!
LOTS OF Equipment in schools!!! LOTS of smiles on kids’ faces
NEW APE programs or adaptive equipment needs 2015-16
- Anamosa MS
- Monticello Elementary
- Franklin MS
- Harding MS: new students with physical disabilities: Team Bella
- Prairie Hill
- Solon MS
- Coolidge Elem: Team Riley
- LinnMar Community SD: NEW adapted aquatics program…pool chairs like bath chairs only taller…for transport of wet students…to protect wheel chair
- College Community: Ridge, Hill, Creek, Point and PHS
- Bocce Ball Ramps, Need 6: see design at: http://rcrv.org/community_projects.php?projID=295
- Bumper Car??? Any more inner tubes? Could use 2 more cars: Did not see on the website…was a Chuck Wehage creation!
- Ladder golf balls
- Re-design the Frisbee disc thrower to work with disc golf disc markers: http://rcrv.org/community_projects.php?projID=24
- Re-design the golf chipper putters http://rcrv.org/community_projects.php?projID=32
- Re-design Cliff’s astronaut board…circular and smaller for PS classes (Wellman and CPU)…need 4 about 24” diameter
- NEW INVENTION: Kicker..for soccer, kickball: http://rcrv.org/community_projects.php?projID=33
- NEW INVENTION: ball picker upper
- NEW INVENTION: Golf club swinger
- HOCKEY stick-wheelchair attachment
- Switch activated bowling ramps…need screws/check ball pusher devices
- Small ball launchers, need some assembled (parts already cut out)
- Bowling ramps…re screw
- Check out battery operation of fishing machine
- Big Ball Launcher: IOWA BIG? Attach to STEM initiatives? Mentor? Plans for BIG Ball launcher? Might Jack share his plans and let someone draw them up for the website (without referring to the designer) OR might he be willing to let someone reverse engineer the launcher so the plans could be made available? OR might one of the STEM classes or Iowa BIG be able to make these (maybe with Jack being the mentor?)
- Logo? PR? Sticker to put on devices?
- QR code with directions for use on devices?
RCRV Change #1
- Written by Dave Knuth
Before I left town last Winter, I asked the RCRV members of the board for input on the future of RCRV because things were changing:
- REACT was closed
- New Location for Weekly Meetings
- New location for Monthly Board Meetings
- Uncertainty of ongoing Rockwell Sponsorship
- Our Membership is aging, with few new members
- Our responsiveness to Volunteer Requests has deteriorated, and is jeopardizing our relationship with some non-profits
- The type of Volunteer Requests has changed over the years, and often do not appeal as much to our technical, constructional and instructional capabilities
- Some of our Members have gravitated to specific Volunteer activities, like SHIIP and WRAP that either satisfy their volunteer desires or limit their ability to take on more activities.