From the President

I recently read through a list of “essential workers” during the pandemic we are currently experiencing. Obviously, first on the list was hospitals, but as I went through the list no place could I find Kindervelt.  How could they have left us off the list?  WE ARE   ESSENTIAL …Cincinnati Children’s continues to care for their patients throughout this difficult time and we have to remember we too are essential to that process and need to find a way to live up to our motto, “Together We Can Make a Difference!”

I can’t stress enough the importance of us all working hard to find innovative ways to make up for some lost revenue due to events being cancelled and restrictions regarding the virus. I know great Kindervelt minds will get the job done.

We are excited to begin our 4-year partnership with the Division of Critical Care Medicine and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Rather than being idled by COVID-19 uncertainties, several groups are actively working on ways to start supporting the new division.  As always we need to support and promote any events, activities, sales, etc.… that any group is able to carry out, especially during these difficult times. 

Please take time to consider attending the VIRTUAL LUNCH AT THE LINKS this year, which will be 100% online.  Check out the details in this edition of the newsletter.  There are all sorts of ways you can support KV Group 19’s effort and promote it to friends and family.  They have put a lot of work into changing this event to a virtual format; we owe them our thanks for persevering and not giving up on the event!

KV #16 has new members that have jumped right in and organized their group participating in the Longest Yard Sale August 7-8.  See their ad for more information.  Drive by and check out the sale…you may just see something you can’t live without and Kindervelt will benefit!

Enjoy the rest of the summer and get those creative minds working…remember  WE ARE   ESSENTIAL!   

Thanks for all you do, and see you in September!

Katrina Smith
Kindervelt City President

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”- Seneca
Kindervelt Beats Fundraising Goal
Announces New Beneficiary
From Cincinnati Children's Centerlink

For the last four years, Kindervelt, has alleviated existing challenges for children with psychiatric emergencies through its support of the Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Center (KV PEACe). KV PEACe provides designated space and resources within our emergency department, and thanks to our largest fundraising auxiliary, we have been able to improve the comprehensive assessment, care and support of our mental health patients and families.

Kindervelt set a goal in 2016 to raise over $2 million for KV PEACe. When COVID-19 put a halt to their largest fundraising events, they thought their goal was far out of reach. However, with the hard work and dedication from the hundreds of volunteers at Kindervelt, they were thrilled to present $2,040,000 in support of the center. 

“Meeting the needs of kids with mental health is an ongoing struggle and what Kindervelt has done has allowed us to be ahead of the curve. Kindervelt’s gift has helped us take tremendous steps in what we can do for kids in our psychiatric unit,” said  Michael Sorter , MD, director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

On June 19, Kindervelt announced that their next four-year fundraising commitment will benefit the:
  • Construction of the new Critical Care Building
  • Endowed chair for the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU); Cincinnati Children’s will match Kindervelt’s contribution to the endowment for an even larger impact.

Erika Stalets , MD, director, PICU, and  Hector Wong , MD, director, Critical Care Medicine, are grateful for Kindervelt and already have great plans to make an impact with the contribution. Plans include:
  • Creation of spaces for patients, families and staff to escape the sometimes stressful clinical atmosphere
  • Growing the rehabilitation program in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Recruitment and retention of high-level staff for critical care and research

Kindervelt is excited to embark on this new journey, too.

“Through this pandemic and beyond, we will always find a way to support Cincinnati Children's and together, we will make a difference,” said Katrina Smith, President of Kindervelt.  
Debbie Linneman, KV Treasurer, Dr. Michael Sorter, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry /KV PEACe, Bonnie Hueneman, 2018-2020 City President.
Keith Henize, Director of Development, Katrina Smith, Kindervelt City President 2020-2022, Dr. Erica Stalets, Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit , Dr. Hector Wong, Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine.
Finding Joy
By Tara Dale, LISW-S

2020 has been a chaotic and unpredictable year for all of us. There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty about the future, including what will this school year look like for many students, will there be school sports and other extracurricular activities and how to navigate unique schedules and virtual meetings/classes. There’s also the added worry about the course of the pandemic and how safe/healthy it is to attend activities and events with friends, at school and at work. With all of these unknowns, anxiety and worry may naturally begin to rise. It can be challenging at times to see beyond the immediate worries and find joy within each day. Here are a few ways you can find and promote joy for yourself and your child.

Be present in the moment. One helpful skill taught in therapy is mindfulness. This is the practice of being focused on the current moment without judgment of it or yourself. You can do this and model it for your child by sitting in the moment and just observing what you are experiencing. Many people find it helpful to practice deep breathing exercises or just to think about what they are experiencing in their current environment using their five senses (what you see, smell, hear, feel, taste). Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and help sharpen focus. Take a few minutes to try this and encourage your child to try it in a period of high stress or worry.

See the positives. When we are stressed, it is easy to focus on what is going wrong. Be intentional about identifying the good things that are all around you. Encourage your child to do this as well. One helpful approach to tip the balance so that you focus more on positives than negatives can be to identify 3 positives for every 1 negative comment said. Here’s an example of one worry: “I don’t know if I’ll be able to start soccer practice next month.” Examples of positive responses: “That’s true but you can continue to practice the sport you love and stay healthy in the meantime. You have a few good friends who you can talk to about your worries and safely practice together. We will also continue to look for additional options so that you can play soccer throughout the year.”

Find time to play and relax. It can be easy to withdraw and isolate from others when we are upset, anxious or worried. Continue to encourage your child to take time each day to engage in an activity that they enjoy. You can model this by continuing to engage in your hobbies as well. Better yet, schedule family time (even if it’s only for 30 minutes) for everyone to do something that brings them joy each day. These activities can be as simple as reading a good book, going for a nature walk, spend time with a friend (safely in person, on the phone or in a virtual chat), baking or cooking a favorite snack and, practicing a sport. 
Upcoming Events
You are invited to...
Kindervelt 19's
Virtual Lunch at the Links
August 23rd
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Online Bidding starts August 8th.

Look for an email coming soon!
World's Longest Yard Sale
August 7th & 8th
9am - 2pm

Lebanon Lambs 5th Annual Golf Scramble
Sunday, September 20th

Kindervelt Krafts
October 9 & Nov. 16
10am - 3pm

Kindervelt Krafts
November 7
9am - 3pm
Seton High School

Ongoing Projects

All Ongoing Projects can be found on our website HERE. There is also a link at the top of this newsletter going forward. We are planning on featuring some throughout the year.
Sterling Silver
Kindervelt Logo Pendant
1” diameter cast charm with bezel, high polish finish, $50 includes tax.
Quantities limited, order yours now. More info HERE.
Contact Libby,
This N That Consignments

Cleaning out? Downsizing? Don't want to have a garage sale? Bring your home decor, furniture and other items to sell to This N That Consignments, 600 Reading Rd., Suite A, Mason. Tell them you want to sell items under the KV #19 account.

KV #8 sends condolences to the family of our member, Joan Hock who passed away July 10th. Also, condolences to our friend and member Teresa Lange on the loss of her mother.

KV #16 would like to share our deepest sympathy to the families of Jane Roden, a KV #16 member since 2011, and to Bob Thomas whose wife Mary Ann was a former and long time member of KV #16. Both Jane and Bob were very dedicated and loyal to KV #16 and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

KV #56 would like to send our sincere condolences to Linda and William Lunceford on the passing of Linda's father, John Lambert. He was 82 years young and passed away at his home on July 5th. We hope that all the happy memories of your Friday bowling times together bring you much comfort.

KV #68 would like to extend our sympathies to Bonnie Hueneman and Tammy Brunton on the loss of their brother Rick.

KV #78 sends our most heartfelt condolences to Katrina & Neil Smith on the passing of Neil's father Merle Smith.
The sewing department at Children's Hospital would like to thank Kindervelt members and their friends. They made 400 masks to help the children and their caregivers when they are dismissed from the Hospital. Way to go Ladies! 

Members of KV #68 extend a special THANKS to our officers this past year, Diana Peters, president, Bonnie Hueneman, vice president, Sue Deye, secretary, Cindy Metz, treasurer, Gail Shaw-Courtney, membership and Pat Wahl, projects for a job well done. Thank you to our new officers Bonnie Hueneman, president, Diana Peters, vice president, Cindy Metz, secretary, Sally Westendorf, treasurer, Gail Shaw-Courtney, membership and Pat Wahl, projects, for stepping up for this coming year.


Congratulations to Sue, KV #56, and Terry Hammel on the birth of their newest grandson, Myles Landon Jordan born on May 20. He is welcomed by his parents, Brooke and Marcus Jordan.

Elaine Wilke of KV #68 is currently on the Kidney Transplant list. We in KV #68 wish Elaine good luck in finding a kidney real soon. Elaine joined Kindervelt after attending our craft show last fall and has been on the National Transplant list since this past January. 
July 6th - Ruth Wiley KV #56 & #78
July 29th - Nancy Morton KV #78
August 12th - Sarah Varda & Elaine Santos KV #77
August 13th - Karen Geeves KV #77
August 21st - Lizzy Harold KV #77, Mary Beth Young KV #78
August 24th - Terri Kemper KV #77
How Our Members Have Kept Busy.....
Char McBrayer, KV #22, created this stained glass d uring April and the "Stay at Home” order. The window is in memory of Bill Nelson whose wife, Margaret Nelson, is a long time KV member. This is the fourth window in a set for the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery for their Columbarium. Bill Nelson and his team were the inspiration for each of the widows at the church.
Niki Meiner & her kids have been busy, horseback riding and more! Her daughter has perfected cinnamon rolls while her son has perfected beer bread. Beverages of the moment for Niki…
Perri Schenker has been cooking up delicious food in her kitchen using the herbs from her garden! The Schenkers have been exploring new parts of our great city and social distancing when necessary!