From the President

Happy March! I certainly am feeling lucky to be volunteering with such great people for such a fine cause. Congratulations and thanks to Suzanne Nemeth, our South Region Leader, and groups 3, 29, 45, 56, and 65 for organizing such a wonderful fundraising event at AR Workshop, who we thank as well for their support of Kindervelt. It was a great evening, and the participants went home with lovely creations and the knowledge that our fun time also helps us make a difference in the lives of those at Cincinnati Children’s.

As we begin the 4th quarter of our fiscal year the anticipation of our annual gift presentation on May 18th grows. It’s going to be a busy quarter with many special group events! We have Fashion Shows, Luncheons, Golf Outings, Bunko Parties, and much more, as well as the finalization of a new slate of Board of Trustees, selection of the 2022 Barbara Fitch Award winner and groups working on compiling new lists of officers for 2022-2023. Kindervelt is so fortunate to have such dedicated members that never stop! There is always something going on with Kindervelt and I wish all the groups the best of luck with their spring events!  
Katrina Smith
Kindervelt City President
Annual Barbara Fitch Award Nominations
It's time for our annual Barbara Fitch Award nominations. The committee is looking for an exemplary individual to honor, so please consider for nomination any current Kindervelt member in good-standing with at least 5 years service.  This person should be dedicated and committed--one who is an ambassador for Kindervelt in the community, who is an active contributor to her local group, and who gladly gives her time, talents and energy to promote our cause.  The nominee should represent the true spirit of charity as well as embody the mantra "others before self".

Nominations due April 15th.

The 2022 award winner will be honored at this year's Annual Meeting On May 18th.
50th Jubilee Ornament
We still have some commemorative ornaments that were created for our 50th Jubilee since the manufacturer duplicated the last order. It is a two sided 3.75" porcelain ornament in a bisque finish, $12 each. Email me at First come, first served. Great gift for a long time Kindervelt supporter.

Thank you again to all that donated. Please don't forget to submit a matching gift request form through your company if offered. Great way to "Double your donation." Still want to honor Kindervelt's past 50 years? Possibly with a $50 donation for 50 years? Of course, anything helps.
There are also Kindervelt 50th Jubilee decks of cards available for $5 each. Contact Mary Beth at
Understanding Self-Harming Behaviors
Kyle Caldwell, M.Ed, LPCC-S 
Since March is Self-Harm Awareness month, I believe it would be beneficial to take time to discuss this issue as it relates to teenagers. I often see adolescents come in to the Emergency Department with concerns of self-harm and I find that there are often misunderstandings surrounding this behavior. Below I will try to offer some clarification. 
What Self-Harm Is vs. What It Is Not
One of the most common beliefs that I encounter about self-harm is that it is suicidal in nature.  Teenagers often get referred to the Emergency Department by places such as schools, police, or even their therapists, out of concern that they may be trying to end their life.  This is typically not the case. The usual explanations that I hear from teenagers are:  1) they were trying to find relief from emotional distress, and 2) They were trying to feel something other than emotionally numb. Self-harm is primarily a way that some teenagers find relief to their distressing emotions. 
Types of Self-Harm 
Self-harm can come in different forms such as cutting, burning, and head-banging. Cutting is certainly the most common. Teenagers will often superficially cut on their forearms, but sometimes also the thighs or abdomen. Some parents will question where their child learned to do this, and the answer is that it could be from almost anywhere. Self-harming behaviors are often learned about from their peers, but it could be from other things such as social media.  There is also research that supports the idea that self-harming behaviors can even be picked up from peers in such settings as group therapy. For example, if a teenager is admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit with no prior history of self-harm, it is possible that they will adopt this behavior for themselves following discharge.  

What Parents Can Do 
If you find that your teenager has been self-harming, my first recommendation is to stay calm and not overreact.  Instead, sit down and talk with them about it. Focus not so much on the self-harming behaviors but rather the precipitating emotions. Keep in mind that self-harm serves a function of relieving those emotions. Take time to learn about their stressors, worries, and thoughts they are having. If your teenager is not already seeing a therapist, then schedule an appointment for them to see one. Try to find one that has a background with understanding and treating self-harm. There are many therapists out there that have a background in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (for example) which offers a near endless amount of skills to help reduce emotional distress. As always, you can start with the pediatrician as a starting point in getting treatment recommendations. You can also use to help find a therapist. If at any point you have imminent safety concerns you can bring your teenager to the nearest emergency department for an evaluation. 
Save the Dates!

April 30th - KV #19 Lunch at the Links
May 9th - KV #68 "Tee off Fore the Kids" Golf Outing & Dinner
May 18th - Kindervelt's Annual Meeting - Kenwood Country Club, 6:00 - 8:00
November 4th - Kindervelt's Fall Event - JCC 7:00 - 11:00
Upcoming Events
Early registration is open.
Price increases March 19th.
Spring Luncheon
April 9th
11:00 - 2:00
Please join KV #77 for our Spring Luncheon at The Manor House in Mason. We'll have a Silent Auction, Mystery Bags, Jewelry Chance, Basket Raffle, Wine Raffle, Split the Pot, Ballroom Dancing Entertainment, and Lunch.

Questions? Please contact Brenda Bearden 513-226-6841
Each order contains 30 melt-in-your-mouth cookies for $20. Add $5 for delivery.
Place Orders with above link - or - call Marie Tsacalis - (h)984-0408
Kindervelt 50's
Hyde Park Country Club
Saturday, April 9, 2022
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Pedal Wagon Party Raffle
Get your chances to win a Pedal Wagon trip for 15 riders plus a $100 Kroger gift card for ride refreshments!
Tickets only $5 each or 5 for $20
Drawing held May 2nd.
Questions? Contact Diana Peters at (513)368-3031

Group Presidents please don't forget to turn in any tickets you have sold at the March and/or April Leadership meeting!
Prepay by check made out to:
Kindervelt #56
61 Pleasant Ridge Dr.
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

Or Venmo to @Kindervelt
Run for the Roses
Bunco Party
May 2, 2022
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Wilder City Building
520 Licking Pike, Wilder, KY

$20 per person prepaid
$25 at the door

Reservations by April 25th
Individually plated appetizers, salads and desserts included

Split the Pot - $1 each
Super Raffle $10 each or 3 for $25

Questions - email or call or text 859-468-8826
May 18, 2022
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Saturday, April 30, 2022
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Great Reads About Cincinnati!
As part of the 50th Jubilee, Kindervelt has some wonderful books for sale and receives 45% of the sale price of each sold. Each book is $24 and includes tax with the exception of the Cool Stuff book which is only $11. Great for kids. These are all available locally by contacting Mary Beth Young, at or calling 513-236-6891.

Very limited numbers available. They make great gifts! Happy to bring to any Kindervelt Leadership meeting for your president to pick up.
KV #3 is back to meeting in person, for now anyway! At our last meeting, we approved our slate of officers for 2022/2023, with Jean Kachikis stepping into the President's position. In addition, Becky Barnaclo retains her Treasurer duties, Claire Kupferle continues as Publicity and Corresponding Secretary, Val Taylor takes over as Recording Secretary, Mimi Dyer will handle Membership, Barbie Giambra is in charge of Projects, and Joanne Shreve continues as Sunshine coordinator.

KV #3 Several members of our group and assorted friends had a good time at the South Region event at AR Workshops the end of February, creating fabulous household items while enjoying wine and appetizers. The group also continues to generate funds through First Fridays, in which members can buy homemade goodies from each other. 
KV #22 spent a chilly Tuesday in February at the nearby March First Distillery on Kemper Rd. Supporting local! So much to discuss as we opted out of a January meeting!

L-R Marla Gross (Treasurer) Kate Moody, Sue Crosby (VP & Projects), Sheila Mulligan (from Scotland!), Deb Clerc, Lis Faber (Sunshine), Gale McLaughlin (Secretary), Kim Lucken (President) and Kathy Roth (Membership). Photo from Niki Meiners who cut herself out of the photo on right.
KV #49 We are sad to have our dear friend and long time Kindervelt member Margaret Nelson moving to Texas in the near future to live close to her daughters. Margaret has been very involved in our Kindervelt #49 group – and has been a Kindervelt member for 25 years! She has developed many Kindervelt friends throughout the city from her years volunteering on the KV Board of Trustees and Markt Committees. We will miss her friendship, her commitment to KV and CCHMC, and wish her happiness in her move to be closer to her family in Texas.

KV#49 We are pleased to welcome back Grace Jones to our Kindervelt group and look forward to her future support of CCHMC. She and her husband have supported us for years selling programs at the tennis tournament! Thanks Grace and welcome!

KV #68 would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Diana Peters for hosting our February meeting and to Kathy Werner for supplying the delicious desserts.
Applause, Applause!
South Region AR Workshop
February 25th

The South Region had a very successful and fun event at AR Workshop, Friday February 25th. Members from several groups enjoyed the AR workshop, and maybe even learned a few tricks for our own Kindervelt Crafts!

Kindervelt in the News!
Please check out the March issue of Movers & Makers magazine. There is a nice summary of the 50th Jubilee on page 32. You can pick up copies around town, check their website for locations. Link below to the digital version of the magazine, just go to page 32.
KV #16 Special "Get Well Wishes" to members Bev Martin and Sandy Stadtmiller who recently have had some medical issues. We're hopeful that they'll both be back to their normal schedules and joining us at our next meeting. Take care of yourselves; we love you!

KV #30 sends continued get well wishes to Tina Kasidonis for her recent shoulder surgery!

KV #77 Get well, Vivian Cosio! We hope you are healing beautifully after surgery.
March 1st - Niki Meiners #22
March 3rd - Ann Jonson #30
March 3rd - Michelle Cooney #22
March 8th - Katrina Smith #78
March 8th - Nancy Groves VanBuskirk #29
March 9th - Ellie Moffat #22
March 11th - Jane Garfield #22
March 13th - Gail Bowler #30
March 15th - Ellen Jackson #29
March 16th - Karen Benne #77
March 17th - Marge Duffy #68
March 19th - Carrie Conlin Royalty #29
March 19th - Rita Finley #68
KV #16 sends congratulations to one of their newest members, Andrea Beaver, who recently was awarded the 'Best in Chic Readers' Choice Awards for 2022 for Chiropractor services. We are so very proud of you and grateful that you can now take care of us "older" members.

KV #77 Proud Moment for Elaine Santos as her son, Raymond Santos, a native of West Chester, Ohio, will be a featured soloist with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra where he has served as Principal Clarinet since 2008. He will be performing the "Mozart Clarinet Concerto" on his birthday weekend of April 1st - 3rd, 2022.
KV #68 would like to thank everyone that supported us in the Super Bowl Split the Pot. We had three pages.  The winners for each quarter are: Quarter 1 -Jenny Fallon, Tom Fish & Debbie Mayes. Quarter 2 Kelly Bollinger, BFK, Marty P.  Quarter 3 – Fran Acito, Jeanine Chaney & Diana Peters. Quarter 4 – Kelly Bollinger, BFK & Marty P. There were 36 change of score winners.
Ann Bullock - February 22, 2022

Ann joined KV 9 Fox Chapel in the early 70s and served as Kindervelt City President 1978-1979. She was instrumental in Kindervelt’s success with the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships and due to her many volunteer endeavors she was named Cincinnati Woman of the Year 1988. She was passionate about Cincinnati’s Russian Sister City, and all the Tall Stacks events. Her enthusiasm and fun loving personality was contagious. She loved people - made others feel good as she engaged groups to work with her. Ann was not afraid to get in and tackle a big job. She passed away at 88. Full obituary HERE.

KV #16 Sends heartfelt condolences go out to KV #16 member Karla Sargent on the tragic loss of her son Logan. Much love and prayers from your KV #16 family!

KV #77 Condolences to Mary Jo Hoffman losing one of her fur-children, her dog Wilson.
Hector Wong, MD - January 23, 2022
Dr. Wong was a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Champion and Kindervelt advocate. We worked closely with him in the 90’s and again currently as we support the Division of Critical Care. He spoke at our 50th Jubilee just this past November.

Full Obituary HERE.
Thank You to Our
50th Jubilee Sponsors
Gold Sponsor

Emerald Sponsor ...................................Sapphire Sponsor
Young Family Foundation.................................. Neil & Katrina Smith

Silver Sponsor
Crystal Sponsor
Coldwell Banker - Stephanie Janssen, Realtor
Merrill Lynch - Evolo/Singer/Sullivan Group
Bob & Jen Castellini
Melanie Gallagher
Buffie & Eppa Rixey

Bob & Angie Buechner
The Seven Hills Group - Morgan Stanley


Interested in supporting us? Sponsor information on our website, HERE.