Kindervelt's 50th Jubilee
Celebrating 50 years of Making a Difference
November 12, 2021
From the President
The virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Critical Care Building was wonderful. What a fantastic collaboration of many resulting in such a fabulous outcome, especially knowing that we are a part of it! Our Kindervelt name now proudly is in place on the wall at the welcome stations for the PICU. Even more exciting is the hospital is offering us the opportunity to see it in person on October 8th! Opportunities for tours are limited so we are grateful to Children’s for allowing us this opportunity prior to patients being moved into the new building.  It will be an amazing sight to see. Check out the tour details and register today by clicking on the link below.
Fall is our busiest season and lots of great things are happening as you’ll see in this edition.    Kindness is always in season, and I must thank each of you for your kindness and contributions of time, talents, money, patience, advice, support, and friendship in our organization. We are making a difference and I’m so looking forward to the fabulous celebration we will have at our 50th Jubilee on November 12th. Be sure to save that date and register to attend!

Special thanks to all our crafting groups and Sue Hammel and her KV Krafts committee for their hard work. KV Krafts season kicks off tomorrow at St. Simon Church; wishing them much success.

Enjoy the newsletter and I’ll see you at one or many of our fall events!
Katrina Smith
Kindervelt City President
The KV - CCHMC Connection,
Together We Can Make a Difference
By - Nancy Groves VanBuskirk
When we think of our connection with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center we automatically think of the Divisions we have supported. But we have a deep and on going connection with The Department of Development at Cincinnati Children’s. It has been the key link between CCHMC and all its auxiliaries. Within Development, Kindervelt works with the Director of Auxiliary Relations who is Keith Henize and his Administrative Assistant, Kelly Bollinger. Keith and Kelly are our go to people when we need to connect with hospital staff, schedule meetings, arrange tours, answer our multitude of questions, and lend support. Keith and Kelly attend our Leadership Meetings and city wide events and keep us updated on CCHMC news and events especially during COVID and the creation of the new Critical Care Building.

Over the past 5 decades we have had four other wonderful people from the Department of Development fill this most valuable role as CCHMC Liaison for Kindervelt. The first was Zeke Curtain, our liaison from 1972 to 1979 and a major help in getting our fledgling organization off to a strong start. Jody Mullen was our second liaison from 1979-1981. Sonja Payne took over the liaison position in 1981 and held it through to her retirement in 2002. Sonja was a member of KV 10 and later KV 29. During the time of Zeke, Jody, and Sonja, we relied heavily on Development for all our printing and mailing needs in addition to the many ways they connected us to the hospital. Then in 2002 Rich Dineen became our liaison when he took on the overall responsibility for Corporate and Foundation Relations, which included Kindervelt. He, like all our liaisons, attended all our President Council meetings and many city wide events. He was instrumental in getting us to celebrate our various milestones - CCHMC’s Celestial Ball to celebrate KV 40th Anniversary, and the creation of the Barbara Fitch Award. Our current liaison, Keith Henize, photo above, took over in 2012.

Our commitments are our most visible connection to CCHMC. It is the WHY in what we do. So how do we arrive at all of our commitments? Well our Department of Development Liaison is our link. So I asked Keith what all is involved in selecting a new commitment. - Every four years when it is time for us to select a new commitment, our liaison asks the hospital leadership to identify three priority needs at the time. These three areas are contacted and invited to make a presentation to the Kindervelt Board about their work, describe the need that they have, and explain how Kindervelt’s support would further that work. Once all the presentations have been made, the Kindervelt Board votes by secret ballot to determine their next four-year commitment. The new commitment is announced at the Annual Meeting in May after the final check presentation is made to the current commitment.

But there is one more KV-CCHMC connection. Our City President has a seat as a non voting member on the CCHMC Board of Trustees. This came about when Barbara Fitch, a CHMC Board Member, requested inclusion of the auxiliary presidents. Their role was to report to the board about their activities and to inform their organizations about what the hospital was doing. In the beginning this was a monthly meeting, then quarterly, and now do to Covid, once a year. It is also another means in which Kindervelt and the other auxiliaries can connect with each other about their activities.

The connections we have together makes us better able to make a difference in the lives of children, their families, and the community.
Membership Dues

Please don't forget to send in your membership dues to your group treasurer as soon as possible so they can be sent to me by October 15th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Deters ( Thank you!
Preparing for our New Clinical Space
Matthew W. Zackoff, MD, MEd, Co-Director of the Critical Care Fellowship Program
As probably everyone in Cincinnati is well aware – we are a just over a month away from completion of the new Critical Care Building, Building G, at Cincinnati Children’s. This state-of-the-art facility will dramatically increase our capacity to care for critically ill children, not only from Cincinnati, but from the surrounding tri-state region, nationally, and internationally. Our clinical square footage will substantially increase with our capacity increasing to 48 beds in our main PICU with the ability to overflow to additional beds as necessary.

While we are excited for this new clinical space, we appropriately recognize that for us to be ready to take excellent care of our patients from day 1 in the new space we need to prepare. This has led to a comprehensive training approach that has been ongoing since May of this year.

Virtual Reality Onboarding – All staff working in the PICU, as well as the other units moving to the new building, underwent a virtual reality training experience to orient everyone to the layout of the unit and the functionality of the new space. This was one of the largest virtual reality training experiences every conducted.

Latent Safety Threat Simulations – Over the months of August and September, the PICU team will be conducting over 50 hours of interprofessional simulations to confirm that our processes of care will work in the new clinical space, with adaption of our approaches as necessary. Through this process we will ensure that from the moment patients are present in the new unit we will continue to provide the same caliber of care we always have.

Interdepartmental Simulations – The PICU team plays a key role in the care of children at Cincinnati Children’s, not only within the ICU but in many other locations. We will be performing simulations with the Emergency Department Team, Surgical Team, Transport Team, and multiple inpatient units to ensure that we are ready to support them as needed in the new clinical space.

Move Simulations – Lastly, we will practice the process for moving patients from our current unit to the new clinical space safely and efficiency to ensure no delays in their care.

While we are excited for the transition to our new space, we are being diligent in ensuring that we are ready to go from day 1. This process has and will be huge financial, time, and resource investment, but one that is well worth it given our solemn role in caring for the sickest children and maintaining the high quality of care that our patients, family, and community appropriately expect from us. 
Upcoming Events
Critical Care Tours!
October 8th 4:00 - 6:30
Register NOW for this limited opportunity to view the new Critical Care Center on October 8th, before it is opened for patient care. Due to hospital regulations, tours will be limited to 10 Kindervelt members and guests per time slot and masks will be required at all times. Tours scheduled every 30 minutes and will last about 30 minutes.
KV #8 No Tricks, All Treats!
Candy Sale
Pre-order ghoulish goodies for your favorite little monsters now!
All items in the Wyoming, Oh area will be delivered October 27 -30.
Pick-up for others will be Thursday, October 28th from 2-5pm, 146 Fleming Road.

More info on the order site.

Order Deadline: Sunday, October 10th
KV #19 Interiors Plus Open House
October 14th
KV #22 Kendra Scott Gives Back
October 28th & 29th
Kendra28ty & 29th Scott gives back! On October 28th & 29th Kendra Scott will donate 20% of your purchase back to Kindervelt #22. Shop online or in person. Learn more HERE.
KV #8 Road Rally
for the Kids  2021
October 23rd
Join Kindervelt #8 for our second annual, family friendly “Road Rally for the Kids” 2021. Each driver, navigator and friends/family in the vehicle will go on an Observation Rally with a route to be followed with clues for directions and clues to answer questions during the rally. Mark your calendar for the afternoon of Saturday, October 23rd to begin your adventure at the 12:30 pm starting time. Vehicles are limited to 50 so please register early. The starting location is Sundin Fields at Heritage Oak Park in Mason. After reaching your destination location you will join us for an after party with food and games. Registration is only $40.00 per vehicle.
Questions contact Char at
Shop the Kindervelt Store!
Adorable Giraffe Set… 
Quilt, Child’s Sweater, Crocheted toy & Notecard. 
Click on the images or access the store from the Kindervelt Website (, click “Shop” along the top menu bar.

Share this information with everyone you know! 

If your group has items you would like to sell on the store site, please contact me!
Cool evenings are perfect for a comfy fleece blanket.
Assorted patterns available in the Kindervelt Store!
"Let's Roam"
Gives Back
"Let's Roam" is partnering with Kindervelt #78 to donate 60% of your ticket price if you purchase through our link. Each adventure is designed to help you explore, laugh, discover, and connect.

You can find an adventure in over 400 locations. Here KV#78 member Wendy Holschuh completes one in South Carolina!
50th Jubilee Raffles

Winners will be drawn at Kindervelt's 50th Jubilee, Friday, November 12th at the Jewish Community Center. Need not be present to win but love it if you were!
Beautiful, one of a kind 14K gold Kindervelt pendant with 10 sparkling emeralds. Custom made by Larry Hug of Hug Jewelers.
Wine tasting for 24 at Neal's Design Remodel's Showroom. You and your guests will sample white and red wines from around the world, paired with light hors d'oeuvres.
“Wagon Full of Cheer.” Stock your bar with a large selection of assorted spirits, and wine. Also included will be a cheese board set with the wines and fixings for the liquor (cheeries, olives, lime juice, grenadine, margaritas salt, bitters).
Wagon of Toys Raffle

KV #68 will be selling chances on a “Radio Flyer Wagon Full of Toys.”  It will be raffled at the KV Krafts at Seton High School on Saturday, November 6th.

Chances are $5 each, 5 for $20. For more information, please contact Bonnie Hueneman at 513-235-1122 or

Kindervelt Krafts!
Not too late to get your group items in for the Seton HS craft show November 6th. Bring them to the Leadership meeting Monday, October 4th.

Here is what we are asking from each group:
  • A donation of $40 in Gift Cards - 4 cards at $10 each.
  • Split the Pot Raffle. Your group president has tickets. All money, stubs and unsold tickets must be returned at the November 1st Leadership Meeting. Winning ticket drawn November 6th. You do not need to be present to win.

I'm here to answer any questions so feel free to contact me!
Sue Hammel, KV Krafts Chair, 574-202-0347,
Kindervelt has been offered the opportunity to be the recipient of the proceeds of a huge Bourbon Raffle held by a private group. They have asked that we try to come up with some collectable bourbons for them to start building a package to auction.  

Click HERE for the list of suggested bourbons.

Any questions, Contact Tracy at
Save the Dates!
October 2nd - Kindervelt Krafts at St. Simon, 9am - 3pm
October 14th - Interiors Plus 5 - 8pm
October 16th - Kindervelt Krafts at Burger Farm 9am - 5pm
October 28th & 29th KV #22 Kendra Scott Fundraiser
November 5th - KV #16 Bunco Party at Lakeridge Hall
November 6th - Kindervelt Krafts, Seton High School
November 12th - Kindervelt Fall Event: 50th Jubilee
December 4th & 5th - Kindervelt Krafts, Findlay Market
KV #78 Here is the Eastsider's secretary Zooming into our meeting. She lives in South Carolina! She took our September meeting notes while visiting her granddaughter and family in Colorado!
October 3rd - Susan Karbowski #22
October 11th - Lis Faber #22
October 11th - Marcia Pardecooper #45
October 23rd - Monica Schneider #22
October 25th - Sylvia Suhar #30
October 28th - Helen Nicholas #30
KV #77 welcomes Judy Williams back to their group. We are thrilled to have you back, Judy.

KV #77 congratulates Karen Beene on being their "Split-the-Pot" winner at the September meeting.
KV #68 would like to thank Sally Westendorf for opening her home to host our first meeting of the year. You went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome. It was a lovely evening.

KV #56 would like to thank all our members for again accepting positions on our slate of officers. Special Thanks to Libby Baker, who is again taking on job of President and Debbie Linneman who is repeating as Treasurer. Thanks also to Terri Mitch for hosting the September meeting at her home. Our crafters are in full swing and working hard on fall and holiday themed items for sale. Thank you Sue Hammel for chairing our KV Krafts! Sheila Horan and Debbie L. are again working on Silent Auction items.

KV #30 extends its deepest sympathy to Jo-Ann Carlson on the passing of her husband Eugene. 
KV #12 Golf Outing
KV #12 had a beautiful day for their golf outing at Majestic Springs Golf Club in Wilmingon, Ohio on September 19th. Great turnout, everyone.

For more photos, click HERE.
Thank You to Our
50th Jubilee Sponsors
Gold Sponsor

Sapphire Sponsor
Neil & Katrina Smith

Silver Sponsor
Crystal Sponsor
Coldwell Banker - Stephanie Janssen, Realtor
Merrill Lynch - Evolo/Singer/Sullivan Group
Western & Southern Financial Group
Bob & Jen Castellini
Melanie Gallagher


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