Kindervelt's 50th Jubilee
Celebrating 50 years of Making a Difference
Save the Date: November 12, 2021
From the President
Happy Summer!  How refreshing it is to once again be able to enjoy some fun summer activities like my favorites, attending baseball games and travelling! As a bonus we get to enjoy the Olympics too, which normally would not have been held during our 50th celebration year. I can’t help but make a Kindervelt connection with the iconic five rings…
Kindervelt Olympics
Celebrating Five Fabulous Decades 

We are currently working on completing the 2020-2021 Annual Report and the 2021-2022 group officer directories in preparation for the first Leadership meeting on September 13th. Many groups have continued working through the summer planning new events, and our Citywide Event Chairs are fine tuning details for our big events. There is always something happening. We train just as hard as those Olympic athletes!

Tennis anyone? The Western and Southern Open is back and we need volunteers August 14-20 to work at the booths selling souvenirs and cups of ice. It’s always a fun time and a great way to raise funds for Kindervelt. There are lots of shifts to fill, so please click on the link in this newsletter to sign up today. Family and friends of Kindervelt are welcome to volunteer too!

Enjoy the rest of the summer. As always, thanks for all you do and for giving it your all just like the Olympians.

See you in September!
Katrina Smith
Kindervelt City President
Kindervelt in the 2010's
Embracing Social Media Platforms
by Nancy Groves-VanBuskirk #29
Before I begin my article on the 2010s, I need to acknowledge that Kindervelt was created 50 years ago this month, in July of 1971, when Cincinnati Children’s Development Director, Willard Baily, enlisted the support of CCHMC Board Member, Barbara Robinson to form an Auxiliary group to support the entire Medical Center. The first community Kindervelt group was formed almost immediately and by the end of 1971 there were 5 Kindervelt groups and a year later there were 20.

Over the past 5 decades Kindervelt has evolved into a dynamic organization that has raised over $20 million to support CCHMC’s efforts in the health care of millions of children. Being sensitive to the needs of people and how they communicate has enabled us to meet our fundraising goals. The five City Presidents in the 2010s were Buffie Rixie, Charlotte McBrayer, Linda Lunceford, Tracy Smith, and Bonnie Hueneman, with Katrina Smith as our 50th year President. Our areas of commitment were Division of Asthma Research; the Heart Institute - Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental, Educational & Learning Center; The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - KV PEACe; and the start of The Division of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Each of our decades had its signature event(s) that gave special interest to our fund raising opportunities. The 2010s introduced us to a whole new way of raising funds - Technology and the Internet - which enhanced our ability to reach more people in support of our group and city wide events. It all got its start in late 2008 with the creation of Webmaster as a KV Board position to manage the newly created KV Website. By the beginning of the 2010s, we had a Facebook page and started emailing our newsletters (the last print version of the KV Newsletter was June 2013). We started using Constant Contact in August of 2013 for all our electronic communications. WebMaster has now been changed to Technology Chair. According to Tracy Smith, our current Technology Chair - “Kindervelt’s use of technology has expanded our presence through: The Kindervelt Store; GiveSmart; Constant Contact; the Web page; Instagram; email; and more. It is the way to get our events out to the public and a more effective way to keep our events and records organized and easy to share with our KV Groups.” We even got into “virtual” meetings via Zoom as a way of meeting during COVID 19.

What I love so much about Kindervelt is that it is always evolving to meet the needs of its groups and divisions of commitment. In addition to our use of technology, the 2010s saw the creation of a new city wide event - “Let The Good Times Bowl” in 2014; changed the name of Kinderklaus Markt to Kindervelt Market then Kindervelt Krafts; created the Indian Hill HS group in 2013; changed the Liaison Meetings to a “TableTalk” format during the Presidents Council meetings; Gala became its own separate event - “Fall Event” in 2015; the KV logo got a facelift by reintroducing the “Circle of Love” with Kindervelt at the top and at the bottom; and President’s Council was changed to Leadership Meeting. We also experimented with 3 city wide meetings each year so the membership could attend. And finally updating our Motto from “Having Fun While Raising Funds” to “Together We Can Make A Difference”.

CCHMC has been most appreciative of our commitment to them, so much so that in 2011 they honored our 40th anniversary at their Annual Celestial Ball. Kindervelt members were invited with special recognition given to our Founders.

What an exciting 50 years we have had!
National Minority Mental Health Month
Regina Vogt, LISW-S
July was National Minority Mental Health month. People belonging to racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to have access to mental health services and are more likely to receive poor quality care for mental health, leading to negative mental health outcomes, including suicide. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is actively combatting negative mental health outcomes in minority groups by improving access to culturally-competent mental health services and by decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness. For additional information and resources, visit Additionally, the website allows the user to search for a mental health therapist and narrow the search by ethnicity served—Black and African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, Asian, and Pacific Islander. 
Kindervelt 2010 to Now
by Claire Kupferle #3
Kindervelt has experienced a rapid rate of change in the past decade, as have many of its members! As technology expanded its influence on modern lifestyles, the organization saw a drop in membership with fewer local groups and fewer members. Originally there were over 2000 members, a number which is down to about a quarter of that today. Although there were fewer active groups, the tireless local and city-wide volunteers continued to raise funds on pace with the past. 
During this period, changes to the organization included revising its fiscal year to coincide with the Kindervelt calendar year, reorganizing Kinderklaus Markt into Kindervelt Gala & Market, creating a revised logo, and beginning a new city-wide event “Let the Good Times Bowl”. Later, the craft Markt was separated from the Gala, which became a stand-alone event. 
In keeping with the growing importance of social media, Kindervelt gave its website a more modern look and established a Facebook page. The newsletter was moved to a digital format, and the organization adopted email marketing and social media campaigns as a way of keeping the public informed of events. The motto was changed from “Having Fun While Raising Funds” to “Together, We Can Make a Difference.”
Internally, Kindervelt created a new membership level, “Citywide Members” which included at-large members unaffiliated with a neighborhood group. Meetings were revamped and a “Speakers’ Series” added several evening meetings to the annual calendar, with members gathering for food, drink, networking, and learning about the CCHMC divisions supported by Kindervelt through guest speakers from the medical center. 
The focus on the Division of Asthma Research from the prior decade continued through 2012, with donations reaching almost two million dollars over four years. In 2013, Kindervelt shifted its focus to the Heart Institute-Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental, Educational and Learning Center. The organization donated over $1,946,000 over the next four years, enabling Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) to treat a wide range of neurodevelopmental issues that are associated with complex heart problems in children. The Neurodevelopmental Clinic addresses delays in fine motor skills and speech, behavioral and emotional problems, and delayed preparedness for school among other issues, with services available for children and their families from birth to adolescence.
From 2017-2020, Kindervelt selected The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Kindervelt Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Center (PEACe). The rising rate of mental health issues among youth coming through emergency rooms is well-documented, leading to the creation of this ground-breaking unit. PEACe is a six-room psychiatric triage center and a bridge team of healthcare professionals that can provide the proper treatment for children in mental distress.
As an organization, Kindervelt is poised to continue the mission of making a difference in the lives of children and their families for many decades to come!

Kindervelt is fun and fulfilling.
 It’s community involvement.
 It’s sharing.
 It’s a way for individuals to make a difference.
Upcoming Events
Western & Southern Tennis Volunteers
W & S Open is back! Kindervelt is again staffing the booths selling tennis souvenirs and cups of ice. Still slots to fill. This is a great fundraising opportunity for Kindervelt.
Click on flyer for full size version.
KV #56 Bunco is Back!
Boo Bunco Party
Monday, September 27, 2021 6:00pm
Wilder City Building
520 Licking Pike, Wilder, KY 41071
$20.00 per person prepaid
(we accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Venmo & Checks)
$25.00 per person at the door
Reservations by Sept 25th--limited to first 96 people
Click on the image above to visit the store.
Kindervelt Store is Now OPEN!
Click on the storefront or access the store from the Kindervelt Website (, click “Shop” along the top menu bar.

Share this information with everyone you know! 

Every purchase supports Kindervelt and the Division of Critical Care Medicine & PICU at Cincinnati Children’s.

If your group has items you would like to sell on the store site, please contact me! 
"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.
A few of KV #78 members participated in a "Let's Roam" hunt back in May. We had a ball! Here we are completing a challenge during the "hunt."
Kroger Community Rewards
A few of our fellow Kindervelt groups participate in Kroger's Community Rewards program. If you don't already participate in some way, consider signing up with one of these groups. All the money goes to the same great cause, so join in. More info on our Kindervelt website, HERE.
Coming Soon! Raffles

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.They will also be selling chances on a “Wagon Full of Cheer.” It will be raffled at the Fall Event celebrating Kindervelt’s 50th Anniversary on Friday, November 12. Chances are $5 each, 5 for $20. For more information, please contact Bonnie Hueneman at 513-235-1122 or
Kindervelt Krafts!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I'm so thankful that things are somewhat back to normal. 
I know everyone is busy but I hope you find time to craft.
We have all of our dates set for the KV Kraft events.

October 2nd - St. Simon (no baked goods)   
October 16th - Burger Farms, crafts and baked goods
November 6th - Seton High School, crafts and baked goods
December 4th & 5th - Findlay Market, crafts (no baked goods)

Please mark your calendars and get ready for a really great season..
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Thank you,
Sue Hammel, KV Krafts Chair, 574-202-0347,
Applause, Applause!
Congratulations to KV #77 on the success of their in person Annual Luncheon.
Congratulations to KV #77 Annual Luncheon jewelry raffle winner, Mary Beth Patterson! Here she is showing off the piece she chose from Wellings Jewelry.
Save the Dates!
September 13th - KV #3 50th Anniversary Tea
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
August 12 - Elaine Santos #77
August 12 - Sarah Varda #77
August 13 - Karen Geeves #77
August 16 - Tina Kasidonis #30
August 21 - Mary Beth Young #78
August 21 - Lizzy Harold #77
August 23 - Phyllis Miller #30
August 24 - Terri Kemper #77
KV #45 Condolences to Cindy Ortner on the death of her father.
KV #77 Sends a big thanks to Tracy Smith for helping their group learn how to use GiveSmart for their luncheon event!

KV #16 Thanks to all the officers in KV #16 who have volunteered as officers for another year! We appreciate all your time and effort to continue "Together, we can make a difference" for Cincinnati Children's Hospital!
Thank You to Our
50th Jubilee Sponsors
Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Crystal Sponsor
Coldwell Banker - Stephanie Janssen, Realtor

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