From the President
And just like that, blossom by blossom, Spring has sprung. This time of year, you can feel the new growth of Spring all around. Take some time to enjoy the season and support the Kindervelt groups hosting events around the city.

A big thank you to our Nominating Committee for their time in preparing the 2023-2024 Board of Trustees slate of officers. I would like to express my appreciation towards the Kindervelt members who have graciously accepted a leadership role. I look forward to working with all of you. Please join us at our Annual Meeting in May to install next year’s officers.

Don’t forget to get your nominations in for the Barbara Fitch Award by April 15th.
Thank you for all you do for Kindervelt and Cincinnati Children’s.
Happy Easter!

Your friend in Kindervelt,

Cindy Burger
Kindervelt City President
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES."
           ~ William James
Annual Barbara Fitch Award Nominations
The 2022-23 Kindervelt year is more than half over and and we still have much more on the calendar!

One important item is the Barbara Fitch Award nomination process.  This award is Kindervelt's way of recognizing one our own who exhibits an enthusiastic, positive attitude towards the goals of Kindervelt.  Nomination forms and a cover letter which explains the award and past winners can be found on the Kindervelt website under the "Forms" tab.  

The deadline for submissions is April 15. 
The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting on May 16.
Slate for 2023-2024 Board of Trustees
On behalf of the Nominating Committee with Board Approval, I present the following slate for the Kindervelt Board of Trustees 2023-2024 and the Nominating Committee 2023-2024, which will be voted on at the Annual Meeting. Thank you to those who have graciously volunteered their time. - Bonnie Hueneman, 2022-2023 Nominating Chair.
Board of Trustees
President - Cindy Burger #16
President Elect - Suzanne Nemeth #65
Vice President - Gretchen Heltman #49
Secretary - Stacy Durr-Stainton #65
Treasurer - Charlotte McBrayer #8 & #22
Annual Meeting - Barb Knox #49
Communications - Mary Beth Young #78
Donor Relations - OPEN
Internal Auditor - Debbie Linneman #56
Nominating Chair - Linda Deters #16
Projects - Cindy Metz #68
Publicity - Karen Tepe #98
Technology - Tracy Smith #57
Region Leaders: 
  • North - Marsha Falknor #12
  • East - Diana Scrimizzi #12
  • South - Kathy Sanborn #8
  • West - Kathy Olberding #68
Nominating Committee
President - Cindy Burger #16
President Elect - Suzanne Nemeth #65
Nominating Chair - Linda Deters #16
Past Nominating Chair - Bonnie Hueneman #68
Past BOT Member - Sue Crosby #22
North Region - Diane Juenger #19
East Region - OPEN
South Region - Sherri Weckenbrock #8 & #45
West Region - Susan Deye #68
Fall Event Chair - OPEN
KV Krafts Chair - Bonnie Hueneman #68
KV Bowl - Andi Mapes #3 & Nancy Sanchez #49 (Co-Chairs)

Citywide Event Chairs
KV Fall Event - OPEN
KV Krafts - Bonnie Hueneman #68
KV Bowl - Co-Chairs, Andi Mapes #3 & Nancy Sanchez #49
Member Profile - Jeanne Reisinger

Jeanne grew up in Kettering Ohio and went to Miami of Ohio in Oxford, majoring in Marketing. After Graduation, she took a position with Procter and Gamble in the business area of supply chain. Since COVID, everyone has experienced supply and demand issues. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Tim for almost 42 years. They have 2 grown married children. Jeanne proudly says that the new love of her life is Baby grandson, Eugene. "He is as cute as he can be."
Kindervelt #19 became her new venture after taking P&G retirement in 2012. She was looking for a philanthropic group that would both be helpful for a good cause and gaining some new social interactions. The Kindervelt motto at that time was "Raising Funds While Having Fun". It was the perfect combination of good deeds and good people! Her positions in KV #19 started small as she was project chair, and on different committees. She then moved on to the annual Lunch at the Links, hosting a table and running the accessory shop. Jeanne reports that the growing success of the Lunch at the Links makes her so proud of her KV involvement. Through the hard work of a great group of Committee members and Chairs, they have doubled their revenues for Kindervelt. KV #19 was an early adapter of GIVESMART technology thus saving the day during Covid.
The group also supports the Fall Event with fantastic Silent Auction packages. Besides Chair for Silent Auctions in Kindervelt, Jeanne also expresses her creativity side volunteering as a Stylist for The Queen's Lace. This is a Boutique shop specializing in Bridal/ Evening attire for Mothers and Grandmothers of brides. The shop is located in the Reading Bridal District. She generously donates her salary back to Kindervelt.
Always a busy lady, Jeanne still enjoys being with family, exercising, reading, and gardening. Thank you, Jeanne! You continue to be an outstanding Kindervelt member!
The Lunch at the Links Fundraising Theme for 2023 is "RUN for the ROSES." Invite your friends and come dressed in your Spring Finery for this fun event on Sat April 29th. Please see above Flyer for all the details.
Upcoming Events
All flyers are downloadable, just click on the image
KV #77 Spring Luncheon
April's AR Workshops
AR Workshop
Member Social Opportunity
Thursday, April 20th and April 27th 6:30 - 9:30

At the AR Workshop in Hyde Park for a fun crafting opportunity. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own registration.
3 Easy Steps to Get Started after clicking on button
1. Select an available workshop
2. Select the item for the workshop
3. In the comments section please write in Kindervelt
Bartending for a Cause!
April 21st, 4pm - 10pm

Kindervelt's West Region Groups have gotten together and created this fun evening. So grab some friends for a night out!
KV #19 Annual
Lunch at the Links
Now is your chance to get tickets to KV 19's Lunch at the Links event Saturday, April 29.

The Derby-themed afternoon will feature a huge Silent Auction, Bourbon Lovers Raffle, David Yurman Jewelry Raffle, Booze Cart Raffle and Wine Pull!

If you can't make the event, you can still join in the fun by buying raffle tickets and bidding during the Silent Auction. Click on button below.
Piggest Raffle Ever!
Kindervelt receives 100% of your raffle ticket purchase.

Drawing held May 7, 2023
Kindervelt's Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 16th
Clovernook Country Club
2035 W. Galbraith Rd.
Tickets only $45
Cocktail hour starts at 6:00pm

Buffet dinner includes salads with a choice of toppings, lasagna, pasta bar with marinara & alfredo sauces, meatballs, grilled chicken, garlic bread, and a variety of desserts.
Be on the Lookout!
April 15th - KV #77 - Spring Luncheon
April 20th - AR Workshop Membership Event
April 21st - Bartenders for a Cause
April 22nd - KV #50 - KV Ranch Fundraiser
April 24th - KV #56 - Spring Bunco
April 27th - AR Workshop Membership Event
April 29th - KV #19 - Lunch at the Links
May 1st - Leadership Meeting - Vernon Place
May 8th - KV #68 - Golf Outing
May 16th - Annual Meeting
June 13th - KV #49 Go Bananas Comedy Night
Let's Laugh for Kid's Sake!
Save the Date!
Join KV #49 on
Tuesday, June 13th
Go Bananas Comedy Club
8410 Market Place Lane, Cincinnati 45242
$25. per person for a great night of laughs
Drinks & Appetizers available for purchase.

More Info to come!
Let the Good Times Bowl Wrap-up
After a two year hiatus, "Let the Good Times Bowl" was back as good as ever! There were 26 lanes filled with bowlers and many spectators too! Energy level was high, lots of laughter all for the kids at CCHMC. It was a very successful event, fun had by all and in the process, $22,738.11 was raised. A huge shout out to our chairs, Andi Mapes and Suzanne Nemeth and to our MC Catherine Bodak from FOX19. Lets not forget our generous sponsors especially the Kingpin sponsor Valerie Taylor and John Finocharo.
Winning Team
Split the Pot Winner with Cindy Burger
Spin the Wheel was a great hit!
Development and PICU teams
Catherine Bodak, Andi Mapes, Cindy Burger, Suzanne Nemeth. A huge shout out and thanks to Catherine for her MC skills and spending the day with us!
1st Turkey Award to Michael Young with Cindy Burger and Andi Mapes
KV #3 is in recruitment mode for new members. At our next meeting, we have invited several guests, primarily younger women, to join us. The group is also looking to expand our ongoing First Friday fundraising event for next year. 
KV #16 members with all their winnings after a wonderful luncheon, Bunco and raffles at the Cincinnati Women’s Club for KV #30 and CCHMC! Eight of us attended and had a wonderful time.
KV #16 wearing Kindervelt green for their St. Patrick’s Day bake sale at the hospital. Anne Rauf, Cindy Burger and Terri Skogland rocking KV green. 
KV #22 met again at our local pizza place called Mac’s! We welcomed new member, Cindy Nelson, from Montgomery. Thank you to Bonnie Finn for inviting her along! Sending positive vibes and a “Happy Birthday” to Sheila Mulligan across the pond!
KV #68 had their “PRINCESS PARTY” on March 5th and raised close to $4,000. The girls can get their nails done and also have their face painted. They get to make a craft, have lunch, and get their picture taken with Cinderella. It is truly an afternoon of making memories Fit for a Princess. It is always a great afternoon.
KV #78 had a fun afternoon stuffing Easter Eggs to sell at the Spring Craft show. Beautifully organized by Katrina Smith and with great horizontal space in Beth Pollock's finished basement we completed this project with ease.
KV Krafts - A great big Thank You to the seven groups that participated in the March Kraft and Bakery Sale at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. We made 3841.39, which brings us to a total of 39,647.52. A great BIG SHOUT OUT to all of YOU! We are waiting on some post money to come in so we’re hoping to hit that big 40,000.00! Congratulations Ladies

Katrina Smith - I would like to personally thank everyone for their kind showing of sympathy when my father passed away. The donations, cards, texts, calls, in-person acknowledgements, and overall nice gestures meant so much. My dad loved supporting Kindervelt mostly because he knows how dear it is to me. It's dear to me because of the incredible things we do for the hospital, as well as the opportunity for me to have such wonderful friendships with so many fabulous people. Special thanks to my group #78're the best! 

KV #30 A special thank you from Group 30 to everyone who supported our Bunco Saturday March 25th. Congratulations to all the winners of the basket raffle, the silent auction, the quarter raffles and the lottery ticket board. A great time was had by all!!!

KV#56 would like to extend our appreciation to our members who worked on Crafts and helped with our Spring Craft Sale at CCHMC and the following week- Spring Bake Sale. Thank you all! Both events were a big success. 

KV #56 Special thank you to Nancy Bassarab, a long time member of our group. Nancy also worked at CCHMC in the laboratory. Her time with Kindervelt is always greatly appreciated.

KV #68 would like to thank Sally Westendorf for hosting our March meeting and Beverly Rainier for the delicious dessert. We would also like to thank all its members that made crafts or baked for the Spring Kraft Show at the hospital.
KV #16 Congratulations to the Davis Family on the birth of their daughter, Reagan Grace, born on February 26th! I'm sure that Big Sister Myla is really excited too! Can't wait to meet her in person!

KV #68 would like to congratulate Susan Deye on the birth of her grandson and Marge Duffy on the birth of her great grandson Henry William Deye, born January 10, 2023 to Andrew Deye and his wife Palmer.
KV #56 We're asking for Kindervelt members to say a prayer for our long time member Terri Mitsch and her family. Terri is a 40+ year member of Kindervelt and a wonderful representative of all that KV stands for as she is generous with her time and talents. Terri was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers. 
KV #68 would like to extend their condolences to Molly Decker in the loss of her husband Bob Decker and to Diane Campbell for the loss of her father Bob Decker. You both are in our thoughts and prayers.
KV #77 sends their deepest sympathy to Brenda Bearden and her family on the sudden loss of her sister Joni.
April 1st - Gail Shaw-Courtney #68
April 3rd - Janie Dolan #30
April 5th - Marsha Falknor #12
April 9th - Eleni Zaferes #30
April 15th - Amanda Gibson #78
April 18th - Lisa Allison #22
April 18th - Sheila Mulligan #22
April 19th - Tish Hevel #19
April 26th - Jill Guenther #78

Belated Birthday Greetings to City Wide member Jacqueline Amos, March 14th!
Self-Harm Awareness Month
By Brigitte Shular, LISW
March is Self-Harm Awareness Month. Self-harm or non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is the act of intentionally harming oneself without the intent to die. While NSSI places one at greater risk for suicide, it should be noted that it is distinct from a suicide attempt. NSSI is often a maladaptive coping skill used to manage distressing feelings. For parents and caregivers, it can be particularly concerning to learn of your child’s NSSI behavior. Self-harming behavior is a risk factor when assessing for suicide risk and while it does not necessarily indicate an imminent safety concern, it should be taken seriously. Here are some things to consider if you learn that your child is engaging in self-harm.

1.    Understand that it is a failed attempt at coping. When we understand that self-harm is often an ineffective way to manage negative feelings, we can help the kids we love to identify and engage in more effective coping skills. The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery has an exceptional list of alternative coping strategies. These strategies range from squeezing ice to placing stickers on the area your child wishes to harm.
2.    Connect with a therapist. While it may seem that self-harm is the actual problem, in most cases, it is a symptom of the problem. Is your child feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Angry? Isolated? Connecting with a therapist can help your child to identify the specific stressor that is leading them to cope in an ineffective way. While we want to stop the self-harming behavior, failing to address the triggers and identify safe and effective coping skills places the child at risk to continue to self-harm.
3.    Suggest alternative coping strategies. When the brain engages in fight, flight, or freeze, its ability to reasonably sort through alternative coping strategies is impaired. As a caregiver, you can help redirect your child. When your child is not actively in a crisis, sit down together and list alternative coping strategies. Does your child enjoy walking? Do they enjoy dancing to a favorite song? Do they feel most supported by a listening ear? When a stressor arises and your child is tempted to self-harm, refer to the list you made together and help redirect them to a different coping skill. 
4.    Sharp objects, supervision and support. While your child begins to connect with a therapist, removing sharp objects will be crucial in keeping your child safe from self-harm. Know what your child typically self-harms with and remove those items from your home. Think creatively and consider other obscure objects, as well. Remember that supervision is key in helping your child to remain safe. Lastly, reach out for support. Watching your child struggle with self-harm is difficult as a caregiver. Utilize your local and national resources to obtain needed support.

Helpful Resources:
The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery:
Identifying Therapists:
National Suicide Prevention Line: dial 988
Psychiatry Intake Response Center: 513-636-4124