Event FlyerVisit Sully Business Open Houses for gifts, refreshments, and door prize registrations 5-7 p.m. on Saturday: Hometown Press, First State Bank, Van Der Zyl Agency, Great Western Bank, Synergy (hosting Sully Christian School free cookie decorating), Key Co-op Lumber Dept., Key Co-op Oil Station, Fikse Chiropractic, Sully Community Locker, and Ally Cuts Salon. In the Sully Community Center will be: Norwex, Uppercase Living, 31 Bags, Allly Cuts, Diamond Trail Fitness Center-buy gift certificates, register for dance/tumbling, and meet the new massage therapist, Music and Drama Boosters Banke Sale and Photo Booth, go through the Christmas prop box and take some fun pictures with your friends.

Parade lineup is at 7 p.m. at Key Co-op and prizes will be awarded. Optional preregistration for the lighted parade at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Sully Christian School Program: Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the school gym.

Pella Christian High School: Christmas Music Concert Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Diamond Trail Children’s Center: Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. at Lynnville Friends Church auditorium.

Inspirations: Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at Sully First Reformed Church main auditorium.

Lynnville-Sully School: Thursday, Dec. 19, grades 3-5 concert at 6 p.m. followed by middle school-high school concert at 7 p.m.


The year 2013 marks the 30th year Family Dentistry has been providing dental services in its satellite clinic in Sully. With its main office in Grinnell, Family Dentistry has satellite clinics in Sully and Victor, and just this past summer opened its third satellite office in Montezuma.

Opening the Sully clinic on June 1, 1983, in the old bank building, their first five-year lease with the Sully Development Corporation has developed into a long-standing relationship with The Sully Foundation.

"The dentists are the only professionals who have stayed continuously at the Sully Health and Professional Center since the old bank building became available in 1983," said Margaret Vander Weerdt, president of The Sully Foundation, the non-profit that was gifted the building. "Thirty years of providing dental service to the area is awesome, and it is a gratifying example that the building was remodeled, the professional service providers came, and because of the community support, they stayed -- and the facility continues to be fully utilized in service to the community."

Originally, the dental clinic had two operatories with three dentists alternating and providing services a half day on Mondays and Wednesdays and a full day every Friday. The first three dentists providing services in 1983 included Peter R. Boeke, DDS; Lyle T. Roudabush, DDS; and David M. Smith, DDS. After the physicians who shared the Sully Health and Professional Center left for a new clinic on the northeast corner of the square, one more dental operatory was added, which allowed two hygienists to work with the dentist. This allowed more patients to be seen by one dentist.

Chris T. Roudabush, DDS, began practicing at the Sully location in 1997. Growing up in Grinnell, Chris prepared to follow in his father's footsteps. After graduating from Central College, he attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Besides practicing in Sully, Chris is at the Montezuma clinic on alternating Fridays and works in Grinnell on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Chris is the only dentist that practices at the clinic in Sully. There are currently five employees at the Sully clinic: Michelle Heinselman and Carly Rhoads are the two hygienists; Jacque Patterson and Ashley Barnes are both dental assistants; and Nancy Van Genderen is the receptionist. The clinic provides all types of denetal services including, but not limited to, fillings, cleanings, root canals, crown and bridge, extractions/dental surgery, implants, and Invisalign.

"We pride ourselves in using only the best materials and products and incorporating the latest technologies in our treatment for our patients. That is why we recently updated the Sully clinic with new dental equipment, digital x-rays, television monitors, and computers in all of the operatories," Chris explained.

"Most of the patients who are served in the Sully clinic are from the Lynnville-Sully area, but we have patients that come from all over Iowa. One of our constant challenges is removing barriers to provide access to dental care, such as transportation, cost, fears, and convenience for school-aged kids, the elderly, and the working people," Chris said.

Chris lives outside of Grinnell with Jody, his wife of 22 years. They have three children, Sydney who is 17 years old, 15-year-old Luke, and Lydia who is 11 years old. He continues to be an avid Hawkeye fan and enjoys coaching his kids in their various sporting activities. He said he enjoys "chasing the white ball around the golf course and spending time outdoors whenever possible." Their family attends Prairie Lakes Church in Grinnell.

"We have really enjoyed being a part of the Sully business community since opening 1983," Chris said. "It has been a great partnership, and we have always felt welcomed and valued. It has given me an opportunity to meet a lot of neat, high-quality people and families and build relationships that have extended beyond the office. I have admired the community pride and loyalty of the people."

Photo above right: Dr. Chris Roudabush, DDS, is surrounded by Family Dentistry employees of the Sully clinic, from left, Jacque Patterson, Michelle Heinselman, Carly Rhoads, and Nancy Van Genderen. Ashley Barnes is not pictured.

Many people spread the word and the Sully park rejuvenation project finished in fourth place with 326 votes among 10 projects in Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company's Working Together, Making It Better grant promotion, which ended Nov. 26, 2013.

Thank you to all who voted and asked for Facebook votes for Suly's park project, which was awarded $250.

"It was amazing to see how everyone spread the word and most of the time we were in first or second place until the last day or so when the projects in much larger communities jumped ahead in the voting," said Margaret Vander Weerdt, president of The Sully Foundation who entered the grant competitoin with the park project. "Thank you to Diane Vos who worked on the grant writing and worked hard with several other Facebook users to get votes. We've learned a lot about working together as a community for future grant applications."

Grinnell Mutual received 34 project submissions from nine Midwest states. More than 2,550 Facebook users voted for their favorite project among the 10 finalists. The three grant recipients were chosen based on the number of votes received.

Grinnell Mutual will distribute $3,500 grant funding to the followig non-profit organizations: Luverne Street Music in Luverne, MN-684 votes; Northeast Nodaway Partners in Education Foundation in Ravenwood, MO-680 votes, and the Iowa Food Systems Council's Cultivate Iowa project in Des Moines with 401 votes.

"On behalf of Grinnell Mutual, we thank participants for their involvement in Working Together, Making It Better. Whether you submitted a local community project for consideration or voted for a projecdt finalist, your participation celebrates the efforts of people working together for community improvement," said Grinnell Mutual Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker.


This will be my last article for the City of Sully’s website, and as I end this segment of time, I just want to say it was a joy to work with each group and individual in Sully throughout the last 22 years serving as your mayor. There were three projects that I wanted to do in my next term in Sully, and I have been blessed to see two out of the three put into motion and the third a good possibility. 

  1. To see the Freedom Rock set in place in the town square. This will have special meaning to so many people as a place to gather and remember the people who have served and are serving in the service. What a drawing item for Sully to have and represent Jasper County.
  2. 1st Avenue USDA Loan approved through Sully Telephone to fund the city’s portion of this project.
  3. The possibility of 1st Street being picked for a CIRTPA Grant and a USDA Loan approved through Sully Telephone to fund the city’s portion of this project. 

The vision for Sully will continue to be what we can do to continue to grow and build our community. We have to look to the future to keep the schools so the community thrives. How do we bring tourism into the city so more dollars are used in the local businesses? The Freedom Rock, Coffee Cup Café, and Van Wyjk Winery are three examples of places that will draw people off the highway into our community.  

Future vision must not be lost, or we will become stagnate and stay at the current status quo. More enrollment will be required in our school systems by the state in future years. The Janco expansion is one that will help grow Sully and bring families into our community! These types of visions and companies giving us the opportunity to offer them our services will be critical.  

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your mayor and working with you and for you the past 22 years. Sully is home to my family, and I am proud of the community!  Gordon Yarrington

The Sully Central Park in Sully has been named one of 10 finalists competing for a Working Together, Making It Better grant sponsored by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

Grinnell Mutual invites the public to vote for its favorite community project finalist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/myGrinnellMutual. With help from its Facebook fans, Grinnell Mutual will distribute a total of $3,500 between three of the non-profit organizations.

Established in 1983, The Sully Foundation is a non-profit organization with the purpose of improving the quality of life through community betterment.  The Sully Foundation has a two-year plan to revitalize the heart of its small central Iowa community – the Sully Central Park.  Grinnell Mutual’s Working Together, Making It Better funding is sought to renovate, construct, and expand the park facilities as part of the Sully Central Park Revitalization initiative.

“People living and working in rural areas know what it takes to make a community a better place,” said Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker.

Working Together, Making It Better recognizes the efforts of those people working hard across rural communities to make them vibrant. Their efforts make their communities better.  Working Together, Making It Better is Grinnell Mutual’s way of celebrating community collaboration and recognizing innovative community projects.

“Anyone can vote for a project,” said Baker. “Each vote on Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page will help decide which projects will receive grants through Working Together, Making It Better.”

Additional finalists include:
• CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Circuit Court of Fulton County in Rochester, IN
• Cultivate Iowa of Des Moines
• Full Speed Ahead and SLAM Dunk of Angola, IN
• Lake Mills Summer Food and Fun of Lake Mills
• Langford Public Library Mother Goose Storytime and Summer Reading Program of Langford, SD
• Let’s Go Fishing of Winona, MN
• Luverne Street Music of Luverne, MN
• Northeast Nodaway Partners in Education Foundation of Parnell, MO.
• The Big Day of Serving in Lima, OH

Voting is now open. To vote, visit Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/myGrinnellMutual. Voting ends Tuesday, Nov. 26. The three finalists with the most votes will receive $2,000, $1,000, and $500, respectively.

altThe Lynnville-Sully football team traveled to BGM on Monday, Nov. 4, to take on the number-one ranked team in Class A, the BGM Bears, in the second round of playoffs. Determined, ready, and armed with a strong showing of supportive fans behind them, the Hawks took to the field. The score was tied early in the second quarter and the Hawks were within one touchdown, 14-7, when the Bears successfully faked a field goal that led to a touchdown. With a change of momentum by the Bears, the Hawks fought hard and never gave up but came up short, losing 35-7 and ending the 2013 season. The Hawks graduate 13 seniors and ended with an overall 6-5 record. Photo shows members of the Lynnville-Sully Hawk football team proudly raising the 2013 state playoffs trophy they earned following the second-round loss to the number-one ranked team in Class A, BGM.