A neighborhood meeting will be held at the Sully Community Center located at 318 Sixth Avenue on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a proposed construction project which includes pavement reconstruction on First Avenue from First Street to Fifth Street as well as pavement construction on West Second Avenue. Objectives of this meeting include:

• Sharing of information regarding project development.
• Proposing probable timelines and construction sequencing.
• Informing residents of the area of what they can expect for disruptions and nuisances while construction is taking place.
• Providing a forum in which public input can be gathered regarding issues such as access, local drainage and other special needs which may have an affect on project design.

It is the City’s goal to complete this project as smoothly as possible through open communication and community involvement.

2014_Inspirations_2332Inspirations Childcare and Preschool moved to its new location at 1005 2nd Street in Sully on Dec. 30, 2013, and began operating from the building a week later. Everyone in the community is invited to its open house on Thursday, Jan. 30 (rescheduled from Jan. 16 due to inclement weather), from 6-8 p.m. to see the transformation that has taken place. A dedication prayer will take place at 7 p.m.

Since 2007, Inspirations Childcare and Preschool has been serving area families and children by providing care and educational opportunities within the building of Sully Christian School. The childcare center operated out of three rooms in the school. The building suited the center well at the time; however, as time progressed, so did the need and desire to expand.

After much thought and prayer, the board members of Inspirations voted to move forward with relocation and renovation plans at 1005 2nd Street in Sully. The property was purchased in February 2013, and work began to transform the residential property into an inviting and accommodating childcare and preschool location . Inspirations Director Dawn Allbee reports the center utilized the expertise and labor of local contractors to create a sprawling, fully-equipped, spacious, and welcome place for children to play and learn while parents and guardians are at work.

Inspirations was licensed to care for 46 children at its former location within Sully Christian School where the children were split up into three rooms – an infant room, two- and three-year-old room, and the preschool room. Among the many benefits of the new building, the center is now able to utilize an entirely new room, the one- and two-year-old room. The additional space and accommodations allow Inspirations to increase the number of children it serves to 61. The number of staff members on the payroll also increased, and Allbee notes another staff member is expected to be added at the end of January.

“There are so many positives to the new building – being able to accommodate more families in the community, provide more jobs for the community, having the rooms we didn't have before, a bigger playground area including a separate area for the youngest kiddos, and being close to the main road for accessibility,” said Allbee.

Other benefits of the new center include a fully-equipped kitchen where the Inspirations staff  can prepare and serve nutritious meals and snacks from their own fully-equipped kitchen that provides plenty of storage and work space. Each children’s room, which is identified by the color of the accent wall, features ample storage space. Also, the new center boasts a separate director’s office that will also serve as a storm shelter with its fully-encased cement walls and ceiling, a 2014_Inspirations_2327comfortable staff lounge area, handicapped-accessible restroom with laundry area, and exits out of every children’s room.

The project has been a labor of love by so many. Allbee said, “As with any construction project, there were times of ups and downs, but everyone was enjoyable to work with. We have appreciated everything everyone has done. Construction workers, staff members, parents, board members, supporters from the community – they have all put in a lot of hard work to make this come together. We are excited to continue to provide high-quality childcare in the community in a high-quality building! God has been good through the whole project!”

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983, The Sully Foundation's purpose is to improve the quality of life thorugh community betterment. Remember The Sully Foundation for tax-free donations for community projects such as community events, library, parks, and playgrounds when planning your personal donations or memorial fund of loved ones. 

Send donations to PO Box 121, Sully, with a note about the project you wish your donation to benefit. 

For questions, contact Rod Jansen-secretary-treasurer, Teryl Ver Ploeg-vice president, or Margaret Vander Weerdt-president.

fredom_rockMonday, Dec. 2, was moving day for the Jasper County Freedom Rock from pasture to Sully Central Park. The 7'x9'x10' rock from the Glenn and Thelma Vanderpol farm about two miles south of Sully was moved to the park to be painted as the Freedom Rock of Jasper County. Champion Crane Service Inc. of Des Moines and Earthworks Inc. of Sully moved the rock to town, and it will have a security camera to deter vandalism. The Vanderpols donated the rock, which will be painted as the Freedom Rock for Jasper County by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II of Greenfield in 2014.

Vanderpol said he spent lots of time on the rock in the pasture on his farm where he also grew up. "I knew it was a big rock because it was a foot high by four or five feet across, but I had no idea until it was dug up just how big it is. I rested on it a lot when sticking thistles years ago for my dad!" Vanderpol said.

"I appreciate what my father did in Korea and all service men/women from every town, city, and farm. There are a lot of people in Jasper County who live in rural areas and smaller communities who were/are service people and what better way to re recognize them," said Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington. "My prayer for the Freedom Rock is to honor the families of the men and women of Jasper County who have given their all for their country and for the ones who have served and are currently serving. Thank you to each and every one who has served, is serving, and will serve in the future in the name of our freedom."

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 .

click here to open the Jingle Bell Rock Flyer

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.