North Tama BASIC has found a new leader. Area native Craig Greiner is the new head of the Christian youth organization, and brings with him a wealth of experience and a strong faith.
Greiner, who grew up in the area, has many family members and friends in and around Traer. He has a wife, Laurie, and three sons, Blake, Zach and Adam, to go along with an acreage near Clutier.
Before beginning the formal process of becoming BASIC's new head man, Greiner turned to his faith to help guide him to where he is now.
"Like many things in life, it was timing combined with opportunity," Greiner said. "God called me as the BASIC leader. He has a plan for all of us, you must learn to trust God's timing."
The chance to make a difference in kids' lives also weighed heavily in the decision-making process.
"I have always connected well with young adults and kids, through coaching youth and high school sports with a passion to help kids succeed," Greiner said. "I want to make a difference in kids' lives, and help kids develop life skills with God and through God."
Greiner hit the ground running, and will be the honored guest at a meet-and-greet this coming Monday, June 17, at the Taylor Park Shelter House in Traer. From 5 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to come out and meet Greiner while enjoying free pork burgers (courtesy of Calderwood Farms), chips, dessert and a drink. The junior high group will meet with Greiner from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and the high school from 7:45 to 8:30.
In addition, the popular ice cream sales will be back, this time in mobile form. The Mobile Scoop will be at the Taylor Park event on June 17, as well as the North Tama Athletic Complex on June 19, 24, 25 and 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Mobile Scoop will also be at AWE Auto Repair on June 20 and 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The program allows BASIC youth to earn credit towards camps, concerts, retreats and other activities by working at The Scoop. The Traer Community Foundation was instrumental in making the mobile version possible.
For Greiner, it's all about getting kids involved and spreading the message.
"BASIC must be involved in the great community of Traer, not just be there physically, but to be active and involved," Greiner said. "God commands us-among other things-to serve others. I am very excited for the opportunity to be involved with BASIC and the great community of Traer!"
If you'd like to get involved in BASIC but can't make it to the June 17 event, contact Craig Greiner on Twitter @BASICtraer, by visiting the BASIC Traer Facebook page, or at 319-239-7941.