When Jim Hoffman watches people skating on the frozen Iowa River behind the Scenic City Boat Club, he sees more than children smacking pucks with hockey sticks and adults doing their best to fight gravity. He sees the history and the future of the boat club and Iowa Falls, all tied up in one.
For 20 years, Hoffman has given hundreds of his hours and thousands of his dollars to support and sustain the boat club. He’s a member of the non-profit organization’s board, and one of its fiercest supporters. In recent years, a big chunk of his work has been dedicated to maintaining the boat club’s ice rink in the winter months. But as much as his work is about preserving the boat club’s history, it’s also about making people happy. And that happiness – particularly in children – is never as evident as when they’re on the ice.