Nevada Kiwanis

• At the May 16 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Jody Melcher presented a Zeller Award to Tom Wissler. The Zeller Award was named after Walter Zeller, who donated 25 Canadian silver dollars, which was the first donation to Kiwanis International after it was founded in 1940. That money launched the Kiwanis International Foundation’s worldwide service efforts. Tom is the chairman of the Nevada Kiwanis PR Committee and wrote a story for the Journal when Kiwanis launched their Eliminate Project.

• At the May 23 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Nevada mayor, Lynn Lathrop, introduced Nevada’s new city administrator, Matt Mardesen. Matt told the club about a housing redevelopment project that would begin in the near future. They will be encouraging residents of certain properties to clean up their yards and make improvements to the property.

Also, Lt. Governor Andy Webb inducted the club’s newest member, Nancy Dunn, who was sponsored by Judy Strobehn.

Colo WO

• The annal business meeting for the Colo World Outlook Club was held on Tuesday, April 25, at the Community Center in Colo. There were eight members and three guests in attendance.

Jessica Michael was the special guest speaker who talked to us about her experiences in the Army — stateside as well as serving our country overseas. The club was served a delicious dessert by Joyce French, which was followed by our annual business meeting.

Joyce opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the club collect. We received correspondence from FC&A regarding their upcoming anniversary lunch, which included an invitation to the ladies of the WO club. We also received a thank-you note from Iowa Sister States regarding a recent donation. Under old business, Joyce showed everyone the jean bags that were made, along with donated items that would fill these gift bags, which will be donated to female veterans. Joyce will take these to Veterans Affairs in Ames to distribute.

The annual bake sale to raise funds for the Colo-Nesco Memorial Scholarship fund was a success and will be held at the fire station again next year. For this year’s Colo Crossroads Festival, the WO club will have an entry in the parade, followed by a miniature golf game. This was followed by discussion of new business, in which some minor corrections were made to our bylaws. Committee reports were discussed, including the nomination of our officers: President - Myrna Johnson, vice president - Jane Coughenour and secretary/treasurer - Becky Jordan. All were in favor of the nominations. This was followed by Dorothy Cerka, who read an article titled, “Go Play in the Dirt,” for health and safety, after which our meeting was adjourned.

• At the May 6 meeting, Jane Coughenour and Claudia Fisher provided a wonderful breakfast at the Community Center, which was followed by the installation of officers. Joyce French installed Becky Jordan as secretary/treasurer, Jane Coughenour as vice president and Myrna Johnson as president for 2017-2018. At this meeting, we also learned who had received the Colo-Nesco Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to Shelbey Fritz, who received this year’s scholarship award of $500. The meeting was then adjourned for the summer and our next meeting will be held in September.

Submitted by Becky Jordan, Secretary/Treasurer/Historian


DAR Chapter Solomon Dean met Monday, May 1, at Windsor Manor at noon for a luncheon, followed by business meeting.

Past regent and present treasurer, Betty Katzer, presented a fascinating program on the research of her family history that enabled her to become a member of The Mayflower Society. Also, she learned that Samuel Coffin, a family member on her father’s side, was an Iowa Pioneer. He served in the first Iowa Legislature.

It was announced that Solomon Dean will host a get-together for Flag Day on June 14, at the Nevada Christian Church, at 9:30 a.m. Guests will be Boone Chapter DeShon and Ames Chapter Sundial.

Nevada Rotary

President Jack O’Leary opened the noon meeting of the Nevada Rotary Club May 24. Guests were Jenny Chitty, Jessica Reynolds, Al Kockler, Matt Mardesen, Craig Welter and Tricia Biensen. Each of the 13 Junior Rotarians brought a prospective member for next year’s Junior Rotarian group. Rod Biensen led the group in song with “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Lynn Scarlett gave a report on upcoming events for the Nevada Chamber of Commerce. She asked that members donate children’s books for an event to be held July 12 — a book will be given to every child in attendance. The Junior Rotarians reported on sporting events coming up this week and graduation to be held on Sunday. Izzy Kapustka will be a counselor this summer at RYLA and asked for Rotarians to volunteer for the event. Mark Cahill reported on the current markets.

Myron Herzberg led the group in prayer. Past District Governor Corliss Klaassen presented the group with state awards for Rotary Foundation Giving, 100% Giving, the Governor’s Award and Sustaining Member award. He also presented the Paul Harris Society award to Michelle Cassabaum for her generous giving to the Rotary Foundation.

Randy Hertz installed new members Marty Chitty and Rick Sanders (a transfer from the Ames Noon Rotary). Their sponsor was Ros Dunblazier. The final awards of the day were presented by Mark Cahill to Junior Rotarians Izzy Kapustka, for the most program signatures, and Nathan Reynolds, for best attendance.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on May 24, with president Jim Fenn calling the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.. After dinner, tailtwister Steve Jordening led the singing of a few songs which Marilyn made singable with her accompanyment on the piano. He then presided over a short bit of nonsense and the meeting was adjourned to go to Steve Jordening’s house for our program.

Our program was presented by Dr. Joyce Dawson, who is senior lecturer in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University. Steve has an extensive rock collection and Dr Dawson talked about the different rocks and how they were formed. She also talked about how the land was formed into the way we know it now. It was a very interesting program, and we thanked Dr. Dawson and Steve for an entertaining program.

We had a very short business meeting after the program and talked briefly about our Pancake Day — all agreed it was successful. Our next meeting will be held on June 14 at Windsor Manor, 6:30 p.m., when we will induct several new members. Come join the fun.