Nevada Kiwanis

At the June 27 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, President Joel Hutcheson presented Jody Melcher with The Gift of Kiwanis Award. This award is presented by Kiwanis International to a member who is instrumental in inviting new members to join Kiwanis. Thanks, Jody, for all you do for the club.

Nevada Rotary

President Jack O’Leary opened the meeting with thirty members, visiting Rotarian Fred Danforth and guests Jessica Reynold and Leah Biensen in attendance. A report of upcoming community events was given by Lynn Scarlett. Mark Cahill updated the club on the current markets. A prayer was shared by Chris Waddle.

President O’Leary gave a farewell speech, highlighting the group’s accomplishments for the past year. Stephanie Roscoe presented Jack with a pin and a plaque to commemorate his year of service. The gavel was passed to the new president, Jon Augustus.

Jon installed the new Nevada Rotary Club board for 2017-2018. The board is as follows: President-Elect and Public Relations Chair Sara Clausen, President-Elect Nominee Robb Schmidt, Past President Jack O’Leary, Secretary Emmi Miller, Treasurer Monte Bullock, Directors Renee Twedt, Mark Cahill and Michelle Cassabaum, Foundation Chair Dick Pringnitz, Membership Chair Lynn Scarlett, Literacy Chair Ros Dunblazier, Youth Exchange Chairs Randy and Liz Hertz, International Service Chair Keith Hobson and Rotating Sargents-at-Arms Kyle Hansen, Chris Waddle and Ray Reynolds.

Golden K Kiwanis

Golden K Kiwanis of Nevada met Tuesday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall of Memorial Lutheran Church. President Darrell Staley led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by devotions and the group singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Guests were Mayor Lynn Lathorp, Joe and Jodie Melcher and Andy Webb, District Lt. Governor of Kiwanis.

Darrell introduced Stacey Dobernecker, an Ames High School teacher, who is the Christian Life Advisor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). This is non-denominational organization that started 63 years ago in Norman, Okla. Local organizations are called “huddles” and there are over 12,500 huddles in the United States and 47 other countries. Its emphasis is on joy and satisfaction in athletics and other school activities, such as band and cheerleading. All students are welcome to attend.

In our business meeting, Dick Atwell reported that he will be shipping another semi of bikes. Also, the Nevada Kiwanis has secured sponsors for the fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids and the seventh- and eighth-grade Builders Club to start in the fall.

Mayor Lynn was the 50/50 winner and we sang “Happy Birthday” to Johann Thiel. There was a brief board meeting with Andy Webb following the meeting. We welcome all guests and visitors to come and see what we are about.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions Club met in the Windsor Manor dining room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28. After a dinner of grilled bratwurst, beans, potato salad and chocolate ice cream, Tail Twister Steve Jordening extracted a few quarter from the members with trivia questions. Lion Bob Hunter won the 50/50 drawing. Lion President Jim Fenn called transfer member Jim George to the front. Lion Jim George transferred from the Perry Lions Club to our club recently and already has been involved in our activities. President Fenn read a letter from the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and presented Lion George with a pin that signifies his involvement with the Lions Eye Tissue Transport. President Fenn made a few announcements before calling on Lion Paul Malsom to introduce his guest speaker for the evening.

Lion Malsom introduced Talent Factory owner Larry Sloan, who holds a black belt in martial arts and has trained law enforcement officers in self-defense. Larry gave his history in martial arts and made some comments about his years as a youngster. His topic for the evening was about swords, especially Japanese swords. He described how swords were made and their differing characteristics. Several different swords were on display, with a couple from Paul Malsom. Larry explained how sword-cutting competitions were conducted and what the judges look for. He has participated in and judged events. It was a very interesting program and the Lions in attendance asked several questions, with some staying afterwards to examine the swords more closely.