Nevada Kiwanis

At the July 11 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Mike Pash (right) introduced Ross Wilburn as his guest speaker. Ross is the diversity officer and the associate program director of Community Economic Development at Iowa State University Extension in Ames. Ross works with Community Development and 4-H groups all across the state of Iowa. Ross is also the former mayor of Iowa City and has the distinction of having been the city’s first African-American mayor. Thank you, Mike and Ross, for a great program!

Nevada Rotary

The Nevada Rotary Club met at noon on July 12. Twenty-eight members were in attendance, along with visiting Rotarian Fred Danforth, guests Luke Biensen and Olivia Clausen. Lynn Scarlett reported that more than 65 children’s books had been donated to the Summer Enrichment Program. She asked for the donation of school supplies for students.

President Jon Augustus spoke about the World Bicycle Relief project being sponsored by Rotary District 6000. The bikes will be shipped to other parts of the world. The district will match any donations made during the month of July. The Nevada Rotary Club will donate $1,470 for the purchase of 10 bikes. Jon asked members to donate the price of a bike to this cause. Two members of the Nevada club will ride their bikes to the next meeting in support of this program.

Printed membership directories will no longer be handed out. An updated copy can be printed from the club’s website. The group then divided up into individual committees and worked on upcoming projects for the year.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met Tuesday, July 11, at 9:30 in Fellowship Hall of Memorial Lutheran Church. President Darrell Staley led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the invocation from Mary Ann Roegner. Bev Packard accompanied us singing “America the Beautiful,” led by Gwen Freese. Guests were David Ward, Deanna Ward, Elizabeth Gindt, George and Ardith Forsyth

Darrell introduced our speaker, Ray Reynolds, Nevada fire chief and police officer, who talked about the fire department’s thermal imaging. He brought one of the devices that detects the hottest area so they can target the seed of the fire using science and technology. The Nevada Fire Department covers 137 square miles in Story County, responding to 800 medical and emergency calls a year.

David Ward gave a brief overview of his mission in China. He and his family have been there working at a Christian International School. Most students are from parents who are working there. They come from South Korea, Japan and other countries.

Birthdays were celebrated for Gwen Ward and Laura Van Allen. Twenty members responded to roll call. Gwen Ward won the 50/50 drawing.

We are still collecting shoes, and boxes can be found at various churches or contact a Golden K member.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions Club met July 12 in the Windsor Manor dining room. President Jerry Radke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. We sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” accompanied by Marilyn Argotsinger; recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Jerry introduced our guest speaker, Assistant Middle School Principal Lisa Hartman. Lion Willy Morfitt is still recovering from his recent surgery, so President Jerry gave the invocation.

After dinner, Jerry announced that we are hosting the meal for the International Lions Youth Exchange Students on July 17. Charlene Jarboe reported that she and two Lions will prepare and serve sweet corn and bologna at the 4-H Camp near Luther. Charlene’s program for our July 28 meeting will be Gerald Klonglan speaking about the mapping of Story County. Our family picnic and awards night will be Aug. 9 at North Park in Nevada, with the vice presidents in charge. It will be potluck, with the club furnishing the main chicken course and beverage.

President Jerry next introduced Lisa Hartman, who spoke about Teammates Mentoring. The program was first started in 1991 by football coach Tom Osborne in Lincoln, Neb., to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth. Lisa plans to start the program in Nevada. Mentors will meet with students once a week during the school year. Lisa will be attending training sessions this summer. More information is available at and is headquartered in Omaha.

A board meeting followed the dinner meeting. Secretary Loren Heckathorne read in the minutes of the June 14 meeting and Treasurer John Beals provided financial reports (last month and annual) for the club. Scholarship winners will attend the Aug. 9 picnic with their families and receive the first half of their $1,000 scholarships at that time. Various fundraisers were discussed, including possible Colorado peach sales in 2018. Marshalltown Lions do this and realize good profits. Our next meeting will be July 28 at Windsor Manor. Please join us about 7 p.m. if you want to hear Gerald Klonglan talk about Story County maps. Our club website is and we are on Facebook.