Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
Twenty-one members responded to roll call at Nevada Golden K Kiwanis on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. President Darrell Staley led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by devotions and singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Karen Selby was a guest.
Linda Wright from the Nevada Public Library spoke to us, asking for volunteers to deliver books to nursing homes and people with limited mobility. Our program was given by Dick Atwell titled “Getting to Know Me—Better.” He was born in Fort Dodge, and his great-great and great-grandfather were founders of the fort and the city. His grandparents were florists and he worked for them. His father served in the war in the Philippines and was captured by the Japanese.
Dick was avid about playing marbles in his grade school days. He won at the state level and went on to win the nationals in Pittsburgh in 1947. When he was sixteen, he went to California to work at a logging camp. After high school he attended Iowa State, served in the Marine Corps, and then worked at a travel agency, where he met and married his wife, Judy. Judy is deceased and they have five children. Dick worked at Donnelley Marketing and then owned an antique shop. He is now retired and collects bicycles to ship to overseas.
Leland Roegner reported that the third- and fourth-grade K-Kids are ready to start and he is still waiting to hear about the fifth- and sixth-graders.
Visitors are always welcome to come and see what we are about. Please join us.
• President Jon Augustus called the Nevada Rotary meeting to order at Indian Creek Country Club on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 12:05 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test.
Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber regarding the following events: the movie “State Fair” will be shown at The Talent Factory on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m., volunteers are still needed for Lincoln Highway Days and highlighted some of the LHD events. Matt Mardesen, city of Nevada administrator, announced the library board has appointed Shanna Speer as Nevada librarian, there will be lines painted on Lincoln Highway from Ninth Street to 15th Street and the results of the 2017 Fireworks Survey will be discussed at the Aug. 24 City Council meeting. Emmi Miller introduced club guest Tom Hertz.
Augustus announced that there is still a need for volunteers from the Rotary Club for the Lincoln Highway Day Parade.
The program for today’s meeting was presented by the Rotary Hall of Fame Committee: Steve McGill, Dan Johnson and Jim Frevert. McGill provided background on the Hall of Fame award; it was started in 1977 by Harold Brinkman as a way to honor people in the community who make a positive difference in Nevada. There are currently 39 members in the Hall of Fame – not all are Rotarians. Dave Deyoe was introduced as the newest member of the Hall of Fame. Deyoe moved to Nevada when he was 8 years old. He has been married for 32 years and has two children. He has served as the president of Farm Bureau and Story County Republicans. He is also serving his sixth term as an Iowa State Representative.
• President-Elect Sara Clausen called the Nevada Rotary meeting to order at Indian Creek Country Club on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 12:20 p..m, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test.
Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber regarding the following events: volunteers are still needed for Lincoln Highway Days and highlighted some of the LHD events. Matt Mardesen, city of Nevada Administrator announced that Sixth Street is almost ready to go – just need to pour concrete – and the Aug. 24 City Council meeting will be held at Gates Hall – items discussed will include fireworks and the Rec Center presentation. Kris Dugger presented the school report: teachers returned today and students will return on Aug. 23. Emmi Miller introduced John Molacek, a guest of Jim Frevert.
Clausen announced that there is still a need for volunteers from the Rotary Club for the Lincoln Highway Day Parade.
The program for today’s meeting was presented by Kris Dugger. He introduced Izzy Kapustka, who presented on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). She told the club this is a week-long program held at Grinnell. It helps give leadership skills to youth who already have the skills or want to develop leadership skills. She described a day at RYLA and told the club that watches and cell phones are not allowed during activities.