At the Sept. 12 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, the club installed their newest member, Luke Spence. Luke was sponsored by Mike Wagner. Luke, his wife and three children moved to Nevada from Indiana. Luke is a pilot and is also currently running for Nevada City Council. Welcome, Luke!
The program this morning was presented by Bob Collins. Bob introduced Larry Wiebel, managing editor of Our Iowa magazine. Bob saw an article in the magazine on bringing bluebirds back to Iowa. Bob used the bird house plan to make four bluebird houses and after installing them, has seen many bluebirds on his property where he had never seen a single one. Thanks, Bob and Larry for a great program.
Twenty-seven members, fourteen Junior Rotarians and one visiting Rotarian attended Wednesday’s meeting. President Jon Augustus called the meeting to order and was serenaded with “Happy Birthday” in honor of his special day.
Lynn Scarlett reported on events going on in Nevada, noting the open house at Regency Retirement and community Bingo at Windsor Manor. Matt Mardesen updated the group on events going on with the city of Nevada. Rick Sanders reported on the Story County bridge closing at 190th Street and Mark Cahill reported on the status of the markets. The Junior Rotarians gave a report on high school sports and homecoming events.
Rob Bacon led the group in prayer, followed by the group reciting the Four-Way Test. On Oct. 11, our District governor will visit. Oct. 25 will be Community Service day for the group. Rotarians will go into the community and perform service projects. A buffalo bike was present for viewing. The Nevada Rotary made it possible to purchase 52 of these bikes. The bikes will be sent to undeveloped countries.
Visiting Rotarian and Past District Governor Jim Patton presented a program on the Rotary Global Grants, sponsored by the Ames Rotary and other clubs. The Ames Rotary is a major sponsor of these grants that provide water system for villages in Tanzania. These water systems cost between $240,000 and $350,000 each. Local citizens help with the construction and are trained to maintain these systems. The Nevada Rotary Club was invited to participate in an upcoming project with monetary donations.
The Nevada Lions Club was called to order by President Jerry Radke at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Windsor Manor. After a delicious dinner, tail-twister Charlie Lloyd led us in singing a few songs, which didn’t sound too bad considering Marilyn was not there to accompany us. He then handled the 50/50 drawing and ended up with the money. Tail-twister Charlene Jarboe had some tricky questions about current events and took most of our quarters and so it was time for Mike Seabock to introduce our program for the evening veterinarian, Dr. Sherrie Pleis.
Pleis is starting a new practice here in Nevada on West Lincoln Way, though she has practiced for several years in different places. But after trying several places around the country, they decided they wanted to raise their children in a town like Nevada. Sherrie will treat large animals, as well as small animals, and is equipped to do most surgeries. The clinic has a dog room and a cat room. She is very interested in educating kids on how to take care of pets and also to work with 4-H clubs. She will be taking appointments three days a week to start with, and will take evening appointments and emergency calls. It was an interesting program and we thanked her.
After the regular meeting, we adjourned to our monthly board meeting. Much of the time was spent on routine busines,s but we did decide to try a new fundraiser, selling lugs of peaches next year, and discussed briefly our next fundraiser, our pancake breakfast in conjunction with the Parks and Rec annual Christmas Party. Our next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Windsor Manor.