At the Sept. 26 meeting of the Nevada Kiwanis Club, new board members and officers were installed by Lt. Gov. Jeri Turner.
Ron Jacobson introduced United Way of Story County president, Jean Kresse. Jean told the club that this year’s goal is to raise $2.2 million dollars. Jean described their mission, and the checks and balances used to accomplish their goals.
• President Jon Augustus called the Nevada Rotary meeting to order at Indian Creek Country Club on Sept. 27 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: US Bank and NEDC will be hosting a Mix and Mingle on Thursday, Sept. 28; the American Legion Auxiliary will be serving chicken and noodle dinner on Friday, Sept. 29; “Dueling Pianos” will be at The Talent Factory on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.; and “Prayers for Peace” will be tonight at 8:30 at the First United Methodist Church. Lynn also reported for Matt Mardesen, Nevada city administrator, that Nevada is in a race to win a trophy for the best improved project among Iowa cities. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Nevada Junior Rotarian report included homecoming was held last week and the Nevada High School football team plays at Bondurant-Farrar on Friday night. Mark Cahill gave a market report. Emmi Miller introduced Bob Grotewald, Ken Jannsen, Carol Springer, Ralph Manning, Tricia Biensen and Nathan Tanner.
Augustus announced that the district governor will be visiting on Oct. 11, Community Day will be held on Oct. 25, and the second Rotary Fundraiser will be held on Nov. 17.
The program for today’s meeting was presented by Kristian Dugger. He introduced Nathan Tanner, a junior at Nevada High School. Tanner attended RYLA this summer. He shared his experiences at RYLA and encouraged other high school students to consider attending.
• Thirty-eight Rotarians, 10 Junior Rotarians and one guest were present at the Nevada Rotary Club meeting. President Jon Augustus opened the meeting with reports. Matt Mardesen said Sixth street was now open and that Nevada had won a Star Award from the Iowa League of Cities. Mark Cahill reported on the current markets and the Junior Rotarians reported on recent sports activities at the high school.
Chris Waddle gave a prayer and then the group recited the 4-Way Test. Rod Biensen played “Shine on Harvest Moon,” while the group sang along. President Augustus announced that the district governor would be visiting our club Oct. 11. Nevada Community Day will be held Oct. 25. Members will perform fall clean-up projects in the community. A Wine and Beer Tasting fundraiser will be held on Nov. 17.
Renee Twedt introduced Sarah Jaschen from the Iowa Donor Network. She talked to the group about how to become an organ donor and what happens after you have committed to the program. There are currently 721 Iowans waiting for transplants. This number has increased by 100 people in the last year. Sixty-nine percent of Iowans are currently registered to become organ donors.
The Nevada Lions met on Sept. 27 at Windsor Manor. President Jerry Radke called the meeting to order, after we sang “God Bless America” and pledged allegiance to the flag, Lion Willy led us in Grace. After dinner, Tail-twister Charlene did her best to take a few quarters from us and pretty much succeeded; the drawing for the fifty-fifty was given to LUCKY Lion Paul, who turned around and gave the proceeds back to the club. A sign-up sheet was passed for workers for the Kid’s Sight event for young children, which is coming up quite soon. It is a very important Lions’ program, because the results of the tests are used to determine if a child should see an optometrist.
Lion Elijah then introduced our speaker for the evening County Attorney Jessica Reynolds, who gave us just a little taste of how many things the County Attorney’s office is involved in. Just a few of the responsibilities of her office that she talked about were – enforcing state laws and county ordinances, representing Story County and personnel of the county when involved in County business , and many, many more things too numerous to list. She then talked about some cases and how involved and difficult some of them can be; she talked in general about a case that Elijah, who is an Ames policeman, was involved in. The County Attorney’s office has 14 attorneys on staff in two offices and someone is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was a most interesting program and she answered many questions during and after her program.
The Nevada Lions would like to remind everyone that we help people who need glasses and hearing aids but cannot afford them. For more information, please contact Lion Willy Morfitt, 515-290-0307, or contact any Lions member. Our next meeting will be on Oct. 11 at Windsor Manor — we invite you to come and join us.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
• Twenty members responded to roll call for our meeting on Sept. 26 at Fellowship Hall in Memorial Lutheran Church. President Darrell Staley called our meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by devotions. We sang “God Bless America,” led by Gwen Frese and accompanied by Bev Packard. Paul Hunter was introduced as a new transfer member to our club, with over 50 years of membership as a Kiwanian.
Kiwanis District Lt. Governor Geri Derner was introduced and came to install our new officers. Her theme for this year is “Stick Your Neck Out,” and all inducted officers were given a ceramic turtle to remind us that we need to look for new members, new projects and new fundraisers to support our projects for children.
Bev Packard had our program and we watched a video on Pennsylvania and the Danish people. They are two different cultures and religions but live in harmony and support each other. Johann Thiel brought a special cake and flowers as he was celebrating his arrival to the United States 65 years ago.
Gwen Frese reported there were 54 K-Kids in attendance at the last third- and fourth-grade meeting. The K-Kid fifth- and sixth-graders are restarting this year and Leland Roegner reported they have between eight-12 members attending.
Gwen Ward and Marsha Jackson were winners in the 50/50 drawing. We are always happy to have guests and visitors come to our meetings, starting with coffee and treats at 9 a.m. and our meeting and program from 9:30 to 10:30.
• Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on Oct. 3 at Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. President Darrell Staley led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our songs were “Onward in Kiwanis” and “Let There Be Peace of Earth.”
Jan Lundgren presented the program on “Downtown Beautification.” She works with Julie Shickell at Sixth Street Salvage on the corner of Sixth and K Street. Her specialties are decorating, staging and painting. She has been in contact with downtown business owners and city officials to work toward making our city more attractive. One of her projects was to clean up and get the lights working on the Nevada Monument welcome signs on each end of Lincoln Highway.
Under business, Gwen Frese reported there were 50 third- and fourth-graders attending K-Kids. Leland Roegner reported the fifth and sixth grades are also meeting and will elect officers at their next meeting.
Twenty members responded to roll call. Health concerns of members were shared. Our club will not be doing the candy and nut sales this year, but we will order through the Ames Club.
Marcia Wisnieski won the 50/50 drawing and Bev Packard shared some senior humor. Golden K always is open to guests and visitors. Please feel free to come and see what we are about. “Kiwanis is global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.”
Colo World Outlook
The September Colo World Outlook meeting was held at the home of our hostess for the evening, Betty Henderson, on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone enjoyed a salad potluck.
Myrna Johnson opened our meeting with the pledge of allegiance and the club collect. Roll call was taken and eight members were in attendance for the first meeting of the 2017-2018 year. The treasurer’s report was read, which was followed by correspondence.
Old business was the next discussion, with a warm thank-you to Joyce French and Betty Henderson for representing the club in the Colo Crossroads Festival this past July.
The meeting then moved on to discuss new business. The first item was reviewing the program booklets this year for corrections. One important change was to the December meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. The club also added the Colo Historical Society to the list of charities supported this year.
Focus then switched to the committee reports and then moved on to remembrances, where we received a lovely card from Dorothy Cerka and her family after the passing of Lois Cerka. Myrna then adjourned the meeting and we moved on to preparing this year’s United Charities correspondence. The next meeting will be held at the Colo Community Center on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.