The Nevada Lions Club met on Oct. 11 at Windsor Manor, with President Radke calling our meeting to order with the singing of “America” and the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Willy gave the invocation and we were served a delicious dinner. Tailtwister Charlie Lloyd led us in singing a few songs, and thank goodness Marilyn was back to accompany us, as Charlie picked out some very unfamiliar tunes — but with Marilyn’s help we made it through in pretty good shape. Charlie then asked some mind-boggling questions about our universe and not too many of us knew how many light years it would take to get through the Milky Way, so he collected several quarters. I believe Bob Hunter collected the 50/50 drawing; all I know for sure was it wasn’t me.
Jim Fenn introduced our speaker for the evening, City Manager Matt Mardesen. Matt told us a little about his family and his prior city manager experiences in Monroe. He then discussed the 2020 vision project that the city of Nevada is considering. It is a quite complex project and involves several individual projects, but probably one of the most talked-about part is the proposed Rec Center and it will be the costliest part. The building would serve as a storm shelter for the whole SCORE complex, as well as having running tracks and room for other activities. Other parts of the plan include moving the high school baseball diamond from Billy Sunday to a new field at SCORE and the school would take over Gates Hall, with the provision that it still could be used for community gatherings. Mardesen also went into the financing and answered many questions, and we thanked him for giving his presentation for us.
A board meeting was held after our regular meeting and regular items were discussed and passed. Our Lions club did our annual kidsight program and altogether we screened about 85 kids in preschool and day care. It is a very beneficial program that lets parents know if their child needs to see an optometrist or not. We also helped someone in the community get glasses and are working on helping someone to get hearing aids. If you know of someone that needs glasses or hearing aids and cannot financially afford, them please contact Willy Morfitt 515-290-0307 or any Lions member. Our next meeting will be at Windsor Manor on Oct. 23. Come join us.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
• Twenty-three members responded to roll call at the Oct. 10 meeting of Nevada Golden K Kiwanis. President Darrell Staley led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Gwen Frese gave devotions, followed by the group singing the national anthem. George Orsinger was our guest, as we celebrated Dorothy Orsinger’s birthday.
Kayla Hasper, project coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watersheds and Waterways, presented our program. This covers 43 communities and 11 counties. She told us about the two-year Squaw Creek project that began Sept. 1. This covers 146,000 acres, of which 83 percent is agriculture. They will be working directly with landowners, providing resources to better understand soil health and water quality. This is a voluntary program, networking one-on-one in education and outreach.
President Darrell reviewed the budget for 2017-18 and it was approved. Leland Roegner reported that the fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids had 12 in attendance and is growing. Health concerns were shared. Evelyn Onstot won the 50/50 drawing.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis meets on Tuesday mornings at Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, with coffee and treats at 9 a.m. and our meeting at 9:30 to 10:30. Visitors and guests are always welcome.
• Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met Oct. 17 at the Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. President Darrell Staley led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and we sang the national anthem. Gwen Frese led us in devotion. Bob Collins was our greeter.
Bill Ward brought a Quilt of Valor that he received from the Legion. Darrell had a game of connect the dots. He also represented our club for Leadership Nevada.
Nineteen members responded to roll call. Neva Duea was a guest. Shorty Jackson won the 50/50 drawing. Humor was shared by Leland Roegner, Bob Frese and Darrell. We also sang “Happy Birthday” to Darrell. Gwen Frese will be making a new calling tree for our club.
Visitors and guest are always welcome at our meetings. Our slogan is “Kiwanis is a Global Organization of Volunteers, dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.”
President Jon Augustus called the Nevada Rotary meeting to order at Indian Creek Country Club on Oct. 18 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: On Oct. 20 Nevada Library will be holding Board Game Night at 7 p.m. and The Talent Factory will host Dani Linn at 8 p.m. The Talent Factory will have Ben Ulin on their stage with his magic show at 7 p.m. The Chamber will host an open house on Oct. 24 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to show their new look. The Story County Senior Center will hold a Halloween Parade on Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., along with the Chamber’s downtown Trick or Treat. There are 37 businesses participating and the streets will be closed. The Talent Factory will have storytellers on their stage on Oct. at 8 p.m. This show is not recommended for children under 10. The Indian Creek Country Club is holding a Monster Bash on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 7. LaVon Schiltz, NEDC director, reported on the upcoming Chamber/NEDC Annual Dinner on Nov. 16 at Gatherings. Eric Hakmiller, CEO of Lincolnway Energy, will be the speaker. Invitations will go out this week. Marty Chitty reported for Story County. The Nevada Junior Rotarian report was given by Matt Chitty: Volleyball team will play tonight at Iowa Falls, the musical “Breaking News” will be performed on Nov. 3 and 4, and the Nevada FFA are attending National convention in Indianapolis this week. Emmi Miller introduced Tom Hertz, a visiting Rotarian from Ames.
Augustus announced that 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 Ray Reynolds. He introduced Jessica Lockhart, a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Jessica presented on fire prevention for homes and businesses.
At the Oct. 24 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Tom Wissler had the program and introduced Nevada High School football coach, Andy Kleeman, and two of his players, Nick Merrfeld and Matt Chitty. The three of them told about their successful and winning season. The Cubs finished the season 5-4 — the first winning season as a 3A school since 1992. Thank you, Andy, Nick, Matt and Tom, for great program.
The Kiwanis club also inducted its two newest members, Rick Bartosh and Dane Nealson.