At the Oct.31 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Bob Ehrig introduced Megann Schultz and her therapy dog, Jasper. Jasper is 5 yrs. old and had 18 months of training to become a therapy dog. Jasper is a cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Newfoundland. Megann takes Jasper to schools and correctional facilities. Thanks, Megann, Bob and Jasper, for a great program!
The Nevada Lions met on Oct. 25 at Windsor Manor, President Jerry Radke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, the meeting was adjourned so that we might be able to take a tour through the Burke Corp plant arranged by Lion Terence. Alex Sitzman was the guide, and it was agreed that it was a wonderful chance to really see what goes on in that big building on the east edge of Nevada. The tour began with a film and everyone was dressed in the elaborate garb required to go through the plant. It was an excellent chance to see what goes on in the plant and the huge volume of product that is produced and shipped from the plant. We thank Burke Corp. for allowing us to tour and to Alex Sitzman for this very interesting tour.
The Nevada Lions meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Manor. We invite you to come join us for interesting programs and many opportunities to serve our community.
President Jon Augustus called the Nevada Rotary meeting to order at Indian Creek Country Club on Nov. 1 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: Anytime Fitness will be holding a ribbon cutting on Nov. 2 at 5:30, the Nevada Historical Society will be hosting Paws with Claus on Nov. 4 at Evergreen Lane, and the Masonic Lodge will be holding their 28th Annual Breakfast Scholarship Fundraiser on Nov. 5. The Story County 4-H Foundation will be holding their annual Blue Jean Ball on Nov. 5 and the ABWA Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12 at Gates Hall and the Nevada High School. The Nevada Junior Rotarian report was given by Haley Primrose: the boys’ cross country team ended their season, the high school will be presenting their fall musical “Breaking News” this weekend, and winter sports will pick up next week. Marty Chitty provided a county update to the Rotary Club. Jon Augustus introduced Tom Hertz and Ray Reynolds introduced Chris Brandes of the Nevada Police Department.
Augustus announced that Rotary’s Community Day was held on Oct. 25, the second Rotary fundraiser will be held on Nov. 18, 5:01 Club will meet tonight at Indian Creek Country Club and November is Foundation month. Jon encouraged the members to wear their foundation pin during November. Jon also reported that Chris Burling from Nevada Community Resource Center has called to see if Rotary could provide 42 coats for children at the resource center. Each coat would cost $16. He asked Rotarians to sign up to donate the needed funds.
The program for today’s meeting was presented by Dick Pringnitz. He introduced Alex Pringnitz, a junior at Iowa State University. Alex represented Iowa State University’s Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon started in 1994 and has raised millions of dollars over the years. The ISU Dance Marathon has raised $3,701,491.89 since 1998 for the University of Iowa children’s hospital. There are over 1,000 ISU student dancers who participate. There are currently over 800 students signed up for this year’s Dance Marathon – to be held on Jan. 20. Alex also explained the various sponsorship levels that are available to organizations like Rotary.
The meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
Nevada Golden K met on Oct. 31 at the Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. We were happy to welcome Ken Shaw back, and he brought his guest, Carolyn Shaw. Twenty members responded to roll call.
Darrell Staley opened our meeting leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Gwen Frese had invocation and the group sang “America - My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Our group is joining with the Nevada Kiwanis group collecting toiletries for local school children’s needs. Gwen reported that there were 53 in attendance in the third- and fourth-grade K-Kids meeting. They are working on a service project.
Marcia Wisnieski and Laura Van Allen provided Halloween treats. They handed out game puzzles for each member to work on, with Halloween humor in between. We ended by getting out of our chairs and moving to the music of the “Boogie Woogie Boogie,” played by Bev Packard.