President Jon Augustus opened the meeting with local updates. Lynn Scarlett reported that three members of the Nevada Rotary Club had graduated from Leadership Nevada. They are Matt Mardesen, Ray Reynolds and Jessica Henry. Matt Mardesen gave an update on future projects the city was working on. Marty Chitty said Story County has a new updated website. The Junior Rotarians gave the group an overview of upcoming track, golf and soccer events at the high school.
President Augustus called the meeting to order, then Chris Waddle gave a prayer. Rod Biensen played “April Showers” while the group sang along. Emmi Miller introduced three guests, Jolene Goodman, Joy Davis and Josie Bailey. The group then sang the “Welcome Song,” played by Rod Biensen. The group was reminded that Tree Planting Day would be May 2.
A.R. Palanisamy of Rotary India, a recipient of the Service to Humanity Award, presented a program on SEED (Society for the Educational and Economic Development), an organization he founded in India. SEED serves the needs of disadvantaged children to provide hope and opportunity for a better future. It caters to the needs of children whose parents are in prison, suffering from disease, orphaned or victims of national disasters. The children receive value-based education and a secure upbringing.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
• Nevada Golden K met on April 24, at Memorial Lutheran Church. President Darrell Staley led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Marsha Jackson giving the invocation. We sang “Keep It Booming” and “This Land is Your Land.”
Paul Hunter was our speaker and he told us about his life. He was born in Missouri and attended a one-room school. In high school he was active in FFA. He attended the University of Missouri and then left for the Army, spending 1 1/2 years in Germany. When he returned to the university he met his future wife, Marilyn, and they just celebrated their 60th anniversary. Early employment started in Nebraska as a feed salesman and then he worked for Wilson Packaging as a hog buyer. He transferred to Eagle Grove, then Wall Lake. He then decided to move to Tama and work for Farm Bureau. Later he bought into an insurance and real estate business. Marilyn taught for 25 years in Tama. They raised three children, all graduating from ISU. Paul and Marilyn moved to Nevada in 2000. He is a 50+ year member of Kiwanis, holding many positions, as well as being lt. governor.
Johann Thiel reported that third- and fourth-grade K-Kids had 46 in attendance and they are making boxes for a food drive. Leland Roegner reported on fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids and they had hands-on activities showing leadership, cooperation and trust.
Golden K will be working at Odyssey of the Mind at ISU to raise money for Miracle League. Gwen Freese gave an update on the Division Meeting. Marcia Wisnieski won the 50/50 drawing and Darrell closed with some senior humor. Guests and visitors are always welcome.
• Nevada Golden K met on May 1 at Memorial Lutheran Church, with Darrell Staley leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mary Pevestorf lead us singing “How Do You Do, Fellow Member” and “Whole World In His Hands,” accompanied by Bev Packard. Devotions were read by Barb Cockshoot.
President Staley introduced Pastor Myron Herzberg, who told us about a program between Marshall and Story counties. It is working on implementing a “Faith Action ID” that will be available to everyone. This would assure identification to people who do not have driver’s licenses or other official forms of IDs. The committee is working with the churches, schools and communities. He asked us to be watching for more information which will be coming soon.
Eighteen members responded to roll call. Neva Duea was our guest. We celebrated Mary Pevestorf’s birthday. Gwen Frese reported they had 44 third- and fourth-grade K-Kids, who were making posters for their food drive for Nevada Community Cupboard. We recited the Kiwanis Pledge. One of our members reported they had their house broken into so he reminded us to lock our doors and cars. Darrell closed the meeting with some senior humor. He also won the 50/50 drawing. We always welcome guests and visitors. Come see what we are about.
At the May 1 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Kristi Kenealy introduced Laura Bell from YSS. Laura told the club of the Story County Health Report compiled by the Story County Health Alliance. The three main points of the report are: 1) Food Choices; 2) Access to Mental Health Services and 3) Physical Activity and Exercise. Thanks, Kristi and Laura, for the great information.