The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on May 9, with Lion President Jerry Radke calling the meeting to order. After dinner, we sang several songs and due to Marilyn’s great piano playing and the fact that we had a nice group of Lions present, we sounded pretty good and we all enjoyed singing. But when the tail-twisters started taking our money, we weren’t quite so happy.
Lion Steve Jordening introduced our speaker for the evening, David Sly. He called his program the Ryerson Renovation or as most of us know it, the old John Deere building. David has renovated several buildings around town and one of his chief motivations is to make vacant or eyesore buildings into useable buildings once again. In the case of the 15,000 square foot Ryerson building, he was not sure whether they were going to raze it, fill in the basements and try to sell lots to build businesses on, or renovate. They were aware that there was going to be a large expense if they demolished the building or if they renovated it. They decided to see if there was any interest in businesses renting spaces and he said when they put out feelers, they were amazed at the response, as several businesses contacted them to let them know that they were interested. So they made the commitment and soon found out it wasn’t going to be easy as this was a very old building, dating back into the 1800s. He took pictures as they proceeded and showed us some of the things they ran in to. The building had been added on to many times and took some extraordinary measures to make it into several units and make it look presentable on the outside. He did a very good job with his slides and his narrative, explaining what it took to make the project come to fruition. There are four businesses that have moved in now, and with possibilities of another in the future. He made it a very interesting program and we all agreed that it is a great improvement to the city of Nevada. We thanked Sly for his program and for taking the chance to improve our city. Someone asked him if he is interested in other renovations, and he said he has his eye on a couple of other possibilities in town now.
We held our monthly board meeting after our regular meeting with the upcoming work project at Iowa State food services and the RAGBRAI pancake project. Jim is also working on our peach sales later this summer. After taking care of routine business, we adjourned. Our next meeting will be on May 23 at Windsor Manor at 6:30 p.m.; you are invited to come join us.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
Nevada Golden K met on May 8. Our meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, invocation by Barb Cockshoot and we sang “Onward in Kiwanis” and “America the Beautiful.” President Darrell Staley was our speaker and he updated us on articles from the Kiwanis District Newsletter. He then led us through the “Etiquette of the Stars and Stripes,”, assisted by some members on how to display and fold the flag.
Reporting on K-Kids, there will be recruitment for third- and fourth-graders to join the fifth- and sixth-graders next year at middle school. The third- and fourth-graders will be taking items from their food drive to the Community Cupboard.
Twenty-one members responded to roll call. Our club will be working at “Odyssey of the Mind” at Iowa State on May 23-26, with proceeds going to Miracle League Park. Paul Hunter won the 50/50 drawing and senior humor was shared by Bev Packard and Leland Roegner. We will not meet on May 29. Guests and visitors are always welcome.