• At the May 22 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Judy Strobehn introduced Meg Frideres and three of her students. Meg is teaching a class at Nevada High School that involves mindfulness and leadership. The students explained how the speaking that they all have to do, the breathing exercises and the relationship-building, has helped their confidence and interaction skills. Many questions were asked and answered by the students. Thank you all for a super program!
• Mike Wagner introduced Dr. David Sly at the May 29 Kiwanis meeting. David is a former Nevada High School graduate and a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Iowa State. David bought the old Ryerson/John Deer building last July and is turning it into retail space. David showed various slides of the remodeling project and of the businesses that have already moved in. Thank you, Dave, for such a great project to improve downtown Nevada!
Several visitors were in attendance at the weekly meeting of the Nevada Rotary Club. Gordon Hoover and Kim Marcus were visiting Rotarians from Florida. From the Ames Rotary Club was Erica Peterson. Guest John Hall was also in attendance.
Lynn Scarlett gave a report on the upcoming Chamber golf outing and shared updates on the Memorial Day activities planned to take place in Nevada.
County Supervisor Marty Chitty encouraged everyone to vote in the upcoming primaries on June 5. He invited everyone to vote at the court house if that was more convenient.
The Junior Rotarians updated the group on sports activities at the high school and graduation.
Marty Chitty introduced Dr. Lisa Spencer Hartman and Chad Swenson. They gave a program on TeamMates Mentoring. This year, 30 children were paired with mentors. They hope that the mentors can work with their mentee through high school. Each mentor spends an hour a week with a child at the school. The organization was originally started by Tom Osborne in Nebraska and has spread across the United States. The group hopes to have 60 mentors next year.
Nevada Golden K met on May 13 with President Darrell Staley opening our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Barb Cockshoot delivered the invocation. Our program was given by Jody Melcher on her mission trip to Haiti, through “Many Hands for Haiti,” which is out of Pella. They worked on two churches and houses.
Dick Atwell was visiting as our guest and 21 members responded to roll call. Third and Fourth grade K Kids delivered food to the Community Cupboard. Evelyn Onstot won the 50/50 drawing and Leland Roegner shared some senior humor.
On May 22 our program was given by Drew Kamp from the Ames Chamber of Commerce. He updated us on the plans for the Miracle Park and Playground to be built at Innis Park in Ames. This is an all-inclusive family park with facilities for special needs children, adults and caregivers. He had an animated walk-thru video of the park.
Twenty three answered to roll call. Guests were Betty Katzer, Deanna Ward and Dona Cowman. Our group will be working at Iowa State Odyssey of the Minds as a fundraiser for Miracle Park. Fifth and sixth grade K Kids will be giving out morning snacks at the Middle School. Birthday treats were supplied by Bill and Gwen Ward.