Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
Nevada Golden K met June 26. President Darrell Staley called the meeting to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, invocation and singing.
Dan Bagley returned to tell us his story about his 30 plus years as a UP railroad engineer. He comes from a long line of railroaders and the tradition has carried on. In 1972, a program was started called “Welcome to Operation Lifesaver,” and he is a part of this support system for employees who have experienced accidents. Dan explained the process. The three “E’s” are education, engineering and enforcement. ‘Look, listen and live’ is his mantra.
Twenty-one members responded to roll call. We welcomed new members Judy Twedt and Janean Geer. We celebrated Johann Thiel’s birthday. Guests and members are always welcome.
At the July 3 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Phil Page introduced Dr. Stephen Kirby. Dr. Kirby retired to Iowa after over 31 years in the LA Police Department. Dr. Kirby has written five books and numerous articles about Islam. Dr. Kirby spoke with the Club about Islam and Mohamad and answered many questions.
President Jerry Radke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. on June 26 at Windsor Manor. After dinner, tail-twister Charlene led us in singing, though she led us in some songs we never heard of before and then proceeded to take quarters from most of us.
Our new district governor was on hand to install our new officers for the year and the gavel was passed from outgoing President Jerry to incoming president Susan and we expressed our gratitude to Jerry for his very successful year.
Carlene Hunter introduced our speaker for the evening, Sgt. Tyler Heintz, who is Charlene’s grandson. Tyler joined the Marines and took training in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He then was assigned to Marine Expeditionary forces and from there he shipped out on the USS Bataan for the 3,000 mile trip to Rota Spain, where he took more training in his position as an Intelligence Anaylist. They then went through the Suez Canal to Kuwait where he had another 30 days of training and then were shipped to Syria.
Their mission was to defeat the Isis campaign and to support Syrian democratic forces. He was attached to an artillery unit and they were there in very uncomfortable circumstances with very few creature comforts in extremely hot and windy conditions and the soil was mostly what they called moon dust — very fine dirt that was everywhere. They were in Syria without Syria’s permission, but were there to try to move Isis out. The artillery unit he was attached to had 155 mm Howitzer guns that had a long range and while they were there they shot 35,000 rounds — the most by any unit since Viet Nam. Tyler’s duties were quite complicated as he was constantly on the move keeping track of the enemy. We all agreed, though, we owe him and all those who were in that most uncomfortable place under fire all the time a big Thank-You. He said that most all of the Marines are out of that area now and Isis is also pretty well gone.
We took care of some business after our program, which consisted of our peach sales and getting prepared for our RAGBRAI pancake feed. Jim said we will have our float in the Fourth of July parade. The meeting was dismissed, with a committee meeting held afterwards. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 11, at Windsor Manor at 6:30 p.m.