Nevada Rotary


President Sara Clausen opened the meeting with a report from Lynn Scarlett on the Nevada Chamber of Commerce. Lynn encouraged everyone to volunteer to help at Lincoln Highway Days. Rod Biensen played the “Welcome Song” for guests Carolyn and Chuck Johns (morning and noon Ames Rotarians), Steve Daiken (Boone Rotary) and Izzy Kapustka.


Izzy Kapustka and Steve Daiken briefly spoke about their roles at this year’s RYLA camp. Izzy was a camp counselor and Steve attended as a Rotarian. They encouraged Nevada Rotarians to participate at next years’ RYLA camp. The camp will be held July 14-19, 2019, in Grinnell. Four students from Nevada attended this year’s camp.


Michelle Cassabaum introduced the speaker, Erika Peterson of the Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club of Story County is starting a club in Nevada for junior-high children. The club will be located at Central Presbyterian Church after school until 6 p.m. Children will have a safe environment to go to after school. Homework help and special programs will be available. Nevada must raise $40,000 to fund this program. The Burke Corporation has offered to donate up to $15,000 in matching funds for donations made to the club. A membership per student is $25. Scholarships are available also. The club has a goal of 50 members. Donations may be sent to Boys & Girls Clubs, 210 South Fifth St., Ames, IA 50010. Designate the donation for Nevada.


Marty Chitty performed sergeant-at-arms duties. Rotarians were quizzed over Nevada history. Fines were collected.


Nevada Golden K Kiwanis


Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on Aug. 15. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and Judy Twedt gave the invocation. Gwen Frese led the singing.


Aaron Steil from Reiman Gardens presented our program. He talked about the exhibits and displays. This year’s theme celebrates “Movement,” featuring a Wind, Waves & Light Sculpture Exhibition through Nov. 3. He told us about events and education programs and reminded us that they always welcome volunteers.


President Darrell presented a club award from the Nebraska-Iowa Division to Gwen Frese for being Lay Person of the Year for 2017-2018.


Darrell gave us an update on the Eliminate Project. There are still 14 countries left to receive treatment. Twenty members responded to roll call. Sandy Howard won the 50/50 drawing. Our club picnic will be Aug. 28. Leland Roegner closed our meeting with humor. Visitors and guests are always welcome at our meetings on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Lutheran Church.