Rod Biensen is the newest member of the Nevada Rotary Hall of Fame. Steve McGill presented Rod with the award after a brief ceremony in his honor. Present for the presentation were Rod’s wife Tricia and children Leah, Caleb and Luke. Rod has played piano for the group for many years and is greatly appreciated by all.
Chris Waddle opened the meeting with a prayer. Rod Biensen played a selection by Scott Joplin and “Over the Rainbow.” President Sara Clausen introduced Ralph Manning as a guest of his wife, Carolyn Manning.
Reports from Rotarians included Lynn Scarlett reporting on events in Nevada. She encouraged everyone to participate in the Jaycees’ diaper drive. Collection boxes are in several stores and banks around Nevada. The diapers will be distributed to families in need.
Matt Mardesen reported on city projects. The weather has not cooperated so that they may be completed. Jon Hall reported on the announcement by Hormel to complete a $150,000 expansion of the Burke facility in Nevada.
The Junior Rotarians updated the group on sporting events to be held for the week at the high school. President Clausen reminded the group that Rotary Community Day would be held Oct. 24, and the annual Wine Tasting fundraiser would be Nov. 16.
Nevada Golden K
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on Oct. 2 with 23 members present. Geri Derner, our District Governor, installed the new officers for 2018-2019. Her message is “Build a Board” and get our members involved.
Our new president, Bob Collins, called the meeting to order. After the Pledge of Allegiance, we heard an invocation from Barb Cockshoot and were led in singing by Mary Pevestorf and accompanied by Bev Packard.
Marlene Anderson gave us a program on “The Great Depression,” which was a journal of her mother-in-law’s life in the ’30s. She was Les Anderson’s mother. Their farm was at Holmes, Iowa, which was mostly Norwegian heritage. When times were bad the hired help had to be let go, although some remained in their houses and found work other places. This left the family to care for the crops, livestock and chickens. Farmers helped each other get the harvests done. Clothes were mostly made from hand-me-downs. She talked about coal for heat, threshing days and one-room schools.
President Collins thanked Darrell Staley for his two years as president. Bob will be setting up some new committees on how to help kids and fundraising. He has a six-step goals program.
Leland Roegner and committee are working on programs. Gwen Ward won the 50/50 drawing. Leland and Bob closed our meeting with some humor. Visitors and guests are always welcome at our meetings.
At the Oct. 9 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Ron Jacobson introduced Nevada head football coach, Andy Kleeman, and defensive coach John Bass. Andy talked about how the football squad has grown and is very healthy. Andy introduced two of his team captains, Jack Cahill and Sam Abraham. Sam and Jack talked about the team’s four core goals and the team record. This year’s squad has 66 members. Thanks to all for an entertaining program.