Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

President Bev Packard presided over the Aug. 27 meeting of Golden K with 27 members in attendance. Bob Collins served as greeter and Mary Pevestorf gave the invocation.

Guest speaker Amanda Martin is an Iowa Department of Transportation employee with the Office of Rail Transportation. Her presentation concerned planned passenger rail service in Iowa. Along with the Illinois and Federal DOT departments, the Iowa DOT has been working on the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative Plan since 2009. Requiring state and federal funding, the plan seeks to establish a main passenger rail line from Chicago, Ill., across Iowa to Omaha, Neb. Passenger rail service could be offered to such cities as Moline, Chicago, Omaha and the Iowa cities of Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Iowa City.

Several requirements need to be met to put the Rail Initiative Plan into effect. Existing rails need to be upgraded. Additional sidings and improved railroad crossing signals must be installed. A convenient passenger schedule, frequency of service, and 90 percent on time performance are required.

A feasibility study was done to determine the need for passenger rail service. Environmental and economic impact, and support infrastructure needs were considered. Public input via ads, the DOT website and social media was and continues to be encouraged.

Leland Roegner reported on the K-Kids monthly meeting dates. The fifth- and sixth-graders will meet on late start Mondays. K-Kids in third and fourth grades will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Dale Sloan reminded members to honor their contribution pledges to the Eliminate project. Club members voted to enter the Eliminate fund raising raffle to be held September 2nd.

At the close of the meeting, Cindy Settle won the 50/50 drawing.

Lions Club

The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on Aug. 8 for their regular bi-monthly meeting. After a very delicious Salisbury steak dinner with cake and ice cream, Marilyn led us in singing a few old favorites, and with her playing, even we sounded pretty good. Tail twister Steve confounded us as usual with some questions that cost most of us a quarter.

Lion Loren introduced our speaker for the evening, past District Governor Jim Appleget, who is the coordinator for the Lions 9MC Global Membership team. Of course, his main emphasis was on recruiting new members and suggested several ideas that we might use to get and keep new members. He suggested that sometimes we have to take a critical look at what we are now doing and how the community perceives what we are doing. We all have vowed to try to work on membership, and Lion Appleget assured us it is as simple as ASJ - ask someone to join. Our next meeting is Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Manor. You are welcome!

Nevada Rotary

President Dan Johnson called the Aug. 28 meeting to order by leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of "My Country ‘Tis of Thee," a prayer of thanks offered by Christian Clem, the reciting of Rotary’s Four-Way Test and the introduction of visiting Rotarians. Lynn Scarlett of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce provided an update on the success of the Lincoln Highway Days and other events in the city. City Manager Liz Hansen reported on variety of upcoming street improvements. Steve Gray, Nevada Schools superintendent, reported that school was off to an excellent start and that they were thankful for air conditioning.

The day’s featured speaker was Kristin Pates, campaign director for the United Way of Story County. Kristin discussed the three main areas of focus for the organization – education, health and income – and how by focusing in those areas the United Way and its affiliate organizations will create a better Story County for both today and tomorrow. For more information about the United Way of Story County, visit their website at www.uwstory.org.

The meeting was adjourned at 1 p.m. It was noted that future meetings will be held at Indian Creek Country Club while the meeting room at Gates Hall is being used by Nevada High School during their renovation project.

Nevada Kiwanis

Forty members were present on Tuesday morning. We had one member from the Key Club. LeRoy had his wife, Kathy as his guest.

Invocation – Nancy Port; greeters – Jason Grimm and Judy Chance

Please invite a guest to a meeting who you would like to see join our club.

Ralph Manning’s name was drawn and he was not present. Next week is $25.

Birthday greetings to Dean Handsaker, who celebrates on Sept. 2. Kudos to Mick Tscherter, who served as grand marshal of the Lincoln Highway Days parade. Sorry I forgot to include your birthday last week.

Eric introduced Kristin Pates of United Way who gave the program on this year’s drive.

Fact of the Week: Syracuse, N.Y. is considered to be the safest city in the U.S. from natural disasters. Cleveland, Ohio, is second.