Nevada Kiwanis

Thirty-one members were present on Sept. 3. Tom Wissler had his daughter, Kelly, as his guest; Phil Page had Larry Howard as his guest and Ken Nelson had Linn Lathrop as his guest.

Invocation – Alison Kapustka; greeters – Jan Kitchen and Bob Ehrig

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

Joe Melcher’s name was drawn and he had the answer. Next week is $5.

Birthday greetings to Ken Hawcott, who celebrates on Sept. 12.

Bob Mittman introduced Rob Denton of DMACC, who presented a program on the happenings at the college.

Fact of the Week: If the earth was flat, water would cover the entire earth two miles deep.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

President Bev Packard welcomed 28 members to the Sept. 3 Golden K meeting. Darrell Staley served as greeter and Laura Van Allen gave the invocation.

Leland Roegner reported that the fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids will meet on late school start Mondays. Meeting plans for the third- and fourth-grade K-Kids have not yet been finalized.

Thanks to the many contributions of useable shoes from community members, the ShoeBox Recycling fundraising project is going very well. Sixteen boxes of shoes have been collected to date. Members voted to complete the shoe collecting project at the end of November.

Nevada Vision Clinic will celebrate its 10th anniversary at a Mix and Mingle on Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. Golden K members are among those invited.

Next week, club members will tour the former Milford School building during the regular meeting time. Those wishing to take the tour should gather at the Memorial parking lot by 9 a.m.

At the close of the meeting, "Happy Birthday" was sung to Dean Handsaker. Lynn Gaulke won the 50/50 drawing.

Nevada Rotary

President Dan Johnson called the Sept. 4 meeting to order at 12:06 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test. We welcomed two guests, as well as 15 Junior Rotarians that will be joining us each Wednesday for their senior year at Nevada. Reports were given from the Chamber (Lynn Scarlett), school (Laura West), markets (Mark Cahill), city (Liz Hansen) and NEDC (Laura West). Kris Dugger invited all Junior Rotarians to come forward and introduce themselves and state where they see themselves in a year.

Christian Clem introduced our guest speaker, Andrew Allen, director of Community Relations at Principal. Andrew has deep roots in the Nevada Community and a touching story about overcoming adversity. His life revolves around giving back; infusing his experience back into the Nevada Community. Andrew talked about finding your purpose in life. He stressed how important it is to give people another chance. "Don’t give up on what seems to be a hopeless cause." He encouraged us all to become mentors for those in need. GRIP is a mentoring program at YSS that has already matched hundreds of kids with mentors. Nevada has 15 children on the mentor waiting list (http://www.yss.ames.ia.us/en/programs/grip_mentoring/). Andrew gave a very powerful and courageous presentation. Thanks to both Andrew and Christian for bringing this to our club.