Nevada Golden K

Twenty-seven members and two guests attended the Nov. 12 meeting of Golden K, presided over by President Leland Roegner. Johann Thiel served as greeter and Barb Cockshoot gave the invocation.

Guest speaker Kurt Freidrich of Iowa Realty spoke to the members about a new housing development to be constructed in the Indian Ridge Subdivision on the northwest edge of Nevada. Lots will be available for 13 single-family homes and several townhouses. The new development will incorporate green space areas for storm water retention.

The one- or two-story townhouses will feature two bedrooms and large two-car garages. A variety of floor plans and exterior designs for the family homes and townhouses will be available for buyers to choose from.

Eight spec single family dwellings and one spec townhouse will initially be constructed in the spring of 2014. Prices will range in the $200,000 to $250,000 range as a base. No tax abatement will be available to prospective buyers.

Gwen Frese reported on the Division 11 Council meeting held Nov. 9. Lt. Gov. Gerri Bugg requested that one person from each club be selected to work on a committee to formulate goals for the division. She also challenged each club to attend 10 interclubs to other clubs within the division. A reward of a $180 would be pledged to the Eliminate Project for each club accomplishing this goal. A Division 11 fundraiser for Eliminate may also be in the works.

President Roegner announced that the fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids and the Builders Club are conducting a shoe box project to benefit the Access Care Shelter in Ames. Golden K members will contribute needed personal care and school items to help fill 40 shoe boxes.

Liz Meiman, discussing the Iowa Answer Line, will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 19 Golden K meeting. No meeting is scheduled the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from Golden K!

Bob Kruse won the 50/50 drawing at the close of the meeting.

Nevada Rotary

President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test. We welcomed two guests. An announcement was made that Lincoln Highway will be closed for another two weeks. A report was given on the Foundation meeting, where two of our club members were honored for their contributions. These Foundation contributions come back to our community for things like the auditorium, library furniture, Team Maze and Mock Crash. Please consider giving this year. Next week is the last week to bring your can of soup for the Nevada Parks and Rec Thanksgiving Meal Project.

Liz Hertz and Rob Bacon announced their participation in Heartland Senior Services’ upcoming fundraiser, "Dancing with the Stars." This will be held on Jan. 11 at the ISU Memorial Union. The winner is based on the amount of contributions raised for Heartland Senior Services. Please contact Liz or Rob for more information.

Our guest speaker was Rob Denson, president of DMACC. This community college serves 6,550 square miles, has six fully accredited campuses and 37,300 students. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable education to help students reach their dreams. They have the second lowest tuition in the state of Iowa and 153 programs/certifications to choose from. The average class size is 18, which makes DMACC a perfect transition from high school to a four-year college. Students can save 45 percent of their total college tuition by starting at DMACC instead of a four-year institution. Rob noted that 50 percent of all jobs in Iowa require education somewhere between high school and a four-year degree. He talked about the opportunity index, where Iowa ranks sixth in the nation. The more skills you have, the more opportunities you will have. DMACC is the perfect place for all students ages 16 and above. Life is calling…. If it’s dreamable, it’s doable.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions meeting was called to order on Nov. 13 by President Lion Jerry Radke. We sang a few songs with Marilyn playing for us, we really appreciate how much she adds to our meetings. After dinner, Lion Charlene Jarboe introduced our speaker for the evening, Alison Kapustka, who is the manager of Windsor Manor. She told us there are usually at least one of four reasons that people consider living in an assisted living facility. The number One reason is usually when there are no relatives close by, it is often difficult for them to make sure everything is OK, and if they are some distance away, there can be a lot of anxious minutes. There are many who are not eating like they should be and the assisted living facilities have a nutritionist and the resident has a choice of things they would like to eat. For some who are pretty much house-bound, the assisted living facilities have activities and take trips to go shopping or to see scenery and just to get out. And it might come down to feeling like they need more care than what they are getting in their home. Windsor Manor has 30 assisted living rooms, a couple of skilled care rooms and 10 beds in the Memory unit. It was a very interesting and informative evening.

We had a short business meeting following our program with just a few brief items for consideration. The main items considered were our continuing push for new members and that we will only have one meeting in November because of Thanksgiving. Our next meeting will be our Christmas party on Dec. 11, with more information to follow.