Nevada Rotary

President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order Dec. 11 at 12:28 p.m., followed by the pledge of allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test. Welcome was extended to our guest, Molly Toot. Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber regarding the following events: Shop Nevada First promotion is underway in Nevada through Dec. 15; Edward Jones will be hosting their annual holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Nevada Winterfest will be held on Dec. 13 and 14; the Talent Factory will be hosting a Christmas performance by Special Arrangement Quartet on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 15, the Nevada Historical Society will be holding a tour of four Nevada homes decorated for the holidays. Zach Thomas, a Nevada Junior Rotarian, reported on upcoming school activities: Nevada FFA held its annual holiday dinner on Sunday, planning is underway for the Renewable Energy Conference and Key Club is helping with the Nevada Angel Tree project. Jon Augustus provided a markets report. Carolyn Manning announced that next week’s program will be an update on the Nevada Senior Center. John Henry of Hertz Farm Management provided information on his work as an IT manager and his personal life for the New Member Spotlight.

Tammy Oxley introduced Dan Tran of Block Party Studios, who presented this week’s program. Dan told club members about the road she traveled to become the owner of Block Party. She shared information on classes offered, as well as showed samples of patterns and kits offered for sale at Block Party Studios. The meeting adjourned at 12:59 p.m.

Golden K Kiwanis

The Dec. 10 meeting of Golden K Kiwanis was brought to order by President Leland Roegner, with 24 members and one guest present. Dick Atwell greeted members and Betty Katzer gave the invocation.

Elizabeth Beck from Heartland Senior Services was introduced as guest speaker. In 2011, traveling with a lifelong friend, Mrs. Beck visited Tanzania, a large East African country bordering the Indian Ocean.

Traveling in Land Rovers, Mrs. Beck’s group toured Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, viewing a wide variety of animals such as elephants, leopards, lions, cape buffalos, giraffes, striped hyenas, baboons and ostriches. Wildebeests with keen hearing and zebras using their keen eyesight travel together in large cooperative herds. The travelers were also able to view some endangered black rhinos and the extremely poisonous black mamba snake.

Highlights of the trip for Mrs. Beck were a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti, a tour of two Starbucks coffee plantations and a visit to a Maasai encampment. While visiting the Maasai, one of 15 peaceful ethnic groups in the area, the visitors helped repair a boma - a village home built of sticks, mud, hay and cow dung. The bomas form a circular encampment to protect villagers and their cattle at night.

To end her presentation, Mrs. Beck showed some beautiful ebony masks and samples of beadwork she obtained on her trip to Tanzania.

President Roegner announced that the two fundraisers, the cookbook sales and shoe recycling project, netted about $1500 for Golden K to use for community projects and charities.

Dale Sloan reported that club members had donated $9175 to the Eliminate Project thus far.

Twenty fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids and several Golden K volunteers assembled 40 boxes containing a total of 2000 donated needed items for the Ames Access Shelter.

At the close of the meeting, " Happy Birthday" was sung to Evelyn Onstot. Darrell Staley won the 50/50 drawing and Sandy Harrison won the Christmas arrangement.

The Christmas brunch will be held on Dec. 17. Guests are welcome! No meetings are scheduled for the remainder of December. Happy Holidays!