Nevada Rotary

President Tammy Oxley presided at the Aug. 20 noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Nevada. In attendance were 35 Rotarians, one Rotary Exchange Student, two visiting Rotarians and nine guests.

Reports were given on the Chamber, school and market activities.

The meeting began with singing "America" a capella and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Rob Bacon led us in prayer. The club recited the Rotary 4-way test.

Ray Schwichtenberg introduced the speaker, Tony Minatta. Tony is the head coach for the women’s soccer team at Iowa State University. Coach Minatta visited with the club about what the team has been doing to prepare for the upcoming season, the facilities and overall accomplishments of players from the past and present. For more information on the ISU women’s soccer program, visit and go to the Athletics page.

President Tammy Oxley recited the following quote: "Always try to be a little kinder than necessary." James Barrie

In lieu of the regular sergeant-at-arms duties, President Tammy Oxley suggested we each donate $1 in honor of the Nevada High School girls’ soccer program.

The Rotary Club of Nevada meets on Wednesdays at noon at Indian Creek Country Club. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Nevada, visit or find us on Facebook at "Rotary Club of Nevada."

Golden K Kiwanis

Twenty-one Golden K Kiwanis members were on hand for the Aug. 19 meeting, presided over by President Leland Roegner. Bill Ward served as greeter and Betty Katzer gave the invocation.

Tim Couser, a young Story County farmer, discussed his 12-day trip to the Philippines with a group known as Truth about Trade Technology. The first half of Mr. Couser’s trip was spent touring the northern region of the island country, where corn and rice are grown. During the last portion of the tour, Tim shared information about U.S. agricultural technology and growing corn in Iowa.

Forty percent of the Philippine people are engaged in farming, raising the two main staple crops of rice and corn that make up most of the peoples’ diet. Farms usually range in size from three to five acres and produce two crops a year. Farmers use GMO seeds and herbicides, which puts them at odds with groups such as Green Peace and the Sierra Club. Farmers are also faced with high taxes and difficulties producing quality corn.

Mr. Couser found that despite hardships and poverty, the Philippine people generally were a happy group of people who treasured their extended families and their country. Many young people are college-educated, and often choose to return to their native country after graduation. Besides farming, some work in small industries like call centers and in transportation. Mr. Couser noted that most people owned nice clothes, cell phones and motorcycles. Watching U.S. movies and U.S. sports are favorite forms of entertainment.

Mr. Couser commented we as Americans could learn from the people of the Philippines by being more thankful for and content with what we have.

District 11 Lt. Gov. Gerri Bugg will be on hand Sept. 2 for the installation of Golden K officers for the coming year.

At the close of the meeting, Barb Cockshoot won the 50/50 drawing.

Nevada Kiwanis

Thirty-nine members were present on Aug. 19; there were no guests.

Connie will have the invocation next week and the following week it will be Linda. Next week, the greeters will be Jan Kitchen and Ken Nelson. The following week will be Paul Johnson and Bob Ehrig.

The sweet corn sales are over and thanks to all for another successful year for this project. There were several people who put in many hours, and special thanks to the Bells for providing the land.

The club picnic will be next Tuesday evening. We will still be meeting in the morning.

Don’s name was drawn and he let it ride. Next week is $10.

Next week Mick celebrates another year on Aug. 29. Congratulations to Greg and Carol Madsen, who celebrate 45 years on the 30th. (Can you imagine living with Greg that long?)

Fact of the Week: With only red and green lights, the first electric traffic signal was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, 100 years ago. Instead of a yellow light, a warning buzzer sounded as the light changed.