Nevada Kiwanis

Joe Melcher presented the program at Nevada Kiwanis Nov. 7. Joe showed a film about a Guinness record breaking motorcycle ride to all 48 states to promote Kiwanis’ ELIMINATE Program. The Kiwanis Clubs of the World and UNICEF are getting close to their goal of eliminating maternal neonatal tetanus around the world. Joe reported that the Nevada club has met their goal of Model Club, $38,000, and is fast approaching the Golden Club level of $44,000.

Nevada Rotary

President Jon Augustus called the Nevada Rotary meeting to order at Indian Creek Country Club on Nov. 8, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test. Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber regarding the following events: Veterans Day program at the Nevada High School, Mancave 6th Street Open House, the ABWA Craft Show, State Bank and Trust will hold a Mix and Mingle and the Chamber and NEDC will hold their annual dinner. She also mentioned the Angel Tree angels are available at the Chamber and the Chamber is in need of bakers for the Dec. 1 Cookie Walk. Marty Chitty provided a county update to the Rotary Club. The Nevada Junior Rotarian report was given by Hattie Rhodes: girls’ basketball started this week, along with wrestling, and there is a jazz concert coming up. Jon Augustus introduced Lee Kilmer of the Ames Noon Rotary.

Augustus announced that the second Rotary fundraiser will be held on Nov. 18, November is Foundation month and Jon encouraged the members to wear their foundation pins during November. Jon also reported that Rotary has purchased 42 coats for the Nevada Community Resource Center and that Nevada Rotarians can purchase a coat for $16.

The program for today’s meeting was presented by Dick Pringnitz. He gave an overview of the Paul Harris Fellow Award and that the Nevada Rotary Club has 100 percent participation. Today he recognized Matt Mardesen, new Paul Harris Fellow; Stephanie Roscoe, Paul Harris Fellow plus 1; Bernie Stephenson, Paul Harris Fellow plus 2; and Christa Skaggs, new Paul Harris Fellow.

The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions Club met on Nov. 9 at Windsor Manor, with President Jerry Radke calling the meeting to order with the singing of “America,” reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and with Lion Willy giving the invocation. After dinner the tail twisters, Lions Charlie and Charlene, took over, after singing a couple of songs Charlene extracted a few quarters with her questions and the drawing for the 50/50 money which went to Jim Fenn.

Lion Jim George then introduced our speaker for the evening, Mike Cox, director of Story County Conservation. Mike’s program centered mostly on the county conservation plans for a couple of their parks. He informed us that Hickory Grove lake will be drawn down starting early in 2018. Until the lake is drawn down, there will be relaxed rules on fishing and the fish population will eventually be gone and when the lake is filled, it will be stocked with several species of game fish. They also will be dry dredging several areas of the lake and construction of fish habitat and more fishing accesses. Their plans are to have the work done and the lake refilled by late in 2019. Mike then talked about the Tedesco environmental Learning Corridor, a 37-acre park in south Ames.This will not be a traditional park, but is designed to be a live learning laboratory, and while it is still in a first phase, the second phase of the project will include trails and gathering areas. This project is a partnership between Iowa State Research Park, Story County Conservation and the Story County Board of Supervisors. It was a very interesting program, and Mike did a very good job of presenting what is going on in Story County Conservation.

After our regular meeting, we held our regular monthly board meeting, with several articles on the agenda. First was upcoming events, which will begin with preparing a meal for Food At First at the Methodist Church on Nov. 20, then our pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Gates Hall, in conjunction with the Parks and Rec Christmas event, and finally our club Christmas Party will be held on Dec. 13. We also selected and ordered our new Lions’ shirts. Those that were not at the meeting can contact Lion Jim Fenn. Our December meeting will be our Christmas Party and our next regular meeting will be on Jan. 10. Come join us.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met Nov. 7 in Fellowship Hall of Memorial Lutheran Church. Nineteen members were in attendance and George Orsinger was a guest. President Darrell Staley called the meeting to order, leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by devotions. We sang “God Bless America.”

Our speaker was Matt Mardesen, Nevada city administrator. He spoke about “Nevada Vision 2020 Capstone, Building our Future, Preserving our Past.” He addressed frequently asked questions about the proposal that would include a Recreation Center at SCORE Park, a new city/school baseball field in SCORE Park and the selling of Gates Hall to the school for administration and school/community use.

Leland Roegner read an article about “A Moment on Hunger.” Evelyn Onstot won the 50/50 drawing. We will celebrate Christmas on Dec. 12, with the second-graders coming to sing. We welcome all guests and visitors at any time, so this may be the meeting you would want to attend and be entertained by these enthusiastic children. We have social time with coffee and treats at 9 a.m. and our meeting/program is at 9:30.