On Dec. 5 at the Kiwanis meeting, Donna Humpal introduced Team 10012 from the Nevada High School. This is a Robotics team and the members have named themselves the “Nevada Nerds Anonymous.” This is the third year for the team and Nevada has been asked to host the League Championship this year. This is an all-day event at Nevada High School on Jan. 27. The “Nerds” will be competing with 15 other schools. The Nevada team finished third out of eight schools at the Tech Challenge last weekend.
Thirty-three members and nine Junior Rotarians attended the weekly meeting at Indian Creek Country Club. Two guests were present from the Ames Noon Rotary Club. Sarah Clausen opened the meeting with reports from committees.
Lynn Scarlett gave an update on the Holiday Home Tours and the Leadership classes that are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Matt Mardesen announced a reception for the outgoing City Council members at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. The Junior Rotarians reported on awards received by the dance team and team sports results. Marty Chitty mentioned that the county supervisors are working on the budget for the coming year. Mark Cahill updated the group on the current markets.
Rod Biensen played “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” while the group sang along and then played the “Welcome Song” for the visitors. Sherry Newsome led the group in prayer.
The annual soup supper at the high school will be held on Jan. 19. All of the Rotarians are selling tickets for the event. The Buffalo Bikes are still available for donation with a 1-for-1 match.
Michelle Cassabaum introduced Erika Peterson, director of the Boys and Girls Club in Ames and Nevada. She presented a program on activities that are available for the members and why the need for the club is so great. One in four children in Story County live in poverty. One in six children are not sure where their next meal is coming from. There are currently 100 homeless children in Story County. Violent crime among juveniles triples in the hours between 3 and 7 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club helps fill the gap for children during those hours. Each child has learning opportunities and is given a meal and a snack. The Ames location serves over 1,000 children each year. The Nevada location currently is for middle school students and is open two days per week. This year’s Blast Back to School program gave away school supplies to 700 children, which included 49 Nevada students.
The Boys and Girls Club depends on donations for their funding. Donations may be sent to: Boys and Girls Club of Story County, 210 S 5th St., Ames, IA 50010.
The Nevada Lions Club would like to thank all of those who attended and so generously supported our very successful pancake breakfast on Saturday at Gates Hall. We also want to thank Nevada Parks and Rec for letting us be a part of their Christmas celebrations and each one of our Lions that made the whole thing go so smoothly.
We also are ready to welcome those that expressed an interest in our club and we want to invite you and everyone to come to a meeting and find out how much good a small club like ours can do in a community. If you have any questions, please talk to any Lion or our membership chairperson Bob Hunter at 515-382-4651. Our next regular meeting will be on Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m., at Windsor Manor.