Nevada Rotary

Several guests were in attendance at the Jan.17 meeting. Ken Jansen and Bob Grathwohl were visiting from the Ames Noon Rotary Club. John Hall was a guest of Marty Chitty and Tracy Brown was a guest of Doug Jones. President Jon Augustus asked for reports. Lynn Scarlett updated the group on coming events and happenings in Nevada. The Nevada Library will be hosting a new monthly series called “Breaking the Ice.” The first session is Jan. 22, 7 p.m.

City Administrator Matt Mardesen reported that the city is still meeting with the school about a new REC center and baseball field. City Council members will meet with the public at Farms Grounds on Saturday. Marty Chitty brought copies of the County Supervisor’s 2017 Annual Report.

The Junior Rotarians gave a report on events at the high school. Al Kockler shared some tax code changes involving farmers and coops. LaVon Schiltz from the NEDC said the governor and lt. governor will be here Feb. 8 to meet with the Leadership Nevada group.

A prayer was given by Chris Waddle. Rod Biensen played and sang “Hello My Baby” from 1899. Guests were announced and the “Welcome Song” was played.

The Literacy Committee, Ros Dunblazier, Christa Skaggs and Lynn Scarlett, introduced Chris De Neui, principal of Central Elementary. The school will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2. In honor of the event, Rotarians were treated to a lunch of green eggs and ham. Competitions will be held by the students for most minutes of reading time. Events will be held the whole week. Community members will be invited to read to the students. Dr. Suess died in 1991, but his books live on.

After the program, Sargent-at-Arms Ray Reynolds asked each table to answer Dr. Suess book trivia correctly or pay a fine.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

Thirteen members and four guests braved the winter weather for our Jan. 16 meeting. Guests were Keith and Judy Twedt, George Orsinger and our speaker, Bill Couser.

Bill started with the history of his family and the Dick Sparrow family, being close friends and neighbors. He had a slides showing the Barnum and Bailey Circus being transported by steam-engine rail. Before that, headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., the circus was moved with a 40-horse hitch until 1904. Bill began travelling to circuses with Mr. Sparrow when he was thirteen years old. In 1972, Mr. Sparrow recreated the feat by special request of the Joseph Schiltz Brewing Company as the main attraction in the Milwaukee Days 4th of July Parade. That was viewed by one million people. That fall he led the 40-horse hitch at the Labor Day parade in Zearing, with sixty thousand spectators. Mr. Couser was outrider, which came with many responsibilities, but mostly to watch the crowd lining the streets.

With the Depression in the ’30s, the circus wagons deteriorated. Bill encouraged us to visit the Circus Museum in Wisconsin, where many have been restored. He has also collected artifacts and has his own “man-cave of memorabilia” at his farm.

Bill Ward won the 50/50 drawing. We always welcome guests and visitors. Come see what we are about, enjoy the company, coffee and treats at 9 on Tuesday mornings.

Nevada Jaycees

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Nevada Chapter held their monthly general member meeting at george’s pizza and inducted their 2018 board of directors. The 2017 Nevada Jaycees president, Jessie Frerichs, completed her one-year term by swearing in 2018 Nevada Jaycees President Katie Augustus. As Katie’s first official act as president, she swore in members of the 2018 board. The 2018 board members include: Chairman of the board and vice president of membership, Jessie Frerichs; co-vice presidents, Angie Miller and Darlyce Shaull; social team director, Lisa Shipley; individual development team, Abby Clark, Jeremy Meyer and Kenzie Meyer; secretary, Jon Augustus and treasurer, Matt Schon.

In 2017, the Nevada Jaycees finished the year with 38 members, nearly double the amount the chapter began the year with. Throughout the year, all members of the chapter have been active in individual development opportunities, community development projects and social gatherings. Below are the specific events the chapter was involved in over the past year:

February - Toured Block Party Studios in Nevada

March – Led Food At First meal preparation and serving

April – Eastern Story County Step Into Storybooks; Rolling Green Village Easter Egg Hunt

May – Nevada Annual Bike Ride (NABR); Nevada High School Student Scholarship ($1,500)

June – Brew Tour and Membership Drive which included stops at Buzzed Bee Meadery, Reclaimed Rails, Fire Trucker, Alluvial, and Torrent

July – Membership Orientation: Margaritas and Members

August – Volunteered at Harmony Clothing Closet; Lincoln Highway Days Parade Participant; Lincoln Highway Days: Nevada Jaycee Band and Beer Garden

September - United Way of Story County: Day of Caring – Volunteered at the Nevada Public Library. Attended the Fall JCI IA All-State Conference in Waterloo, IA (earned the following honors: Top Local President Jessica Frerichs; Top Vice President Katie Augustus; Top Local Member Lisa Shipley; Top New Member Jennifer Meier, Jeremy Meyer, Kenzie Meyer; Local Economic Development Program – Brew Tour Member Drive; Local Community Empowerment Program – Food At First; Local Growth & Development Program – Step Into Storybooks; Local Personal Skill Development Program – Hy-Vee Simple Fix; Long-Term Local Community Program – NABR)

October – Led Food At First meal preparation and serving

November – Hy-Vee Simple Fix; Nevada Chamber of Commerce Cookie Walk (baked 500 cookies) and made 60+ Holiday Cards for local Senior Centers

December – Led Food At First meal preparation and serving

The Nevada Jaycees is one of 17 chapters in Iowa, 200+ chapters in the U.S. and 2,000+ internationally. They are a group of young active citizens within the community ranging in age from 21 to 40 years old. The chapter provides development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change within the community. If you would like to learn more about upcoming projects, have an idea for a project or would like to attend an event, please email the chapter at If you are interested in joining or learning more about the chapter, feel free to attend a general member meeting, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month at George’s Pizza at 7 p.m. Visit the chapter’s website ( or Facebook page (Nevada Jaycees I The Jaycees of Nevada, Iowa) for more information.

Nevada Kiwanis

The Nevada Kiwanis Club would like to thank the residents of Nevada and surrounding communities for their loyal support of our can and bottle redemption project. The Kiwanis have two redemption sites where cans and bottles can be left. One is on Lincolnway and the other on 11th Street. The redemption project is Kiwanis’ biggest fundraiser. This money is used to support kids’ projects in Nevada, Story County and even some around the world. We couldn’t do it without the support of the public and are very grateful to all of those who support our project.

Other Kiwanis service projects are: Teen Maze, Bike Rodeo, Charter Organization for Nevada Cub Scouts Pack 128, Nevada High School Key Club, Kiwanis Scholarships, Student Recognition Banquet, Reading to school children, Christmas Caroling at Retirement Communities and Care Facilities, Citywide cleanup day, Kids Against Hunger food packaging, Dyer-Dowell House repairs, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, One Heart Equestrian Therapy Handicapped Ramp, Halloween Patrol, Prayer Breakfast, Hershey Track Meet, Pediatric Trauma Kits for Area First Responders, Youth soccer.

At the recent meeting, Bob Ehrig introduced Luke Gran. Luke is the owner of Prudenterra, a business that consults with Iowa land owners about planting new forests and wetlands, as well as maintaining existing ones. Luke explained that 99.9 percent ofiowa’s prairies and 50 percent of woodlands have been lost. Luke is working with Kedra Hamilton’s first- and second-graders to help them understand maintaining forests, and will be working with them this spring outdoors on a project. Thanks, Luke, for your good work!