Twenty-five Rotarians and Junior Rotarians attended the Jan. 24 noon meeting. Tricia Biensen was visiting with her husband Rod Biensen. Jon Augustus asked for reports. Lynn Scarlett reminded us to “Fill the Foyer” at the City Hall before the Feb. 9 deadline. Personal health care items, food and clothing are all accepted.
Matt Mardesen reported that the city is looking at funding options for the proposed REC Center. They also held orientation for the new City Council members. The Junior Rotarians raised $74 in their recent “Chuck a Duck” promotion. Mark Cahill gave the group an update on the current markets.
President Augustus gave the prayer, after which the group recited the 4-way Test. Rod Biensen played “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as the group sang along. A recap was given of the soup supper on Jan. 19. The final numbers aren’t in yet, but a check for $12,500 was presented to the school at halftime of the boys’ game. The proceeds will be used to help fund the “Back Pack Buddy” program.
The Rotary Club has committed to work at several of the “Food at First” events. The first date is Feb, 5, and several volunteers are needed.
Doug Jones presented an entertaining program on muskie fishing. They are named the fish of ten thousand casts because they are so difficult to catch. Muskies can weigh up to 60 pounds and grow to 55 inches in length. Doug and his son enjoy fishing together. Some of the Iowa locations they fish are Clear Lake, Brushy Creek, Big Creek and Lake McBride. Doug showed collection of colorful lures that they use. Some of the lures can weigh two pounds and are eight to twelve inches long. Doug showed a couple of videos showing his son reeling in fish while he manned the net. The two men have fished for muskies in several states, enjoying their time together.
The Nevada Lions met on Jan. 24 at Windsor Manor with president Jerry Radke calling the meeting to order. After the singing of “America” and the pledge of allegiance, Lion Morfitt gave an invocation. After dinner substitute Lion Tamer Paul Malsom took over and we sang a few songs with much help from Marilyn on the piano, then he took a few quarters from us with some pretty much unanswerable questions.
Lion Mike introduced our speaker for the evening, our new mayor, Brett Barker. He began by talking a little about his position with NuCara pharmacies and the new things going on in the pharmacy industry. He also talked about some of the things that the city will be doing in the future. He talked about the need for the new rec building that will be built north of the swimming pool and other changes that will be happening with the high school baseball field and Gates Hall. He talked about future projects, such as the Sixth Street rebuilding and the new city sewer system, to be built south of town.
We thanked him for his interesting program and wished him well in his new endeavor as mayor. Our next meeting will be on Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Gates Hall.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall of Memorial Lutheran Church. President Darrell Staley opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by invocation and singing.
Our program for the day was provided by Brett Harrison, wellness coordinator at Green Hills. She spoke of the eight Dimensions of Wellness — Emotional, Environmental, Health Services, Intellectual, Physical, Social, Spiritual and Vocational. She told about the many activities and opportunities that are available at Green Hills. She also led the Kiwanis group in some of these areas, such as thought-provoking journal entering and some exercises of body and mind.
The 50/50 winner was Darrell Staley. We are always open and welcoming to guests and visitors. Come see what we have to offer.
At the Jan. 30 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Mick Tscherter introduced Nevada Chamber Director Lynn Scarlett. Lynn talked to the club about Leadership Nevada, the upcoming Mix and Mingles and other goings-on in Nevada. Thanks, Mick and Lynn, for an informative program.