Nevada Rotary

President Jon Augustus called the meeting to order with reports from members. Matt Mardesen reported that the city had been busy with the recent rains and storms sewers. He also gave an update on road work being done. Marty Chitty said the county was ready for RAGBRAI. A prayer was given by Chris Waddle. Rob Biensen played “A Bicycle Built for Two,” while the group sang along.

Carol Springer from the Ames Noon Rotary was present, as well as guest Katie Cassabaum. RYLA nominees Alania Hornbuckle and Kasey Rewerts introduced themselves and expressed thanks to the club for sponsoring their upcoming week at RYLA. Gary Clem was presented with a pin to commemorate his forty years of service in Rotary.

President Jon Augustus gave an overview of the past year in Nevada Rotary. Under his leadership, the club funded 52 bicycles for the World Bicycle Relief Project. The district purchased 1,918 bikes. These bikes are sent to underdeveloped nations to help families get to work and school. Our wine tasting fundraiser raised $12,500 for the school backpack program. This initiative to fight hunger now provides older children backpacks of food to take home over the weekend. The club was also able to purchase 53 winter coats for children in need. The Community Resource Center distributes the coats.

Each Rotary Club had a goal to plant one tree for each Rotary club member. Nevada Rotary planted 63 trees and met our goal. Rotarians also helped with Food at First each quarter. Other projects were helping at the Lincoln Highway Days parade and the Soup Supper held each year to raise money for scholarships. The Nevada Rotary Club provided 292 hours of service to the community this past year.

The 2018-2019 cabinet was sworn in. Sara Clausen is the president for the coming year. Past President Jack O’Leary presented Jon Augustus with a pin and a plaque for his outstanding year of service.