Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
• Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on July 31, with 21 members responding to roll call. Our meeting was called to order by President Darrell Staley, and Gwen Frese gave the invocation, followed by singing.
Judy Twedt, our new member, gave us her autobiographical story. It is interesting to hear the histories of our members and how they arrived in Nevada. Bob Collins won the 50/50 drawing and Leland Roegner shared senior humor.
• On Aug. 7 we met, with Gwen Frese opening our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mary Pevestorf led the music and Judy Twedt gave the invocation.
Mary Pevestorf told her story about her grandfather, E. L. Kreger from Ralston, Iowa. He was the founder of the Farmer’s Co-op of Iowa, which started in his home. He traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Henry Wallace to get official permission to start. His son, Floyd, moved the co-op to Ft. Dodge and it later sold to Land O’ Lakes. Mary’s mother sold strawberries and delivered for the pharmacy to help purchase their farm. She later became one of two women to sell for Farm Bureau and was successful at that. We asked Mary about her musical background. She has directed choirs for 50+ years at various churches and organized many gospel festivals, some that preformed in Nevada.
Darrell Staley, Gwen Frese and Johann Thiel will be attending the annual convention. Bev Packard finished our meeting with a hilarious song from the Arthur Godfrey show. Guests and visitors are always welcome.
Story County Medical Center hosted the weekly meeting of the Nevada Rotary Club. A delicious lunch buffet was served. Dick Pringnitz opened the meeting with reports from members. Lynn Scarlett brought “Nevada Nice” stickers and Lincoln Highway Days posters to hand out. She also shared upcoming Nevada events. Mark Cahill updated the group on current markets. Chris Waddle offered the weekly prayer.
Guests from Story County Medical Center in attendance were James Wright Jr., Gabby King, Laura Murphy, Steve Van Dam, Katie Cassabaum, Linda Wendt, Loni Pringnitz, Dr. Art Check and Dr. Adrian Palar.
Dick Pringnitz passed around sign-up sheets to help with Food at First and the Lincoln Highway Days Parade.
Jim Frevert and Nate Thompson presented a program on the Story County Medical Center. Jim gave a history of the hospital and foundation in Nevada. He has volunteered for over fifty years on the Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation. Jim also mentioned that four Rotarians serve on the current foundation and that Rotary has made many monetary donations.
Nate Thompson gave a presentation of current programs and medical services available at Story County Medical Center. A new physician, Dr. Timothy Leeds, will be starting in September. Rachel Frederick P.A. will now be located in Nevada. Steve Cassabaum and Steve Van Dam spoke about the new rehab and physical therapy wing at the Center. Nate said the Center was thriving in a time when many small hospitals are in decline.
Marty Chitty, sergeant-at-arms, finished the meeting with Nevada trivia.
The Nevada Lions Club met on Aug. 8 at the Nevada North Park for their annual picnic with beautiful weather and good attendance. Lion Susan called us to order at 6:30 p.m. and accompanied by Marilyn Argotsinger, we sang “America” and said the pledge of allegiance. After grace, we all took part in a potluck meal, which Lion Paul Malsom was in charge of with broasted chicken. There were so many good things it was hard to not overindulge and the desserts, from root beer floats to several cheesecakes and pies were expecially hard to resist.
After dinner, Susan called us back to order and presented the 2008 recipients of our scholarships and their parents. This year they were Mackenzie Garrett, who will be going to the University of Iowa, and Dan Kellen, who will be starting out at an area community college and then hopes to go on to Iowa State. We wished them the best and will be looking forward to watching their progress in their studies.
Susan Radke present a 50-year Chevron to Dick Settles for his 50 years of Lion membership. Past President Jerry Radke then presented a couple of coveted awards that our local Lions Club presents each year. The first one was Volunteer of the Year, given to Lion Mike Seaboch and Lion of the Year, given to Lion Jim Fenn. We all agreed that these awards were very much merited as each of them put in many hours each year, with Lion Mike ramrodding our paper recycling program along with many other projects that he has spent many hours helping with. Lion Jim has been in charge of so many different projects it would be hard to mention them all and he always makes sure the Nevada Lions are busy. Lion Susan then asked Jim to report on one of the latest projects that Jim was in charge of which was the RAGBRAI pancake breakfast — we served to around a 1,000 people and it was very successful only because of his many hours of planning. Jim also reported on our Peach Sales project which he also has been in charge of. He reported the peaches will be here sometime next week and that also looks to be a successful project.
We thanked both of them for their enthusiasm and devotion to Lionism.
We dismissed at about 8 p.m. and our next meeting will be at Windsor Manor on Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. Come join us and get in on the action.