Nevada Rotary

Reports were given by members. Matt Mardesen updated the club on city news, Jon Hall talked about the Burke expansion and Mark Cahill reported on the markets. Junior Rotarian Andrew Barloon shared upcoming homecoming events.

Rob Bacon led the club in prayer, after which President Sarah Clausen called the meeting to order. Guests in attendance were Chris and Vernette Knapp. Erna and Steve Morain were also visiting.

Rod Biensen played a selection of Scott Joplin songs. Tracy Brown was made a Paul Harris Fellow. He was presented with a pin by Dick Pringnitz. Chris Knapp, the District 6000 Rotary Foundation chairman, presented Denny Skinner with an award for achieving Level II Major Donor status.

Chris Knapp then spoke to the club about the Rotary Foundation. It has been in existence for 101 years. The foundation has distributed over $3 billion in support of its projects. Two countries are left to immunize in the campaign to stop polio. Pakistan and Afghanistan have had 17 cases of polio this year. The Ride to End Polio will be Nov. 17. Last year, over $9,000 was raised in District 6000. Our district has raised over $450,000 in the past ten years.

A Rotary Foundation dinner will be held Nov. 3 in West Des Moines.

Nevada Kiwanis

Linda Shickell introduced Chris DeNeui at the Sept. 25 Nevada Kiwanis meeting. Chris is the principal at Central Elementary. She talked about the differences between being rude, mean and bullying. She talked about how cyberbullying has evolved and some of things that are being done to try to reduce bullying. Thanks, Linda and Chris, for a very timely and important program.