• Teacher Amanda Hoffman asked members of the Nevada Lions to talk with some of the students from the Nevada seventh- and eighth-grade classes about manners. They helped students with what would seem to be simple things, such as how to shake hands. It may seem simple, but if no one has ever told you what the proper way to shake hands is, fist bumps or high fives to many young people are the only way they know to introduce themselves. But when, for instance, they are applying for a job, it will most likely make a different first impression if they offer their hands. That is just one example of things the classes talked about with the Lions, who volunteered to come to the class, and one of the things they taught to each individual was the proper way to tie a necktie. It is almost a lost art, but again, it is one of the things that might make a difference about a first impression to someone. Hoffman said the day was a huge success and there probably will be a follow-up with some that were not in this first class. The Lions also were very enthusiastic about this chance to get acquainted with the future citizens and leaders of our city, and are looking forward to another session.
• The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on Oct. 24, with Vice President Paul Malsom calling the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.. We sang “My Country Tis of Thee” and pledged allegiance to the flag and said grace. We then had a report from the Lions that met with some of the seventh- and eighth-grade classes at the Nevada Schools last week to talk about social manners, which included simple things such as how to shake hands and maybe most interesting how to tie a necktie. Just little things that will help students present themselves acceptably in social manners. Both students and the Lions that helped teach them how important those little things can be were very pleased with this first endeavor and look forward to doing it again. After we were served dinner, Tail Twister Sandy led us in singing a few songs, and then stumped us with some not so easy questions, collected a few quarters and the 50/50 drawing with Lion Seaboch being a first time winner..
Lion Paul introduced our speaker for the evening, Ellie Engelbrecht, the donor development coordinator for the Iowa Donor Network. She talked about how important it is to sign up to be a donor. She said there are 116,000 people waiting for an organ transplant right now. She said one donor can potentially save the lives of up to eight people. We as Lions are part of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, and in the statistics for year 2017, 1197 people in Iowa donated their eyes. It was a very interesting program and we learned how many lives can be saved or changed by donors.
Our next Lions meeting will be on Nov. 8 at Windsor Manor at 6:30 p.m. and we invite you to join us.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
Nevada Golden K met on Oct. 23, with President Bob Collins calling our meeting to order. Barb Cockshoot led the invocation followed by singing.
John Geer introduced our speaker, Sgt. Nick Lennie, from the Story County Sheriff’s Office. His program was “Snowbirds - Protect Your House.” He told us how to make our homes less vulnerable while gone for the winter. He warned us of not using social media to publicize our travels and to have neighbors keep a watch on our property. He also talked about a new program called “P3 Campus,” where schools, parents, students and the Sheriff’s department can have an anonymous tip line to inform awareness of problems that could occur. Casandra Eames of the Story County Attorney’s office was also visiting with Sgt. Lennie.
President Bob led us in the Kiwanis Pledge, “A Global Organization of Volunteers Dedicated to Improving the World One Child and One Community at a Time.” Our club is selling 2019 Our Iowa calendars and also taking orders for nut and candy sales. Jerry Upchurch has presented our club’s Citizenship Award to the Roland/Story 4-H Club. Twenty-three members responded to roll call, with Neva Duea and John Geer as guests. Ardith Forsyth won the 50/50 drawing and Bev Parkard closed our meeting with humor.