Nevada Rotary

• President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order Feb. 5. Betsey Hall of Burke was a guest of Nancy Hobt this week.

Reports were given from the Chamber; there were no reports from the city of Nevada, Nevada schools or NEDC this week. Alex Merfeldt, a Junior Rotarian, reported on the basketball games against Bondurant, Crystal Ball, and the need for additional sponsors for the Chuck A Duck contest. Dan Johnson reported on the Iowa Wild flyer, Rotary Fellowships and the Rotary 5:01 tonight at Indian Creek Country Club.

Nancy Hobt introduced this week’s program by Raymond Helmuth with Helmuth Equine. Raymond provided information on his background: he was born in Hazleton, an Amish community. At the age of 20, he decided to "run away," but has stayed connected with his family. He has lived in California, Wisconsin, Canada and eventually settled in Zearing in 2009. His house burned down in 2012 and then he found his current property in Nevada. He works with problem horses and shoes horses. He showed photos of some of the horses he has worked with over the past year.

• President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order Feb. 12. Bertrand Joliet introduced his guests: Anita Westphal and Sherry Zook. Megan Pringnitz, a Nevada Junior Rotarian, reported on the results of the speech contest, wrestling, girls’ basketball Senior Night and upcoming boys’ basketball games. Dan Johnson reported that IPT will be holding Rotary Night on March 2. If anyone is interested in manning the phone banks, they can contact Dan.

Johnson introduced this week’s program – Bertrand Joliet, the Nevada Rotary exchange student. Bertrand provided background on his life in France. He is 15, the youngest of three. He talked about the many differences between the United States and France: size of cars, weather, Iowa State Fair, people in Iowa are friendlier, Bibles in hotels, how flat the land in Iowa is, schools – size, grading, classes, adjusting to no parents for one year and extracurricular activities he participated in in France and in Nevada. He thanked his host families, the Westphals and Zooks; Nevada Rotary Club; Nevada Junior Rotarians and his many friends and family.

Golden K Kiwanis

Twenty-two members and two guests were on hand for the Feb. 11 meeting, presided over by President–Elect Gwen Frese. Fay Burdick introduced Division 11 Lt. Governor and YSS Teen Maze Director Gerri Bugg and YSS Coordinator Laura Bell, who gave an overview of this year’s Teen Maze. The event, sponsored by YSS and Boone, Greene and Story County Kiwanis clubs, will be March 24-28. This year’s Teen Maze theme is "Amplify! Your Voice, Your Choice!"

Teen Maze provides seventh-graders from about 12 area school systems with hands-on real life experiences in the areas of health and wellness, relationships and life skills. Students are guided through 12 stations, where they make choices and see the consequences of those choices. For example, party room activities feature information on substance abuse and its health and legal consequences. A Candy Land-type game focuses on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and consequences of teen pregnancies. Other topics covered in the stations include baby care, budgeting and job interview skills.

Three new stations have been added this year. Teen Maze participants will be treated to a guided eating experience to teach proper nutrition. The other two stations will emphasize the development of positive self-image and the prudent use of social media outlets.

On behalf of Golden K, treasurer Laura Van Allen presented Lt. Gov. Gerri Bugg and Laura Bell with a check for $500 to support Teen Maze.

Ken Shaw won the 50/50 drawing at the close of the meeting.

Lions Club

The Nevada Lion’s club held its annual Valentine’s party at Kockler’s meeting room Feb. 12, with many spouses in attendance.

Lion Susan was our host of a very nice evening that she planned for us. The catered meal was baked chicken breasts and potatoes with green beans, a fruit salad and chocolate dessert. It was delicious and with the very nice surroundings and candlelight, it was a special meal. We then were treated to a tour of the Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast by Barbara Howard, who along with her husband Larry, are the owners. As we toured she gave us some historical background of this home. We were all amazed at how the furnishings made us feel as though we were back in the late 1800s when this house was built. Of course there are modern conveniences, such as running water and air-conditioning, but those are done in such a way that they don’t detract from the original design. There are three sumptiously appointed rooms for rent, and we all agreed it was a place where any of us would like to spend the night.

We thank Lion Susan for arranging the evening for us. Our next meeting will be Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Manor.