Reports from members opened the meeting. Matt Mardesen said the city snow plows had started plowing at 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The city is continuing with the budget process and it looks good. President Sara Clausen gave the prayer and Rod Biensen played “School Days.”
Guests in attendance were Leah Biensen, Caleb Biensen, Olivia Claussen and Logan Coopman. President Clausen announced the one-year anniversaries of Tracy Brown and Jessica Henry. She then passed around a sign-up sheet to volunteer for Food at First. The club will help with food preparation and serving on a quarterly basis in 2019.
Jeff Gilchrist, an ER Nurse at Lutheran Hospital and Nevada paramedic, presented “Stop the Bleed.” The program focused on how to stop bleeding from accidents or shootings. Members were told to ensure your own safety first, then call 911. After those things are done, find the bleeding and add a compress to the wound. Use of a tourniquet is recommended. Jeff urged the group to carry a first aid kit in their cars, as well as have them at home and in your business. He is available to speak to groups and share this valuable information. Jeff can be contacted through the Nevada Fire Department.
The Nevada Lions Club was called to order on Jan. 23 at Windsor Manor by President Susan Radke. After dinner, our tailtwister Charlie Lloyd asked all kinds of questions to procure our quarters and held the fifty-fifty drawing, where it was proved it did pay to complain about never winning as our winner now has won twice in a row.
As a special privilege, Willy Morfitt shared a letter he had received from The Lions Eye Bank program, informing us that there will no longer be eye tissue picked up in Ames. Willy and Dick Smith began driving the route from Ames to Des Moines to get the relay started on the way to Des Moines and then eventually on to Iowa City. The Lions picked up the commitment to relay eye tissue to Iowa City after the Iowa Highway Patrol, who had been transporting the eye tissue to Iowa City, decided they did not have the manpower to continue getting the eye tissue to Iowa City. Willy started in 2009 and made his last delivery on March 20, 2017, though there were very few tissues to deliver from Ames the last couple of years. He made 57 trips, which amounted to 4,447 miles, for which the club congratulated him for, but Willy said it was one of the best projects he had ever taken part in. In conjunction with the announcement of no longer picking up from Ames, it was announced that the Lions club had put in over a million miles and have restored sight to some 1,000 recipients each year.
Lion Charlie Lloyd presented our program for the evening, telling us about his flying career. He began his love of flying and received his pilot’s license when he was at Iowa State College. After college, he was in the Air Force for five years, and after leaving the Air Force, started flying for Northwest and has pretty much flown for them since. He gave us much insight into what it takes to become an airline pilot, such as twice a year physicals, and he told us of some of the most difficult airports in the world to land in. We were able to ask him questions about flying that we may have wondered about for a long time. It was an interesting program and we thanked Charlie for it.
Our next meeting will be on Feb 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Manor. Come join us.