President Sara Clausen called the weekly meeting to order with reports from members. The Junior Rotarians reported that track season had started at the high school and that volunteers were still needed for the upcoming speech contest. Mark Cahill updated the group on current financial and ag markets. Sara Clausen then opened the meeting with prayer.
Paul Groteluschen of Story County Medical Center was introduced by Kris Dugger as a guest just back from deployment in Afghanistan. The “Welcome Song” was played by Jack O’Leary for our guest.
PET (President Elect Training) will be held in Ames this year. Rotarians are encouraged to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Dan Johnson or Sara Clausen have sign-up forms available. The Nevada Rotary Club will have four students attending RLYLA this year. The annual youth leadership conference will be held in Grinnell again this summer.
Rotarian Steve Henry introduced Kelly Sheets to the group. Kelly is a local resident and has been on the Story County fair board for the past four years. He spoke about some of the updates that are needed at the fairgrounds. Over $10,000 was raised at the recently held Sweethearts Gala. The Gala is planned again for next year. Tickets will be available this year at the Story County Fair.
Ventilation for the cattle barn is the top priority for the use of the funds. Most the income for the fairgrounds is received from Story County, but it is not enough for all the upkeep needed to the buildings.
The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on Feb. 27. Third vice president Charlie Lloyd called the meeting to order.
After dinner, the meeting was turned over to Lion Jim George. His program was not able to attend because of weather problems and the backup program was not able to make it either, so Jim gave a short program on some things that we are all interested in — our local tax dollars. He said that 17 cents out of every $1,000 of valuation in Story County actually goes to the county. He said we have a county staff of 40 people and that $10 million has been budgeted for refurbishing Hickory Park Lake and the recent rebuilding of five bridges. He showed us a graph of the age of Story County bridges. There are 30 bridges that are 100 years old and 10 that are more than 95 years old, 20 bridges over 75 years old, about 95 that are more than 50 years old, about 30 that are more than 45 years old, 27 that are around 30 years old, 30 that are more than 10 years old and 23 that are less than five years old. While the numbers are pretty much the norm for central Iowa, it is a problem for most counties because it will be hard to keep up with the replacement of unsafe bridges.
We thanked Jim for his program and Vice President Charlie dismissed the meeting with the reminder that our next meeting will be on March 12 at Windsor Manor at 6:30 p.m., and that we welcome visitors at any meeting.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on Feb. 26 at Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Vice President Paul Hunter called the meeting to order, leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Marcia Wisnieski gave the invocation and Mary Pevestorf led the singing.
Paul introduced our speaker, Keith Hobson, from Fox Engineering. Keith grew up in Nevada and returned in 1993 as the city engineer. From there he went to work for Fox Engineering in Ames and has been with them for 25 years. The company caters to the needs of the customer. They specialize in water and waste-water management and treatment. One of their big projects recently completed was the Ames Water Treatment Plant. Other projects include reuse of water and controlling storm water. Fox has project managers, marketing coordinators and process engineers who coordinate with other engineers. They also work with Iowa State.
Ten members responded to roll-call. We had updates on some of our members. Jody Melcher came to talk about Teen Maze and had signup sheets for workers. Teen Maze will be April 1-5 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The Nevada Kiwanis morning group had four members to form an interclub (Jody Melcher, Rick Bartosh, Bob Ehrig and Brenda Hobson). Marilyn Hunter was a guest.
Gwen Frese reported on the third- and fourth-grade K-Kids. The had 39 in attendance at their last meeting and the club was discussing their spring project. Jerry Upchurch was our 50/50 drawing winner. Guests and visitors are always welcome. We have social time at 9 a.m., followed by a program and meeting until 10:30. Come see what we are about.