Nevada Rotary

President Sara Clausen called the Nevada Rotary meeting to order at Indian Creek Country Club on April 24, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber regarding the following events: Mosaic will be holding a Mix and Mingle on Thursday, April 25; Friends of the Nevada Public Library will be holding a Book Sale on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27; and The Talent Factory Regulars will be performing on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., with profits from the show going to Francisco Fuentes. Matt Mardesen, city administrator, gave a city of Nevada report: the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Airport Road (west of Nevada) will be closed beginning next week for construction and this year’s audit went well. John Hall, NEDC, reported a business breakfast was held this morning with copies of the Strategic Plan handed out. Libby Burlage gave a Junior Rotarian report – all spring sports are holding events this week and Prom is Saturday, April 27. Mark Cahill gave a markets report. Sara Clausen offered a prayer. There were no guests (other than today’s presenters) at today’s meeting.

Today’s announcements included Rotary will be hosting Food at First on May 13, and on May 15 the RYLA awardees will be at the Rotary meeting.

Dick Pringnitz reported on the recent Nevada Rotary Club grants from the Rotary Foundation: Operation Warm, Nevada Public Library and Josephine Tope Auditorium medical equipment. He then presented Paul Harris Fellow Awards to Nevada Rotarians. Dick then introduced today’s program: Chris Knapp, Rotary District Foundation chair, and his wife, Vernette. He shared information as to the work the foundation does and has done to better all of our communities through the grant process.

The meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on April 23 at the One Heart Equestrian Therapy, Inc. facility in Ames. Sixteen members were in attendance.

Founded in 2001, One Heart Equestrian Therapy is a nonprofit organization offering therapeutic services to people with disabilities in Central Iowa. The instructors are PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int’l.) certified instructors. They oversee riding, driving, mini-power classes and Special Olympic training. Volunteers assist with sidewalking, leading horses, grooming and taking photographs.

One Heart welcomes adults and children, age two and up, with disabilities, including various injuries, disorders, diseases, emotional and/or learning disabilities. They are beginning to offer services to people with PTSD. Six-week sessions run from March through October. Kris Lager is a co-founder of One Heart and is the executive director, who gave a most informational program. The group then went on a tour of the facility.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on April 28 and the meeting was called to order by President Susan Radke. We then sang “America” and pledged allegiance to the flag, with Lion Willy Morfitt offering the invocation. After dinner, tailtwister Sandy Richardson, with the accompaniment of Marilyn Argotsinger, led us in several songs, after which she took several quarters from us with questions that always leave us moaning and groaning.

Lion Jerry introduced Connie Nielsen as our program for the evening. She used a PowerPoint, “Connecting Your Environment to food safe Gardening,” and talked about the many aspects of producing safe food and clean water for the generations to come. She talked about things from overuse of fertilizer to hazardous material left in the ground, such as places where tanks are left buried in the ground and eventually start leaking, which is an expensive cleanup. She gives her presentation around the country and we thanked her for giving it to us. We were then reminded that our pancake day will be on June 8.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 at Windsor Manor. Come join us.