Club News

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Phil Page introduces Liz Crimmins, who spoke about horticulture.

Nevada Kiwanis

• At the Oct. 25 meeting of the Nevada Kiwanis, Jan Kitchen introduced John Beals. John is the owner of Clock Works on Main Street. John told how he turned a hobby into a career. He spoke on clocks and their components and the differences between mechanical models and electrical models. Thanks, Jan and John, for a very interesting program.

• At the Nov. 1 Nevada Kiwanis Club meeting, Phil Page introduced Liz Crimmins from Country Landscapes. Liz explained that she is in the landscaping department and works mainly with “Do it yourselfers.” Liz focuses mainly on plant texture and scale of size. She also shared several plants that do well in our area, some of which are native to Iowa. Thanks, Phil and Liz, for a great program.

Nevada Rotary

The Nevada Rotary Club met at the Indian Creek Country Club on Nov. 2. There were 33 Rotarians and 13 Junior Rotarians in attendance. Dr. John Lowthian from the Ames Rotary Club was a visitor.

A prayer was given by Michelle Cassebaum. Rob Biensen played a piano piece as a tribute to the fallen police officers in Des Moines.

President Jack O’Leary called the meeting to order. Lynn Scarlett reported on Chamber of Commerce activities and upcoming events. She needs bakers to make cookies for the Cookie Walk. Laura West reported on school board news. They will be updating their five-year plan soon and have voted to refinance some bonds. This action will save the school $100,000. Mark Cahill gave a report on the markets and Junior Rotarian Izzy Kaputka shared high school news with the group.

Foreign exchange student Giuliana Sanzaro presented the group with a banner from her home club in Italy. The Nevada club will give her one of our banners to present to her home club.

Tammy Oxley introduced our speaker, Chuck Achter. He presented “War and the Common Man,” a presentation on the Battle of the Bulge. His father was an 18-year-old serving in the military during this battle. Don Hale was in attendance and had also participated in this battle. He was with the 12th armored division and the 65th infantry. Chuck told about the weather conditions that were sometimes 20 degrees below zero. Our troops were in summer-weight uniforms during the December battle.

The meeting ended with an auction fundraiser for the club.