Club News

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Greg Madsen introduces the manager of the Nevada Water Department, Shawn Ludwig, to the Kiwanians.

Nevada Kiwanis

Thirty-two members were present on Nov. 8. Alison had her supervisor, Lynne Popp, as her guest.

Ralph will have the invocation next week and the following week it will be Paul Johnson; greeters next week will be Judy Chance and Dario. The following week will be Eric and Bill Holstine.

Fact of the Week – Only seven present members of our club were members when I began doing the newsletter.

Alison’s name was drawn and she had the answer, but didn’t have her badge on. Next week is $10.

Greg Madsen introduced Shawn Ludwig. Shawn is the manager of the Nevada Water Department and told the club about how the water is treated and tested. Shawn said the water from the five wells that Nevada draws its water from are very pure compared to the previous source, so that less treatment is needed. Shawn explained how the iron is filtered out, the water is monitored for pH and checked for lead and copper. Shawn then took some of the members to tour the water treatment facility. Thanks, Greg and Shawn. We will think of our water a little differently when we turn on the faucet.

Also, Greg Madsen presented a Community Service Award to Windsor Manor, where the Kiwanis Club meets. Receiving the award are Alison Kapustka, director of the Nevada Windsor Manor and Lynne Popp, regional director. Thanks to Windsor Manor for all that it does for Nevada!

Birthday wished to Kristi, who celebrates on the 17th.

Nevada Kiwanis meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Windsor Manor. Like us on Facebook!

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

On Nov. 8, President Darrell Staley called the Nevada Golden K Kiwanis meeting to order.

Our speaker was Amanda Muhlbauer speaking about having a home business. Her businesses are Iowa Farm Life Dream and The Shabby White Barn Boutique. She described how she got started and some of the items that she sells. On March 25, 2014, she opened shop selling cellophane bags online and has developed her business by producing and selling many different items. Some of the items included signs from pallets, mason jar pumps, T-shirts, insulated mugs, and ornaments, which she demonstrated to the group. Amanda also teaches crafting classes locally. Her items can be found on Iowa Farm Life Dreams.Etsy.com and The Shabby White Barn Etsy.com. She customizes various items as requested. As an added plus, Amanda is the granddaughter of two of our members, Marlene Anderson, and Bob and Mary Ann Gardener!

Gwen Frese read a greeting from Fern Parrish, past member. Jerry Upchurch presented the 4-H Citizenship Award to the Indian Creek Circle 4-H Club of Maxwell and Collins. The plaque is on display in the Extension Office. Laura Van Allen gave an update on the nut sales going on now. Dick Atwell won the 50/50. Bev Packard announced that Brian and Jeffrey Packard will be speaking Nov. 29 on Raising an Autistic Child and Being an Autistic Child. Golden K meets Memorial Lutheran Church at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings. All are welcome.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions’ meeting was called to order by President Jim Fenn at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9 at Windsor Manor. After dinner our tailtwister for the evening, Steve Jordening, led us in a few songs and as usual with Marilyn’s accompanying us on the piano we didn’t sound all that bad. The tailtwister then got a few quarters from us by various and sundry questions from politics to sports and enriched our treasury a little and especially from one table where they went home quite a bit lighter as he got most of the quarters they had on them.

Willy Morfitt introduced our speaker for the evening, Lorrie Hanson, who works for the resource recovery plant in Ames. She touched on the many things they handle besides the regular run-of-the-mill garbage, and a little of the background on how the Ames Resource recovery plant was started. The Ames plant is the only one in Iowa, it sorts and grinds the garbage and they have produced 2 million tons of product over the years. The finished product is then burned by the generating plant and they generate enough energy to heat 5,000 homes. But she explained they also take hazardous material for free if they are notified what you wish to get rid of. They also sort out scrap metals of all kinds and though that market is very weak now, they still take it to keep it out of garbage dumps. She said she is referred to as the “Garbage Goddess” and has worked there since 1992 —without a doubt she knows her business and gives a very entertaining program.

After our regular meeting we held our regular monthly board meeting. Our upcoming pancake breakfast on Dec. 10 which will be held in conjunction with the Park and Rec Christmas program, our advertising for it and that we need everyone on board for this important project were the main items of discussion. We approved a membership request and that member will be inducted at our next meeting. We had a request of assistance with eyeglasses and had some discussion about trying to do a better job of letting people know that eyesight is a very high priority for Lions and any in the Nevada area who are having difficulty paying for an eye test or buying glasses should contact Willy Morfitt 515-290-0307. President Fenn then laid out some plans for an intensive membership drive coming up soon. We also approved our year-end expenditures as our next regular meeting will be Jan. 11, 2017.

Nevada Rotary

The Nevada Rotary club met Nov. 9 at the Indian Creek Country Club. Twenty-nine members and seven Junior Rotarians were in attendance, along with one visiting Rotarian from Ames and one visitor.

The meeting was called to order by President Jack O’Leary and Rob Biensen played the “Pennsylvania Polka” for the group. A prayer was given by Sherri Newsome, followed by reports on the markets and the Chamber of Commerce. A report on high school events was given by Madison Sly.

Fundraising chairman Michelle Cassebaum announced the results from the “wine tasting” fundraiser; $8700 was raised for the Story County Medical Center.

Rotarian Brad Murdy introduced Barbara Sletto, director of the Heartland Youth Choir. Barbara gave a program on the choir, which is in its fourteenth season. Children from nineteen counties make up six different choirs. Children from kindergarten through twelfth grade audition for the choirs. They have performed in nine countries and many states. The children are able to work with composers and musicians. This provides unique opportunities for the children involved.

The next program will include the quarterly birthday auction.