Club News

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Loni Pringnitz (center) leads the Nevada Kiwanis club on a tour through the new addition to SCMC.

Nevada Kiwanis

The Nevada Kiwanis Club was given a tour of the construction of the new Story County Medical Center’s new wing this morning. The tour was led by Loni Pringnitz (center), a member of the Medical Center’s Foundation. It looks like it is going to be a wonderful facility for the community and Story County. Thanks for the tour, Loni!

Nevada DAR

Ten members of the Nevada DAR Chapter Solomon Dean met Monday, Nov. 7, at Windsor Manor for lunch, followed by a business meeting. Former State of Iowa Regent Susan Harris, from the Ames DAR Chapter Sundial, was our honored guest and speaker. She gave an impressive history of the schools in remote mountain regions for children, sponsored both fully and partially by the National DAR.

Vice regent of Solomon Dean, Shirley Cloyd, explained the origin of how Native American children were named, which was very interesting.

Rae Richardson, in her Moments of National Defense presentation, gave us some interesting facts on the Statue of Liberty that were provided by the National DAR. The cost of building Lady Liberty and her pedestal was more than $500,000, or at least $12 million today; she weighs 225 tons and her copper skin is less than 1/8 inch thick; she wears a size 879 shoe and has a 35 foot waistline; in winds of 50 mph or more, her body can sway up to three inches and her torch arm, up to 6; there are seven rays on her crown, representing each of the world’s continents; her hat weighs more than a 1,000 pounds; designer Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi’s mother is rumored to have been the model for her face; at first the statue was a dull copper brown, but as the copper oxidized, it developed a patina to protect it from further deterioration and by 1906 she was totally green; women were banned from attending the statue’s dedication, so suffragists chartered a boat and held their own ceremony in the nearby harbor.

Next meeting of DAR will be Dec. 5 at Windsor Manor at noon.

Nevada Rotary

The Nevada Rotary club met at Indian Creek Country Club on Nov. 16. There were 21 Rotarians and seven Junior Rotarians in attendance.

President Jack O’Leary opened the meeting with the Chamber of Commerce report. They still need bakers to bake cookies for the upcoming cookie walk on Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m. Kylie Cook gave the Junior Rotarian report. She noted that girls’ basketball was starting and named other events taking place. Mark Cahill gave a report on the current markets.

Sherry Newsome read a prayer, then Rod Biensen played “You Are My Sunshine” to celebrate the nice weather we have had.

The Semi-Annual Birthday Auction took place. Kyle Hansen auctioned wrapped “white elephant” gifts donated by members. The buyers opened and displayed their surprise gifts! All auction proceeds go to fund club projects.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met Nov. 15 at Memorial Lutheran Church. Cindy Settle introduced the speaker, Evie Peterson, owner of the Gatherings, which is housed in the old Scudder building at 1024 Sixth St. She is also the cook! At the age of 12, Evie began cooking under a chef at Hidden Acres, Iowa’s largest camp and conference center. She took over as chef at age 18 and thus began her passion for large-scale cooking.

Farmhouse Catering began out of Evie’s kitchen, which allowed her to stay home and raise her young, growing family. She now has two full-time staff and 20 part-time staff and offers a venue for weddings, receptions, anniversaries, reunions and many other events. Evie has opened Petite Gatherings Lunch Box which is between Gatherings and Ben Franklin for lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

President Darrell Staley called the meeting to order. Gwen Frese offered the invocation. The president informed the club that the Kiwanis International Foundation changed its name to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund in October 2016. Our new name emphasizes the people we serve — children; and the way we serve them — by collecting and distributing funds to meet the most important needs of children. Leland Roegner asked for volunteers for the K-Kids meeting. 50/50 was won by Betty Katzer. Visitors are always welcome (Tuesdays 9 a.m.)