Club news

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Charlene Jarboe introduces Jay Johnson to the Nevada Lions Club. Contributed photo

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

• Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on June 12, opened by the Pledge of Allegiance, invocation and singing “God Bless America.”

Michelle Cassabaum gave a very interesting talk on Leadership Nevada and Leadership Iowa, a program that she had just finished.

Our 50/50 winner was Gwen Ward. New officers were elected. Leland Roegner and Marlene Anderson shared some humor. We always welcome guests and visitors.

• Nevada Golden K met on June 19. President Darrell Staley opened our meeting, invocation was by Laura Van Allen and Marcia Wisnieski provided treats.

Our speaker was Dan Bagley, a storyteller. In 1964, Dan ran away from home in Boston at the age of 14 and went to the West side of Omaha to Boys Town, a school for troubled kids. In orientation, he learned that he would have to work and keep a C or above grade level. At this time the school was for boys only. In those days, they were allowed to smoke at certain times and also the paddle was used. He worked on the dairy farm and also joined the boy’s choir, which toured throughout the United States and overseas. He graduated in 1968 and at that time they had two hours to leave the facility. Many went into the service. Dan’s three brothers also went to Boys Town. Dan went on to work for the Union Pacific for 33 years as a locomotive engineer and is now retired. Students now live in family houses, girls also go there and the campus is open at all time for visitors.

Twenty members responded to roll call. Our club raised $567 and that will be donated to the Miracle Park being built in Ames. We will be having brunch at Queen Anne’s Bed and Breakfast at 9 on July 17. Jerry Upchurch won the 50/50 drawing and Leland Roegner shared some humor. Guests and visitors are always welcome.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions Club was called to order by President Jerry Radke on June 13, at Windsor Manor. After dinner, Tail Twister Charlene Jarboe led us in a few songs, some pretty good, some not so good, but Marilyn always carries us through.

After the 50/50 drawing and quite a few unanswered questions, our speaker for the evening, Jay Johnson, sales manager for the Des Moines District of Martin Marietta was introduced by Lion Jarboe. Most of us are familiar with the Martin Marietta limestone plant at Ames but some of the statistics about the plant there and the Martin Marietta company as a whole are mind-boggling. Martin Marietta produces 18.6 billion tons of product a year and employs 100,000 people and they are the leading supplier of building materials in the United States. He talked about the Ames plant and how they use rooms and pillars to take out layers of limestone and then go down to the next layer. The Ames plant produces some of the best limestone in the country — they are the largest supplier of material for the runways at Offutt Air Force Base — and it is hauled by truck. It was a most interesting program and he asked how many of us have been in the quarry, while only a few of us had, he said the last time they opened it up for tours, 4,000 people went through. He said there is a possibility that they may have a tour again in the near future.

We had a quite lengthy board meeting following our regular meeting as there was much business to handle. First of all we wanted to thank all of the Nevada Lions that took part in helping feed the hundreds of people that were at Iowa State for the Odyssey of the Mind contest. We then went into our new project, which is selling peaches. We need each one of our Lions to go out and sell. We will sell until the end of June and the peaches will be delivered in the last part of August. The cost of the peaches will be $18 for a flat, which will be about 15 to 20 peaches, and $29 for a box, which will be 30-40 peaches. Please contact any Lion member or call 515-382-6481 or We also talked about our pancake breakfast — we will be serving when RAGBRAI comes through town. Our next meeting will be on June 27, 6:30 p.m., at Windsor Manor.

Nevada Rotary

• The June 13 meeting was called to order by President Jon Augustus. Lynn Scarlett gave a report on coming events in Nevada. Marty Chitty reported on news from the county and Mark Cahill shared the current markets with the group. Steve Jordening, a visitor from the Nevada Lions, promoted their fundraiser. The Lions will be selling Colorado peaches in the community.

Many guests were in attendance. Bob Grathwohl, Ken Jansen and Carol Springer were visiting from the Ames Rotary. Katie Cassebaum and Scott Henry were also present. Megan Wessels, a local student, shared information about herself. She will be attending RYLA this summer with two other students from Nevada. Jennifer Wessels, the mother of Megan, shared a meal with the membership also.

Rob Bacon offered a prayer and Rod Biensen played the “Welcome Song” for our guests.

Jessica Henry and Rich Parker introduced Mike Naig the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, as our speaker. Secretary Naig told the group about his background growing up in Iowa on the family farm. He spoke about the water quality initiatives in Iowa that were funded by the legislature. The state has partnered with private industry on 65 demonstration projects. Iowa State University has been instrumental in some of the current innovation that has taken place and partnered with the state to implement those innovations. Secretary Naig answered many questions from the group.

• The June 20 meeting was opened by President Jon Augustus. Rob Bacon led the group in prayer. Emmi Miller introduced Paul Ferrone, a guest from Ames Noon Rotary, and Dick Pringnitz introduced Davis Axmear, an intern with Hertz Farm Management. Jack O’Leary played the “Welcome Song” as the club sang along.

A program sign-up sheet was passed among the membership. Next week, the 2018/2019 board of directors induction will take place.

Jack O’Leary introduced Tammy Koolbeck, executive director of the ISU Center. Tammy presented a program on the 50th Anniversary Season at Stephens Auditorium. She shared that performers were given signature rice crispy treats, since they were invented at Iowa State University. Tickets can be ordered online. Premium seating and a discount are given to customers who order tickets for four or more shows.