Club news

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Bob Collins (right) introduces Dan Bagley to the Kiwanis club. Contributed photo

Nevada Kiwanis

Bob Collins introduced Dan Bagley at the July 10 Kiwanis meeting. Dan is a retired railroad engineer who gave a great program about why people get in accidents with trains. Dan also shared some of the accidents he had in his 30 plus years of engineering. Thanks, Bob and Dan, for a great program!

Nevada Rotary

President Sara Clausen asked for reports to start the meeting. Lynn Scarlett reported on the School Supply Drive. Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office during the month of July. Marty Chitty reported that the county had been busy repairing roads after the recent rains.

Chris Waddle led the group in prayer. Rod Biensen played “Take Me Out to the Ballpark” while the club members sang along. Guests John Hall, Barb Mittman and Jan Brinkman were introduced.

Barb Mittman is the coordinator for the Food at First program. They are sponsoring a “Beef It Up” fundraiser to help purchase beef for the year’s meals. It will be held July 17 at the Methodist Church. Members purchased raffle tickets for the fundraiser.

A sign-up sheet was passed among the group for RAGBRAI. Rotarians will help watch the intersections during the morning as riders pass through Nevada.

Harold Brinkman was presented with a pin to commemorate his 53 years of service to Rotary. He joined the Nevada Rotary Club in 1965. He has served in many positions with the club and spent countless hours of service to the club and community.

President Sara Clausen gave an address as the new president. She joined the club in 2005. Sara is looking forward to continuing many traditions, such as the soup supper, Junior Rotarian program and the fall fundraiser. She would also like to implement an outreach day to meet with other service clubs in the community.

The Literacy team will coordinate with the school to help sponsor Dr. Seuss Day again this year. Randy and Liz Hertz have coordinated the arrival of Monica, an exchange student from Spain. This year’s fundraiser will go to the “Food for Thought” student summer program. The club hopes to increase its membership to 62 this year.

The club wishes to thank Marlys Barker and the Nevada Journal for their excellent coverage of the Nevada Rotary Club.

Nevada Lions

President Susan Radke called the Nevada Lions meeting to order on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. after the singing of “America” and the pledge of allegiance. Lion Willy led us in Grace. After dinner, our new tailtwisters Steve Jordening and Sandy Richardson, took a little money from us with some pretty difficult questions and distributed the 50/50 money.

Lion Seaboch introduced our speaker for the evening. Dan Johnson is the executive vice president of the Nevada State Bank and Trust. Johnson told us a little about himself and his family and that he and his family came to Nevada and joined State Bank and Trust in October of 2008. He talked a little about interest rates and said that at least for the present, short term rates are on the way up but is not sure for how long or how far. He touched on the local economy and said for now it is strong, but lots of things are going on in the ag economy and the renegotiations of tariffs that could affect it. He talked about housing on the local level and said there is a strong demand for homes in the $125-275,ooo range. Dan talked abut a very important thing that is happening all too often these days — identity theft and some of the ways we can guard against it. It all boils down to being alert, very careful about guarding personal information and being on the outlook for anything that just doesn’t seem right. He finished his talk by voicing his support for our local community service clubs and how important it is to recruit young members to make sure the clubs can continue to do the work they have been doing for a long time. We thanked Dan for his very interesting program.

Our regular monthly board meeting was called to order with the usual articles of business, but centering on RAGBRAI coming to town. It was strongly emphasized that we will need every member to make it a success. Jim Fenn is heading up this project and if you have any questions, please get in touch with him and let him know that you will be able to work. Our next Lions’ meeting will be our picnic and presentations of scholarships on Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the North Park.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on July 10. Our program was presented by Steve Cassabaum from 21st Century Rehab. He, along with Steve Van Dam and Gabby King, both exercise physiologists, told how Story Medical has partnered with them to have a program called MOG (Medically Oriented Gym). It combines an evaluation of physical ability and various other health-related tests. Then physical activities are incorporated to help improve your health. It was a very interesting program.

Barb Mittman gave a short presentation on a fundraiser for Food at First. Jody Melcher reported on some decisions that were made at the Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas. She also gave an update on Miracle Park funding.

Birthdays celebrated were Gwen Ward and Cindy Settle. Guests attending were Ron Jacobson, Brenda Hobson, Jody Melcher, Barb Mittman and our speakers. Shorty Jackson won the 50/50 drawing. Our next meeting will be a brunch at Queen Anne’s Bed & Breakfast.