The Nevada Chapter Solomon Dean met Dec. 7 at Windsor Manor for luncheon and business meeting. Nine members were present.
A short report was given about Wreaths Across America, an organization coordinated in Iowa by Patrick Palmershein, the past executive director of Iowa Veteran’s Affairs. During December, National Wreaths Across America places wreaths at the headstones of fallen veterans at more than 700 locations worldwide. Wreaths Across America is an annual event to remember and honor those who’ve served, and to teach our younger generations their sacrifices.
A ceremony on Dec. 12 was held at Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery and at other locations in Iowa. Special designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POWs were placed on memorials during the ceremonies. In addition to these wreaths, individuals, civic groups and businesses around Iowa have joined Wreaths Across America to place wreaths on graves of fallen veterans.
Vice Regent Shirley Cloyd gave a program of an overview of the Revolutionary War. An interesting fact was that the first glass factory was widely believed to have been established at the English Settlement of Jamestown in 1608. The recipe for the glass was local materials: sand from the James River, potash from the forest and endless bed of oyster shells, which could be burned and ground to make lime. They set up making the first batches of goods exported to England from the New World. The first shipment sent to England was called trial glass. Most of it was window glass, bottles, vials and plain drinking glasses. Four furnaces were constructed for the needed processes. Mrs. Cloyd made a three-week trip there last summer and brought samples of glass that is still blown today in a reconstructed facility.
The next meeting will be April 4, 2016, as we do not meet in January, February or March due to our snowbirds.
President-elect Jack O’Leary presided at the Dec. 16 meeting of the Rotary Club of Nevada. In attendance were 35 Rotarians, 16 Junior Rotarians and two guests. Reports were given for the Chamber, Junior Rotarian, School Board, City and Market. The meeting began with singing “America” and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Myron Herzberg let us in prayer and we prayed for our fellow Rotarian, Kathy Strum, whom is on Hospice care. Following the club member greetings, the club recited the Rotary 4-Way test. The guests were welcomed by the club members singing the “Welcome Song.”
O’Leary introduced Rotarian Keith Hobson for his program. Keith invited Josh Houston with the Story County Sherriff’s department, who is the jail supervisor. Josh leads the ALICE training in our school system. ALICE is the acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Information, Counter and Evacuate. This training is important so people know what to do in the case of an intruder. In the event of an intruder, it is important to alert as many people as possible. Utilizing the speaker system or texts is appropriate as getting the information out and alerting everyone is vital. Locking the doors to rooms helps with a short time delay, but the key is knowing where the exits are and getting out of the building. Josh states that every school in Story County conducts the ALICE drill two times a year.
The Rotary Club of Nevada will be hosting the Annual Scholarship Soup Supper Friday, Jan. 29, 4:30- 7 p.m. at the Nevada High School lunchroom. A ticket for children 12 and under is $4 and adults are $7. This is an “All you can eat” soup supper. The Nevada Rotary Club thanks you for your support.