At the April 26 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Jan Kitchen introduced Kim Hanna. Kim is the executive director of Raising Readers in Story County. Raising Readers gave away over 16,000 books last year and there were 10,000 hours of volunteer work done. Raising Readers is aimed at children 0-8 and has numerous programs all over Story County to promote reading. In addition, Kim was one of the founding members of the High School Key Club. Thank you, Kim, for all that you do for our children.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
President Marsha Jackson presided over the April 26 meeting of the Nevada Golden K Kiwanis attended by 23 members. Bob Collins served as greeter and Mary Pevestorf gave the invocation.
Today’s speaker was Bill Holstine of Hertz Farm Management. This company was started in 1946 by Carl Hertz, who was an expert in farm management. Hertz worked at one time for Cornell College, which had been gifted a number of farm properties. He was asked to evaluate these properties and later on to manage them on behalf of the college. In subsequent years, Hertz started his own company, Hertz Farm Management, which serve landowners who do not personally farm their land. They offer a wide variety of services, which include leasing the land, planning crop rotation, and providing profit and financial analysis. In addition to professional farm management, they also offer appraisals, real estate sales and acquisition services.
Following, Lisa McCoy from State Bank spoke to the members of Golden K about the food drive they are holding from April 25 to May 5, with all contributions going to the food pantry in Nevada. There is a growing need for this service within our community and all contributions are gratefully received. She will be back next week to pick up any donations.
Dick Atwell brought a very well-maintained 26-inch bike to the meeting to be raffled off. Each member was given raffle tickets for the bike at $2 apiece as a way of raising money for Golden K’s service projects. The drawing will be held June 7 at the Lutheran Memorial Church in Nevada.
We would like to invite any adult 55 years of age or older to visit us on Tuesdays at the Memorial Lutheran Church to have coffee and dessert and listen to some really great speakers.
President Stephanie Roscoe presided at the April 27 meeting of the Rotary Club of Nevada. In attendance were 34 Rotarians, 12 Junior Rotarians, two visiting Rotarians and seven guests.
Reports were given on the Chamber, city, school, Junior Rotarian and market activities. The meeting began with singing “America” and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. President Stephanie Roscoe led the group in prayer. The club recited the Rotary 4-way test, followed by the weekly club member greetings. Rod Biensen played the piano while the club sang “April Showers.” Jon Augustus led introductions for the guests attending the meeting, which concluded with the club members singing the “Welcome Song.”
Kris Dugger introduced Elizabeth Wessels to those attending. Elizabeth was selected to participate in this year’s RYLA event.
President Stephanie Roscoe and Allie West kicked off the program, which was an auction to raise money for the Backpack Buddy program. Kyle Hansen served as auctioneer. Junior Rotarian Erik Fevold also served as an auctioneer. By the end of the auction, $1,540 was raised for the Backpack Buddy program.
The meeting was adjourned after the auction was completed.
Immediately following the meeting, several “red shirt” Rotarians made their way into the community to serve, doing projects at the Harmony Closet, Fire Station Deep Clean, seventh-grade English and Elementary Box Tops.
The Rotary Club of Nevada meets on Wednesdays at noon at Indian Creek Country Club.