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Nevada Journal
Club News

Nevada Kiwanis

At the May 3 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Ann Malven introduced Elizabeth Gindt and Jodi Heeren. Gindt is the academic coach and Heeren is the student and family development director for the Nevada schools. Gindt and Heeren told the club of the many programs now in place to help children with needs. Some of the programs are: Cubbie’s Cupboard, food pantry; Kids at First, free child care; Harmony Closet, free clothing; Food at First, free meals; and there are many more, too numerous to mention.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

President Marsha Jackson presided over the May 3 meeting of the Nevada Golden K Kiwanis, attended by 28 members. Johann Thiel served as greeter and Jerry Upchurch gave the invocation.

The guest speaker today was Jody Brooke, owner of a unique gift store called A Little Piece of Iowa, located on main street in Nevada. Brooke and her family have recently settled in Nevada and she was very enthusiastic about the joys and benefits of living here. Brooke is very interested in arts and crafts and her store reflects her passion. She sells beautiful handcrafted items and displayed a small sample for everyone to see.

Following, Jackson asked for a report on the meetings with the K-Kids. The third- and fourth-grade K-Kids finished collecting and delivered can goods and packaged items to the Nevada Food Pantry. The fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids were treated to a visit by a therapy dog and his owner. She described the training these dogs undergo and the service they provide. Darrell Staley talked about working at ISU as a fundraising project and a list of workers was completed.

Dick Atwell won the 50/50 and we celebrated Mary Pevestorf’s birthday with a rousing Happy Birthday song.

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.

Nevada Rotary

Jon Augustus presided at the May 4 noon meeting of the Nevada Rotary Club. In attendance were 33 Rotarians and 10 Junior Rotarians. Reports were given on the Chamber, city, school, market, and by the Junior Rotarians. The meeting began by singing “America” and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Jon Augustus led the group in prayer. It was followed by reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test. Secretary Sara Clausen introduced three guests, Tom Hertz, Carol Springer and Ralph Manning. The club greeted them by singing the Rotary Welcome song. Rod Biensen played “After the Ball,” challenging the audience to name the song.

Today will be Nevada Community Day Part Two, where Rotarians and Junior Rotarians will spend the afternoon giving back to the community. They will work on landscaping, gardening and weeding at Rolling Green, Windsor Manor and Regency. What a beautiful day it will be outside volunteering. Thanks to Emmi Miller for leading this project.

Loyd Brown, president of Hertz Farm Management gave the program. He shared some very interesting information about this company, which was established, by Carl and Marjory Hertz in 1946. During the past 70 years, the company has been at four different locations in Nevada. They provide a variety of services including professional farm management, farmland sales and auctions, and farm appraisals. There are 41 employees in the Nevada office today. Brown did a great job of involving the audience. He asked us questions on facts such as those that follow: Today they have 15 offices located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. These offices house 120 employees and 10 independent contractors. They manage 2,428 farms totaling 560,000 acres in nine states, plus a farm located in Brazil.

Molly Toot performed the sergeant-at-arms duties and dispensed the justice for the day.

The Rotary Club of Nevada meets on Wednesday at noon at Indian Creek Country Club.