Club News

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Nevada Journal
Club News

Nevada Rotary

• Tammy Oxley presided at the May 11 noon meeting of the Nevada Rotary Club. In attendance were 33 Rotarians and 13 Junior Rotarians. Lynn Scarlet gave a report on Chamber and community activities.

The meeting began by singing “America” and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Myron Herzberg led us in prayer. Rod Biensen led us in “School Days.” Tom Hertz, Dave Dickson, Kelly Kemp, Kristin Amdahl, Barb McDonnell and Brad Murty were introduced as guests. The club greeted them by singing the Rotary Welcome song

Mark Cahill thanked the Junior Rotarians who have been active in Rotary this past school year. He awarded Ashley Thomsen for best attendance; Caroline Wagner received an award for the most signatures in her Rotary Program book. Fifteen high school juniors who are prospective Junior Rotarians for the next school year were introduced.

Kate Wieczorek, sixth-grade math teacher at Nevada Middle School, and Dr. Doug Wieczorek, assistant professor of educational administration at Iowa State University, presented an overview of how they developed and implemented a Personalized, Blended Learning program in mathematics. This program allows students to learn math content at their own pace by utilizing online math lessons and software. Students can work individually online while in class, as well as with their teacher and peers for additional support. Kate finds this way of teaching very helpful, for both her and the students. With a data analysis system connected to the teachers’ website, she can track how students are learning on a daily basis. She is able to offer additional help to those students in need and encourages students to help each other. While working at their own pace, Kate has found that students are more persistent when they encounter a problem that is difficult to solve. With this method, students get immediate feedback on their learning and can move forward on their own. As one student commented, “Self-pace math makes math easier. If you don’t understand a concept, you can spend more time learning it…..instead of last year, if you didn’t know it, you had to move onto the next concept.”

Tammy Oxley performed the sergeant-at-arms duties and adjourned the meeting.

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

• President Stephanie Roscoe presided at the Wednesday, May 18, noon meeting of the Nevada Rotary Club. Reports were given on Chamber and community activities, the school and by a Junior Rotarian.

The meeting began by singing “America” and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Myron Herzberg led us in prayer. Members greeted each other and repeated the Rotary 4-Way Test. Jack O’Leary provided the music for the day.

Guests that were introduced were Rotarian Sarah LoRany, Kristin Amdahl, Lynn and Mark Rhodes, and Audra Poterucha. The club greeted them by singing the Rotary Welcome song

Kris Dugger thanked the Junior Rotarians that have been with us for the past school year. He shared the club’s appreciation for them and their service. Each Junior Rotarian shared their plans after they graduate this month.

Ines El Ouachini, Rotary youth exchange student from France, shared her experiences in Nevada this past year. She chose to be an exchange student to learn what the United States was really like. It is obvious that she has enjoyed her time in Nevada. The opportunity to participate in sports and musical activities, the friends she has made, and the good times with her host families brought out big smiles on her face. She especially enjoyed the prom and other dances, as her school does not have high school dances. Ines is looking forward to some travel this summer before she returns to France. It is evident from her engaging personality and humor that she will be successful wherever she goes.

President Roscoe performed the sergeant-at-arms duties and adjourned the meeting.

Nevada Lions

The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on May 11 and Lion President Charlene called the meeting to order. After dinner we sang a few songs and thanked Marilyn Argotsinger for playing the piano for us and we even sounded fairly good. Tail-twister Jim Fenn brought a beanbag toss game along and was able to extract a few quarters from those who could not quite get the bean bag in the right place.

Bob Hunter introduced our speakers for the evening, Neil Bohnet, director of development for the Story County Medical Center and Nate Thompson, Story County Medical Center CEO. Neal talked about the new medical center addition to the South Campus and the advantages of the consolidation of the clinic, therapy unit and cardiac rehab with the present Story County Hospital. It will make it much easier to use all of the units of the medical center when they are in one place. The new addition will almost double the square footage of the Story County Medical Center and will provide more parking as well. Neil said the goal is to raise $2 million locally and he is very pleased that over $1 million have already been pledged. The construction progress is on schedule and they are shooting for an opening date for the new unit to be about Jan. 1, 2017. We thanked both gentlemen for filling us in on a very important project for our community.

The Nevada Lions held a short board meeting; the results of our latest pancake dinner were discussed and we were quite pleased with the proceeds, which will be used to continue our Lion’s Scholarship program. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the dinner. Our next fundraising project will be working for the ISU Dining on May 25 thru May 28. After taking care of the usual business, we adjourned. Our next Lions’ meeting will not be until June 8 because of our work days at ISU.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

President Marsha Jackson presided over the May 17 meeting of the Nevada Golden K Kiwanis, attended by 25 members and 12 guests from the Ames Golden K Kiwanis. Johann Thiel served as greeter and Jerry Upchurch gave the invocation.

Today’s speaker was Neal Bohnet, director of development, Story Medical Center in Nevada. The main focus of Bohnet’s talk was the renovation and expansion of the south campus of the Center. This includes changing the location of the front entrance to make the hospital more accessible, an enlarged dining room, facilities for therapy services and construction of a much-needed community wellness center. With this expansion, Story Medical will now be double in size. He emphasized that the senior care facilities will remain in the north campus for the time being. Several members had questions about plans to include a therapy pool and this is still under consideration.

Following the presentation, President Jackson asked for a report on the meetings with the K-Kids. Darrell Staley reviewed the list of instructions from ISU for workers participating in our fundraising activity the end of May. One member of the Ames Golden K Kiwanis won the 50/50 and we celebrated Bill Ward’s birthday with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

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.