Nevada Rotary Club remembers welcoming first female members in the 1980s

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Reflecting styles of the ‘80s are Club President Emmi Miller and Rotarians Liz and Randy Hertz.

Reflecting vintage styles of the 1980s, Nevada Rotary Club President Emmi Miller and Rotarians Liz and Randy Hertz, shared global and local happenings of the club’s seventh decade during the regular meeting on Jan. 5.  

While club members enjoyed the humor of 1980s styles of big hair, shoulder pads and flipped collars; they also learned of major changes both on main street and around the world. But for Rotary International, one of the most impactful changes was the addition of female members; and in October 1988, the Nevada club inducted its first two female members, Claudia Nehring and Deb Amenson.

On the world stage, newspapers featured the explosion in technology, the AIDS epidemic, the collapse of the Soviet Union and an expanded culture of consumption. Change was also evident in Nevada. Even though the business community still included three car dealerships and a downtown department store, the status quo would not continue. The local newspaper, The Nevada Journal, was sold to the Daily Tribune in Ames. The Iowa DOT revealed plans for the “four-laning” of Highway 30, which would impact multiple streets on the south edge of Nevada. Improvements were initiated for the aging library, a potential green belt and a beautification project for the downtown district.

Throughout the 1980s, the Nevada Rotary Club continued to invest in the world and the community. Long-time member Willis Shaw challenged the club to increase its support of the Rotary Foundation for global development. Local support included donations for various community projects, CROP Walk and school district needs.

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