President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order on Feb. 26. Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber: The Talent Factory will be presenting Big Bear Puppets on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. and applications are available for the 2014 Midtown Market in Nevada and the ABWA scholarship at the Chamber office. Elizabeth Hansen reported on snow removal and water main breaks, the City Council will hold a retreat on March 31, 24 applications have been received for the Fire/EMS department opening – interviews will be held on March 11, and Leadership Nevada graduation will be held on April 24 – the class project is a design for the old Minsky property. Lucas Markey, a Nevada Junior Rotarian, reported that the basketball season is over, track season started last week, the elementary school held a concert last night and the musical “Footloose” will be performed on March 7, 8 and 9. Mark Cahill did the market report for Feb. 26. Gabby Sutton introduced Jody Hereen from Nevada Community Schools. This year’s Junior Rotarian project was Chuck-A-Duck, a fun event held at basketball games. The event raised $1,450 for the Nevada Backpack Buddies program. Jody reported the funds would be used to expand the program to the Nevada Middle School and to provide food for families during long school breaks.
Christian Clem introduced Dave Freeman of ALMACO and Sara Clausen introduced Molly Toot of United Suppliers. Both Dave and Molly were inducted into the Nevada Rotary Club. Renee Twedt announced that the Nevada Rotary will be involved with Nevada Feeds the World again this year. A goal of preparing 20,000 meals has been set for Saturday, April 19. Volunteers can sign up by visiting the Nevada Chamber website: www.nevadaiowa.org.
Keith Hobson presented today’s program – how the Rotary 4-way test is implemented in our personal and professional lives.
The Nevada Lions met Feb. 26 at Windsor Manor for their regular bi-monthly meeting. After President Lion Jerry called the meeting to order, we had dinner and the tail-twisters did their regular hi-jinks.
Lion Jayson Kingsbury introduced our speaker for the evening Jerry McKim, chief of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the State of Iowa. He handed out a six-page Fiscal Year 2014 Iowa Fact Sheet which explained LIHEAP, how it is funded, the eligibility guidelines, how low-income families can apply, etc. Also included were tables and graphs showing statistics and trends (past due accounts). Of course past due accounts jumped for this winter. Energy Companies cannot shut off residential service between Nov 1 and Mar 31. LP is not regulated this way.
More information on LIHEAP can be obtained from the website: www.dcaa.iowa.gov. It was a very informative and interesting program and we thank Mr. McKim for presenting it to us. Our next meeting will be March 12 at Windsor Manor.
Golden K Kiwanis
Darrell Staley presided over the Feb. 25 meeting, attended by 20 members. Mr. Staley introduced guest speaker, retired railroad locomotive engineer Dan Bagley. Originally from Boston, Bagley comes from a long line of railroad engineers, going back to his great-great grandfather. After his retirement, he became interested in developing his skill as a storyteller. He shared a fictional leprechaun story and a real life story about Kate Shelley with the group.
The Kate Shelley story began on the very stormy night of July 6, 1881. A pusher locomotive, sent from Moingona to check track conditions, crossed the Des Moines River Bridge and plunged into Honey Creek. Aware of the accident, Kate Shelley crossed the treacherous bridge, arriving at Moingona depot to sound the alarm and get help. Her heroic actions stopped a passenger train from also plunging into the river. Two crew members from the pusher locomotive were also saved.
In 1900, the railroad built a new bridge across the Des Moines River and named it the Kate Shelley Bridge. The bridge was redesigned and rebuilt opening in 2009 as the new Kate Shelley Bridge, one of North America’s tallest double track bridges.
Pantry items, such as empty food cans and boxes and kitchen décor items, are needed for the Teen Maze nutrition station. Members who signed up to bring treats for the March 24 maze day may drop them off at Fay Burdick’s house on March 22 or March 23.
Volunteers are needed for the March 28 Nevada PTA School Carnival. In addition to volunteering, Golden K members voted to contribute $25 to the event.
Darrell Staley reported that Golden K members will again be able to work at the upcoming Odyssey of the Mind event at ISU to raise funds for our club.
Gwen Ward won the 50/50 drawing at the close of the meeting.