The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor April 9 with the meeting called to order by Lion President Jerry Radke. After dinner we honored President Jerry by singing “Happy Birthday” to him and enjoyed a delicious birthday cake provided by Susan. Lion Nib introduced our speaker for the evening, the executive director of the Nevada Chamber of commerce, Lynn Scarlett. She gave us a rundown on several new businesses that are or will soon be in Nevada. She told us about Farmhouse Catering, that will be occupying Julieann’s. It will be not only doing meal preparation for their catering business, but will also have a large banquet hall for large gatherings and special occasions. Lynn said one of her main focuses is to instill in the people of Nevada the importance of shopping at home - she said she has learned from experience that stores in larger cities are not always cheaper and many times do not have the services provided by our local merchants. She said the Chamber is currently assisting in finding parking places for 1000 workers who will eventually be working on the ethanol plant under construction in west Nevada. She reminded us of a couple of upcoming things the Chamber is promoting, such as the Midtown Farmers’ Market and the Lincoln Highway Days. We thank Lynn for a most interesting and informational program.
Our monthly board meeting was called to order by President Radke. We discussed our upcoming Pancake Feed on April 27. Lion Willy Morfitt reported on a program for helping people that are not otherwise able to obtain hearing aids. Hearing aids that are donated to the Lions are made available to qualified persons for only the costs of the audiologists in fitting and making the molds. We urge anyone that has used hearing aids to either put them in one of the many used eye glass collection boxes, or if you are interested in finding out if you might qualify for this help, contact Willy Morfitt at 515-290-0307. Our next meeting will be on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Manor and our speaker will be Keith Morgan the Story County Emergency Co-ordinator. You are all invited to come join us!
Nevada Rotarians met in the library at Central Elementary for our annual Reading at Central event. Doug Johnson offered prayer prior to the group going through the school’s lunch line. Kathy Goecke, elementary principal, thanked the 14 Rotarians and 12 Jr. Rotarians for reading to the Central Pre-K through second-grade students. Mrs. Goecke commented on the importance of reading and that not every child has a parent or mentor that reads with them. Rotary has a strong commitment to literacy. Nevada Rotarians have shared their love of books with Central Elementary for approximately 15 years. Junior Rotarian Zach Thomas gave the Jr. Rotarian report, Michelle Cassabaum gave the Chamber report and Superintendent Steve Gray gave the school report. President Dan reminded everyone to sign up on the Rotary District 6000 website for Rotary’s District Conference May 1-3 at the Gateway Center in Ames. Brags were shared with the group. After the short business meeting, the group dismissed to their chosen classroom to read and visit with the students. Next week’s program will be a fun event with the Jr. Rotarians challenging us.
The Rotary Club of Nevada meets every Wednesday at noon at Indian Creek Country Club. Please contact President Dan Johnson at 382-2191 for more information.
Nevada Golden K Kiwanis
President Leland Roegner presided over the April 8h meeting of Golden K attended by 23 members and one guest. Bob Kruse served as greeter and Mary Pevestorf gave the invocation.
Nevada Economic Development Council Executive Director LaVon Schiltz was the guest speaker. Mrs. Schiltz has served on the NEDC Council for 18 years, promoting the growth of business and industry in the Nevada area. Two major facilities, Lincolnway Energy, a 50 million gallon ethanol plant and the DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol facility have chosen to locate in Nevada in recent years.
The DuPont facility, located inside the city limits, will be operational by October 2014, employing 70 to 80 full time workers. The plant will use corn stover provided by farmers, whose fields are located within a 30 to 40 mile radius of the plant, to produce cellulosic ethanol. The plant will pay 1.5 million dollars in taxes to bolster the local economy.
In addition to producing clean renewable fuels, DuPont is working with the Story County Sheriff’s Office to establish a Farm Watch program in Iowa. The program seeks to enhance safety and security for farmers and other citizens living in rural areas.
Two challenges facing the new industrial facilities in this area are the need for more railroad service to ship products and the increased demand for qualified workers. To address the second challenge, Nevada is seeking to become a certified Home Base Iowa community. Home Base Iowa seeks out ex- service men and women to be trained to work in facilities like DuPont and Lincolnway Energy. Nevada junior high students are being provided with programs to acquaint them with the skills needed to work in local industries.
To help insure the success of the renewable fuels industries, Schiltz testified at the EPA hearing organized by Gov. Branstad. Mrs. Schiltz urged the EPA not to lower the renewable fuels standards put in place in 2007. Such a cut would lower corn prices and the production of ethanol.
By way of club business, three fundraisers were approved by Golden K Members: selling treats at the farmers’ market, collecting shoes for Shoe Box Recycling and working at the Odyssey of the Mind event at ISU.
Sandy Harrison won the 50/50 drawing.
Forty members were present on April 8 and we had one member from the Key Club.
Please invite a guest to a meeting whom you would like to see join our club.
Next week we will vote on the by-laws. Kiwanis Fun Day is April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are two work shifts - check your schedules and see if you can volunteer.
Next week you are asked to bring T-shirts and scissors; worn is fine, just no holes.
Let Jody know if you can work a shift at the farm Progress Show, from Aug. 27-29.
Ken Nelson’s name was drawn and he let it ride. Next week is $30.
The Human and Spiritual Values Committee honored Barb Mittman, who presented a program on the Summer Food Program. She does yeoman’s work on this project.
My apologies to Justin for missing his birthday on April 8. Best wishes to him and Lisa McCoy, who celebrates on the 15th.
Fact of the Week: If you consider the net worth of all of the U.S. Presidents in today’s dollars, the richest was Washington and second was Jefferson.