President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, and Four Way Test. Welcome was extended to Terry Stark, Jan Brinkman, and Duane Gerlock – Rotary guests. Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber regarding the following upcoming events: Walk to End Alzheimers on Oct. 12 at Ames Middle School, Story County Medical Center Gala on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Gates Hall, and Downtown Trick or Treat on Oct. 29. Elizabeth Hansen from the City of Nevada updated the group on seven upcoming projects, the process for hiring a Public Safety Director, bidding for upcoming street projects, and the 6-month budget process. Laura West with Nevada Community Schools reported on last week’s Homecoming activities, upcoming School Board retreat, and the progress of the high school remodel. Lucas Markey, a Junior Rotarian, noted the successes of the Cross Country teams, volleyball team, and the upcoming North Polk football game. Michelle Cassabaum, representing the Story County Hospital, announced that tickets are still available for the upcoming hospital gala from herself, Tim Ahlers, and Jim Frevert. Mark Cahill provided a markets update to the club. Loyd Brown, Rotary Membership Chair, announced that November 13th has been set as the date for the new member meeting for Nevada Noon Rotary. Sign up sheets are on tables for members to list possible new members for the club.
Mark Cahill introduced Harold Brinkman as the program for Oct. 2. Harold has been a Rotary member since 1966. He was also part of yesterday’s Freedom Flight from Story County. He told the club membership about arriving in Washington, D.C. and learning the monuments were blocked from visitors due to the government shutdown. He was very proud to learn the Mississippi veterans had stormed the blockades to see the monuments and Iowa was happy to follow. He told several stories of Rotary from the ’60s and ’70s. The annual Rotary Chili Supper began in the ’70s. Downtown businesses used to be open on Friday evenings so Rotary decided to hold a chili feed in the basement of the Methodist Church. Harold’s uncle prepared the chili in trash cans and had it cook all day long. That evening they served the chili and everyone loved it except for one thing – there were no beans or meat in the chili! Because it cooked all day, it cooked the beans away so many crackers had to be used. The next morning a few Rotary members arrived to clean up. There was some chili remaining and there was a sewer line by the church so they decided to dump the leftover chili down the drain. Later that day, Harold received a frantic call from the pastor announcing there was chili all over the furnace room floor – apparently the sewer line was not connected and they spent all afternoon cleaning up the mess!
The Rotary Club discovered the log cabin on the corner by the 4-H grounds and thought it would be a good Bicentennial restoration project. They purchased the cabin for $7,500 and decided to hold a fundraiser. The membership decided a Night of Magic would be a great idea and began the planning. Harold talked to the owner at the time of the Camelot Theater. He agreed to let Rotary hold their fundraiser at the theater on a Thursday night. They sold tickets for $10 each and sold out the lower level of the theater. Another Rotary member found a magician from Cedar Falls to perform. On the day of the event, a young man came to Harold’s office and Harold told him he would direct the young man’s father to the theater. The young man looked confused and said he was the magician. Harold reported he looked to be 16 years old – maybe a junior in high school. That evening the young man performed in his tuxedo and looked much older. They raised over $4,000 that evening. The restored log cabin was dedicated on July 4, 1976. Many people from outside of Rotary assisted on the project. In later years, Rotary talked to the Nevada Historical Society about taking over the log cabin. The Historical Society decided to move the cabin from its original location to the Evergreen Lane property.
Harold shared several other memories of the early days of Rotary. Dan Johnson, president of Rotary, thanked him for his stories.
Bernie Stephenson invited members to share brags and then handed out his “fines”. The meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.
Golden K Kiwanis
Twenty-eight members and one guest were welcomed by greeter Bill Ward to the Oct. 1 meeting of Golden K. Darrell Staley gave the invocation.
President Leland Roegner introduced Nevada Community School teachers Meg Frideres and Kedra Hamilton, who presented information on a year-round school schedule, and engaged Golden K members in a discussion on the topic.
Extensive research shows that children start losing academic ground in all subjects, and especially in reading, after six weeks of vacation. Locally, 40 percent of Nevada students fall into a lower socio-economic group and often lag behind their peers in academic achievement.
To improve learning for all students, Nevada school administrators and teachers are trying to involve as many community members as possible in a discussion about adopting a year-round school schedule for all grade levels. Such a schedule would have a two-week break after each quarter (nine weeks of classes) and six weeks of summer vacation. Research and actual experience by schools which have adopted a year-round schedule show retention in all subjects improved and student enrollment increased.
As with any change, adjustments would need to be made. Athletic and music programs would need to make schedule changes, as would community organization like 4H and FFA clubs. Allowances for student participation in county fairs and the State Fair activities may need to be made. Some other issues to be considered are busing, child care, summer jobs and increase in utility costs if classes are held year round. All in all, school officials and faculty members with input from the community will continue to study the year-round schedule in order to make the best decision for the education of Nevada students.
By way of club business, it was decided that Golden K members would sell cookbooks at the Kiwanis breakfast on Oct. 19. Laura Van Allen and Fay Burdick will present some Golden K club information at the Leadership Nevada meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3. A committee composed of Marlene Anderson, Darrell Staley and Leland Roegner will choose the 4H club that will receive a citizenship award and a $100 donation from our club.
At the close of the meeting, Dean Handsaker won the 50/50 drawing.
Thirty-six members were present on Tuesday morning. We had one member from the Key Club. This was the maiden voyage for President Bruce.
Invocation – Joel Hutcheson; greeters - Don and Sue Seaton
There is a signup sheet for work assignments for the pancake breakfast. Be sure and sell your tickets.
We want to honor members of the community this year with a free breakfast and recognition of what they do for Nevada. Please give names to Paul Johnson.
Please invite a guest to a meeting who you would like to see join our Club.
Bill Holstine’s name was drawn and he let it ride. Next week is $10.
Birthday Greetings to Bob Mittman, who celebrates on the Oct. 8 and Patrick Scully, who celebrates on the 9th.
Connie Burtnett introduced Beth Williams, who gave us an update on the new constructionon the library.
Fact of the Week: 8.4 billion bills (paper money) are printed each year, totaling $358 billion, at a cost of 8.4 cents per bill - 90 percent replaces money already in circulation.