President Leland Roegner introduced guest speaker Steve Lekwa, a Story County conservationist, to the thirty members of Golden K present at the Oct. 22 meeting. Mr. Lekwa’s topic was “Iowa Mammals.” He brought in several animal pelts and skulls from the dog, rodent, weasel, and cat families for members to handle and inspect. Mr. Lekwa discussed the characteristics, diets, hunting habits and habitats of such animals as beavers, coyotes, foxes, weasels and river otters. He noted that several of these animal populations were depleted due to the fur trade or by overhunting by livestock owners protecting their domestic animals. Many of these Iowa mammals have rebounded sufficiently in the last 25 to 50 years to now occupy many parts of the state. Most wildcats however, have disappeared from Iowa, except for the bobcat, which is found statewide. Golden K members thank Mr. Lekwa for his most interesting presentation.
The two Golden K fundraisers which will continue into November are going well. Seventy-nine more dollars were earned by sending used shoes to ShoeBox Recycling. To date, Golden K members have sold 120 cookbooks.
President Roegner announced that the Division 11 Council meeting will be held the morning of Nov. 9, at Green Hills Retirement Center in Ames. Dale Sloan, Gwen Frese, Bob Frese and Leland Roegner will attend.
A Story County Philanthropy Day will be held Nov. 14 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. Contact Jody Melcher if you wish to attend.
“Happy Birthday” was sung to Dick Atwell and George Gottschalk. Barb Cockshoot won the 50/50 drawing.
The guest speaker for Oct. 29 will be Kim Heideman, whose topic will be Iowa’s International Partner States. All guests are welcome!
President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 12:20 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test. Welcome was extended to guests Kyle Hansen and Lynn Lathrop. Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber. She updated a number of events. The Community Trick or Treat will be on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The ABWA Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10. Steve Gray, superintendent of the Nevada Community School District, reported on the recent seven-12 choir performance. Mark Cahill did a markets report for the membership. Elizabeth Hansen from the city of Nevada updated the group on the Chamber Cookie Walk on Dec. 13 and 14 at Gates Hall. She also reported on road closures. Evan Rix, a Nevada Junior Rotarian, reported on the Senior Night football game and volleyball regionals. Laura West did not have a report from Nevada Economic Development Corporation (NEDC).
Laura West presented this week’s program on the Indian Creek Greenbelt Trail along 11st Street and Country Club Road. West reported there was talk of a bike/walking trail 10 years ago when she and her family moved to Nevada. A group of residents came together and presented their idea to the Story County Board of Supervisors. They challenged the supervisors to match funds if the committee was able to raise half the amount needed. They focused first on private donors and then grants. Both the city of Nevada and Story County donated to the trail fund. It took two-and-a-half years to raise the needed funds. Elizabeth Hansen talked about the collaboration of this project between the city of Nevada, Story County and individuals. The meeting adjourned to the ribbon cutting at the trailhead (located just north of the Indian Creek Country Club entrance). Watch for a photo on the next Chamber Page from this event!
The Nevada Lions met at Windsor Manor on Oct. 23 and the meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Lion President Jerry Radke. The first order of business was a brief report from Nevada Chamber Director Lynn Scarlett. She briefed us on several upcoming events, including the cookie walk, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, and stressed that though they have had a very good response, they still could use more cookies. After dinner, tail twister Lion Jordening took most everybody’s quarters as we didn’t answer very many of his questionable questions.
Lion Jordening then introduce Story County Recorder Sue Vande Kamp, who is in charge of vital records and Deputy Recorder Jim Cheek, who is in charge of passports. Recorder Vande Kamp told us of the many records that her office is in charge of. This includes birth certificates, mMarriage licenses, death certificates, divorce and annulment records and just about anything that changes hands. She said they had 4,965 title transactions in the last year. She also brought to our attention that as of Jan. 1, in order to make your driver’s license an official identification, you must furnish several documents, such as proof of birth, your social security number and be able to document your Iowa residency. She emphasized that you do not need all of those documents to get a driver’s license, but without them it will not be an official identification card, needed for instance for air travel. Which brought up our second speaker, Deputy Recorder Cheek, who talked about passports. He told us that if you have a passport, it will always serve as your official identification. He said the wait for a passport right now is comparably short, usually about four weeks barring any unusual circumstances, and it currently costs $110. Both of them answered many questions and it was a most informative and enlightening program.
President Radke gave a brief report on the Kidsight eye check program, which our club has began, and he stated that the club had taken over 50 pictures of youngsters in in the Nevada schools in one day. We will have at least one more session of what has proven to be a very beneficial program. Our next meeting will be Nov. 13 at Windsor Manor and will be our only meeting in the month of November.
Forty-three members were present on Oct. 22. It has been a while since we had over 40. We had two members from the Key Club.
Invocation – Ralph Manning; greeters – Bill Holstine and Justin Rasmusson
We will have perfect attendance awards at our meeting next week… Pease bring back old attendance pins.
Thanks to all who made the pancake breakfast a success.
Please invite a guest to a meeting who you would like to see join our club.
Joel Hutcheson’s name was drawn and he let it ride. Next week is $25.
Connie Burtnett introduced Chris Henson, Meg Frideres and Deb Haywood, who spoke on the considerations of going to a balanced calendar
Birthday greetings to Joel Hutcheson, who celebrates on the 27th. Former long-time member Al Ropp and his wife are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. There is a card shower and you can send it to 908 1st St NE, Belmond IA 50421.
Fact of the Week: NFL referees receive $173,000 per year.