President Dan Johnson called the meeting to order on Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and Four Way Test. Welcome was extended to our guest, LaVon Schiltz, of the Nevada Economic Development Corporation (NEDC).
Reports were given by Lynn Scarlett from the Chamber regarding the following events: Downtown Trick of Treat was held on Oct. 29, with between 700 and 900 children downtown. The Community Trick or Treat will be on Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Talent Factory will be holding a Spooktacluar After Halloween Movie Night on Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m., featuring “Van Helsing” and “World War Z” for $10, which that includes all the popcorn you can eat and all the pop you can drink. Quirks Grill and Bar will be hosting a Honky-Tonk Halloween Bash on Nov. 1 beginning at 9 p.m. A country concert with Danny Grause will be held, followed by an all-request dance party with DJ Will. No cover charge and prizes for best costume and best dancer. The Nevada Masonic Lodge will be holding their 24th annual Scholarship Breakfast on Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gates Hall. The cost is $6 for all you can eat. Proceeds will be used for scholarships at Nevada, Colo-Nesco and Collins-Maxwell Schools. The ABWA Craft Fair will be held on Nov. 9 and 10. 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. LaVon Schiltz of the NEDC announced this is the third year the NEDC has had membership and gave a brief report on the annual Nevada Chamber/NEDC Celebration. Gabby Sutton, a Nevada Junior Rotarian, reported on upcoming school activities. Mark Cahill provided a markets report. Jon Augustus presented the final report on the Brats at Briggs Fundraiser held in September for the Nevada Historical Society. Dan Johnson thanked the Rotarians who were able to help at the Nevada Public Library last Saturday, and reminded the club members to begin bringing cans of cream of mushroom soup for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. A collection box will be available starting next week.
Dan Johnson presented this week’s program on his new book, “All U Need 2 No About Rotary & Mor.” His book provided information to club members about the history of Rotary and the Nevada Rotary Club.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 48
Auxiliary members have been very active this fall. Chris Lloyd has coordinated with the Legion and high school members to organize the Veterans Day Program that will be held in the Josephine Tope Auditorium on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 10:30. Community members are invited to attend.
Karin Lynch cooked a great Windsor Chop meal at the Legion on Oct. 26. Accordion music was provided throughout the evening by Mary Jo McLaughlin. Dorothy Thompson continues to help with tickets at every dinner for the Legion and auxiliary, after volunteering at the hospital several days a week as well as at the food pantry. Other members helping serve have been Trena Cannell, Ann Kurtenbach and Chris Lloyd. Helping on Trick-o-Treat night on Oct. 29 was Bonny Dulaney. Doreen Gillespie has volunteered many hours at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Members voted to fund a child for the Angel Tree and two junior girls for Girls State. Cassie Harrell will organize a Quilts of Valor sewing day in February. The community will be invited to participate. Members continue to help serve food every Tuesday at Bingo at the Legion.
The Junior Auxiliary members have made 50 tray favors for the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines. They cut fabric and learned how to sew activity bags for the Department President’s Project. They then went shopping for items to put in the bags. The bags will be given to children that accompany a veteran parent or grandparent to medical appointments at VA Medical Centers. They also baked apple cupcakes for the Auxiliary Dinner in October.
The Auxiliary’s Annual Birthday Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 23. Those interested in becoming a member are encouraged to come. Reservations must be made by contacting Mary Jo McLaughlin at 515-291-3150.
The regular meeting date for November falls on Veterans Day. Members voted to not meet on that day, but to meet at 7 on Nov. 18 at the Legion. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Auxiliary is welcome to attend.
Golden K Kiwanis
President Leland Roegner introduced guest speaker Kim Heideman to the 25 Golden K Kiwanis members and five guests in attendance at the Oct. 29 meeting. Kim Heideman is the acting director of Sister States, an Iowa nonprofit founded in 1985 under the guidance of the governor of Iowa. The nonprofit operates with a two-member staff and many volunteers to manage Iowa’s official relationships with nine states located in nine different foreign countries.
Sister States seeks to broaden knowledge and understanding in the areas of education, agriculture, culture, commerce and economics by arranging exchange programs between Iowans and residents of the sister states. Delegations from Iowa visit sister states, while Iowa volunteers host about eight groups of foreign visitors a month coming to our state. Student exchange programs allow young Iowans to study abroad, and students from sister states to experience life and education in Iowa. Iowans can also attend lectures, conferences, performances and exhibits to broaden their knowledge of other countries. Iowa Sister States is proud to be recognized as the largest stand-alone program of its kind in the United States.
Lynn Scarlett, director of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce, announced that the annual cookie walk will take place at Gates Hall on Dec. 13 and 14. Golden K members signed up to donate cookies for the event.
By way of club business, President Roegner announced that the successful shoe collecting and cookbook selling fundraisers will continue until the end of November. Dale Sloan will give a presentation on the Eliminate Project at the Nov. 5 Golden K meeting.
At the close of the meeting, Marlene Anderson won the 50/50 drawing and Bev Packard received a pretty fall flower arrangement.
Thirty-eight members were present on Oct. 29. We had three members from the Key Club.
Invocation – Ralph Manning; greeters – Tom Cahill and Greg Madsen
We had perfect attendance awards at our meeting Tuesday morning. Those receiving awards were Andrew Bee and Bill Holstine, 1 year; Maggie Davis, Cyndie Heintz, Jerome Rewerts and Judy Strobehn, 2 years; Judy Chance and Patrick Scully, 3 years; Joel Hutcheson, 4 years; Carol Bell, 5 years; Eric Gabrielson, Brenda Hobson and Linda Shickell, 6 years; Don and Sue Seaton, 7 years; Connie Burtnett, Ken Hawcott and Nancy Port, 9 years; Ralph Manning, 12 years; Paul Hunter, 13 years; Jody Melcher, 14 years; Tom Wissler, 15 years; Bob Ehrig and Jan Kitchen, 16 years; LeRoy Bergmann, 17 years; Joe Melcher and Bob Mittman, 19 years; Mick Tscherter, 20 years; Ken Nelson, 22 years; Greg Madsen, 27 years; Dario Zaffarano, 28 years; Dean Handsaker, 30 years; and Ron Jacobson and Tom Cahill, 39 years. Thanks to all who made the list.
Please invite a guest to a meeting who you would like to see join our club.
Joe Melchers name was drawn and he had the answer. Next week is $5.
Patrick Scully and Joe Melcher talked about the condition and activities of the club during the past year.
Birthday greetings to Nancy Port who celebrates a BIG birthday on Nov. 3.
Fact of the Week: The world’s largest airport is Al-Maktoum, which just opened recently in Dubai.