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Outgoing President Mary Jo McLaughlin is now the American Legion Auxiliary president for Story County. She will be visiting all units within the county. For her project, she will be helping veterans in need in Story County. (Photo Submitted)
Outgoing President Mary Jo McLaughlin is now the American Legion Auxiliary president for Story County. She will be visiting all units within the county. For her project, she will be helping veterans in need in Story County. (Photo Submitted)
The Nevada American Legion Auxiliary Unit 48 newly installed officers for the year 2014-2015 are Carol Thompson, president, Mary Jo McLaughlin, vice president, Jody Brooke, secretary, Ann Kurtenbach, treasurer, Kathy Kockler, historian, Karin Lynch, sergeant-at-arms and Sheila Cruse, member at large, Chaplain is Cassie Harrell, who is not pictured. (Photo Submitted)
The Nevada American Legion Auxiliary Unit 48 newly installed officers for the year 2014-2015 are Carol Thompson, president, Mary Jo McLaughlin, vice president, Jody Brooke, secretary, Ann Kurtenbach, treasurer, Kathy Kockler, historian, Karin Lynch, sergeant-at-arms and Sheila Cruse, member at large, Chaplain is Cassie Harrell, who is not pictured. (Photo Submitted)
Story County Conservation Director Mike Cox gave a recent Rotary program. He is pictured with Rotary member Tammy Oxley. (Photo Submitted)
Story County Conservation Director Mike Cox gave a recent Rotary program. He is pictured with Rotary member Tammy Oxley. (Photo Submitted)

Nevada Rotary

President Tammy Oxley presided at the July 16 noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Nevada. In attendance were 33 Rotarians, three visiting Rotarians and two guests. A report was given on the Chamber, school and market activities. The meeting began with singing “America” and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Doug Johnson led us in prayer. The club recited the Rotary 4-way test.

Announcements were made regarding the following: Lincoln Highway Day Parade (volunteers needed Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), Summer Feeding Program (collecting supplies needed through the end of July) and Nevada Fire Department (volunteers wanted to assist with the painting of the fire hydrants).

Tammy Oxley introduced the program for the day, a presentation by Michael Cox, Story County Conservation director. His presentation included information ranging from environmental education to current projects. To find out more about Story County Conservation, visit their department online at www.storycountyiowa.gov.

The meeting was adjourned after Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn Scarlett dispensed the justice for the day.

The Rotary Club of Nevada meets on Wednesdays at Noon at Indian Creek Country Club. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Nevada, visit http://www.nevadarotary.org or find us on Facebook at “Rotary Club of Nevada.”

Nevada Kiwanis

Forty members were present on Tuesday morning. There were no guests. Patrick will have the invocation next week and the following week it will be Eric. Next week will be Jake and Phil. The following week will be Wissler and Mick.

The District Convention will be held in Omaha on Aug. 8 and 9.

The sweet corn schedule is out. Remember to appear at your appointed times.

Connie’s name was drawn and she let it ride. Next week is $10.

Next week we get to sing to our song leader as Dario celebrates his birthday on July 25.

Fact of the Week: Hogs outnumber humans 4 to 1 in Iowa.

Nevada Golden K

Twenty-eight members and one guest attended the July 15.

President Leland Roegner introduced guest speaker Keith Morgan the Story County Emergency Management coordinator. Mr. Morgan is responsible for working with a commission made up of the county’s mayors, a sherif, and a supervisor to devise an emergency preparedness response and recovery plan for the county. He discussed general guidelines individuals, businesses and other groups should follow to deal with weather related hazards, hazmat situations and threats from diseases or terrorism.

Individuals need to be aware of and informed of risks by using local media sources, weather radios and cell phone apps. To reduce the risk of property damage, people can secure outdoor objects, trim trees, have a backup sump pump system and make sure smoke alarms are working properly.

Several actions can be taken to make sure one is prepared for emergencies. Be sure you have adequate insurance. Designate a safe area to go to and stock it with a kit containing needed items such as food, water, flashlight, communication device and medications to last for 72 hours. The kit should ideally contain important personal documents and a household inventory list.

An emergency preparedness plan is also necessary for a business. The business plan should focus on life safety, stabilization of risks and ways to address property damage. Training in and practice of the business emergency preparedness plan should be implemented.

Dedicated hardworking volunteers are an important part of the emergency management effort. It is important for volunteers to be skilled and trained to deal with various emergencies. The Coalition for Disaster Recovery (CRP) is the umbrella organization for volunteers that seeks to maximize efficiency in planning for and responding to an emergency.

By way of club business, Darrell Staley made a motion to include Golden K information in the Guide to Nevada, at a cost of $112.50. Bev Packard seconded the motion, which carried.

Club members wished Laura Van Allen a happy birthday. Barb Cockshoot won the 50/50 drawing.

American Legion Auxiliary

Unit 48 Receives Awards

Three members of Nevada’s American Legion Auxiliary, Judith Blair, Cassie Harrell and Mary Jo McLaughlin, attended the Department Convention held in Coralville July 11-13. Highlights of the convention were receiving recognition for work done in the various programs of the Auxiliary. This year Nevada was awarded the President’s Award for the work done for Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. Vicki Towle received recognition for her many volunteer hours. We received second place for our Poppy Program and Support for our Children and Youth. Recognition was given to Chris Lloyd for our Most Outstanding Veterans in the Classroom Program. Other awards included honorable mention for our Field and Home Service work, and Certificates for Legislative, Community Service, Americanism and Americanism with Music Programs. Members of this patriotic unit had worked many hours this past year as they carried out the Auxiliary’s mission of helping our veterans, their families and supporting our children.

The guest speaker at the convention was the executive director from the Washington office, Peter Gaytan. He is a veteran and related how important it is for our American Legion Family to grow in membership. American Legion members help to get bills passed that help our veterans. Our government does not meet all the needs and will never provide all that is necessary for our veterans. We must continue to be here for our veterans, who sacrificed so much for our country.

Those interested in helping the American Legion in our mission or becoming a member, please call Carol Thompson at 515 -290-7805.

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