Nevada Kiwanis

At the Nov. 23 Nevada Kiwanis meeting, Jan Kitchen introduced the new librarian at the Nevada Library, Shanna Speer. Shanna is originally from around the Nevada/Colo area and moved back here to take the job as librarian. Shanna told the club of some of the many services offered at the library and new programs that are being added. Thanks, Shanna and Jan, for all the great information!

Nevada Rotary

President Jon Augustus started the meeting with reports from committees. Lynn Scarlett gave the members a rundown of the Nevada Vintage Christmas events held on Dec. 1. She also announced several upcoming events. Mark Cahill shared the current market values with the group. Upcoming school events were reported by the Junior Rotarians.

Thirty-three members were in attendance, with a visiting Rotarian, Tom Hertz, from the Ames Noon Rotary. Eight Junior Rotarians were there along with Kim Crawford, a guest of Michelle Cassebaum and Tracy Brown, a guest of Doug Jones.

Rob Bienson played “Jingle Bells” and the “Welcome Song” as the group sang along.

President Jon Augustus announced that the group had brought in over $8,400 at the wine tasting event on Nov. 17. We will receive a $5,000 match from Rotary. The money will be donated to the “Backpack Buddy” program at the school that provides food for children on the weekends. President Augustus also encouraged all member to wear their Rotary pins every day.

Randy Hertz inducted Al Kockler as a new member of the Nevada Rotary Club. Al had been a member in the past. Dick Pringnitz gave an update on the Rotary Foundation and Chris Waddle performed sargent-at-arms duties.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis met on Nov. 28 in Fellowship Hall of Memorial Lutheran Church. Darrell Staley led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by invocation from Marsha Jackson. Gwen Frese led the singing of “Deck the Halls” and our Kiwanis song “Let’s Sing With Pride,” accompanied by Bev Packard.

Our speaker was Mike Cox from Story County Conservation. He spoke mainly on Hickory Grove and OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livlier Seniors). Hickory Grove is a 400+ acre park which dates back to beginning in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The lake is 100 acres. The park hosts 7,000 visitors a year to enjoy the lake, camping, hiking and fishing. Money brought into the park and surrounding areas is about $6.5 million annually. He told us of water quality issues that will require the lake to be drained and restored. This is a 3-year plan. The lake will be drained starting in 2018 and the new lake is scheduled to open in May of 2019. They will work with the DNR on the project. He explained the complex process of getting this done. Also in consideration is adding more campground space and a new beach house.

Jerry Upchurch presented our 4-H Citizenship Award at the annual banquet. Roland-Story LTS 4-H Club was the recipient of the plaque and the prize. There are 21 4-H clubs in Story County.

We remembered Bob Kruse, our member who passed away. Laura Van Allen read the “Moment in Hunger.” Bill Ward won the 50/50 drawing. The fifth- and sixth-grade K-Kids met, with seven members attending. They are making gifts for Christmas shut-ins. Twenty members responded to roll call.

Our club is planning a breakfast brunch on Tuesday, Dec. 19. We would welcome guests and visitors to come meet with us starting at 9 a.m.