Alta Kiwanis Notes

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Alta Kiwanis Club met Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Wel-Life.

Guest speaker was Aimee Barritt, Emergency Management Coordinator for Buena Vista County, who deals with natural disasters such as tornado, flood. fire, and ice storms.

She has held this position for a year and a half. Prior to that she held a similar position in Cherokee County for 11 years. In order to be compliant with state mandates, her job involves planning, training and exercising. The latter deals with conducting disaster drills such as that which was simulated in Alta last year in which a train hit a school bus resulting in several fatalities and major injuries. She also recently coordinated efforts of several area fire departments in a training exercise - the elevator fires in Alta on Sunday. Aimee said she works with a budget of $88,000 with money coming from county, cities, and federal and state grants. In case of disaster the state does not provide money, but can supply help from National Guard, and providing generators, water, and other assistance.

A motion was made and seconded to make pancakes for Horizons fundraiser on Nov. 11. A motion was made and seconded to serve pancakes for the football homecoming breakfast on Sept. 21.

The dictionary project to provide 36 third graders with dictionaries was discussed.

There was a request from Laura Turnquist of Alta Community Library to have Kiwanis members read to youth on Sept. 7 and 8.