Local flower grower elected regional director for national board

Brenda Smith, a partner in Smith & Smith Farms in Dayton, was named the West Regional Director for the Association of Specialty Cut Flowers Growers Inc. She will serve for three years.

Brenda and her mother, Carole Smith, are celebrating the 10th anniversary this season. They grow a wide range of flowers to produce their signature, "Buckaroo Bouquets," along with a selection of vegetables for their subscription produce service.

The Association of Specialty Cut Flowers Growers Inc. is a national trade association for commercial flower growers. Its purpose is to produce and disseminate cultural and marketing information for field and greenhouse growers.

For information, go to www.ascfg.org.

About 100 people attended Kiwanis of Carson City's annual Special Guest Day on Jan. 27.

For the past five years Kiwanis of Carson City has made one of their Thursday noon meetings a Special Guest Day. Club members invite at least one potential new member to receive a written invitation to lunch. This year 37 guests were seated with 64 Kiwanians from Carson City, Carson Valley, Dayton Township, Yerington, North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe.

Nevada Secretary of State, Dean Heller, was the guest speaker. He spoke about Nevada's double-digit growth of new incorporations. Robert Ward, past Kiwanis lieutenant governor, spoke briefly about Kiwanis' "The Power of One" making a difference in our community, nation and world.

President Ken Haskins, the Rockin' Rev, recognized the three major sponsors of the club's 19th annual Luau, to be held March 25.

Dwight Millard, owner of Empire Ranch Golf Course, Millard's Realty and Construction, and the Plaza Hotel; Eddie Floyd, owner of radio station KBDB; and Stewart Evans, Sales Manager of Valley Chevrolet Pontiac, received plaques and presented checks totaling $5,500. Steve Lewis, the owner of Steve Lewis Printing, currently a member of Kiwanis of Yerington, received recognition and thanks for his help with the printed program for this year's Luau.

Tickets for the luau are on sale now. Regular Luau tickets are $35 and include dancing, food, entertainment, raffle ticket purchases, and silent auction bidding from 6-11 p.m. VIP tickets are an additional $15 and offer early entry where VIPs can nibble and sip wine and cheese as they preview the silent auction items from 5-6 p.m.

This year's luau entertainment is "Blue Hawaii" featuring both Wanda Jackson, who toured with Elvis in 1955 and 1956, and Charlie Gracie whose hit "Butterfly" sold three million records in 1957.

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