Schmidt heard, Ehlers honored at Perry Lions Club meeting

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Perry Water Works Superintendent Hank Schmidt, center, reported on the water quality in Perry to Perry LionsClub members Chris Tjapkes, left, Jack Shelker and the assembled membership.

The Perry Lions Club welcomed to their June meeting Perry Water Works Superintendent Hank Schmidt, who briefed the membership on the city’s latest water quality report.

Schmidt, a 35-year veteran of the water purification business, came from Colorado three years ago to take the helm of the Perry plant.

Schmidt said the water quality report sent to all Perry residents in May showed the Perry Water Department had no violations in the testing for water quality in the previous 12 months. He said the water Works treats the city’s water supply in order to remove bacteria and reduce the hardness of the water, but luckily there is no lead problem in Perry’s water, such as was recently seen in Flint, Mich.

Several Lions asked Schmidt questions about water quality, such as the nitrate problems in the Des Moines water supply. Schmidt said Perry’s underground water supplies do not show the unsafe and illegal nitrate concentrations that Des Moines’ surface water sources do prior to denitrification.

The Perry Lions Club presented Schmidt with a ballpoint pen bearing the club’s insignia in gratitude for his presentation.

The Lions also learned they recently received the Iowa Lions Club Foundation’s Warren Coleman Award in honor of Perry Lion Dick Ehlers, who passed away last November. Lions Club President Dave Wright said the honorary plaque will be presented to Shirley Ehlers at the annual summer picnic.

The Warren Coleman Award is given to Iowa Lions who demonstrate community service and is made possible by a contribution of $1,000 to the Iowa Lions Foundation. The money was received as memorials to Ehlers, who was a dedicated and longstanding Perry Lion.

The Lions also heard a brief report on the current state of the Flags over Perry project. Wright said 202 flags are now raised on the five federal holidays through the combined efforts of the Lions and the Perry Optimist Club. He said additional subscriptions are available.

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Perry Lion Allen Becker was among the Lions to raise more than 200 flags on Flag Day in the Flags over Perry program.
Perry Lion Allen Becker was among the Lions to raise more than 200 flags on Flag Day in the Flags over Perry program.

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