Crest Area for Life
Crest Area for Life met 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Holy Spirit hall for its annual meeting. President Rich Madison opened up the meeting with the right to life prayer. Ten members were in attendance.
Terry Madison gave the secretary reports for September and the annual report. The September minutes were corrected and both were approved.
Pat Pokorny gave the treasurer’s reports for September and annual report. Both reports were approved.
Seventeen baby congratulatory cards were sent this year and one sympathy card.
There was no old business.
Under new business, LifeCare Pregnancy Center in Stuart is having an open house 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.
Jeremy Rounds made a motion, seconded by Meg Crawford, to accept the slate of officers as follows: Betty Baker, president; Meg Crawford, vice president; Pat Pokorny, treasurer and Terry Madison, secretary. It was approved.
The next meeting will be Nov. 27.
Terry Madison made a motion to adjourn and Rounds seconded the motion.
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Oct. 24.
Canasta winners were Mary Kline, first; Beulah McDonald, second; and Rose Blakesley, third.
Marilyn Larimore won the door prize.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, with Loretta Kelly as hostess.
Beta Sigma Phi
Alpha Sigma Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 25 at Summit House with Bev Miller as hostess.
Prior to the business meeting, the social chairman conducted a Halloween treasure hunt, in which each member was assigned to find 10 hidden items from identical lists. Marilyn Blazek was awarded the prize. Members took home painted-face pumpkins as favors.
Miller presided at the business meeting. All members were present, and answered roll call with “A Halloween trick I have played.” A thank you note was received regarding guest day.
Program Chairperson Loretta Kelly reviewed plans for the Nov. 8 meeting, which is supper with spouses or guests at The Pizza Ranch. Social Chairperson Marilyn Larimore announced voting for the “Christmas Angel” will take place at that meeting.
There was discussion on giving a gift basket at Christmas. Larimore and Norma Putnam will explore possibilities for this. Larimore read from the Book of Beta Sigma Phi regarding paid-up fees.
Miller gave the program about old buildings in downtown Creston, and the various businesses that have been located there. She also shared magazine items.
United Methodist Women
UMW wrapped up their mission project of UMCOR kits. Types of kits assembled were school, health, layette and birthing kits and three clean-up buckets. The Missions Committee thanks the women for their efforts, time and financial commitment to this mission. A special thank you to Bobi Woodin for her efforts to raise money for the Church World Service blanket program.
UMW extends a thank you to the community for the support of the yearly fall dinner Oct. 28.
All circles met Oct. 18 at the church.
The morning circle met when Susan Weight called the seven members to order and reported on the final count of mission kits.
The news that the afternoon circle will soon disband was shared, and any members who wish to join the morning circle are invited to do so.
Betty Lou Shea shared an article from “Repsonse,” the mission magazine of the United Methodist Women.
Colleen Brotherton gave the lesson titled “Healing: Deaconesses and Home Missionaries at Home.”
After dealing with business and learning from the program, Joann Connor served mid-morning snacks.
The afternoon circle met with eight members and two guests present. The guests were Jerrie Henderson, UMW president, and Jhona Lyn Gallo, who presented the program by explaining her training and work in the Philippines as a Deaconess in the United Methodist Church.
Beth Perry conducted the business meeting focusing on the fall dinner.
Peg Anderson volunteered to be hostess for the Nov. 15 meeting.
It was decided to hold a circle meeting Dec. 20 at the home of Vaughn Seckington. This is a change from the yearbook.
The Rev. Gideon Gallo, Ruthie and Joshua joined the group for refreshments. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Gideon.
The evening circle met with 10 members, and chairperson Rosalie Denton called for election of officers for 2013. Officers will stay the same with the exception of secretary-treasurer. For this office, Sandy McNichols will replace Claudine Sammons. Thanks to Sammons for her service.
Final plans for the Sunday fall dinner were discussed.
After the “Response” moment, Mary Morris shared the program.
Jan Dillinger treated all to a fall dessert.
Union County Genealogical Society
Union County Genealogical Society met Oct. 22 at the library. Jane Briley presided. Nine members answered roll call with “Our family’s claim to fame.”
Roger Nurnberg reported the newly reprinted books of Ringgold and Union county biographical sketches will arrive soon, and extras will be for sale to the public. He also brought the revised copies of the society brochure to be distributed to the public.
The nominating committee reported the following officers for 2013: Briley, president; Nurnberg, vice president; Dorothy Eyberg, secretary; and Elaine Brown, treasurer. Election will take place at the November meeting after other nominations are accepted.
A query was received regarding the family of Perry Pembleton Brown and Christina Jane Walker Brown.
Kathy Parmenter is indexing records of old queries and responses, and putting them on CDs. She is also gathering printed information on Union County service people in all wars, to put on the society website.
Dennis Howard spoke with the group concerning his project of assembling pictures of all Creston High School graduates, years 1912-1970, from Crest yearbooks and Arrow supplements. He is seeking one missing year of 1913, and asked the help of the society and the public to find a copy. The society is also needing missing copies for the library of years 1914, 1919, 1924 and 1932.
Briley gave the program on researching records of orphans, and children placed in orphanages. Sources include institution records, census, newspaper accounts of Orphan Trains and family stories.
The Nov. 26 meeting will include finger foods, and a sharing of “my biggest find of the year.”
Rebecca Circle met Oct. 18 at the home of Midge Scurlock with eight members present.
Pam Richie opened the meeting with the DWF prayer. There was no secretary’s report. Treasurer’s report was given with no corrections.
Old business: Rebecca circle has been asked to clean the silver that is in the front hall.
New business: The December meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 with a potluck at the home of Mary Ann Lindsay.
Scurlock had the lesson on “Bad Girls of the Bible.”
The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the home of Irene Francis.
The meeting closed with the DWF Benediction.
Refreshments were served by Scurlock.
The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 22 members and six guests. Brad Lorenzen president, presided. Jim Morris gave the prayer, and Jacki Steffen was finemaster.
The program was Creston Cub and Boy Scouts who discussed camping and adventure trips they go on with the money they earn and the club donates to them each year. The club also sponsored a participant for the key leader camp, who came and talked to the club.
Perfect attendance awards were presented to several members, but Ed Ritter had the top honor with 40 years of perfect attendance.