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Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

Kent Dinner Club

Kent Dinner Club met Jan. 10 with eight attending.

The next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Creston Family Restaurant.

Progressive Chautauqua Study Club

Progressive Chautauqua Study Club met Dec. 11 for a 2012 Christmas party. They met at Summit House for a Christmas luncheon hosted by Joyce Anderson, Sharon Booth, Carolyn Biere, Bev Butler and Judy Weese. Eighteen members were present.

Ann Ferguson and Kay Ritter had shopped for the Adopt-a-Family project. Underwear for RICC clients was received. Reading lists were turned in to Carolyn Biere. Volunteer hours were to be turned in to Bev Butler by Jan. 10. Various projects were discussed. A short Christmas program was presented including the singing of Christmas carols.

The next meeting will be Jan. 22 with Carolyn Biere and Ann Ferguson as hostesses.

Southwest Iowa Shutterbug Photography Club

On Jan. 3, the first meeting of 2013 for the Southwest Iowa Shutterbug Photography Club met 6 p.m. at Creston United Methodist Church on North Elm St.

New officers for 2013 are: President Ann Hegstrom; Vice President Deb Loudon; Secretary Sandy McCurdy; Treasurer Annette Pingree; N4C Print Representative Deb Bates; N4C Digital Representative Sheila Sutton; Director of Membership Brenda Strauss; Historians, Walter and Vera Fengler; Web Editor Lisa Shawler; and Director of Fundraising and Grant Writing Victoria Brammer.

Several ideas were discussed for new goals for the club for 2013. Some ideas shared were mini lessons/demonstrations on such topics as cropping and matting, lighting, editing software, what to look for when buying a camera, lenses/special effects techniques and new technology. Hands-on field trips, monthly camera challenges for fun and inviting speakers to address the club were also discussed. Sharing of ideas and suggestions, questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged.

For more informatin, contact Deb Loudon at DebraDL226@yahoo.com or 202-7018.

VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met Jan. 8 at Elk’s Lodge in Creston. Twenty-two members and guests were present for dinner.

Commander Gary O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 17 members present.

The post draped the charter for comrade Duane Buxton.

Service officers report was hospital 46 hours, Christmas basket 27 hours, Honor Guard 21 hours and community service 33 hours for a total of 126 hours.

In old business, there are still calendars to sell.

In new business, Veterans on the Hill will be Jan. 2 at the Capitol in Des Moines. Anyone wishing to go should meet 8 a.m. at Union County Courthouse.

Voice of Democracy winners are to be invited to the February meeting.

O’Daniels gave a report on district and state VFW. The last district meeting was Jan. 5 in Albia. Emma Johnson of Creston received first place in the district VOD. She will competed Jan. 12 at the state VOD in Des Moines.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

The next meeting will be Feb. 12 at Elk’s Lodge with 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. All veterans are encouraged to attend.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 26 members and one guest. Brad Lorenzen, president, presided. Joe Powers gave the prayer, and Dave Abiltrip was finemaster.

The program was Jerry Bowerkemper, a gambling counselor with Crossroads Mental Health Center, who discussed his services in nine counties in Iowa, the history of gambling and signs of a gambling problem.

TOPS 1338

Twelve members of TOPS 1338 met Jan. 7 at First United Methodist Church.

Monica Belew was the best loser for the week, and Marisue Lewis was runner-up. Monthly best loser was Lola Baucom and runner-up was Lewis. Quarterly best losers were an anonymous member and Shellie Sullivan who tied. Runner-up quarterly losers were Baucom and Lewis. The yearly best loser was Anna Thompson, followed by Carol Sheldahl. Thompson’s loss qualifies her for a TOPS division winner.

The business meeting opened with the TOPS pledge, led by Thompson. There was no old or new business. Minutes were read by Lewis and the treasurer’s report by Alice Brown.

The program was given by Belew on exercising for seniors.

Both Squares and fines were won by Lewis.

Brown is to give the program for next week.

The Red Can Challenge was to have two days of no red meat.

With the reciting of the closing pledge, the meeting was dismissed at 5:50 p.m.

A special meeting of TOPS 1338 was Monday at the Methodist Church. Ten members weighed in with a loss of 16 pounds and no gain. Thompson was the weekly best loser. Second place was a tie between Brown and an anonymous member. Checks were presented to Thompson and Sullivan for their effort at weight loss in 2012.

The business meeting was conducted by Diana Loomis. There was no new business.

Loomis will be delivering the club’s collection of food to Matura this week.

Minutes and treasurer’s reports were given.

The program was by Brown speaking about the “New American Diet.”

Fines from last week were given to Belew, and Squares were won by Baucom.

The Red Can Challenge for the week is to have two days with no sweets.

Neoma Davis is to have the program next week.

The TOPS pledge closed the meeting.

TOPS 1338 meets 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Methodist Church basement.

Elzevir Reading Circle

Elzevir Reading Circle met 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at the home of Kay Ritter for an anniversary luncheon. Hostess was the executive committee.

After lunch, President Terry Ammon opened the meeting with a quote from Neil Gaiman. Roll call was answered with members telling of something memorable that occurred during the holidays.

The secretary report was read and approved. The treasurer reported donating to the Christmas Basket fund and the library. Linda Topliff read information received from Gibson Memorial Library inviting all to the upcoming coffeehouse event to be held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Adventures in Reading list was passed out. Reading chairman Angela Pullen is assembling lists recently turned into her. Ammon will total the volunteer hours.

Mary Burg moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Sherry Taylor. The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Barbara Thomsen’s.

Vi Cimock gave a program relating to her business “Vi’s Clutter Control.” She brought several examples of how to become better organized and suggested many different ways of coordinating various household items. There are many books and magazines also available that offer ways to declutter your home.

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