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Published: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakshore Auxiliary met Feb. 13.

Canasta winners were Barb Bills, first; Rose Blakesley, second; and Maxin May, third.

Gwen Sandeman won the door prize.

Barb Veitz was hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.

Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Barb Bills, second; and Beulah McDonald, third.

Mary Kline won the door prize.

Kline will be hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday, Feb. 27.

VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met Feb. 12 at Elk’s Lodge. Twenty-nine members and guests were present for dinner.

Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 18 members present.

The post draped the charter for comrades Bob Harpin, LF Hull and Dayl Bradley.

Service officers report was hospital 74 hours, Honor Guard 76 hours and community service 14 hours for a total of 164 hours.

The post surgeon has visited veterans at both nursing homes.

In old business, if anyone has old flags to dispose of take them to the VA office at the courthouse.

In new business, general orders include the booth at the state fair.

There was more discussion on the sign at the VFW ball field. O’Daniels brought two examples of signs. A motion was made to table it until a committee looked over the site.

Denny Abel gave a challenge to all members to sign up new members to the post.With soldiers returning from Afghanistan, now should be a good time to recruit.

Emma Johnson was rewarded for her participation in the Voice of Democracy contest.

O’Daniels gave a report on district and state VFW. The next district meeting will be April 6 in Ottumwa.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. The next meeting will be March 12 at Elk’s Lodge: 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Lincoln Neighbors Club

Lincoln Neighbors met Feb. 13 at the church basement with Kris Hoakison as hostess. Phyllis opened the meeting. Hoakison gave the devotions and read “Bedtime Blessing” and “The Magic of Love.” Roll call was answered by 11 members with a Bible verse.

Funnies were shared by all.

The secretary read the minutes of the November meeeting. The minutes were approved.

There was no new business to discuss.

In old business, the club discussed to draw for secret pals at the February meeting each year. Dean made a motion to draw for them at the first of the year. Mary seconded the motion. Motion carried. Members drew for secret sisters.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s prayer.

There was a white elephant exchange.

Hoakison served refreshments of cherry pie dessert with coffee.

The next meeting will be March 13 with Phyllis Huff as hostess. Place to be determined.

Kiwanis

The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 24 members and one guest. Chris Fredrickson, president-elect, presided. Jim Morris gave the prayer, and Mike Linch was finemaster.

The program was Charlie Westman, vice president of Union County Habitat for Humanity, who discussed the program with their fifth house going to be started at 622 N. Birch.

This year’s Pancake Day fundraiser will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 26 at the United Methodist Church, on the corner of Elm and Howard streets. Tickets are now available from members, $6 per adult all you can eat bought in advance, $7 at the door.

The Book Club

The Book Club met Feb. 4 with Barb Thomsen as hostess. Eight members were present.

The secretary report was read and approved. Roll call was answered about books you read in January.

There was an invitation read to all club members to a coffee house event 6:30 p.m. Monday at the library. They are encouraging people to perform selections. Selections may include poetry, exerpts from books or articles. If interested in participating, call the library at 782-2277.

The program was by Carolyn Hubatka on the book “The Lost Boy,” about Mickey Mantle and the end of his childhood.

The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. March 4 at Kelly’s Garden Cafe with Carolyn Hubatka as hostess. Dorothy McNaught will have the program.

TOPS 1338

TOPS 1338 met Feb. 11 with 10 members. The best loser for the week was Thompson, with Belew in second place. Loomis presided over the business meeting. Both minutes and treasurer’s reports were presented.

As new business, Loomis reminded the group the first meeting in March is the day for election of new officers. A low fat, low carb, but lots of taste potluck dinner will be held that same evening.

There was correspondence shared by Loomis from Barbara Bratton.

Neoma Davis received state recognition for having submitted a perfect weight resume for the Creston chapter. Thompson also was recognized for first place in Division Three for her weight loss.

Squares was won by Alice Brown. Fines were won by Rohrig.

Loomis gave a brief presentation on daikon.

The Red Can Challenge was to eat only fruits or vegetables for snacks this week. The meeting was dismissed with the closing TOPS pledge.

TOPS 1338 met 5 p.m. Monday for its usual Monday night meeting. Eight members weighed in with Loomis as the best loser and Rohrig as runner-up. There was a total net loss of 12 1/4 pounds. The meeting opened with the TOPS pledge. Minutes were read by Marisue Lewis. Fines went to the treasury, and squares went to Loomis.

The bean contest continues.

The Red Can Challenge is to eliminate bakery items for five days except whole-wheat or whole-grain products.

The program was taken from “Mental Floss.” Loomis read an article called “Kind of Corny Story” discussing corned beef.

Next week’s program will be given by Rohrig.

The TOPS pledge was repeated, and the meeting closed at 5:45 p.m.

Anyone intrested in weight loss or encouragement in weight toss is invited to attend meetings 5 p.m. Mondays at the Methodist Church basement.

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