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Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

Creston United Methodist Women

Creston United Methodist Women held an executive committee meeting Feb. 7 with president Jerrie Henderson presiding. Devotions were given, as well as the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports.

An item of business was finalizing plans for the public dinner set for Feb. 17. Vice President Mary Morris announced the next unit meeting is set for 2 p.m. March 7 in fellowship hall. The program will be a mini-study on immigration, one of the current mission studies. Plans for the guest night scheduled for April 4 were discussed.

The morning circle met Feb. 17 with 13 present. Colleen Brotherton was hostess. Chairperson Susan Weight presided over the business meeting. Beth Perry led in devotions. Responsibilities of the circle for the April 4 guest night were discussed. Betty Lou Shea gave a report about “Response” magazine. Velma Riegel presented the program “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial: Christian Financial Responsibility.” Several members helped with reading parts and discussion was held. A special offering was taken.

The Feb. 17 evening circle meeting was cancelled because of inclement weather.

There will be a schedule change for evening circle in March with the members planning to meet March 14.

Crest Area Theatre

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of Crest Area Theatre (CAT) was held Monday in the green room of the SWCC Performing Arts Center. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. with seven members present.

CAT will stage the musical “Oliver” July 12, 13 and 14. Auditions will be in May with dates to be determined. This musical has a large cast with adults and youths, both girls and boys. Directors are Jerry Huffman and Julia Weisshaar-Mullin.

Plans were made for a group outing to the Des Moines Playhouse March 24 for a performance of the musical “9 to 5.” Go to the website crestareatheatre.wordpress.com for more information and to RSVP if you would like to join the group.

Crest Area Theatre seeks to provide an opportunity for creative activity and entertainment in the theatre and serve the community by combining the talents of local artists for dramatic, cultural and artistic developments. Membership is open to all. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the green room of the SWCC PAC.

Bancroft History Assembly

Bancroft History Assembly met Monday at the D.V. Richardson Room at Greater Regional Medical Center. Nine regular members and four life members were in attendance, participating in the Pledge of Alligiance. Roll call was answered by “What sign of spring makes you know spring is here?” The thought for the day was from Groucho Marx, “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself; I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Peg Anderson presided over the business meeting. The minutes of the February meeting were read and approved. Avis Hainiine gave the treasurer’s report. The president will be contacting the district director to invite her to a meeting in either April or May.

This month each member was asked to bring diapers for use by RICC. It was decided to bring a monetary donation for April to be used toward a grocery card for RICC.

The executive committee presented a slate of officers for the 2013-2014 year. It was voted upon and accepted. Anderson will be president, with Joan Nurenburg as vice president, Marisue Lewis as secretary and Hainline as treasurer. Corresponding secretary will be Beth Perrry, Dora Coen will be parliamentarian, and Hainline and Kay Raymond will serve as historians.

Anderson read an article informing the group March is National Women’s History Month.

The club collect was recited, and the business meeting was adjourned.

A report on the life of Jane Addams was given by Marisue Lewis.

Refreshments were served by Hainline, and there was social time.

Next month’s meeting will be April 1 with Coen as hostess, and the program to be given by Raymond.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 25 members. Brad Lorenzen, president, presided. Karen Norton gave the prayer, and Paul Lorenz was finemaster.

The program was Amy Edmondson who talked about her alcohol and drug treatment work through Crossroads.

This year’s Pancake Day fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 26 at the United Methodist Church on the corner of Elm and Howard streets. Get tickets now from any Kiwanis member.

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met March 6.

Canasta winners were Rose Blakesly, first; Barb Veitz, second; and Gwen Sandeman, third.

Veitz won the door prize.

Carol Harrison will be hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.

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