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Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met March 5 at The Pizza Ranch. President Tom Braymen opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Invocation was given by Delmer Brown.

After the meal, Jodie Johnson introduced Annette Rice who presented the program about Patagonia, a region in South America that borders Chile and Argentina. Rice and her husband Rick took a trip to Patagonia in April 2012. Rice gave information about the trip and used a Power Point presentation of the scenery.

During the business meeting, pins were presented to Twila Brant and Stew Stewart for donations to the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

A preliminary report about the Feb. 28 spud supper was given. Creston Lions appreciate the support of the community and Hy-Vee.

It was decided to again hold the Fourth of July bingo stand at McKinley Park.

New officers will be elected soon, so they can attend officer training in April.

Lions members will hold vision screenings for preschool children April 4 and 5 at the Early Childhood Center and April 11 and 12 at St. Malachy School.

A motion was approved to hold the evening meetings at 6:30 p.m. all year on the first Tuesday of the month. On the third Tuesday, the club will meet at noon at The Pizza Ranch. The Board of Directors will meet at 7 a.m. on the second Tuesday at Adams Street Expresso.

The community is reminded Lions Clubs collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids that are refurbished and given to deserving recipients worldwide. Collection boxes in Creston for these donated items are at Walmart by the vision center, the Memorial Room of the restored Depot, Creston Farm and Home, Southern Prairie YMCA, United Methodist Church and the Rectory Rerun Shop.

P.E.O. Chapter AZ

P.E.O. Chapter AZ met March 5 at Salem Lutheran Church. Seventeen members were present.

Hostesses were Sandy McNichols and Vaughn Seckington. Myrna Beving read several verses from the New Testament.

Courtesy committee member McNichols took Valentines to Margaret Weisshaar, Betty Hobbs and Dorothy Peak.

Judy Eklund reported the auditing committee met and will give their report at the April meeting.

President Karla Hynes read her president’s letter. Before the meeting, the president invited the outgoing and ingoing officers to her home for a light meal and to discuss the duties of each officer.

The nominating committee presented the following slate of officers for 2013-14: president, Connie Purdum; vice president, Jody Emerson; treasurer, Sandy McNichols; recording secretary, Norma Crawford; corresponding secretary, Sandy Stalker; chaplain, Patsy Marckmann; and guard, Marcia Fulton.

Ann Johnson gave a nostalgic program on tree houses.

The next meeting will be April 2 at Carol Brentnall’s. Judy Eklund will be co-hostess.

Creston United Methodist Women

Creston United Methodist Women met March 7 with the executive committee meeting at 1 p.m. and the unit meeting being held at 2 p.m. Jerrie Henderson, president, presided over the business. A guest for the afternoon was Rita Freihage of Ellston, a member of the South Central District United Methodist Women nominations committee. She is appointed as shepherdess for the Creston unit.

Items of business discussed were the guest night set for April 4, a request for a wedding reception in May and plans for hosting the annual district meeting on Sept. 14. The Feb. 17 dinner was reviewed. Plans are under way for another trip Aug. 15 to Women at the Well in Mitchellville. A special donation to Bidwell-Riverside in Des Moines will be made.

Mary Morris, vice president, presented the program at the 2 p.m. meeting on the subject of “Immigration and the Bible.” Included was discussion, a video “Lord, When Did We See You?” scripture and prayer, and a skit read by Jerrie Henderson, Beth Perry, Rosalie Denton and Kay Ritter.

Members of the evening circle were hostesses and served refreshments.

TOPS 1338

TOPS 1338 met 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the United Methodist Church with 10 members weighing in. Best loser for the week was Lola Baucom, and Anna Thompson was runner-up. The best monthly loser was an anonymouos member, and Monica Belew was runner-up.

The business meeting was conducted by Diana Loomis. The TOPS pledge was given. Minutes were read by the secretary. Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Correspondence received gave the dates of State Recognition Day which is May 31 and June 1 in Ames.

Election of officers for the new year is to be done at the first meeting in March and installation will be in April.

Squares was won by Marisue Lewis and fines by Loomis. The bean contest continues. The red can challenge is to eat from a small plate or bowl for every meal this week.

The program was by Darlene Rohrig on “What Doctors Really Eat” from information given by 64 health professionals.

The meeting adjourned with the TOPS closing pledge.

TOPS 1338 met Monday. There were eight members in attendance, with Neoma Davis as best loser and Monica Belew as runner-up. Diana Loomis opened the business meeting leading the TOPS pledge.

Because of a cancellation of the March 4 meeting, the potluck dinner was rescheduled for April 1.

A slate of new officers was chosen for the 2013-14 year. The new leader is Anna Thompson; co-leader is Diana Loomis; secretary is Marisue Lewis; treasurer is Alice Brown, and weight recorder is Neoma Davis. The assistant weight recorder is an anonymous member. Installation of these officers will be at the first meeting in April.

Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given and accepted. The bean attendance contest continues. Squares was won by Loomis, and fines went to the treasury.

Thompson gave the program from an article titled “Top Ten Habits to Help You Lose Weight.”

The TOPS closing pledge was said, and the meeting adjourned.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 23 members and two guests. Brad Lorenzen, president, presided. Jim Morris gave the prayer, and Dennis Carter was finemaster.

The program was Bill Krejci, athletic director at Southwestern Community College, who discussed various SWCC trivia and sporting programs currently at the college and future programs at the school, including wrestling in 2014.

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. Get tickets now from any Kiwanis member, $6 prepay or $7 at the door for adults.

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