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Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

Crest Area for Life

Crest Area for LIFE met 7:30 p.m. April 23 at Holy Spirit hall. Nine members were in attendance. President Betty Baker opened up the meeting with the right to life prayer.

Terry Madison read the minutes from the March meeting. They were corrected and approved.

In the absence of the treasurer, Terry Madison gave the report. It was approved.

Velma Riegel sent out 12 congratulatory cards to new parents.

Under old business, members selected six billboards to purchase. A fundraising letter will be sent out to help with the cost.

Terry Madison brought the Raccoon Valley phone book to show the ads the group placed.

Under new business, members discussed the Mother’s Day ads to go in the Creston News Advertiser and Afton Star Enterprise.

The Life Care Pregnancy Center is having its annual banquet 7 p.m. May 30 at the AH Saints Center in Stuart.

It was discussed to buy pencils again for parades this summer.

The next meeting will be 7:30 p.m. May 28 at Holy Spirit hall.

Rich Madison made a motion, seconded by Riegel, to adjourn.

Chautauqua Circle

The April meeting of the Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club met 1:30 p.m. April 23 at Pat Butcher’s home. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Bev Brayman led in devotions based on “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The program was led by Sharon Skarda on education. The book “H is for Hawkeye” was used. There was a quiz on the lesson at the end.

The meeting was called to order by President Kathy Tapken. Hostesses Pat Butcher and Linda Huffman were thanked. The roll call “What was your favorite class in school?” was answered by 19 members, including four life members. The treasurer’s report was given.

A thank you from American Cancer Society representative Anne Pellett was read. The extra bears were given to people fighting cancer or cancer survivors. The extra daffodils were given to nursing homes, assisted living and hospice house. Chautauqua thanked Pat Butcher and Betty Wallace for the way they have coordinated Daffodil Days. This was the last year for the Daffodil Days sponsored by American Cancer Society.

The process of recording time spent on volunteer work was discussed. Joan Shaffer, southwest district vice director for Iowa Federated Clubs, has resigned, because she is moving to Pikeville, Ky. April 24 is the official birthday of the GFWC Federation. Safety Chairperson Polly McCoy distributed bookmarks of emergency supplies to have on hand in case of disaster recommended by the American Red Cross.

Election of officers for next year was held. Mary Morris will be president; Sharon Skarda will be secretary; and Ann Ferguson will be treasurer. The program yearbook committee will be Peg Anderson, Carolyn Biere and Pat Butcher.

The May meeting will be 9:30 a.m. May 14 at Judy Weese’s home. Members will meet at 9:10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church to carpool.

Catholic Daughters

Catholic Daughters of the Americas met April 9 in Holy Spirit hall.

Regent Betty Baker led members in the rosary.

The meal was then served by committee members consisting of Sherry Bradley, Betty Baker, Arlene Carlson and Mary McElroy. Thank you.

The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited followed by the Lord’s prayer.

Minutes were read and Sharon Skarda made a motion to approve the minutes and Lois Nelson seconded it.

Thanks to Skarda, Retta Ripperger, Carolyn Downing and Baker for delivering cookies to shut-ins.

A thank you note was read from Dorothy Peak for the cookies she received.

The treasurer’s report was given, and Ripperger made a motion to approve this report and Barb Thompson seconded it.

Three volunteers are needed to sign the audit. They will be Jane Collins, Nelson and Skarda.

A wreath was bought and shown that will be taken to the CD of A biennial convention in Fort Dodge for the raffle.

Old business: National dues are increasing, so local dues will be increased. There are several agencies CD of A sends donations to. It was also noted the group serves graduation breakfast, sends a donation to the state convention, Anna Baxter Day and have the life saver project.

Thompson made a motion to raise local dues to $25 and Skarda seconded it. Motion carried.

CD of A will be serving graduation breakfast May 29. The sign-up sheet will be at the meeting next month for volunteers.

New business: Volunteers are asked to search for a place to eat for Ladies Night Out. It was decided the officers would do this.

The half-and-half was won by Teresa Weis.

There was $6 in the charity cup.

The meeting adjourned with a prayer.

Pat Wagner then played a game titled “Name Grandma’s Cupcake.” The winner was Thompson.

Members proceeded with the white elephant auction.

The next meeting will be May 14 with the officers serving a salad bar.

Afton Federated Garden Club

Afton Federated Garden Club met April 12 at the home of Bev Rowe with Doris Porter as co-hostess. President Vicky Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the club collect and Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by 16 members.

Minutes for the previous meeting were read and approved. The financial report was given and will be filed.

Announcements were made about upcoming workshops. Afton Federated Garden Club Card Chairperson Donna Thomas gave her monthly report.

Johnson announced Sandy Gossman has agreed to judge the flower and garden show at the Union County Fair. A bill was presented to be paid to the Union County Fair Board for an ad in the 2013 fair book. Motion carried.

The new Afton Community Center will now be the official meeting place of the Afton Garden Club.

Johnson updated AFGC about the upcoming Blue Star Marker dedication and reception May 18. Tasks and other information for the dedication were decided. Mike Eblen of Eblen Construction donated the rock and they delivered it to the cutter. Information about this dedication will be on KSIB’s Grapevine at 9 a.m. May 16.

Announcements were made of upcoming events. National Garden Week is June 2-8. The annual club tour will be June 14. There will be a club picnic and the date was determined to be 11 a.m. Sept. 13. The December meeting date was changed to Dec. 6.

The meeting adjourned with everyone repeating the conservation pledge.

Bev Rowe gave the program “Cowpies in the Garden.”

Refreshments were served by the hostesses.

The next meeting will be May 10 at Afton Community Center with Loretta Kelly and Gwen Sandeman as hostesses. A plant exchange will follow this meeting.

Beta Sigma Phi

Alpha Sigma Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recognized Cheryl McClure and Marilyn Blazek for 50 years of membership at the April 25 meeting. Bev Miller conducted the traditional Golden Circle ceremony.

Members met at The Pizza Ranch for the annual Founders Day observance. Marilyn Larimore was master of ceremonies and read the annual message from the international office.

Martha McAuley was crowned “Woman of the Year” by Miller. Loretta Kelly led the Founders Day pledge.

Officers elected for the new program year are Larimore, president; Norma Putnam, vice president; Kelly, secretary; and Pat Fils, treasurer.

TOPS 1338

TOPS 1338 met 5 p.m. April 15. Eleven members weighed in, and one new member attended. There was a net loss of 10.75 pounds during the past week. The best loser was Darlene Rohrig and runner-up was a tie between Carol Sheldahl and Marisue Lewis.

The TOPS pledge was recited, and the meeting was called to order by Anna Thompson.  Minutes of the past meeting were read by Lewis, and the treasurer’s report by Alice Brown. Squares and fines were both won by Thompson. Checks were distributed for the year’s best losers to Monica Belew and an anonymous member.  Runner-up checks were given to Rohrig and Lewis.

The program was given by Brown on hints and time savers around the house.

The Red Can Challenge is to correspond with another member for encouragement.

The meeting was adjourned by Thompson after the closing TOPS pledge.

The inspiration for the day was “Set a small goal to reach by Friday.”

TOPS 1338 also met April 22 at the First United Methodist Church. Seven members weighed in with the best loser being an anonymous member and runner-up was Monica Belew. The TOPS opening pledge was led by Anna Thompson who conducted the business meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read by the secretary.

The old business was planning for going to the TOPS meeting in Bedford.

Belew was the winner of fines and Thompson won squares.

The Red Can Challenge is to prepare a menu for two days for the week.

The program was given by Lewis who spoke about seven reasons to make water a beverage of choice. She also read a selected reading titled “The Wisdom of Flying Geese.”

The next program will be given by Neoma Davis.

The meeting was adjourned with the closing TOPS pledge.

The inspiration for the day was “Being optimistic is contagious. Think of all the possibilities in front of you.”


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 20 members. Brad Lorenzen, president, presided and did the prayer. Drew Henderson was finemaster.

The program was Amy Edmondson, director of Prairie View Assisted Living. She discussed the addition of more apartments and a memory care unit that will break ground this summer and be operational next spring, weather permitting.

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Wednesday.

Canasta winners were Gwen Sandeman, first; Maxine May, second; and Barb Bills, third.

Carol Harrison won the door prize.

The board will host cards and chatter Wednesday, May 8.

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