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Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 10:00 a.m. CDT


The Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met 9:30 a.m. April 13 at Lenox Methodist Church.

Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter honored state sixth-grade American History Essay winner, Nathan Shervheim; state winner Christopher Columbus Essay, Anna Shervheim; state scholarship winner, Emma Johnson; Good Citizen Winner, Sarah Albee; Good Citizen runner-up, Cierra Covington, Chariton; and State American DAR History Teacher winner, James Harding from East Union Community School.

Bonnie Riepe introduced Nathan Shervheim who shared his American History essay, and Anna Shervheim who shared her Christopher Columbus essay.

Theresa Bahniuk shared the Good Citizen essays of the winner, Albee of Orient, and runner-up.

Jane Briley introduced State American History Teacher of the Year.

The meeting was called to order by Connie Kinkade, chapter regent. Members shared in reading the ritual.

Pam Marvin and Bahniuk will be voting representatives at DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., this summer. Marvin, Cheryl Micetich, Bahniuk and Jerilyn Syfred will be attending DAR Continental Congress this year. Dorothy Hughes shared the state regent’s message.

Micetich shared the National Defense Report.

The roll call was shared by 15 members with a program idea for next year.

Jane Briley, secretary, read the minutes. The minutes were approved as corrected.

Bonnie Riepe gave the finance report.

Roberta Briley shared the Indian Moment, information on the Choctah tribe.

Bahniuk shared the commemorative moment concerning Arbor Day.

The flag moment was shared by Dorothy Morgan.

Hazel Braby shared the conservation moment.

Syferd reported on women’s issues.

The sunshine moment was shared by Marjorie Kinkade. She sent sympathy, birthday and get-well cards to several members.

DAR will have a Memorial Day service at 8:30 a.m. at McKinley Park.

Lynne Schlaht moved to give a Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter scholarship in the amount of $250 annually from the chapter. Darlene Morgan seconded the motion. Marjorie moved to table discussion until the May meeting, and Elaine Brown seconded the motion. The motion carried.

The next meeting will be Saturday at the Extension office in Mount Ayr. The program will be “A Fallen Hero Toast” by Karla Caltrider. The roll call will be answered by telling of patriotic plans for Memorial Day. The hostesses will be Dorothy Hughes, Dorothy Morgan and Rosalie O’Grady.

Creston UMW

The officers of Creston United Methodist Women held their executive meeting 9 a.m. May 2. Jerrie Henderson, president, conducted the meeting. The purpose was read in unison. Several joys and concerns were mentioned. Devotions were given by Beth Perry. The minutes of the April meeting were presented by Rosalie Denton and approved. Betty Lou Shea gave the treasurer’s report, which was accepted. Vice President Mary Morris gave her report.

Members agreed to help fund the improvements to the church kitchen when the project gets under way later. The April 4 guest night was evaluated. A donation will be made to the Iowa Conference UMW to assist new members attending Mission u, formerly known as School of Christian Mission. The Creston unit will host the annual meeting of the South Central District of United Methodist Women Sept. 14 and organizing the event is under way.

May circle meetings will be Thursday. Several members plan to travel to Bidwell-Riverside in Des Moines June 4 for a work day. Also members have an opportunity to participate in Women at the Well in Mitchellville Aug. 15.

The next executive meeting will be Aug. 29 at the church.

After the executive meeting, Mary Morris led the mission study on poverty, which is one of the current studies for all United Methodist Women. Twelve members and one guest were present. The weather prevented a larger attendance. A DVD titled “Standing in Need” was shown in segments with discussion for each segment. Topics included the causes of poverty, advocacy and what can be done by individuals, churches and other organizations to assist those in need. Poverty is a worldwide problem. Scripture and prayer were included. Bobi Woodin and Alice Brown each read a story related to the subject of poverty. Morris had several items on display including free trade food and craft items.

The morning circle members were hostesses for the day. Snack foods provided by those in attendance were served for lunch.

The next unit meeting of Creston UMW will be Sept. 5 with a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by a program on Costa Rica.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 26 members and four guests. Brad Lorenzen, president, presided. Steve Bolie did the prayer, and Mike Linch was finemaster.

The program was Ron “Fox” Clinton, former teacher and coach with Creston Schools and SWCC, and the first member of the SWCC Hall of Fame. He discussed some of his history and stories of past teams.

Garrett Abell was also presented the Mickey Finn Scholarship, which is co-sponsored by Kiwanis. Matt Thompson, with SWCC, and Karon Finn presented the award.

TOPS 1338

TOPS 1338 of Creston met April 29 at the United Methodist Church.  Eight members weighed in with an anonymous member being the best loser. Anna Thompson was runner-up.  The monthly best loser was also an anonymous member and a tie between Thompson and Carol Sheldahl for second place.

The meeting opened with the TOPS pledge. Thompson conducted the business meeting. The treasurer’s report was given by Alice Brown. The veggie-fruit alphabet contest ended. It was won by Thompson who had consumed 23 of the 24 possibilities.

Squares were won by Brown and fines went to an anonymous member. The Red Can Challenge is to have three days in which one meal is made up of foods that require washing.

Some time was spent going over the club’s by-laws.

TOPS 1338 of Creston met 5 p.m. Monday with 10 members weighing in.  The best loser was Darlene Rohrig, and the runner-up was an anonymous member.

The TOPS pledge was led by Anna Thompson. Minutes from the last two meetings were read by Marisue Lewis. Treasurer’s report was given by Alice Brown. Fines were won by an anonymous member and squares were won by Rohrig. A new contest “All That Jazz” was introduced. The Red Can Challenge is to eat a dinner salad for one meal this week.

The program was a skit called “Give a Hand,” stressing cooperation given by Rohrig, Brown, Dianna Loomis, Lewis, and an anonymous member.

There was a discussion about things learned from the Bedford meeting.

The next meeting will be a “no gain meeting.”

The closing TOPS pledge adjourned the group for the day.

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Wednesday.

Canasta winners were Beulah McDonald, first; Loretta Kelly, second; and Maxine May, third.

Rose Blakesley won the door prize.

Maxine May will host cards and chatter Wednesday, May 15.

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