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Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:44 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:45 a.m. CDT

Chautauqua Club

The May meeting of the Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club was 9:30 a.m. May 14 at Judy Weese’s home for the May breakfast. Nineteen members were present including four life members. The hostesses were Weese, Sandy Oswald, Pauline McCoy and Peg Andersen.

After the brunch, the meeting was called to order by President Kathy Tapken. After Peg Anderson read a poem “Eternal Spring,” Tapken read the 2012-2013 annual report. Anderson reported on the GFWC/Iowa State Convention which she attended. Chautauqua Club received a creativity award for the cookie bouquets they help with for the library.

The sign-up sheet was passed for next year’s program. The installation of the new officers was conducted by Tapken. The president will be Mary Morris. The secretary will be Sharon Skarda. The treasurer will be Ann Ferguson. Tapken led in the collect to finish her term as president.

Morris led a brief discussion of plans for next year. Committees will remain the same except for Morris in charge of the email correspondence, Kay Ritter in charge of greeting cards and the audit committee will be Peg Anderson and Joyce Anderson.

The program committee for next year will be Peg Anderson, Carolyn Biere and Pat Butcher.

Because of the ending of the Daffodil Days project by the American Cancer Society, it was decided to add a project in support of the Rural Iowa Crisis Center (RICC). Jerri Henderson will be in charge of the project. Butcher will be collecting medicine bottles and tape dispensers for recycling. The book exchange and shoe fund will be continued as fundraising projects. Plans for the September meeting will be announced later.

Delta Kappa Gamma

Thirteen members attended the May 13 Pi Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma International meeting in Greenfield. The group had tours of the E.E. Warren Opera House and Hotel Greenfield, and ate at the Olive Branch Restaurant.

President Joan Lienneman called the meeting to order.

The April minutes were read and approved.

The treasurer’s report was given by Kim Riley. All expenses are current.

Old Business:

Lienneman will be attending state convention June 7-9 in Ottumwa.

Seats for Supplies are on display at the restored Creston Depot until Saturday. The chairs are up for bid by silent auction.

New Business:

A ballot vote was conducted to determine the status of the organization. By majority vote, Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International will remain an individual chapter. Lienneman will write a letter to Donna Niday, Upsilon State immediate past president, to inform her of the chapter’s vote.

The program committee will meet after the state convention to plan for the 2013-2014 year. M/S/C by Jody Emerson and Kim Riley to adjourn the meeting.

Mary Circle

Mary Circle of First Christian Church met at the home of Florence Willets May 16. Ten members were present.

President Pat Fils opened the meeting with the Disciple Women’s prayer.

The secretary’s minutes were read and approved.

Margaret Wilkins gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved.

New business was discussed. Installation of officers will be 2 p.m. June 20 at the church. Mary Circle is in charge of the refreshments.

It was also decided to meet 11:30 a.m. June 6 at The Pizza Ranch, as this was left open previously.

There was no old business discussed.

Kay Wagner gave the lesson on Jezabele.

The hostess served a dessert for refreshments.

Fils closed the meeting with the Disciple Women’s benediction.

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met May 15.

Canasta winners were Janet Kessler, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Barb Veitz, third.

Veitz won the door prize.

Connie Bailey was hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.

VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met May 14 at Elk’s Lodge in Creston. Twenty-eight members and guests were present for dinner.

Commander Gary O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 19 members present.

The post draped the charter for comrade Buck Balstas. Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.

Service officers report: hospital 59 hours, Honor Guard 20 hours, community service 49 hours and bloodmobile 15 hours for a total of 143 hours.

The post surgeon has visited veterans at both nursing homes.

In old business, bicycle safety was held April 25 for first- through third-graders at Mayflower School. A Viet Nam Memorial program was held May 5 at Camp Dodge in Des Moines. Four members of the post attended.

In new business, general orders for May were read by O’Daniels. Post 1797 has been awarded all-state post for the fourth time in the past five years. Thanks to all the members for their support.

Memorial services will be conducted again this year by the Honor Guard; these include a service at McKinley Park for Daughters of the American Revolution at 8:30 a.m., Cavalry Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. and Graceland Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Sen. Joni Ernst will be the speaker. Ernst is also a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard.

A fundraiser is planned for the post at the VFW battlefield 1:30 p.m. June 23. All who are interested in helping veterans programs are invited. There will be a barbecue of hamburgers and brats.

O’Daniels gave a report on state and district VFW. At the last district meeting, a wooden duck cut was donated by Ron Sprague and brought $70 for the district hospital fund.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. The next meeting will be June 11 at Elk’s Lodge with 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Afton Federated Garden Club

Afton Federated Garden Club met May 10 at the new meeting place, Afton Community Center, with Loretta Kelly and Gwen Sandeman as hostesses. President Vicki Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the club collect and the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by 17 members.

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

Johnson presented a bill for the engraving of the Blue Star Marker. Ringgold County Master Gardeners, Iowa Fifth District American Legion and individual members of the AFGC donated the money for this expense.

Announcements were made about upcoming workshops. Afton Federated Garden Club card chairperson Donna Thomas gave her monthly report. Final plans for the upcoming Blue Star Marker dedication and reception were completed.

Plans and dates for summer events for AFGC were discussed. Members will be attending the district meeting June 3 in St. Charles, club tour June 14 and Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa annual meeting June 21.

Olive Kerns presented information on the AFGC library book project, and all members are going to participate.

The meeting adjourned with everyone repeating the conservation pledge.

Judy Weese gave the program on air quality, which informed the group of issues with air quality within the home and solutions to these problems.

Refreshments were served by the hostesses. A plant exchange followed the meeting.

The next meeting will be the club tour June 14.

The Blue Star Marker dedication was May 18 at Three Mile Lake. The unveiling of the marker to honor veterans and the ceremony were witnessed by members of Afton Federated Garden Club and their guests.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 21 members and two guests. Chris Frederickson, president-elect, presided. Lori Harvey did the prayer, and Jack Keuter was finemaster.

The program was LouAnn Snodgrass with Greater Regional Medical Center, who updated the club on the improvements and changes that have happened in the last year since the tornado. She also discussed the hospital’s fundraising golf tournament and how the proceeds were going to be used.

Union County Genealogical Society

Union County Genealogical Society met Monday at the Union County Recorder’s office with nine members present.

Katie Ebel, deputy county recorder, spoke to the group.

Ebel assisted members with specific research questions. Attendees browsed lesser-known records, such as early pioneer land owners, plats of villages and surveyors records.

No business meeting was held.

The June 24 meeting at Gibson Memorial Library will feature a guest speaker on English and Welsh research.


The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church held circle meetings May 16 with planning for the South Central District annual meeting Sept. 14, which they will host.

The morning circle chaired by Susan Weight had 14 members and two guests as participants in the program “Seeing Grace in Our Workers” presented by Vaughn Seckington. Lois Jay was hostess for the group.

The evening circle chaired by Rosalie Denton was hosted by Jan Dillinger. The program for this group was presented by Mary Morris. Twelve members attended.

Both circles heard about the proposed Backpack Buddies program of the Missions Committee. This is a weekend food program administered by the Food Bank of Iowa, and, if the Creston School District is accepted for participation, there is no cost to the district for the food. The Missions Committee has offered to the school to carry out all of the functions needed to make the program a success for the school. That would include such tasks as picking up the food at the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines, storing it at the church, packing the backpacks, taking them to the school for Friday distribution and retrieving them on Monday morning. This is a follow-up to the United Methodist Women’s study on “Poverty” for this year’s social action emphasis. The Missions Committee will inform the UMW and other committees when the school lets them know if the application has been accepted, soon after the deadline of Sept. 1.

Anyone interested in attending the School of Christian Mission July 14-17 in Marshalltown is invited to contact President Jerrie Henderson or Vice President Mary Morris for more information. This event is open to all, whether UMW members or not. The Mission Study topic for spiritual growth is “Living Sacramentally and Walking Justly,” the geographic study is “The Roma of Europe,” and the social issue study is “Poverty.” Scholarships are available. This is a way to meet other Christian women and learn about mission issues important to the United Methodist Women’s community.

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