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Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:31 a.m. CDT

VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met July 9 at the Elk’s Lodge in Creston. Twenty-one members and guests were present for dinner.

Commander Gary O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 18 members present.

The post draped the charter for comrades Robert Roland and Ron Brownlee.

Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.

Service officers report was hospital 37 hours, Honor Guard 54 hours, community service 38 hours and bloodmobile 13, for a total of 142 hours.

The post surgeon has visited veterans at both nursing homes.

In old business, the VFW sign is finished and set at the ball field.

Dennis Abel gave an update on the Freedom Rock. To date, $3,200 has been raised.

In new business, general orders were read and a new website for the state has been set up. The national convention was July 20-24 in Louisville, Ky. The state Pow-Wow will be held in October in Tama.

On Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the Korean War truce will be celebrated by the nation. Coffee and donuts will be served to all Korean Veterans and their families. The public is invited to attend for free coffee and donuts, also.

A motion was made and approved to donate $100 to a veterans program to be held at the county fair.

O’Daniels gave a report on the district and state VFW. The Albia post has voluntarily surrender their charter; the members will transfer to other posts in the area.

The next district meeting will be Sept. 21 in Newton.

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

The next meeting will be Aug. 13 at the 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 July 12 at Afton Community Center with Marilyn Larimore as hostess. Before the meeting, members had lunch at El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant and then painted the display blocks for the horticultural displays at the Union County Fair. President Vicki Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the club collect and Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by 15 members.

Announcements were made about upcoming workshops. Afton Federated Garden Club card chairperson Donna Thomas gave her monthly report. Vicki Johnson passed around pictures from the Blue Star Marker dedication and reception.

The club tour was June 14 with 10 members attending. The tour include the Quilted Garden Nursery and Earl May Garden Center in Des Moines, with lunch at Fazoli’s. After lunch, time was spent at the Flying Frog Hosta Farm and then continued on to the garden barn near Indianola.

Johnson presented the certificates of awards for AFGC that were received at the state meeting. She also reminded anyone who was interested to save seeds for the Seeds for Tajikistan project.

Plans and the schedule for AFGC for the flower show at the Union County Fair were discussed, and final plans were made for this annual event.

The prestigious Circle of Roses Award from Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa was presented to Iris Smith and Donna Thomas.

Motion to adjourn was made by Judy Harman and seconded by Shirley Wallace with everyone repeating the conservation pledge.

Thomas gave the program titled “Can Gardening Help the Troubled Mind Heal?” which informed the group that gardening can often help with this problem.

Refreshments were served by the hostess.

The next meeting will be Aug. 9 at the Purple Cow in Afton with Carolyn Hubatka and Pauline McCoy as hostesses.

Beta Sigma Phi

Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi traveled to Mount Ayr for its 67th meeting. Eight members ate a meal at Rumors. A flag was the centerpiece on the table. Marilyn Larimore conducted the meeting with members telling of their plans for the summer. A thank you was received from Dorothy Eyberg for the visits, cards and food received during her recuperation.

Larimore reported she had taken stuffed animals to the emergency room at the hospital. Members sang “Happy Birthday” to Martha McAuley, whose birthday was July 12.

Bev Miller presented the program on Corning.

Members repeated the closing ritual followed by the Mizpah.

Thursday’s meeting was at the home of Loretta Kelly.

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met July 17.

Canasta winners were Mary Kline, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Janet Kessler, third.

Loretta Kelly won the door prize.

Carol Harrison was hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.

TOPS 1338

Iowa TOPS 1338 met July 15 after the 5 p.m. weigh-in. The meeting was called to order by leader Anna Thompson at 5:30 p.m. Eight members answered roll call. Best loser for the week was Lola Baucom with Monica B. as second best loser.

Old business discussed was the July 29 meeting with area captain Janice Walston presenting the program.

New business was the appointing of card person, which is Baucom.

Treasurer Alice Brown reported there was no change in the finances of the club.

Squares was won by Thompson. The challenge for the week was to correspond with a past or present member.

Brown gave the program from the TOPS pamphlet “My Day One” titled “Setting Goals.” The message was to set goals the “SMART” way – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. She also passed out a goal worksheet.

The meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m. by Thompson.

TOPS also met Monday after the 5 p.m. weigh-in. Thompson called the meeting to order. Six members answered roll call. A net loss of 7.75 pounds was noted. Best loser for the week was Diana Loomis.

The minutes were read for the previous week and approved. The treasurer’s report was given.

There was no correspondence or old business.

New business was a new contest to start with next week’s weigh-in.

Squares was won by Thompson. The Red Can Challenge was to keep a food diary for four days this week.

Neoma Davis gave the program on healthy tips, regarding dehydration prevention during hot weather, to use a pedometer with a walking program and how to kick the sugar habit.

The meeting was adjourned by Thompson.

TOPS 1338 meets Mondays. Weigh-in is 5 to 5:30 p.m. with a short meeting after. Anyone may visit a session, if interested in controlling their weight. The meeting place is Creston Methodist Church.

Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club Board of Directors met the morning of July 9 at Adams Street Espresso. Past President Tom Braymen presided. The secretary’s report was approved. Also approved were the financial report and the results of the Fourth of July bingo stand fundraiser. The budget for 2013-14 was approved. Thank you letters were read from the Newtown, Conn., Lions Foundation and Reba Reed, Lions Foundation Trustee.

Creston Lions Club met July 16 at noon at The Pizza Ranch. Newly-elected president Jodi Johnson presided at the meeting. Delmer Brown gave the invocation. Roger Turk presented the secretary’s report, which was approved. The treasurer’s report, presented by Twila Brant, was reviewed and approved.

The bingo stand held at McKinley Park July 4 was discussed and declared successful. Several suggestions were made regarding possible fundraising projects for the future. More than 200 pairs of used eyeglasses have been collected so far in 2013. They will be evaluated and sent to other countries. The club appreciates the support from the community with all projects.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at The Pizza Ranch. Prospective members are welcome. Membership information for Creston Lions Club is available from Stew Stewart, 782-5674.

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