Club news

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 10:49 a.m. CDT

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Aug. 14.

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

Loretta Kelly won the door prize.

Janet Kessler was hostess for cards and chatter Aug. 21.

Canasta winners were Wanda Nash, first; Beulah McDonald, second; and Carol Harrison, third.

McDonald won the door prize.

Mary Kline will be hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.

Southwest Iowa Shutterbug Camera Club

The SWIS Club of Creston has been busy with meetings and activities throughout this summer.

The club holds its business meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the United Methodist Church. Along with the meeting photo activities are planned, as well.

The second meeting of the month is held the third Thursday of the month – a hands-on night where an activity is planned for a photo shoot for all members to participate.

Several field trips have been taken as well this summer. A trip to Lauritzen Garden’s in Omaha, Neb., as well as Loess Hills Lavender Farm in Missouri Valley. Other trips included visits to local gardens in the Creston area, the Henry A. Wallace facility, day trips, just driving around to catch some shots, and trips to downtown Des Moines and Gray’s Lake.

The club continues to have monthly assignments. The assignments for August are night and transportation photos.

Club members have been busy with contests, as well. Eight club members placed at the Iowa State Fair. Those members include: Linda Freeman, Deb Bates, Deb Jensen, Sandy McCurdy, Sheila Sutton, Ann Hegstrom, Michelle Jones, Kathy Rohrig, Jackie Hartman and Shelly Cook. Congratulations to all. Photographers also submitted entries to the area county fairs and won ribbons.

Newly elected officers for October 2013 through September 2014 are: President Deb Loudon; Vice President Sue Miller; Secretary Deb Bates; Treasurer Annette Pingree; N4C Photo Representative Kathy Rohrig; N4C Digital Representative Ann Hegstrom; Director of Membership Sheila Sutton and Historians Walter and Vera Fengler.

SWIS is organizing and planning the North Central Camera Club (N4C) convention. Creston was selected out of a pool of several other cities in Iowa to hold this convention. The theme is “Hidden Treasurers In Our Small Town.” There are 11 states with approximately 40 camera clubs representing the North Central Camera Club convention that will be coming to Creston Oct. 3-5.

To visit the club or join ($20/year membership), contact any of members of the club, Deb Loudon at 641-202-7018 or or treasurer Annette at

Crest Area Theatre

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of Crest Area Theatre was held Aug. 7 in the Green Room at SWCC PAC. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. with six members present.

CAT’s recent musical performance of “Oliver!” was discussed. There was large attendance. The support from Creston and the surrounding areas was appreciated.

A committee was formed to plan the next production, which may be a murder mystery in the fall. Announcements will be made soon.

Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the green room at SWCC PAC. Anyone interested in the performing arts is invited to attend.

Crest Area Theatre seeks to provide an opportunity for creative activity and entertainment in the theatre and serve the community by combining the talents of local artists for dramatic, cultural and artistic developments. Membership is open to all.

Afton Federated Garden Club

Afton Federated Garden Club met Aug. 9 at the Purple Cow with Carolyn Hubatka as hostess. President Vicki Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the club collect and the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by 10 members.

Announcements were made about upcoming workshops. Afton Federated Garden Club card chairperson Donna Thomas gave her monthly report. She sent three thank yous to people who had helped with AFGC projects. Johnson mentioned several articles in “Keeping In Touch” magazine. She also gave a report on the Union County Fair flower show and reminded anyone who was interested to save seeds for the Seeds for Tajikistan project.

The Circle of Roses Award from Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa was presented to Nelda Herzberg.

Plans for the picnic in September were discussed. Monica Huddleson made a motion and Audrey McDowell seconded it to buy chicken from Hy-Vee for the picnic.

Motion to adjourn was made by Donna Thomas and seconded by Herzberg with everyone repeating the conservation pledge.

Thomas gave the program, reading from the diary of an Amish mother of 11 children and what their life was like.

Refreshments were served by the hostess, Carolyn Hubatka.

The next meeting will be Sept. 13 at Afton Community Center with Monica Huddleson as hostess. The members of Afton Federated Garden Club will meet first at 11 a.m. in Afton Park for a picnic before going to the meeting.

TOPS 1338

Iowa TOPS 1338 met Aug. 12 with 8 members weighing in at 5 p.m. The weekly best loser was Neoma Davis, and Darlene Rohrig and Marisue Lewis tied for second place.

The TOPS pledge was led by Anna Thompson to begin the business meeting.

Everyone losing during the week signed the “Loser Lotto Chart.”  Squares were won by Carol Sheldahl, and fines went to the treasury. The Red Can Challenge was to keep a food diary for four days.

Minutes were read by the secretary and approved.

The program was given by Lewis from “Woman’s Day.”  She discussed foods that were specific for fighting fatigue, relieving headaches, preventing type 2 diabetes, losing weight faster and helping relieve intestinal problems.

The topic for Aug. 19 will be given by Diana Loomis.

The closing TOPS pledge adjourned the meeting.

The third meeting for August of TOPS 1338 was held Monday at the United Methodist Church.  Nine members were in attendance with a seven pound loss. The best loser was Carol Sheldahl, and Lola Baucom was second place.

The meeting was opened with the TOPS pledge.  Anna Thompson presided.  Minutes of the last meeting were read by the secretary and approved.

The treasurer’s report was given by Alice Brown.

The group is still waiting correspondence from Corning regarding the hosting of the fall area meeting.

The “Loser Lotto” contest continues. Squares were won by Marisue Lewis, and fines went to the treasury. The Red Can Challenge is to use a small plate or bowl for each meal this week.

Diana Loomis talked about “Fresh Food Fast.”  She presented helps for preparing healthy foods quickly.

The program for next week will be presented by Sandy Oswald.

The leader lead in the closing pledge.

Anyone interested in weight loss and encouragement is invited to attend. This TOPS group meets every Monday at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church.


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

Kiwanis hosted Open Table that evening, with several members bringing desserts and helping serve at the church.

The program was Chris Mansour with the READS program at Creston Elementary and St. Malachy. First grade reading buddies are needed again this year with several Kiwanis members volunteering throughout the programs history and currently. The Kiwanis Club donated $450 for books and stickers for the children at Christmas time.

Club members now have pork chop tickets available for purchase from any member. The pork chop dinner fundraiser is at McKinley Park 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19. All proceeds from this fundraiser is used in the community helping all children.

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