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Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 10:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 10:43 a.m. CDT

United Methodist Women

Creston United Methodist Women met Sept. 5 in fellowship hall for a brunch and unit meeting. Jerrie Henderson, president, opened the meeting. Jhona Lyn Gallo gave the meal blessing. Kay Ritter provided the rolls, fruit and beverage assisted by the officers as hostesses. Thirteen members of the morning circle and 10 members of the evening circle were present. Devotions were presented. Joys and concerns were discussed.

The business meeting was after the brunch with Henderson presiding.

The May 2 unit meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.

The treasurer’s report was presented and approved.

Vice President Mary Morris reported the district officers will be in charge of the program at the annual district United Methodist Women’s meeting to be held Saturday in Creston. One volunteer is needed to help with a skit.

New program books for 2014 are not available yet.

The School of Missions (Mission U) was held in July at Marshalltown. Morris was one of the instructors, and Henderson attended from the local unit. The mission education event will be Oct. 18-20 at Marshalltown.

Henderson presented a Special Mission Recognition pin and certificate to Judy Kading who has served in several offices with the Creston United Methodist Women and the local church, as well as with the district and conference. Kading explained about the social action coordinator position in the UMW. She then presented the program about Costa Rica for the members present. Kading illustrated her comments with powerpoint pictures. Questions and discussion were included in the program.

The business meeting resumed after the program. Plans for the district meeting were reviewed. Henderson and many members of the local UMW and church are involved in the planning and hosting of the meeting. The South Central District of the Iowa United Methodist Church includes 13 counties and part of Warren County.

Other items of business were plans for the annual fall dinner to be served at the church 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Pecans will be for sale, also.

The meeting closed with the unison reading of the September Bible verse and a benediction.

Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met noon Aug. 20 at The Pizza Ranch. Ten members and two guests were present. First Vice President Ron Dunphy conducted the meeting. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Delmer Brown gave the invocation.

The business meeting was held after the meal.

The minutes of the Aug. 13 board meeting were presented and approved.

A possible fundraiser was discussed.

Dean Brant reported the district convention will be Nov. 8 in Greenfield.

No one won the drawing, and the money was held over.

The meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

The September evening meeting of Creston Lions Club was held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at The Pizza Ranch. President Jodi Johnson opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Delmer Brown gave the invocation. Eighteen members and eight guests were present.

After the meal, Roger Turk introduced Cody and Karen Shay of Shannon City. They were with a large tour group that made a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, Aug. 1-9. The Shays told about getting their required paper work for travel to Russia and experiences of traveling to and in that country and back home. They entertained several questions.

After the program, Jodi Johnson conducted the business meeting. The minutes of the Aug. 20 meeting were presented and approved.

Dean Brant read a letter from the Iowa School for the Deaf telling about their open house scheduled for Sept. 21. He also reminded members about the district convention to be held Nov. 8 in Greenfield.

Tom Braymen reported on plans for the pork chop dinner to be held Thursday in McKinley Park. Members may work 3 to 5 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. shifts on that date. Tickets are available from Lions members at $8 each. Lion members will be selling candy in town the morning of Sept. 21 during Balloon Days. Braymen also said KidSight vision screening will be held Oct. 1 at Head Start.

The drawing was won by Rudy Ehm. The meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be noon Tuesday at The Pizza Ranch.

Porcelain Painters

Members of Creston Area Porcelain Painters met in the cafe room of Prairie View Assisted Living. A new member, Maxine Wallace, was welcomed to the group. She has painted on porcelain for many years.

The Loving Cup Project continues to be successful; thank you notes were read from cup recipients who chose their cups after finishing their cancer treatments at Greater Regional Medical Center. The painting group tries to keep a selection of approximately 30 hand-painted cups for patients to choose from.

There was discussion concerning the county fair and state fair entries. The club was well represented with awarded ribbons in both fairs. The honor of “Best of Show” was given to Judy Gile at the Iowa State Fair for her painting of a baby gorilla on a porcelain floor tile.

Members shared information and projects completed at recent seminars. Seminars are being brought to Omaha, Neb., with well-known teachers at reasonable rates. Members were encouraged to try to attend these classes and share what they learn in new techniques with the group. Judith Wachter showed the group the results of a high fire class she attended with Gile and Glida Jones in Omaha recently.

Deloris Plymesser showed a project she did recently with her great-grandchildren, a tiger painting. This technique would be a good art lesson for a children’s class. Sheryl Bolton may use it with the children she teaches.

The Gallery at the Creston Depot features a different artist each month with a display of their work. Members were reminded to help support these artists by going to see the art work and volunteering to sit in the gallery. Carolyn Stamper, club member, will be featured in the month of November.

The Oct. 4 meeting will be at Prairie View Assisted Living Center at 10 a.m. Jones will be demonstrating lustering Christmas ornaments. Members will be following along or painting ornaments. It was suggested that members bring a sack lunch.

Meetings are open to anyone interested in porcelain painting.

St. John’s Women’s Fellowship

St. John’s Evening Women’s Fellowship reconvened 7 p.m. Monday in the parish hall with nine members present.

Readings were given by Ramona Weeks and Joyce Clark titled “Senior Moments” and “White Pebble. Black Pebble.”

The least coin was collected.

A date of Nov. 4th was decided upon to hold the next soup supper. Plans will be finalized at next month’s meeting.

Members were reminded to start filling their secret Santa stockings for the December meeting.

The group decided to collect food for the food bank that is located at the Congregational Church of Christ.

Mary Bury won the trivia prize.

Refreshments were served by Joan Chubick and Denise Moore.

GRMC Auxiliary

Greater Regional Medical Center Auxiliary met Monday at the MAP conference room. The meeting was conducted by Jone Snyder. Eight members and Annette Rice were present.

LouAnn Snodgrass gave an administrator’s report.

Rice gave a new volunteer report. There were three new volunteers as information guides.

The annual IHA meeting will be Oct. 9-10 with Volunteer Day Oct. 10. Several members will attend and Martha Musmaker will be Creston’s Auxiliary “shining star.”

Rhonda Vogel gave a gift shop report. A new display case has been purchased. The gift shop will be closed Nov. 18 and Christmas open house will be Nov. 19.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, call volunteer services at 782-3555.

A jewelry sale was held Tuesday in the Medical Arts Plaza board and conference room. All items were $5.

A book sale will be held Oct. 24.

The annual mandatory inservices will be Monday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 2. The times are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 will only have the morning session.

The next meeting will be Oct. 14 at the MAP conference room at Greater Regional Medical Center.

Kiwanis

The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 24 members and three guests. Brad Lorenzen president, presided. Karen Norton did the prayer and was finemaster.

The program was Barb Wilmeth and Dee Weeda with the 4-H foundation who discussed the Union County club and programs, and the scholarship program they have. Creston Kiwanis donated $100 to their cause to help Union County youths.

Karon Finn presented the club with $500 for the Mickey Finn Scholarship fund for deserving SWCC students.

Members now have $8 pork chop tickets available for purchase from any member. The Pork Chop Dinner fundraiser is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McKinley Park with drive up service available. All proceeds from this fundraiser is used in the community helping all children.

TOPS 1338

Iowa TOPS 1338 met 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at the United Methodist Church. Eight members weighed in and repeated the TOPS opening pledge.

Weekly best loser was Anna Thompson, and Carol Sheldahl was runner-up. The monthly best loser was Sheldahl with Monica Belew in second place.

The business meeting was conducted by Thompson. Minutes of the last meeting were read by the secretary, and the treasurer’s report was given.

Fines were won by Sheldahl, and Squares by Lewis. The Lotto Loser chart was signed by all who had lost during the week. The Red Can Challenge was to exercise 15 minutes three times during the week.

Diana Loomis condensed an article about how Bill Clinton has chosen to eat in a more healthful way.

The closing TOPS pledge was given, and the meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

On Monday, TOPS 1338 met for its weekly weigh-in meeting. Eight regular members were in attendance, as well as one returning member, and one new member.

The best loser for the week was Lola Baucom, and Carol Sheldahl was in second place. A net loss of 15 pounds was recorded.

Diana Loomis presided over the business meeting. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Alice Brown reported on the state of the treasury.

Fines went to Sheldahl.

The topic for next week will be given by Darlene Rohrig.

The program was given by Marisue Lewis on trends in form of vitamins.

The closing TOPS pledge was given, and the challenge for the week is to have a unanimous “no gain week.”

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