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Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 10:14 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 10:14 a.m. CDT


Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14 in the Richardson Conference Room at Greater Regional Medical Center.

The program was The War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Marjorie Kinkade. She shared history of the United States flag prior to The War of 1812, and discussed events leading up to Francis Scott Key composing the song in 1814. HerbertHoover, in 1931, adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.

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

Elaine Brown shared the president general’s message. The president general suggested calling members who are not attending regularly to tell them how much they are appreciated. Visiting the DAR Constitution Hall displays in Washington, D.C., was encouraged. Plans are underway for celebration of DAR in 2015. Subscribe to the president general’s blog for updates.

Pam Marvin shared the national defense report.

Roll call was shared by members and a guest with their favorite patriotic song.

Jane Briley, secretary, shared the minutes. The minutes were approved.

Bonnie Riepe gave the finance report.

The Indian moment was shared by Judith Wachter. Western Shoshone women were respected, and the Shoshone men felt being disrespectful to women was unacceptable.

Lynn Schlaht shared the conservation moment. Do not throw items out of car windows. Wait to discard items properly.

The Constitution moment was shared by Judith Wachter. Thomas Jefferson didn’t sign the Constitution. The Constitution was penned by Jacob Shallus, clerk of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, for $30, which would be $726 today.

Protocol was shared by Pam Marvin. States are divided between four and eight district directors appointed by the state regent. District directors plan for state meetings, visit various chapters in her district and assist the state chaplain with the memorial service at the state meeting.

The women’s issue was excerpts from a report on statewomen’sissue.com. Concerns have three parts which include: health, career and family issues. There is a women’s issue essay contest. Only one essay is allowed per chapter.

The flag moment was shared. Don’t Tread on Me was the first flag of the Marines that started in 1775. It had a gold background with a rattlesnake.

Marjorie Kinkade shared the sunshine report. She sent cards to Elaine Brown, Bev Hargin, Deb Richardson, Swartz and Karla Perk. Clarisse Minnick sent a letter to the chapter. Jean Fisher shared a poem with the group.

A membership report was given by Marjorie Kinkade. Three members are pending, including Cynthia Miller, Jennifer Queener and Natalie Anderson. A motion was made by Judith Wachter that Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter accept Cynthia Miller and Rhonda Katzer, both of Creston, as members of the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter of DAR. Jan Morgan seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Connie Kinkade discussed the district meeting during the evening of Sept. 16 and all day Sept. 17. Bob Brown gave the group a tour at Mount Pisgah.

The 120th celebration of Abigail Adams Chapter will be Saturday at Chamberlain Mansion on Grand Ave in Des Moines. Connie Kinkade will be leaving after the meeting, and if you want to go with her, give her a call.

Constitution Week was Sept. 17-23. Marjorie Kinkade discussed some activities she did for Constitution Week. Jane Briley put a Constitution Week window at the Purple Cow in Afton. Suzanne Frost had an article published about the proclamation in Osceola in the paper. In the Chariton Public Library, there was a display in a display case. The mayor signed a proclamation. Darlene Morgan spoke to the young social studies teacher in Mount Ayr. Music was given to the music teacher. She delivered puzzles to the school for children to complete about the Constitution. Lynn Schlahtmade a display at Adel Public Library.

The next meeting will be Saturday at the Richardson Conference Room at Greater Regional Medical Center. The program will be rescued and renewed by Sheila O‘Riley and Rene Foster. The roll call will be to share garden art. The hostesses will be Judith Wachter, Deb Richardson and Bonnie Riepe.

Alpha Sigma

Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter No. 1632 met Sept. 26 at the home of Cheryl McClure for its 72nd meeting.

President Marilyn Larimore called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Roll call was answered by members telling what they had done with their plants to prepare for winter.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Official communications were received from international; members are to observe the theme “Light up Your Life” and some new degrees for new members.

Treasurer Pat Fils gave the treasurer’s report, and there were no bills presented.

The program committee reported Pat Fils will be hostess for the next meeting, which will be at Summit House.

Marilyn Larimore read from the gray book concerning programs.

Bev Miller’s birthday was Monday.

Dorothy Eyberg reported she has Laureate Tau minutes from 2005 through 2009. McClure moved Fils buy a plastic tote to store the minutes in, seconded by Marilyn Blazek.

McClure had a throw she displayed showing some of the different early Hy-Vee stores.

The meeting was adjourned.

McClure was in charge of the program on Belknap, Keosauqua and Bloomfield. Refreshments were served by the hostess.


The DWF salad luncheon was held 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the First Christian Church.

Rebecca Circle was in charge of the luncheon. Tables were decorated with fall color tableclothes and decorations on the tables. Real dishes were also used.

Midge Scurlock gave the invocation, and then the luncheon began.

The guest speaker was Dick Andersen, who gave a talk on the Historical Society.

Fourteen churches were represented with 71 women in attendance.

Two grab-bag gifts were received by Reffa Mayne and Dorothy Eyberg.

Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met noon Sept.17 at The Pizza Ranch. First Vice President Ron Dunphy called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was given by Delmer Brown.

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given and approved. The sale of tickets to the annual pork chop supper Sept. 19 was discussed and also the need for workers.

Candy Days was set for Sept. 21 and plans discussed.

Dean Brant reported on the global training that was held Sept. 26 in Creston.

The business meeting was adjourned.

On Oct. 1, Creston Lions met at 6:30 p.m. at The Pizza Ranch. President Jodi Johnson called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The invocation was given by Delmer Brown. Tom Braymen introduced his guests, Charles and Cari Austin, and their three children. Carol Harrison introduced her guest Sandy Harris. Guests of Beth Perry were Lavina Smith of Lenoir, N.C., Edith Cary of Telford, Tenn., and Miriam Frantz of Graham, Wash.

The printed minutes of the Sept. 17 noon meeting were approved.

Braymen reported 32 Head Start students were vision screened for KidSight.

The program was presented by Gary Borcherding, a member of the Creston Parks Board. He thanked Lions for its financial support of McKinley Park. He told of the park board’s plans and finances for city parks maintenance and improvements. Discussion followed.

The results of the pork chop supper and Candy Days were presented.

The members voted to offer financial support to the Zellmer family.

Al Pokorny won the drawing.

The meeting was adjourned.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 23 members present. President Chris Frederickson presided. Jane Lowe did the prayer, and Lori Harvey was finemaster.

The program was Amy Bonebrake, administrator at Prairie View Assisted Living. She discussed the new memory care unit being built with 12 new efficiency apartments, social areas and gardens with fountains.

The kids coat drive has started. Donations of new and gently-used coats may now be dropped off at Hometown Insurance, Petznick Printing or Casey’s South through Oct. 25. Items will be distributed 6 p.m. until gone Oct. 29 at United Methodist Church.

Also, the Kiwanis Club is selling fresh wreaths and door swags, decorated with pine cones and a red bow, again this year. Prices are $20 and $25, and will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving to last through the holiday season. See any member for ordering. Proceeds go to the many children’s programs and activities Kiwanis sponsors.

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Creston UMW

The circles of Creston United Methodist Women met Sept. 19 at the church. Morning Circle met at 9:30 a.m., Young Women’s Circle at 5:30 p.m. and Evening Circle at 7 p.m.

Susan Weight presided at the Morning Circle meeting with 11 members present. Marilyn Fils was hostess.

Devotions were given using Psalm 8, a reading “Lessons from Geese” and a prayer.

Secretary/treasurer Ellen Rinner took roll call and reviewed the treasurer’s report. The May minutes were read and approved.

It was noted that the circle members had met informally June 20 at Crest Ridge Estates.

Betty Lou Shea gave a report from “Response” magazine.

Weight announced a sewing day to make kits for the In-Gathering would be Oct. 2.

The school nurse fund was collected.

Election of circle officers for 2014 was held. Weight will continue as chairperson, Lois Jay as vice chairperson and Ellen Rinner as secretary/treasurer.

Recommendations were made for Special Mission Recognition honors.

Plans for food and workers for the Oct. 20 fundraising dinner were made.

The program titled “Ready to See” was presented by Shea with scripture and discussion included.

The September Bible verse was read in unison and concluded the meeting.

Young Women’s Circle began with supper provided by Kay Ritter, who served leftovers from the UMW district meeting. Four members were present.

UMW President Jerrie Henderson came to the meeting to share some announcements. She thanked the young women for helping lead music at UMW district meeting. Henderson also shared what offices are open in UMW.

Ritter led the program on conservation. There was discussion on community gardens, co-op meals and ways to help the economy.

Members were handed out prayer sheets for Women at the Well at the women’s prison in Mitchellville.

There was brief discussion on adopting a family for Christmas. The plan is to wrap gifts at the December meeting.

The meeting was closed by all reciting the UMW Purpose.

The next meeting will be Dec. 19 at the home of Kay Ritter.

Rosalie Denton presided at Evening Circle, and Judy Weese was hostess. Thirteen members were present.

The secretary/treasurer’s reports were presented and approved.

Circle officers for 2014 will be Chairperson Rosalie Denton, Vice Chairperson Jane Briley and Secretary/treasurer Claudine Sammons.

Funds were collected for the school nurse fund.

Members signed up for food donations and work for the Oct. 20 public dinner to be served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Judy Kading led the program titled “Ready to See,” from the UMW magazine “Living the Heart of God.”

The executive committee of Creston United Methodist Women met 9 a.m. Oct. 3 in fellowship hall. Jerrie Henderson, president, called the meeting to order.

“A Litany on the Lord’s Prayer” was read responsively by those present.

Several items of correspondence were presented.

The South Central District annual meeting of United Methodist Women, hosted by the Creston unit, was reviewed.

Vice President Mary Morris made her report, including expressing appreciation to Henderson for the organization of the district meeting.

Susan Weight will attend Mission U in Marshalltown Oct. 18-20.

Shea gave out a list of new books for the reading program. Five books will be ordered and Morris has donated two.

A report from the nominations committee was made.

There were no other committee reports.

Henderson made available a Ministry and Mission for 2014 printed item.

Pecans will be available for sale at the Oct. 20 dinner.

Evening Circle recommended the unit make a donation to a Nigerian missionary.

Dates for future events were announced.

The meeting adjourned with the unison reading of the October Bible verse.

After the executive meeting, planning meetings for the 2014 budget and the year’s programs were held.

Treasurer Shea presided over discussion about the budget.

Morris led the group through dates for circle and other meetings and events.

Topics for circle and unit meetings will be announced later.

New officers will be installed in January.

Circles will meet Oct. 17.

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TOPS 1338

TOPS 1338 of Creston met for its regular meeting Sept. 30 with 11 members present. The weekly net loss was 22.75 pounds.

The weekly best loser was Shellie Sullivan with Darlene Rohrig as runner-up.

The monthly net loss was 29.75 pounds with the monthly best loser being Carol Sheldahl, and Sullivan was in second place.

Anna Thompson opened the meeting by leading the TOPS pledge.

Minutes were read and approved, as was the treasurer’s report.

Squares and fines went to Thompson.

Those eligible signed the Loser Lotto chart.

The topic was presented by Thompson from a TOPS resource on “Enjoying Holiday Celebrations Without Regret.”

The Red Can Challenge was to have one starch carbohydrate per meal all week long.

The topic for next week will be given by Sullivan.

The meeting ended with the closing TOPS pledge.

Last Monday, TOPS 1338 met again at the United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. Eleven members weighed in with Shellie Sullivan as best weekly loser. Carol Sheldahl and Lola Baucom tied for second place.

Anna Thompson presided over the business meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Marisue Lewis and Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report.

The Loser Lotto chart was signed by those losing this past week. Squares were won by Neoma Davis, and fines went to Sullivan.

Members were reminded of the Fall Rally Nov. 2 at Red Oak. Three members plan to attend.

The Red Can Challenge was to use a small plate or bowl for all meals this week.

Sullivan presented the program on nuts, B complex and other items to help combat stress.

Sheldahl will be the presenter next week.

The meeting closed with the TOPS pledge.

All who are interested in weight loss and control are invited to attend 5 p.m. Mondays at the United Methodist Church.

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Bancroft History Assembly

IFWC Bancroft History Assembly met Oct. 7 for its monthly meeting at the D.V. Richardson Room at Greater Regional Medical Center. Four life members and seven regular members attended.

The meeting was called to order by President Peg Anderson. All participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. Abraham penned the inspirational thought: “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” The thought for the day from the club’s yearbook was “Wash your hands and say your prayers, because Jesus and germs are everywhere.”

Roll call was answered with, “What age were you when you started school? Kindergarten or first grade?”

The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and were approved by members.

Kay Raymond gave the treasurer’s report. Members were reminded to get dues paid. A collection was made for the IFWC/Iowa endowment fund.

Raymond reported there is a reading list available, both from her and at Gibson Memorial Library. Individual lists are due Dec. 2. She urged 100 percent participation of club members reporting.

Joan Chubick had sent three get-well cards last month. She was asked to correspond with a recuperating member and the family of Alice Taylor, a former member and past president.

As unfinished business, there was discussion about supporting the RICC even though it now has no office in Creston. Martha Musmaker will be attending a local coalition meeting this week and will report back to the president and club members. It was decided that if a possible method were available, Bancroft will take this as a charity project. Otherwise, the club will contribute toward the local MATURA food pantry. A generous amount of canned goods and nonperishable items were brought to the meeting that day for the food pantry.

Another discussion centered around Trees Forever. The free coloring books for preschool and primary children are available in April for the price of postage. It was moved and seconded that Musmaker be asked to pick up the books on one of her trips to the northeast part of Iowa.

Anderson then gave a report on the Southwest District Convention held Sept. 20 in Granger. JoAnne Nurnberg, Marisue Lewis and Anderson represented Bancroft at the convention. Business items were presented to the delegates. Keynote speaker was Mike Delaney, who spoke on the Raccoon River watershed. An election was held and club awards were presented. Bancroft received two awards. The yearbook evaluation was positive, ending with “good job.”

The club collect brought the business meeting to a close.

Musmaker then gave a report on Carrie Chapman Catt. She helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. She is honored in the Iowa Hall of Fame.

Dessert was served by Barbara Bjorn, the hostess for October.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Wednesday.

Canasta winners were Barb Veitz, first; Carol Harrison, second; and Mary Kline, third.

Wanda Nash won the door prize.

Beulah McDonald will be hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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