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Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:34 a.m. CDT

VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met Oct. 8 at Elk’s Lodge in Creston. Sixteen members and guests were present for dinner.

Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 12 members present.

The Post draped the charter for departed veteran Melvin Davis.

Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.

Service officers report was parades five hours, honor guard 25 hours and community service 56 hours for a total of 86 hours.

The post surgeon has visited veterans at both nursing homes.

Dennis Abel gave an update on the Freedom Rock.

Poppy Days will be Nov. 9 at Hy-Vee, Walmart, Fareway and True Value.

In new business, 2014 calenders are here, and veterans will be out selling, so say yes to a veteran.

A motion was made and approved to attend the next Park and Recreation Board meeting Oct. 22.

A veterans breakfast will be held 7 to 8:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at the restored depot by Creston Chamber of Commerce. All veterans and families should attend.

Gary O’Daniels reported that Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen contest essays have been passed out at the high school and middle school.

A report on the VA clinic in Creston may not be in the near future. A new administrator has taken over, and this means a longer look.

O’Daniels gave a report on state and district VFW.

The next district meeting will be Jan. 11 at Montezuma. Veterans on the Hill will be Jan. 22 in Des Moines.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Elk’s Lodge with dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Porcelain Painters

The October meeting of Creston Area Porcelain Painters was held at Prairie View Assisted Living. The meeting was in the cafe room.

Plans were made to attend the Iowa World Organization of Porcelain Painters Oct. 26 in Story City. The featured artist will be Marty Hill, who is nationally known for her portrait work.

The club is also planning a holiday brunch to be held in December. It will be accompanied with a grab bag painted ornament gift exchange.

The meeting was adjourned, and cups were painted for the loving cup project for the Greater Regional Medical Cancer Treatment Center. When a patient finishes their treatment, they are invited to choose a hand-painted cup or mug from the display case at the center. The club likes to have between 35 and 40 cups available for choosing. Porcelain Painters have been doing this for several years.

The next meeting will be 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at at Prairie View Assisted Living. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about painting on porcelain.

Kent Dinner Club

Kent Dinner Club met Oct. 10 with six attending.

The next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Creston Family Restaurant.

Alpha Sigma

Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter No. 1632 met Oct. 10 at Summit House for its 73rd meeting with Pat Fils as hostess. President Marilyn Larimore called the meeting to order at 7:30.

Roll call was answered by members telling how many trick-or-treaters they thought they would have.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Official – No letters will be sent about convention. E-mail addresses are needed to send the information.

Treasurer Pat Fils gave her report. No bills were presented.

Program – Martha and Bev will trade meetings, and they will be held at Summit House with the November meeting to include spouses.

Service – Marilyn took some stuffed animals to the hospital.

Dorothy read from the gray book on meetings.

Freda Shields is at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

Discussion was held on something to do for Christmas giving. It was decided to do something for a family for Thanksgiving instead of Christmas. Bev Miller will do some checking on this.

Meeting was adjourned.

Martha continued her program on Creston.

Pat gave her program on Spaulding. She noted it is now a “bedroom community.”

Bev will be hostess Thursday.

Refreshments were served by the hostess.

Delta Kappa Gamma International

Fourteen members attended Monday’s meeting of PI Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma International at Upper Crust Bakery.

Vice President Sandy Harris called the meeting to order.

The September minutes were briefed and approved.

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

A thank you note was read from Leone Purdum for the rose sent to her while hospitalized.

Old business: Diane Davis reported the total number of pillow case “Dresses for Africa” was 60. When the group met in April with Beta Kappa Chapter, 28 were made.

The 2014 state convention will be held June 13-15 in Davenport.

Des Moines will be host to the 2015 convention to be held at the Marriott Hotel.

The new state president is Mary Zirkleback of Des Moines. The theme this year is Passion to Teach – Honoring Women Educators.

New Business: There was no new business.

The next meeting will be Nov. 11 at The Pizza Ranch with Reagan Juel, Custom Jewelry and Design, presenting the program.

Harris adjourned the meeting.

Kiwanis

The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 24 members and one guest. Chris Frederickson, president, presided. Drew Henderson did the prayer, and Dave Abiltrip was finemaster.

The program was Steve Bolie, administrator with Southern Iowa Trolley, who discussed how they serve the populations of seven counties and are a viable transportation source in those counties. He also discussed some of the changes that have happened this year.

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. Coats will be distributed 6 p.m. until gone Oct. 29 at the United Methodist Church.

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

Elzevir Reading Circle

Elzevir Reading Circle held its first meeting of the year at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the home of Alice Bowers. President Terry Ammon called the meeting to order with a quote from Helen Hunt Jackson titled “September.”

Roll call was answered by all present telling of a past September memory.

Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

There was no treasurer’s report.

A letter from Joan Shaffer, Southwest Iowa GFWC district director, was read.

Motion was made by Alice Bowers to pay the bill for the yearbooks. Sherry Taylor seconded and motion passed.

The meeting ended with all repeating Mary Stewart’s Club Collect. The constitution and by-laws were read.

The hostess served refreshments.

On Oct. 11, members met at Kansas Street Deli and Purple Cow Antiques to have lunch and shop.

The next meeting will be Nov. 8 at the home of Carol Brentnall.

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