Elzevir Reading Circle
Elzevir Reading Circle met Nov. 8 at the home of Carol Brentnall. President Terry Ammon opened the meeting by reading a poem by an unknown author. Members answered roll call by telling of their Thanksgiving plans or what they are thankful for. Secretary and treasurers reports were read and approved.
Federated Club News included a note from Bonita Baughman, Southwest District reading chairperson, after evaluating the yearbook. Elzevir received certificates for 100 percent reading participation in Adventures in Reading reports, service in education community service program partnership projects in Southwest District, and recognition and reporting club activities to Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs.
A report written by Peg Anderson after attending the GFWC/Iowa Southwest District Convention Sept. 20 in Granger was read.
Mary Burg read a thank you from Beth Taylor for the memorial the club gave her after her mother’s death.
The president will take GFWC scholarship information to Creston High School. Angela Pullen had attended the SWCC scholarship banquet.
Members were reminded to bring their reading reports and any empty tape dispensers to the December meeting.
A gift was presented to Sherry Taylor as she is moving from Creston.
Mary Burg moved to adjourn the meeting. Beth Taylor seconded and motion carried.
The meeting closed with all reciting Mary Stewart’s Collect.
Linda Topliff reviewed the book “Living Oprah” by Robyn Okrant.
The hostess served refreshments.
The next meeting will be a 12:30 p.m. salad luncheon Dec. 13 at St. John’s Church.
Alpha Delta Kappa
Nineteen members of Iowa Alpha Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa participated in the annual soup supper and charity auction held Nov. 11 at Salem Lutheran Church. Hostesses were Carolyn Biere, Kiley Sherwood-Pollard, Pauline McCoy and Tina Morrison. Auctioneers and guests were Todd Crill and Darwin and June West.
The auction raised more than $1,000 to be donated to the Christmas Basket fund, C.A.R.E., Parents as Teachers and the Union County Ministerial Alliance crisis fund, as well as scholarships to area college students majoring in education.
Members also donated paper and personal products for the Matura food pantry.
The next meeting will be Jan. 13 at The Pizza Ranch. Kiley Sherwood-Pollard
will share experiences from her mission trip to El Salvador.
Beta Sigma Phi
Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter No. 1632 met 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Summit House for its 75th meeting. The members and their spouses ate a meal prepared by the social committee using a German theme.
A short meeting was held; President Marilyn Larimore called the meeting to order with members repeating the opening ritual.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The Beta Sigma Phi magazine, “The Torch,” may be purchased by members for $14.
A letter was received from Kathy Grove stating any chapter that nominates a state project for 2014-15, and the project is chosen, they would be responsible for the presentation and operation of that project.
A letter was received from international concerning a hospital travel plan exclusively for Beta Sigma Phi members.
A family has been chosen for the chapter to provide a Thanksgiving dinner. Bev moved and Marilyn B. seconded the menu change from ham to turkey.
Bev moved and Norma seconded for members to go to Diagonal at 11 a.m. for a Christmas social. The chapter’s Christmas Angel will be crowned there.
It was noted Pat and Bill Fils have an anniversary Nov. 15, and Marilyn and Ed Blazek will have an anniversary Dec. 9. Marilyn also will have a birthday Dec. 20.
Meeting was adjourned.
Chautauqua Study Club
Progressive Chautauqua Study Club met Sept. 10 at Adams Street Country Lodge, owned by Sandy Harris. Lunch was served to 15 regular members and three life members. Absent were two regular members and two life members.
President Morris led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Devotions by Morris consisted of readings and discussions of Proverbs 1-6 and their relation to present day lives.
Minutes of the May 14 meeting were read and accepted as read.
Treasurer’s report: Morris read a letter of resignation from Treasurer Anne Ferguson because of ill health. Morris asked past treasurer to act as interim until discussion could be held at this meeting. The Bylaws Article I, Section IV state a vote shall be taken to approve the new treasurer. Motion was made by Kathy Tapken, seconded by Kay Ritter, the line of progression be followed, and Connie Edsall was approved as the new treasurer.
Jerrie Henderson and Sharon Booth audited the book and found it in agreement with the bank balance.
A bill presented by Judy Weese said program books are $60.67. Motion to approve payment by Tapken, second by Betty Wallace. Motion approved.
Morris asked members to review the information and provide corrections to phone and/or addresses. Weese was also recognized for the work she does on the yearbooks. She read a favorable critique of the club’s yearbook by Bonita Baughman, 2013 district yearbook coordinator.
Morris and Edsall gave a report on the District meeting. Others attending from the Creston area were Mary Sue Lewis, Peg Anderson, Mary Morris and Joan Nurnberg. This year the state theme was “Living the Volunteer Spirit — Sustainability.”
The program at district was given by Mike Delaney, concerning Raccoon River Watershed Association.
Earlham and Osceola are no longer affiliated with GFWC/Iowa. Creston will be the host in 2017. Next year the hostesses will be Castana, Avoca and Carson.
Clubs were advised to advertise scholarships available in the newspaper, as well as contacting school counselors. Scholarships may be requested by home-schooled children, as well.
The creative writing program may include students, as well as adults. Past member of the circle Lucille Maharry had submitted many times.
Peg Anderson discussed the itinerary for the educational outing to Indianola.
Carolyn Biere requested members turn in their reading lists by the November meeting.
Members recited the Club Collect prior to adjournment at 3:30 p.m.
Sandy Harris provided a tour of the Adams Street Country Lodge.
Afton Federated Garden Club
Afton Federated Garden Club was hostess at a fall salad luncheon held Oct. 11 at Lorimor Community Center. Twenty-six people and four guests attended the event. Bevington Garden Club had five members in attendance. Sunshine Garden Club of Winterset was unable to attend because of conflicts with the Covered Bridge Festival, and Afton Federated Garden Club had 17 members in attendance.
A short business meeting was held before the guests arrived. President Vicki Johnson called the informal meeting to order. Roll call was answered by 17 members.
A sign-up sheet was passed for members to sign up for hostesses and programs for the next club year. It was also decided there would be a trip to the Botanical Center in Des Moines Oct. 18. Nine members went on this trip and then ate at Barrata’s at the Iowa State Historical Museum.
Members were reminded the November meeting will be the election of officers, and there will be discussion about where the December Christmas party will be held. The December meeting will be the Christmas party and installation of officers.
The tables were decorated with different types of fall centerpieces created by the members and many salads were also prepared and served by the members.
After the luncheon, three AFGC members, Bev Rowe, Shirley Wallace and Vicki Johnson gave a program on pumpkins, their history, how to decorate them, uses and food made from them.
The group participated in a drawing for the many door prizes and then spent the rest of the afternoon visiting.
The next meeting will be Nov. 8 at Afton Community Center with Iris Smith and Judy Weese as hostesses.
Crest Area Theatre
The monthly meeting of the Crest Area Theatre Board was held Nov. 4 in the Green Room of SWCC Performing Arts Center. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. with six members present.
Correspondence was received from Iowa Community Theatre Association (ICTA) about the 2014 annual convention. It will be held next June in Red Oak. Plans will be made to attend.
A committee was formed to select new officers for 2014. The slate will be presented at the annual members meeting in early January.
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. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month. Visit the website crestareatheatre.wordpress.com or CAT’s Facebook page for the location of meetings and to view pictures of past performances.
DWF Executive Committee
The DWF Executive Committee met 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the First Christian Church. Nine members were in attendance. The meeting opened with the DWF prayer. Secretary read the minutes. They were approved. Treasurer’s report was given and approved.
In old business, Midge and Rhonda have established the criteria for the scholarship to be given to a senior, from the church, at graduation. Joyce has made a list of things that need to be checked in the kitchen after it has been used.
DWF will be serving Open Table Nov. 26.
In new business, a motion by Florence to make a donation to the Rural Iowa Crisis Center in the amount of $250 was second and approved.
Reports from the committees. Florence made a motion to get a gift card for Pastor Diane’s birthday, second by Joyce. Approved.
There was a cleaning day in the kitchen Nov. 14.
The next meeting will be 10 a.m. Dec. 5.
Meeting adjourned with the DWF benediction.
St. John’s Evening Fellowship
St. John’s Evening Fellowship held its monthly meeting November 11.
Devotions, titled “Thanks, but no thanks,” were given by Delores Doench.
The least coin was given and collected by Joan Chubick.
Peggy Erskine gave the card report.
Chubick conducted the business meeting. It was noted the Christmas party will be 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Plans for working at the bloodmobile was discussed. The group voted to pay for supplies for the churches float that will be in the annual Christmas parade. Hanging of the greens will be 9 a.m. Nov. 30.
The trivia question and prize was won by Peggy Erskine. Refreshments were served by Mary Burg.
The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 22 members and one guest. Chris Frederickson president, presided. Victoria Brammer did the prayer, and Roger Lanning was finemaster.
The program was Anthony Donahoo, EAST facilitator at the High School, who discussed the programs history and projects.
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Wednesday.
Canasta winners were Barb Veitz, first; Mary Kline, second; and Beulah McDonald, third.
Janet Kessler won the door prize.
The next meeting will be Christmas dinner Dec. 4. The board will be hostess.