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Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 8:14 a.m. CST

Creston UMW  

The Morning Circle of Creston United Methodist Women met Nov. 21 with 14 members in attendance. JoAnn Conner was hostess. Chairperson Susan Weight presided over the meeting. The prayer for today and membership pledge were read.

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given and approved.

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

Business items included members volunteering to help with two Sunday evening meals for SWCC students and with a district meeting scheduled for Jan. 18 at the church.

The yearbook for 2014 will be available soon.

The program was titled “Thanking God for What We See” from this year’s theme book “Living the Heart of God.” Beth Perry was the leader with members helping with reading parts, responsive and unison readings.

The World Thank offering was explained and four examples given about where the funds have been sent in the past. That offering and Penny-a-Day-for-Missions funds will be sent to the district treasurer in December.

The next executive meeting will be 1 p.m. Dec. 5 and a unit meeting will be at 2 p.m. The Rev. Jim Morris will present the program. Members of the Evening Circle will be hostesses.

The Evening Circle meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 was cancelled because of inclement weather. The next meeting of the circles will be Dec. 19.

P.E.O. Chapter AZ

P.E.O. Chapter AZ met Nov. 5 at the home of Sharon Bennett. Twenty-one members were present.

Hanna Johnson and Nancy Louden were initiated into the chapter.

The monthly birthday luncheon was Nov. 21 at Kellys Flowers.

The next meeting will be Dec. 3 at Van Gelder Clothing.

Sharon Bennett and Lela Burkhalter served refreshments.

Mary Circle

Mary Circle of First Christian Church met Nov. 21 at the church with Averil Lyman as hostess. There were eight members present.

President Fils called the meeting to order with the Disciple Women’s prayer.

The secretary’s report was read. The treasurer’s report was also read. Both were approved.

Old business was discussed. Rada Knife sales are complete.

There was no new business.

Florence gave the lesson on “When the going gets tough.”

The next meeting will be Dec. 19 at Margaret Wilkins’ home.

Fils closed the meeting with the DWF benediction.

Refreshments were served by the hostess.

Ladies Literary Circle

Creston Ladies Literary Circle met Nov. 22 at the home of Vera Fengler, with 12 members present. Connie Purdum, substituting for President Marcia Fulton, called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered with favorite quotes, and the minutes were read and approved.

Fengler gave the treasurer’s report which was also approved.

Under old business, donations to the Christmas Basket were given from anyone not present at the last meeting. There was no new business.

Connie Rhine of the program committee introduced reviewer Dora Coen. She gave a review of “Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society” by Amy Hill Hearth.

After the review, members had desserts with coffee and tea and conversations about the current books they were reading.

The next meeting will be Dec. 6 at the home of Sherry McKie. The program will be musical selections presented by Sherry McKie and Marilyn Engelson.

Super Eight Card Club

Super Eight Card Club met Nov. 21 at Regency Park with eight members present to play.

Those gathered played 10-point pitch. Irene Ripperger was hostess.

Margarite Minnick won high, Lee Fresh was runner-up, and Jean Green, low.

The next meeting will be Dec. 19.

Union County Genealogical Society

Union County Genealogical Society met Nov. 25 at Gibson Memorial Library. Members brought food treats to share. Jane Briley presided at the brief business meeting.

She reported she and Roger Nurnberg have developed a Facebook page for the society.

Interest in filing for a non-profit status was discussed.

The slate of officers for 2014 was approved as follows: President Briley, Vice President Roger Nurnberg, Secretary Dorothy Eyberg and Treasurer Elaine Brown.

The program was presented by several members sharing genealogical discoveries of the past year. Elaine Brown reported a connection to the family of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Steve Hunt told of research problems when there are several spellings of a surname. Dorothy Eyberg reported finding an ancestor on a ship passenger list, and then located a picture of a model of that ship. Briley located ancestors graves in a cemetery not previously visited.

No December meeting is scheduled; officers will meet for program planning.

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