Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Summit House.
Connie Kinkade presented the program, “What Did You Do in the War, Mommy?” Connie spoke of women veterans and discussed what it was like for women during time of war and their work for the war effort.
The meeting was called to order by Connie Kinkade, chapter regent. Members shared in reading the ritual.
Jennifer Queener shared the president general’s message. The executive committees have visited DAR schools during the year and looked over requests from the schools before providing funding. The president general shared activities during the holiday months. $800,000 has been raised for grants involving historical preservation and veterans projects.
Elaine Brown shared the words of a member of a Missouri DAR Chapter about her son requesting information about his father’s side of the family.
The roll call was shared by 17 members who told of a veteran in their family.
Jane Briley, secretary, shared the minutes. The minutes were approved.
Natalie Anderson’s application for membership has been accepted by NSDAR.
Bonnie Riepe gave the finance report.
Theresa Bahniuk explained information from the NSDAR bylaws concerning meetings.
The Indian Moment was shared by Judith Wachter with excerpts of a book by Wilma Mankiller.
Deb Richardson shared the commemorative moment by reading a poem honoring veterans.
Hazel Braby shared the conservation moment about preserving water with energy-efficient shower heads.
Social Security checks will be required to have direct deposit as a law. HR464 will be voted on soon. It will have a 1 percent charge attached just for this privilege. Write your representatives.
Jan Morgan shared the women’s issue regarding transfats and washing your hands.
The flag moment was shared by Darlene Morgan from the magazine, “This Week,” in the article, Civil War 360.
Marjorie Kinkade gave the sunshine report. Birthday cards were sent to Jan Morgan, Edna Posten, Jeanne Callison, Michelle Richardson and Raidine Sticken. The Betty Swarthout family was sent a sympathy card after Betty’s death.
Natalie Anderson and Cindy Miller will be installed as new members. Jennifer Queener may be installed in December or March.
Bonnie Riepe reported on the money DAR sent to schools last year. Darlene Morgan moved to give the school bus money to the South Dakota Indian camp. The motion was seconded by Jan Morgan. The school bus money will be sent in after December. Continue bringing items for the schools to be mailed in after the December meeting. The chapter is asking members to bring historic books, athletic equipment, personal toiletries and school and art supplies.
Jan Morgan reported Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter had seven applications submitted for the Good Citizens Award.
Pam Marvin has accepted a nomination for state registrar. Marjorie Kinkade moved Nancy McKay Chapter endorse Pam for this office. Bahniuk seconded the motion. Connie will write the letter of endorsement.
The next meeting will be 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at The Pizza Ranch. The roll call will be your favorite Christmas foods of the past.
VFW Post 1797
VFW Post 1797 met Nov. 12 at Elk’s Lodge. Twenty members and guests were present for dinner.
Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 15 members present.
The Post draped the charter for departed veterans Jerry Blakesley, David Benson, Robert Hopkins and Roland Reinke.
Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.
Community activities report indicated the following: Christmas Basket comm., one hour; Scouting for Food pick-up, 6 hours; community service, 16 hours; honor guard, 91 hours, for a total of 114 hours.
Old business discussed was a report on the October 2013 Park and Rec Board meeting regarding the removal of the Jerry Monday headstone from the veteran’s area in McKinley Park. Those in attendance were assured by the board the headstone would be removed as soon as possible.
Post members were encouraged to continue to sell the VFW raffle calendars. Three dollars per calendar is returned to the Post
New business: O’Daniels reported three entries were received in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest, and no entries were received for the Voice of Democracy contest. The Patriot’s Pen winners will be notified and invited to attend a Post meeting.
O’Daniels reported on his visit to the VA hospital in Des Moines with Brian Schoen of Greater Regional Medical Center regarding the establishing of a VA outreach clinic in Creston. The earliest a clinic could be started would be in October 2015.
Poppy distribution brought in $1,231.96. Funds will be used according to VFW guidelines.
O’Daniels also indicated the next District 4 meeting will be Jan. 11 in Montezuma, hosted by Post 8876. The state mid-winter conference will be Jan. 24-26 in West DesMoines. Veterans on the Hill will be Jan. 22.
The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.
The next meeting of VFW Post 1797 will be Dec. 10. at Elk’s Lodge with supper at 6 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. All veterans are encouraged to attend.
Crest Area for LIFE
Crest Area for LIFE met 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Holy Spirit hall. President Betty Baker opened up the meeting with the right to life prayer. Seven members were in attendance.
Terry Madison gave the secretary’s report from October. It was corrected and approved.
Pat Pokorny gave the treasurer’s report. It was approved.
Velma Riegel sent out 12 baby congratulatory cards.
Under old business, all of the billboards are up now. Thank you to all who helped.
Terry Madison read a thank you from Sheila Brown. Members donated a rose in her mother’s name.
Under new business, Terry Madison made a motion, seconded by Meg Crawford, to get a gift card for a young pregnant girl.
Riegel made a motion, seconded by Rich Madison, to donate money to the Christmas basket fund. It was approved.
The annual meeting will be 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Calvary Cemetery. Betty Baker will send out letters to the pastors.
The next meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Holy Spirit hall.
Rich Madison made a motion, seconded by Pat Pokorny, to adjourn.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court No. 428 met in the parish hall after Mass celebrated by The Rev. Ken Halbur.
After a blessing by Halbur, lunch was served by the committee consisting of Kay Kinsella, Arlene Carlson, Dora Coen, Catherine Lamb, Carol McKee and Ann Marie Kinsella. Thank you.
A presentation of the People to People trip was given by Blake Sevier.
The “Opening Ode” was then recited by the Catholic Daughters followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes were read and Sharon Skarda made a motion to approve the minutes, and it was seconded by McKee.
The treasurer’s report was given, and Carlson made a motion to accept the report, and Dora Coen seconded it.
No new bills were presented.
Sympathy was extended to Theresa Weis for the loss of her nephew.
CD of A contest rules for art, poetry and computer programming were presented to St. Malachy School for students to enter. There are five categories with different age groups. These are to be in by Feb. 13 to the state CD of A.
The date for a bake sale at Bunn will be Jan 24. Members are asking for a donation of at least three dozen items of baked goods.
A Christmas gift was discussed for Halbur. It was decided on a monetary gift. Dora Coen made a motion to accept this gift, and Carol McKee seconded it. Motion carried.
Jeannie Tedrow is ill, so a card will be sent to her.
Next month there will be no dinner. There will be a dessert only and a $5 to $8 gift exchange. Also, bring a nonperishable item for a gift basket to be donated by CD of A.
Rene Foster will present a program on her artwork from her shop She-nae’s.
Half and half was won by Betty Bradley.
The charity cup had $3.85.
Afton Federated Garden Club
Afton Federated Garden Club met Nov. 8 at Afton Community Center with Iris Smith and Judy Weese as hostesses. President Vicki Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the club collect and Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by 17 members.
Minutes for the previous meeting were read and approved. The financial report was given and will be filed. AFGC Card Chairperson Donna Thomas gave her monthly report. Announcements were made about upcoming workshops.
Sign-up sheets for hostesses for the 2014 club year and for seminars and classes attended were passed out. A motion was made and approved to move the annual fall salad luncheon date to the first Friday in October, so that it will not conflict with Winterset Covered Bridge Days. Motion carried.
Members of AFGC worked with Johnson to update information for the Book of Evidence. Pauline McCoy gave a short conservation report on water conservation.
Monica Huddleson moved and Shirley Wallace seconded a motion to separate the duties of secretary and treasurer and make it two positions. Kathy Tapken moved and Gwen Sandeman seconded a motion to drop the position of second vice president. Both motions carried.
Audrey McDowell moved and Wallace seconded a motion presenting a slate of officers for the 2014 club year. Motion carried and the following members will be installed in December: President Vicki Johnson, Vice President Iris Smith, Secretary Monica Huddleson, Treasurer Bev Rowe and Historian Shirley Wallace.
The decision was made to hold a Christmas party Dec. 6 at Fireside Bar and Grill in Diagonal.
There was a motion to adjourn with everyone repeating the conservation pledge.
Carolyn Hubatka gave the program on butterflies.
Refreshments were served by the hostesses.
There was a gift exchange at the Dec. 6 meeting.
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Creston Lions Club
Creston Lions Club held its regular meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Pizza Ranch. Twenty members and spouses and two guests were present. President Jodi Johnson opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Delmer Brown gave the invocation.
After the meal, Beth Perry introduced Sheila O’Riley and Rene Foster, owners of She-Nae’s Rescued and Renewed, a business for repurposing or upcycling items, who gave the program.
After the program, Johnson presided over the business meeting. The minutes of the Nov. 19 noon meeting and the treasurer’s report were presented and approved. Several thank you notes were read.
Members volunteered to help with preparing Christmas Baskets 4 p.m. Dec. 20 and delivering them 8 a.m. Dec. 21.
Training meetings for the digital camera for KidSight will be arranged soon.
The Lions float for the lighted Christmas parade was built this week.
Brown explained lettering for members’ vests is available locally.
There will be a mid-winter Lions Conference Jan. 16-18 in Des Moines.
There was no winner for the drawing.
The Board of Directors will meet 7 a.m. Tuesday at Adams Street Espresso. There will be no noon meeting Dec. 17. The next regular meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at The Pizza Ranch.
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Bancroft History Assembly
Bancroft History Assembly met 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the D.V. Richardson Room at Greater Regional Medical Center. Eight regular and four life members were in attendance. President Peg Anderson called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by all.
The inspirational thought came from Bob Hope: “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think about it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
The thought for the day in the club yearbook was: “You can’t change the past, but you can spoil the present by worrying over the future.”
Roll call was answered by what was your favorite Christmas gift when you were a child.
Minutes of the last meeting and the financial report were given by the secretary and the treasurer. Both were approved.
Avis Hainline, as treasurer, will be sending a $25 contribution in the name of Bancroft to the local Christmas Basket project.
The president read a thank you from the state president Karen Martinez regarding the club’s yearbook.
Kay Raymond collected the individual reading lists. It is desired to have a 100 percent participation. Joan Chubick reported having sent one card of encouragement this past month. Contributions to Matura in November were estimated to be $50.
Joann Nurnberg reported she purchased a pre-lit Christmas tree to be a part of the Festival of Trees at American Home Design Center. Members brought decorations, and the tree was decorated Wednesday afternoon.
New forms for 2014 volunteer hours were distributed. The past year’s forms are due at the January meeting.
Peg Anderson presented a trivia quiz on the GFWC.
The business session ended with the club collect.
A special speaker, Kacey Barrow, from the Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center in Adel presented the services available to Union and the other nine counties. Although services have been available here in Creston, a new office is being opened soon on Highway 34. A large donation of paper products had been brought and were presented to her for use by the center.
Refreshments were served, and a social time was held after the program.
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TOPS 1338 of Creston met Nov. 11 for weigh-in only. Seven members attended. Weekly best loser was Anna Thompson and Neoma Davis as runner-up.
Tops 1338 met again Nov. 18 at the United Methodist Church. Eight members were there for weigh-in. Best loser for the week was Monica Belew, and Carol Sheldahl was second. Leader Anna Thompson called the meeting to order.
The program was presented by Monica Belew on “Living Right.”
Squares was won by Anna Thompson. The Red Can Challenge was “Get active when hunger pains start.”
On Nov. 25, TOPS 1338 met at 5 p.m. for weigh-in at the United Methodist Church. Ten members attended with a tie for weekly best loser between Darlene Rohrig and Anna Thompson. Lola Baucom was runner-up.
For the month of November, Anna Thompson was the best loser, and Diana Loomis was in second place.
The TOPS pledge opened the meeting, led by Thompson. Minutes and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.
Alice Brown presented the program discussing the importance and sources of vitamin A.
Squares were won by Lola Baucom, and fines went to Carol Sheldahl. The Loser Lotto Chart was signed by all who were eligible. The Red Can Challenge was to have only one starch per meal for one day that week.
Neoma Davis is to have the next program. The meeting ended with the TOPS closing pledge.
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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 26 members and four guests. Chris Frederickson president, presided. Jim Morris did the prayer, and Chuck Taylor was finemaster.
The program was Mycale Downey and Michelle Jones with Creston Animal Rescue Effort, who discussed the history of CARE and what future plans are. They discussed upcoming fundraising opportunities, also.
The Christmas wreath fundraiser by Kiwanis was a success.
The Christmas Basket committee needs Kiwanis volunteers to help fill baskets 4 p.m. Dec. 20. Contact Ellen Gerharz for more information.