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Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 11:50 a.m. CDT

TOPS 1338

Nine members met 5 p.m. Dec. 2 for the weekly meeting of TOPS 1338.

Weekly best losers were Shellie Sullivan and Marisue Lewis. Those in second place were Alice Brown and Carol Sheldahl.

The meeting was conducted by Diana Loomis and opened with the TOPS pledge.

Roll call indicated gain, loss or no change by the members.

Squares was won by Alice Brown, and Darlene Rohrig received the fines.

It was decided to bring canned food or nonperishable items to be given to the food bank as the club’s contribution to helping others at the Christmas season.

Minutes were read by the secretary, and the treasurer reported on the balance in the treasury.

Neoma Davis gave a variety of facts in regard to learning to relax. She then conducted a quiz on care of the common cold and flu.

The presentation Monday was given by Marisue Lewis.

The Red Can Challenge is to have a no gain week, which means double fines for any who do gain.

The closing TOPS pledge was given.

Anyone who is interested in weight loss is cordially invited to the next meeting on 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the First United Methodist Church. TOPS welcomes women, men and teens who wish to lose weight. TOPS crowns kings, queens and teen winners on the state, national and international levels. Bring a friend and let TOPS help.

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Dec. 4.

Canasta winners were Gwen Sandeman, first; Connie Bailey, second; and Beulah McDonald, third.

Barb Bills won the door prize.

The auxiliary had a noon snack day Dec. 11.

Canasta winners were Mary Kline, first; Marilyn Larimore, second; and Connie Bailey, third.

Rose Blakesley won the door prize.

Blakesley will be hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday, Dec. 18.

P.E.O. Chapter AZ

P.E.O. Chapter AZ met Dec. 3 at Van Gelder’s Clothing.

Margaret Weisshaar’s family received a P.E.O. marker for her grave.

The monthly birthday luncheon will be Thursday at Adams Street Espresso.

The sale of the Sarah Porter Beckwith home in Pleasantville made it possible for the Iowa P.E.O. projects funds to extend more funds to help people in many deserving situations.

President Connie Purdum noted the luncheon with Chapter LG was nice and recommended attending next year’s luncheon.

A fundraising tea will be held Feb. 8 with a Valentine theme. Other area chapters will be invited.

After the meeting, a style show was held featuring clothing from Van Gelder’s Clothing chosen by models Linda Carroll, Nancy Loudon and Christy Whited.

Refreshments were served by hostess Chris Van Gelder and Shirley Ray.

Pi Chapter DKG

Ten members of Pi Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma International attended the Nov. 11 meeting at The Pizza Ranch. Reagan Juel, Custom Jewelry and Design, presented the program.

President Joan Lienneman called the meeting to order.

The October minutes were read and approved.

The treasurer’s report was given by Kim Riley. All expenses are current and membership dues paid.

Old business:

The state president’s visit will be Oct. 6, 2014, with Pi Chapter deciding on a location.

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

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

One member has been dropped and will be re-instated once dues are paid.

Mini grants are available to apply for with focus being on the following: honoring women educators, supporting parents, School of Africa, supporting early career educators and improving literacy of young children.

New Business:

A card was sent to member Charlotte Roberts who is recuperating from surgery.

The next meeting will be held March 10 at Windy Acres Antiques owned by Rex and Lois Daub.

The meeting was adjourned with a M/S/C by Ruth Clinton and Leone Purdum.

Beta Kappa DKG

Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Greenfield at the home of Dorothy Wallace. Six members answered the roll by talking about a favorite hobby. Roxy Schwartz, Area 6 coordinator, was a guest.

Members were reminded to check the Delta Kappa Gamma website for available scholarships and deadlines. The forms for application can be found on the website. Since Tammie Cass had to resign her membership, Julie Derby has consented to finish out her position as second vice president, until the next election. It was reported there is enough money in the treasury to offer Grant-in-Aid in the spring. Karen Tussey and Lois Frederick will write the application for the new mini-grant, which is due Sunday.

Members were reminded of upcoming events. The Upsilon state president joint meeting with Pi Chapter will be Oct. 11, 2014. Beta Kappa Chapter is responsible tor sending the invitations.

Upsilon state convention will be June 13-15, 2014, in Davenport. At that time, Area 6 will issue an invitation to the state convention to be held June 12-14, 2015, in Des Moines.

The next meeting is 9 a.m. Jan. 4 at Fontanelle United Methodist Church. Hostesses will be Linda BreDahl and Deb Bauer. Members will be filling out biennial reports andworking on the chapter scrapbook.

After the business meeting, members made table decorations for the dining room at Greenfield Manor.

Afton Federated Garden Club

Afton Federated Garden Club met 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Fireside Bar and Grill in Diagonal for its December meeting and Christmas Party. Before lunch, President Vicki Johnson held a short informal meeting. Roll call was answered by 16 members.

Dues were collected for the 2014 club year and state membership dues will be sent to Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa in January. The program books for 2014 were distributed to the members.

It was moved and seconded to make donations to the horticultural and landscape design scholarships AFGC donates annually and pay membership dues for the Iowa arboretum.

Johnson installed the new officers for the 2014 club year in a candlelight ceremony. The new officers are: President Vicki Johnson, Vice President Iris Smith, Secretary Monica Huddleson, Treasurer Bev Rowe and Historian Shirley Wallace.

After the informal meeting, members of AFGC had lunch and then participated in a Christmas gift exchange.

The next meeting will be Feb. 14 at Afton Community Center hosted by Audrey McDowell and Donna Thomas.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m.Tuesday at The Windrow with 22 members and three guests. Chris Frederickson, president, presided. Jacki Steffen did the prayer, and Craig Mittag was finemaster.

The program was Mike Taylor, Creston city administrator. He gave an update on numerous city upgrades and projects that are in progress or starting in 2014.

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