VFW Post 1797
VFW Post 1797 met Dec. 10 at the Elk’s Lodge in Creston. Twenty-five members and guests were present for dinner.
Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 17 members present.
Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.
Service officers report was parades, seven hours, community service, 17 hours, Bloodmobile, seven hours, and hospital, 96 hours, for a total of 127 hours.
The post surgeon has visited veterans at both nursing homes.
On old business, calendar sales were discussed.
In new business, Isaac Finehout was presented $25 for third place in the Patriot Pen contest.
Wreaths Across America placed wreaths at Iowa Veterans Cemetary Dec. 14. Also, Veterans on the Hill will be Jan. 22. Anyone interested in attending should contact Denny Abel or Gary O’Daniels.
A Korean veterans flight to Washington, D.C., is being planned in the near future, and O’Daniels will be receiving applications.
Discussion on fundraising tor the post include a breakfast to be held at the Elks in January.
A motion was made and approved to donate $400 to the Christmas Basket fund. Another motion was made and approved to donate $50 to a veteran in need in Chariton.
O’Daniels gave a report on state and district VFW. The next district meeting will be Jan. 11 in Montezuma.
The meeting adiourned at 8 p.m.
The next meeting will be Jan. 14 at the Elk’s Lodge with dinner at 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. meeting. All veterans are encouraged to attend.
Iowa Alpha Sigma
Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter No. 1632 met 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at Fireside Bar and Grill in Diagonal for a Christmas party. Members ate dinner.
After lunch, President Marilyn Larimore called the 76th meeting to order with members repeating the opening ritual. Roll call was answered by six members. Minutes of the last meeting were read and corrected.
Marilyn Larimore presented a bill for the food purchased for a Thanksgiving family. Beverly Miller announced food had been delivered to the family and was much appreciated.
New Business: Atter discussion, Beverly Miller made the motion to buy a gift certificate for “Girl of the Year” honor. Seconded by Pat Fils, motion carried. A yellow rose and pin will also be presented to the Girl of The Year.
Service: Larimore has taken 22 toys to the Greater Regional Medical Center to be donated to the ER. She also stated in the future all toys taken to the ER need to be in a package and have never been removed from the package.
Social: Larimore presented the crown and a $25 gift certificate to Beverly Miller who was voted the 2013 Christmas angel.
Meeting was adjourned.
Kent Dinner Club
Kent Dinner Club met Dec. 12 with nine in attendance.
The next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Creston Family Restaurant.
Creston United Methodist Women met the afternoon of Dec. 5. An executive meeting was held by the officers at 1 p.m., followed by a unit meeting at 2 p.m. Jerrie Henderson, president, conducted both meetings.
The executive meeting opened with the unison reading of the UMW Purpose, followed with cares and concerns.
Beth Perry gave devotions using Luke 2:15-18, a Christmas reading from “Kneeling in Bethlehem” by Ann Weems and prayer.
Minutes of the November meeting and treasurer’s report were reviewed and approved.
Mary Morris, vice president, reported the 2014 year books are ready for distribution to members.
Officers will be installed and Special Mission Recognition pins presented Jan. 12 at the church service.
Kay Ritter gave a membership report.
Pecans are still available for purchase.
Coming events include circle meetings Dec. 19, with Morning Circle at 9:30 a.m. at the church, Young Women’s Circle at 5 p.m. at the Ritter home and evening circle at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritter home for a salad supper.
There will be a district media education meeting Jan. 18, which circle members plan to help with. They also may assist with a church project chicken dinner Jan. 25.
The unit meeting in March will be a one-hour mission study.
The district Time Apart retreat will be at Wesley Woods March 28-29.
The business meeting closed with the unison reading of the Bible verse Isaiah 9:6 and a prayer.
After the executive meeting, the unit meeting began. Devotions were given by Perry, using the same material as the executive meeting. The Lord’s prayer was prayed in unison.
The business meeting was similar to the executive meeting.
A thank you for the Creston UMW hosting the district meeting in September was read from a district officer.
Reading awards were presented to Betty Lou Shea, Jerrie Henderson, Bobi Woodin, Mary Morris and Claudine Sammons.
Future events in 2014 include a work day at Bidwell-Riverside April 25 in Des Moines and Women at the Well June 19.
The December Bible verse was read and a benediction given to close the business meeting.
Mary Morris introduced Jim Morris who presented the program. He gave information about Red Bird Mission, which is headquartered in Beverly, Ky., and is a United Methodist mission. The Morrises lived there for 13 years. Jim was pastor and then conference superintendent; Mary was a teacher.
At the close of the program, refreshments were served by the Evening Circle.
The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 24 members and one guest. Chris Frederickson president, presided. Steve Bolie did the prayer, and Jacki Steffen was finemaster.
The program was Adonica Struhar, owner of Spotlight Dance, who discussed living her dream of owning a dance studio.
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Wednesday.
Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Connie Bailey, third.
Darlene Rutherford won a door prize.
Wanda Nash will be hostess for cards and chatter Jan. 8.