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Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 10:55 a.m. CDT

Union County Genealogical Society

Union County Genealogical Society met Jan. 27 at Gibson Memorial Library.

President Jane Briley led a discussion on upcoming programs for the year. A tentative calendar was developed. Emphasis was on programs that might generate participation among members and prospective members.

Briley reported significant activity on the society’s new Facebook page which is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Union-County-Genealogical-Society-Iowa/699328430077912.

The first quarter issue of the “Union Roots” newsletter is nearly ready to be sent, by mail and electronically, according to editor Kathy Parmenter.

Marilyn Ralls reported exploring how a subscription to Ancestry.com can be obtained for the library at a reasonable cost.

Roger Nurnberg gave the program on “Benefits of Using Ancestry.com.”

The program 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the library will be on “Researching using Social Media.”  The meeting is open to all.

Ladies Literary Circle

Creston Ladies Literary Circle met Jan. 24 at Crest Ridge Estates with Carolyn Beecher as hostess. Thirteen members answered roll call with a favorite quote or saying.

President Marcia Fulton opened the business meeting. The minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved.

Under old business, Fulton reminded members to continue to save their Hy-Vee receipts for the library fund.

New business included a change of date in the program book. The date for the spring luncheon will be May 9, rather than May 7 as listed in the book. Fulton tabled a discussion on a meeting place until the next regularly scheduled meeting.

The business meeting was adjourned.

Program Committee member Midge Scurlock introduced the reviewer, Linda Hartsock. Hartsock reviewed Jennifer Chiaverini’s book, “Spymistress,” detailing the life and exploits of Elizabeth Van Lew. Van Lew was a spy for the Union during the Civil War.

After the review, members had refreshments provided by the hostess.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 24 members and two guests. Chris Frederickson, president, presided. Sam Beaty did the prayer, and Ellen Gerharz was finemaster. 

The program was Wayne Pantini, director of Union County Development Association. He spoke about the key accomplishments of 2013.

Kiwanis Pancake Day will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25 at the United Methodist Church. Tickets will be available from members soon.

New members are always welcome. Come to a meeting or talk to a member.

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