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Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 7:20 a.m. CDT


VFW Post 1797 met Feb. 11 at the Elk’s Lodge. Twenty members and guests were present for dinner.

Commander Gary O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 16 members present.

The post draped the charter for veterans Darlene Vaderplum, Alvus West, William Bonn, Richard Briner and Ronney Ford.

Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.

Service officers report was honor guard 44 hours, community service 14 hours and hospital 51 hours for a total of 109 hours.

The post surgeon has visited veterans at both nursing homes.

On old business, calender sales were $270.

In new business, Red Benson’s Purple Heart ceremony was held Feb. 13 at Prairie View Assisted Living.

Union County Veterans Affairs will be holding a veterans supermarket May 17 at Supertel Inn and Conference Center. Various documents from the state VA office will be present along with community agencies that provide veterans services to the area. This is co-sponsored by Adams County Veterans Affairs, as well.

Guaranteed programs from national was discussed. The next VFW meeting will be election of officers for next year.

O’DanieIs gave a report on state and district VFW. The next district meeting will be May 17 in Ottumwa.

At the state midwinter meeting, it was decided to discontinue selling calenders for next year.

State VFW meeting will held June 6-8 in Burlington.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. The next meeting will be Tuesday at the Elk’s Lodge with dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Union County Genealogical Society

Union County Genealogical Society met Feb. 24 at Gibson Memorial Library. Jane Briley presided with 10 members present. Briley reported on the society’s nonprofit status.

Correspondence was reviewed. Printed newsletters from other societies are filed in the genealogy room of the library for all to read. Roger Nurnberg reported that Find-A-Grave site on the internet has a backlog of requests of Graceland Cemetery queries and asked for help in answering these.

Member Saundra Lininger, who is the regional representative for the Iowa Genealogical Society, announced a Monday workshop in Des Moines on Irish research. She also offered details on a research trip to the Mid-Continent Library in Independence, Mo., on June 9 and 10. For more information, see www.iowagenealogy.org.

Calvin Huffman gave the five-minute tidbit regarding a bit of research from Des Moines County. Briley gave the program on “Using Social Media for Genealogy.”

The March 24 meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the library. As usual, interested people are welcome.

Chautauqua Circle

GFWC Progressive Chautauqua Circle met Feb. 25 at the home of Carolyn Biere. Devotions focusing on helping others were given by Sharon Booth. The Home Life program was provided by all members sharing ways to help families.

President Mary Morris conducted the business meeting. In the absence of the secretary, Linda Huffman conducted the roll call, with 17 members naming something a nature poet might write about. Huffman also read the minutes of the January meeting. Treasurer Connie Edsall gave the treasurer’s report.  

Jerrie Henderson reported that $73 was collected in January for gas cards for the Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center.  For this meeting, members brought personal items to be given to the center. Henderson provided members with a donation list of items to be collected for each meeting through December.  For the March event, items for children’s Easter baskets will be collected.

Morris reported Gibson Memorial Library will be hosting a coffee house Monday.  A scrapbooking event, hosted by Friends of the Library, was held Saturday with several Chautauqua members helping.

Huffman reported a music camp scholarship application has been submitted to the district scholarship chairperson.

Pauline McCoy presented a safety report about the dangers of being in a car during a flood.

The Chautauqua 119th anniversary party will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Judy Woods. Co-hosts will be Sandy Oswald and Linda Huffman. Creston High School speech students will provide the program.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 20 members and one guest present. Chris Frederickson president, presided. Jane Lowe did the prayer, and Jamie Travis was finemaster.

The program was Paul Lorenz who spoke about implementing some changes and soliciting new ideas for Pancake Day. Kiwanis Pancake Day will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25 at the United Methodist Church. Tickets are now available from members.

More information and messages can be sent to the club on its Facebook page Kiwanis Club of Creston, Iowa.

Crest Area for Life

Crest Area for Life met 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25t at the Holy Spirit hall. President Betty Baker opened up the meeting with the right to life prayer. Seventeen members were in attendance.

Secretary Terry Madison read the minutes from the January meeting. They were approved.

Pat Pokorny gave the treasurer’s report. It was approved.

Velma Reigel sent out 20 baby congratulatory cards.

Under old business, there was discussion about the memorial service held Jan. 19 at Calvary Cemetery. There was good turnout.

Under new business, the Rev. Richard Queener from Stringtown Church approved a request to put a sign on the church property. It will be discussed at the next meeting.

Mike Henry gave a presentation on 40 Days for Life and asked members to come and pray with them.

Phyllis Allan gave a report on the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22 that she attended.

The next meeting will be 7:30 p.m. March 25 at the Holy Spirit hall.

Terry Madison made a motion, seconded by Meg Crawford, to adjourn.

Elzevir Reading Circle

Elzevir Reading Circle met 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Pizza Ranch. After lunch, President Terry Ammon opened the meeting  by reading “Life Has Loveliness to Sell” by Sara Teasdale. Members answered roll call by telling of a favorite Valentine memory. The secretary and treasurer reports were given and approved.

Linda Topliff read an invitation from Gibson Memorial Library to a coffeehouse event 6:30 p.m. Monday. Topliff moved to donate to the memorial money for honorary member Jan Nesbit to the library. Barbara Thomsen seconded and motion passed.

Possible fundraising was discussed, as well as maybe increasing yearly dues. Further discussion will be held at a later date. Motion to adjourn was made by Mary Burg, seconded by Angela Pullen. The meeting closed with all reciting Mary Stewart’s Collect.

Carol Harrison gave the program explaining the volunteer mission trip she had taken with several others from Iowa in 1995. Within a week’s time, 1,800 pairs of glasses were distributed through the VOSH service project in Palzcuaro, Mexico.

The next meeting will be March 14 at the home of Angela Pullen with the program given by Barbara Thomsen.

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