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Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 10:44 a.m. CDT

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met March 5.

Canasta winners were Wanda Nash, first; Connie Bailey, second; and Carol Harrison, third.

Harrison won the door prize.

Rose Blakesley will be hostess Wednesday.

Afton Federated Garden Club

Afton Federated Garden Club met Feb. 14 at Afton Community Center with Audrey McDowell and Donna Thomas as hostesses. President Vicki Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and club collect.  Roll call was answered by 11 members.

Minutes for the November meeting and December Christmas party were read, corrected and approved. The financial report was given. Announcements were made for upcoming workshops. Donna Thomas moved and Audrey McDowell seconded a motion to pay Vicki Johnson for postage for mailing the Book of Evidence and an application for an award. Motion carried. Federated Garden Club dues were to be mailed and the club roster was updated.   

Johnson read several thank you notes to the club and presented invitations to other garden club activities. The best permanent location for the garden club library was discussed. Several options were presented, and it was decided to check out the locations before a final decision is made.  

Audrey McDowell moved and Bev Rowe seconded a motion to continue giving daffodils to the nursing homes this year. Johnson volunteered to pick up the flowers when they are ready and will let members know. Rowe moved and Donna Thomas seconded a motion to reimburse Shirley Wallace for taking and printing club pictures.  Johnson announced she has secured a judge for the Union County Flower Show.  

Shirley Wallace moved and Pauline McCoy seconded a motion to change the club tour to June 6. Motion carried. The date of the fall luncheon has been changed to Oct. 3.  

Ideas were discussed to get more people interested in entering their flowers at Union County Fair.  

It was decided to have a potluck picnic lunch in the Afton Park before the regular September meeting at the community center.    

Rowe moved and Audrey McDowell seconded a motion to adjourn. All repeated the conservation pledge. 

Thomas gave a program about the Osprey.

Hostesses Thomas and McDowell served refreshments.

The next meeting will be March 14 at Afton Community Center.

P.E.O. Chapter AZ

P.E.O. Chapter AZ met March 4 at Salem Lutheran Church. Nineteen members were present. 

An extra meeting, March 18, has been added to the schedule. It will be at Salem Lutheran Church.

The following were nominated for officers: President Connie Purdum, Vice President Jody Emerson, Recording Secretary Norma Crawford, Corresponding Secretary Sandy McNichols, Chaplain Sharon Bennett, Guard Marcia Fulton, delegate and alternate to state convention Connie Purdum and Emerson. A motion was made and moved to accept the slate.

The officers present at the meeting were installed.

Judy Woods gave a program about the beginning of the railroad in Iowa, and how Creston became final destination for the roundhouse. She asked others to tell of their recollections and experiences of living in Creston.

Hostesses Emerson and Kay Raymond served refreshments.

Book Club

Carolyn Hubatka hosted the March 10 meeting of the Book Club at Kelly’s Flowers and Gifts with nine members in attendance.

President Donna Haag called the meeting to order. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved with the notation the library coffee house had been changed to March 17.

Roll call was taken with members sharing books, magazines or periodicals they have read or listened to during the past month.

Under old business, a discussion was held concerning the basket given to the library each year. It was decided a collection will be taken at the April, May, September, October and November meetings to help fund the basket. The basket will be given in December of this year.

In reviewing the minutes of the previous year, the secretary noticed the club decided to raise annual dues to $2. A note will be sent to members regarding the need to pay the additional $1.

Moving on to new business, the club discussed a need to revise the process of choosing officers. The new procedure will be: Officers will serve successively from secretary-treasurer in reverse order of tenure (longest to newest) in the club. The program committee will be the president and three other members in alphabetical order from the last chosen the year before. Beginning in the fall the 2014-2015 year, president will be Shonda Deranleau, and Velma Riegel will serve as secretary-treasurer.

Deranleau reviewed “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner, while members ate pie and drank coffee or tea.

The next meeting will be 6:30 p.m. at the home of Riegel. Discussion will be held on “The Great Gatsby.”

GRMC Auxiliary

The GRMC Auxiliary meeting was held March 10 in the MAP Conference Room with Annette Rice and seven members present. Martha Musmaker conducted the meeting.

The board accepted with regret the resignation of secretary Bev Butler. Carolyn Abel will assume this position.

LouAnn Snodgrass gave the administrative report. Highlights of the report included the hiring and usage of the new general surgeon Dr. Osterbrink. Osterbrink will be hosting a lunch and learn regarding colon health March 27. Snodgrass also announced the upcoming GRMC golf fundraiser June 6. Proceeds this year will go toward scholarships and grounds/landscaping. Approximately 50 ash trees are located on GRMC property and will probably need to start being replaced. The 2013 hospice pavers have arrived and will be installed as soon as possible.

Lois Daub gave the gift shop report. Shirley Ray will begin working in the gift shop. New items are coming in frequently. The buyers committee will be attending market in Altoona April 3.

Rice explained the need for volunteer services in the ortho clinic. It is sometimes necessary for patients to be transported to different departments during their ortho appointments. Having a volunteer placed in that department would reduce wait time. The volunteer would be there from 8:30 a.m. until noon Mondays through Thursdays.

Musmaker, Rice, and Della Hunter attended Legislative Day in Des Moines Feb. 26. Approximately 472 attended.

March IHA Auxiliary newsletter was reviewed.

The SHIIP services was reported to have served 234 clients during Medicare drug benefit open enrollment from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

Rice will be attending the Iowa Directors of Volunteer Services in Cedar Rapids March 24. The board voted to pay for the hotel room and conference/membership fees for her attendance.

Upcoming events include the safe sitter class Tuesday and Wednesday, Jewelry sale April 1 and Spring Fling April 7. GRMC highway cleanup will be in April.

The number of members on the auxiliary and gift shop buying board has declined over the past few years. The board received positive responses from potential candidates for expansion. Three members were selected to join the Auxiliary/Gift Shop Board. Those members will receive a call and invitation to a meet and greet 9 a.m. March 24.

The meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

The next meeting will be 10:30 a.m. April 14 in the MAP Conference Room.

TOPS 1338

Iowa TOPS 1338 met for its weekly meeting March 3 with nine members attending.

The best loser was Beverly Lyon, and Carol Sheldahl was runner-up. February’s best loser was Marisue Lewis, and Anna Thompson was in second place.

The meeting was called to order by Thompson with the TOPS opening pledge.

No minutes were available. The treasurer report was given by Alice Brown. Thompson reported she had received information in regard to the upcoming officer election.

Fines went to Lola Baucom, and Squares were won by Sandy Oswald. The Red Can Challenge was to eat a good breakfast.

The program was given by Diana Loomis. The topic was trivia about fruit and vegetables.

The March 10 meeting was held 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Eleven members weighed in. Loomis was the weekly best loser, followed by Thompson.

The TOPS pledge was recited. Minutes were read by Lewis and the treasurer’s report was given by Brown. Leader Thompson reported on some of the activities that will take place at the state TOPS convention in Des Moines the end of March.

Fines went to the treasury. Squares were won by Baucom. The Red Can Challenge continues — eat a good breakfast.

The program was given by Lewis on the benefits of coffee. She also read an excerpt from Bill Cosby’s book “Time Flies,” on the difficulties of being overweight after 50.

Members invite whoever would like encouragement in weight loss to attend any Monday at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church basement.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 23 members and two guests. Jane Lowe, president-elect, presided. Ed Ritter did the prayer, and Craig Mittag was finemaster.

The program was Bill Huntington from SWCC Career Tech Education. He spoke about Career Tech Education Day to be held April 4 at SWCC. He also talked about the new sporting programs at SWCC, bowling and trap shooting.

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.

New members are always welcome. For more information, leave a message at Kiwanis Club of Creston Facebook page or talk to a Kiwanis member.

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