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Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:45 a.m. CDT

DWF Executive Committee

The DWF Executive Committee met 10 a.m. March 13, 2014, at the First Christian Church. Eight members were in attendance. The meeting opened with the DWF prayer. Secretary read the minutes; they were approved. No treasurer’s report was given.

Old Business

Shirley Ray got the cart for the kitchen. It is red and has been put to good use.

A sign-up sheet for the Open Table and Lenten services has been put up in the narthex.

Joyce Burkhead has been working on the shorts for the little boys in South Africa.

New Business

There was some discussion on the scholarship for the seniors who will be graduating. The committee hasn’t received any applications at this time.

At the Board meeting, it was said Pastor Di will be graduating in May and is wanting full-time employment. At this time church members are not sure they can support a full-time pastor. There was some discussion on if the committee could help with financing a full-time pastor. There was also discussion on paying the nurses, and how DWF can help them with their expenses.

A motion was made by Irene Francis, second by Joyce Burkhead, to send a box to Pastor Di’s son. They will talk with pastor about what to put in the box and also what is allowed. Approved.

Committee Reports

Burkhead reported 39 were served at the dinner for the Loughbagh funeral. A donation was made to Mary Circle, and it will be shared with Rebecca Circle.

Cards have been sent by Florence Willets.

Pat Fils is still collecting for the least coin.

Shirley Ray has made little gift bags for the children to be given at the Easter service.

Meeting adjourned with the DWF Benediction.

The next meeting will be 10 a.m. April 3.

P.E.O. Chapter AZ

The regular business meeting of P.E.O. Chapter AZ was held March 18 at Salem Lutheran Church.

The chaplain read devotions from 1 John 4:7-11.

The meeting was opened in due form by the president.

The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as corrected.

Nineteen members responded to roll call.

Corresponding secretary read a thank you card from Joan Chubick for cards, money and support during Wilbur’s illness and death.

Reports of Committees

Yearbook: The next regular meeting will be April 1 at the home of Kay Kinsella with Vaughn Seckington serving as co-hostess. The March birthday luncheon will be March 27 at The Windrow. April’s birthday luncheon will be April 24 at Kelly’s Flowers.

Courtesy: Sent flowers to Beth Taylor, a card to Carolyn Beecher, and St. Patrick’s Day cards to Carolyn Beecher, Dorothy Peak and Betty Hobbs.

Technology: Sharon Booth noted that on page 48 of the March-April P.E.O. Record there are tips to access the P.E.O. website.

Audit: Darla Hynes reported the treasurer’s books were audited and found to be in order. Sharon Bennett moved to accept the report. The motion passed. Nancy Loudon said the city council approved closing the east depot parking lot for the scholarship fundraiser May 3.

Unfinished Business

President Connie Purdum informed the chapter the delegate fee is paid for by Iowa State Chapter.

New Business

The president read the names appointed to committees for 2014-15. 

Bennett was installed as chaplain, and Marcia Fulton was installed as guard.

Christy Whited talked about the plans for the May 3 fundraiser. It will be 8 to 11 a.m at the depot. It will include a trunk, bake and plant sale. A suggestion was made to list items for sale in the advertisement. Karla Hynes will also talk about it on Grapevine.

Jan Knock is in the hospital with a respiratory and asthma problem. 

Dorothy Peak’s birthday is April 1, and several sisters volunteered to visit her throughout the day.

Sandy Stalker won a gift certificate to Upper Crust for wearing her pin to meetings the most times. Bennett was runner-up.

The meeting was closed in due form by the president.

Karla Hynes program continued this year’s theme of “Getting to Know You.” She talked about her grandmother’s influence in her life, as well as her life growing up at home, and finished with some of her current life with Jerry. And throughout the program, she played her guitar and led the chapter singing Christian songs that had meaning in her life.  Each song was her favorite. 

After the program, refreshments were served by Connie Purdum and Bennett.

Mary Circle

Mary Circle of First Christian Church met March 20 at the church. President Fils hosted the meeting. There were eight members present.

The meeting was called to order with the Disciple Women’s prayer.

Joyce read the secretary’s report. Margaret gave the treasurer’s report, which were both approved as read.

Old and new business were discussed with Easter packets and May breakfasts planned.

April meeting will be the 17 at the church with Pat Fils and Averil Lyman as hostesses.

Florence gave the lesson on “when the going gets tough,” with a discussion afterwards.

The hostess served dessert salad and treats.

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Crest Area Theatre

The monthly meeting of the Crest Area Theatre Board was held March 3 in the Green Room at SWCC PAC. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. with six members present.

Approval was given for the next CAT performance, a two-act play called “The Hallelujah Girls,” to be directed by Cathy Whited. Audtions were set for the following week. The dates of the performance will be May 9, 10, and 11.

CAT’s next meeting will be 7 p.m. April 7 in the Green Room at SWCC PAC.

Crest Area Theatre seeks to provide an opportunity for creative activity and entertainment in the theatre and serve the community by combining the talents of local artists for dramatic, cultural and artistic developments. Membership is open to all. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month. Visit CAT’s website at crestareatheatre.wordpress.com or Facebook page for the location of meetings and to view pictures of past performances.

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Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met 6:30 p.m. March 4 at The Pizza Ranch. Prior to the meal and meeting, Dr. Heather Osterbrink, new general surgeon at Greater Regional Medical Center, was introduced to the club.

After the meal, President Jodi Johnson presided over the business meeting.

A report on Helen Keller was presented by Beth Perry. In 1925, in an address in Chicago, Keller challenged the Lions International to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Lions Clubs worldwide have supported the cause ever since.

On March 18, Creston Lions met noon at The Pizza Ranch.

First Vice President Ron Dunphy presided over the meeting and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Delmer Brown gave the invocation.

After the meal, business included a preliminary report on the spud supper Feb. 27.

The club will sponsor a youth ball team in the summer.

Tom Braymen and other members have held a KidSight vision screening for preschool at St. Malachy School this week. On April 3-4, a screening will be held at the Early Childhood Center. Since the vision screening program began with Lions Clubs about 2007, more than 2,000 preschoolers in this area have been screened, with about 10 percent needing to be referred to vision specialists. In Iowa, 295,000 have been screened, with 18,000 being referred. 

Information for membership in Creston Lions Club can be obtained from Stew Stewart by calling him at 782-5674.

The next meeting will be a guest night 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Pizza Ranch.

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Elzevir Reading Circle

GFWC Elzevir Reading Circle met March 14 at the home of Angela Pullen. In the absence of the president, Mary Burg opened the meeting with a poem by Omar Khayam “Come Fill the Cup.”

Members answered roll call by stating something that makes you think of spring. The secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting. The treasurer gave her report.  Both were approved. Memorial money had been paid to the library for honorary member Jan Nesbit. Angela Pullen moved to pay $50 for the SWCC scholarship. Barb Thomsen seconded and motion passed. 

Linda Topliff had attended the coffeehouse event held at the library. There were five presenters that evening. New officers for next year will be decided at the next meeting. The meeting closed with all reciting Mary Stewart’s club collect.

The book “The Book Thief” was reviewed was by Barbara Thomsen.

The hostess served refreshments.

The next meeting will be April 11 at the home of Linda Topliff with Beth Ferguson providing the program.

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Super Eight Card Club

Super Eight Card Club met March 20 at Regency Park center with Leta Larkin as hostess.

Margarite Minnick was first, Joyce Perry placed second, and third was Let Larkin.

The next meeting is April 17 with Margarite Minnick as hostess at the center to play pitch.

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Union County Genealogical Society

Union County Genealogical Society met March 24 at Gibson Memorial Library with eight members present. Jane Briley presided. Correspondence included exchange newsletters and a notice of new information on the society website.

Printed programs for the current year were distributed and reviewed. A reprint of the society brochure was authorized.

Roll call was “Your most helpful Iowa genealogical resource.”

There was discussion on ways to make a phone call to a relative you have not met, asking for family history.

Briley gave a five-minute tidbit about attempts to give away records not of her family to the appropriate people.

Saundra Leininger gave the program on resources at Iowa Genealogical Society.  Included are books, microfilm, research service, classes and more.

She also spoke of other Des Moines libraries and family history libraries in this area.

The April 28 meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Gibson Memorial Library.

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TOPS 1338

TOPS 1338 of Creston met March 17 at the United Methodist Church with nine members in attendance. The week’s best loser was Marisue Lewis, and Carol Sheldahl was in second place.

Members recited the TOPS pledge to open the business meeting that was conducted by Anna Thompson. The secretary read the minutes from the last meeting, and the treasurer’s report was given.

There was no new or old business.

Sandy Oswald presented the program on Fresh and Fearless and Less Fat and More Flavor.

Squares were won by Lewis, and fines went to the treasury. The Red Can Challenge was to use a small plate or bowl for every meal.

The meeting ended with the closing TOPS pledge.

On March 24, TOPS 1338 met once again for its weekly meeting. Eleven members weighed in with Shellie Sullivan as best loser and Neoma Davis in second place.

Anna Thompson opened the business meeting by leading in the TOPS pledge. Marisue Lewis read the minutes of the past meeting. Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report.

A newsletter was read from Janice Walston.

Members were reminded there will be no TOPS meeting April 14.

Squares were won by Lewis, and fines went to the treasury.

The program centered on three articles on tips to cutting calories, helps in eating out and how to build a better salad. Diana Loomis was the presenter.

The Red Can Challenge was to use five to nine servings of vegetables each day.

The TOPS pledge closed the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

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