VFW Post 1797
VFW Post 1797 met March 11 at the Elks Lodge in Creston. Seventeen members and guests were present for dinner.
Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 13 members present.
The post draped the charter for veterans Leonard Feld, Wilbur Chubick and Larry Ripperger.
Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.
Service officers report includes honor guard 41 hours, bloodmobile 15 hours, community service 53 hours and hospital 49 hours for a total of 158 hours.
The post surgeon has visited veterans at nursing homes.
In old business, a veterans supermarket will be held May 17 at the Supertel in Creston.
In new business, first call for new officers for 2014-15. Post officers are Gary O’Daniels, Frank Riley, David Tripp, Dennis Abel, Ricky Leonard, Robert Jungst, Robert Clark, Asa Denton, John Parkins and Terry Loomis.
There was an update on Korean veterans flight and monument at park.
A veterans get together was held March 19 at the Elks.
O’Daniels gave a report on state and district VFW. The next district meeting will be May 17 in Ottumwa.
At the state mid-winter meeting, it was decided to discontinue selling calenders for next year.
The state VFW meeting will held June 6 to 8 in Burlinglon.
The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday at the The Pizza Ranch with dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. All veterans are encouraged to attend.
The Executive Committee of Creston United Methodist Women met 1 p.m. March 6 at the church. Jerrie Henderson, president, called the meeting to order. Devotions were from Psalms 117. There were some items of correspondence. Henderson reported on some Iowa House legislation pertaining to people harming children under 15.
Discussion was held on the invitational supper April 3.
After executive, the March 2014 unit meeting was held. Henderson presided.
Roll call was answered by six from Morning Circle and five from Evening Circle. From the nominating committee, Susan Weight and Sandy McNichols were chosen to co-chair UMW beginning April 1. There were no other nominations from the floor. Nominations were closed and the motion carried.
There was a kitchen cleaning day on March 13.
Members will travel to Bidwell Riverside April 25.
Mary Morris presented the program for the unit titled “The Call.” The hymn “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” was read followed by a prayer.
This short mission study was on discernment, baptism, communion and works of piety. The study was closed by singing “Here I Am Lord.”
Morning Circle met at the church March 20 with 13 members and one guest. Carol Harrison was hostess with Arleen McKee as co-hostess. Beth Perry had devotions with a tribute to Garland Townsend. Susan Weight continued on from February with a program on human trafficking.
Evening Circle met March 20 at the church with 11 members answering roll call. The upcoming invitational supper was discussed. Evening is hostess for this event.
Bobi Wooden presented thoughts from the Reponse magazine.
Kay Ritter presented the program on Assembly 2014: Make it Happen! Assembly will be in Louisville, Ky.
Afton Federated Garden Club
Afton Federated Garden Club met March 14 at Afton Community Center with Shirley Wallace and Bev Rowe as hostesses. President Vicki Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and the club collect. Roll call was answered by 12 members.
Minutes for the February meeting were read, corrected and approved. Monica also read the minutes for delivery of the daffodils to the Creston and Afton care centers. Bev Rowe gave the treasurer’s report, and it was approved and will be filed.
Johnson presented a bill for the daffodils delivered to the care centers. Shirley Wallace moved and Bev Rowe seconded a motion to pay Vicki for the tulips. Motion carried.
Donna Thomas reported on cards she had sent.
Everyone is to bring at least three and up to five recipes for the cookbook AFGC will be putting together for fall luncheon.
It was decided to do a “blitz” in Creston and Afton to let people know about the Union County Fair flower show. It was decided to put posters in shop windows and at the library with a number to call to learn more about showing at the fair.
Kathy Tapken moved and Judy Harman seconded a motion to keep the half page ad in the Union County Fair book. Motion carried. Thomas moved and Pauline McCoy seconded a motion to check and see if any changes should be made to the ad from last year. Motion carried. Johnson has secured judge Sandy Gossman for the Union County Fair flower show.
Johnson reminded members about the Osprey web cam at website dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com, then go to Osprey center and click on live web Cam. The Osprey aren’t expected until mid-April.
The district meeting will be June 2. AFGC and Winterset Sunshine Garden Club will be responsible for the morning refreshments.
Several members attended the spring garden workshop meeting March 22 at the Henry A. Wallace Center.
Sunshine Garden Club presented a fairy garden workshop 1:30 p.m. April 2.
Several members signed up to go to Bevington Garden Club’s annual spring luncheon April 22.
AFGC discussed several ideas for a club library and hope to decide for sure next meeting.
AFGC will meet at Judy Harman’s to make hypertufa projects before the September picnic and meeting.
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn. All repeated the conservation pledge.
Monica gave a program about planting butterfly gardens. She handed out butterfly sighting by county and a butterfly garden blue print.
Hostesses Shirley Wallace and Bev Rowe served refreshments.
The next meeting will be April 11 at Afton Community Center.
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met March 26.
Canasta winners were Mary Kline, first; Rose Blakesley, second; and Maxine May, third.
Maxine May was hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.
Ladies Literary Circle
Creston Ladies Literary Circle met March 21 at the home of Judith Wachter. Seventeen members answered roll call with a favorite quote. Marcia Fulton introduced her guest Stephani Finley.
Fulton called the meeting to order. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Vera Fengler gave the treasurer’s report, which was also approved as read.
Connie Rhine gave a report from the program committee. Crestmoor Golf Club has been reserved as the venue for the spring Lluncheon. Laurel Burgmeier will be the guest speaker.
Linda Hartsock made a motion that lunch start at noon, rather than 1 p.m. Dyan Huffman seconded the motion, and it was carried by unanimous vote.
Judy Woods will change the reservation time. An invitation will be sent to the other book clubs to hear the presentation.
The nominating committee presented the slate of officers for the coming year: President Linda Hartsock, Vice President Dyan Huffman, Secretary Jean Mark and Treasurer Marilyn Engelsen.
DeeAnn Stults asked about the yearly project. Fulton appointed a committee led by Stults to pick a project.
The business meeting was adjourned.
Mark presented the program. She reviewed the book “Homer’s Odyssey” by Gwen Cooper.
After the review, the members ate homemade ice cream and cookie bars.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Joan of Arc Court No. 428 met in the parish hall after Mass celebrated by Rev. Ken Halbur.
A dinner was then served by committee members consisting of Lois Nelson, Artie Mullin, Mary McElroy, Anita Studer and Ann Moore.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by the singing of the Opening Ode of CD of A.
Minutes were read. Pat Pokorny made a motion to approve the minutes, and Barb Thompson seconded it.
The treasurer’s report was then read and approved.
A bill was presented from Betty Baker for the containers used for the bake sale at BUNN. There were no other new bills. Motion was made to approve this bill and motion carried.
Three volunteers are needed to sign the audit. Jane Collins, Sharon Skarda and Kathy Tapken volunteered to do this.
A motion was made to send $50 to the state office for the food event. Motion was approved.
Jane Collins volunteered for Life Saver Campaign that will be held the weekend of April 26 and 27. This is to go to the crisis center.
Regent Betty will send around a sign-up sheet for the soup suppers to be held on Monday evenings for the Lenten Service.
New business: A nominating committee is needed for the election of new officers. Volunteers for this are Jane Collins and Sharon Skarda.
Irene Ripperger needs help for Rev. Halbur’s informational supper April 5. Volunteers have signed up for this.
Crest Area for Life had a booth at the Home and Garden Show at Southern Prairie YMCA.
Anniversary cards will be sent to other courts of CD of A who are celebrating anniversaries this year.
The next meeting will be April 8. This night will be a guest night and white elephant auction.
Carolyn Downing gave a program on her trip to Italy.