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Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT


Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met 9:30 a.m. April 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Creston.

Bonnie Riepe introduced winners of the essay contests. Local American History essay winners are Nathan Shervheim, seventh grade, and Kirby Queener, eighth grade. The Christopher Columbus essay winner is Anna Shervheim, 10th grade. Queener and Shervheim are also state winners. Bonnie Riepe read both Nathan and Anna’s essays in their absence. Queener read his essay to the group.

Lynn Schlaht announced the state scholarship winner is Megan Oswald of Murray.

Jan Morgan announced the DAR Good Citizen Award winner for Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter was Christopher Hanson of Osceola who attends Clarke Community School District. The topic he wrote on was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” He was also the state winner. All state winners will be recognized at state conference.

The meeting was called to order by Connie Kinkade, chapter regent. Members shared in reading the ritual.

Lynn Schlaht shared the president general’s message. The president general is visiting many chapters around the country. They are honoring Marian Anderson at Constitution Hall. Go to the DAR website to find more about Anderson’s life history.

Morgan shared the National Defense Report. She discussed Obamacare, the public health program. Burwell’s appointment was discussed.

The roll call was shared by 15 members who shared ideas for future programs at the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter meetings.

Jane Briley, secretary, shared the minutes. The minutes were approved.

Riepe gave the treasurer’s report, and it was approved as shared.

A review of the by-laws was shared by Theresa Bahniuk.

Judith Wachter shared the Indian moment. She shared a quote from Shirley Daniels. The chapter received a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Chinowa School. The letter thanked the chapter for all of the donated items.

Deb Richardson shared the commemorative moment. She shared the Paul Revere Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which tells of April 18-19, 1775.

Hazel Braby shared the conservation moment. Run a dishwasher and clothes washer only when it is a full load because it will save water and energy.

Connie shared that the flag moves when the wind passes through it. It flies from the last breath of veterans who died to protect it.

Morgan shared women’s issue. If you haven’t been exercising, play it safe. Check with your doctor before a new exercising regiment. She led the group in a sit and be fit exercise routine.

Connie Kinkade read a letter that was sent to the chapter by Ethel Handley. Handley will soon be 96 years old and cards may be sent.

In old business, the state conference delegates for ISDAR must make amendment proposals.

In new business, the southeast and southwest districts are in charge of the hospitality room. Instead of transporting items, one member is going out and buying all of the items needed for the room. The cost will be split between the two districts. Roberta Briley moved that $10 be paid for the assessment for the purchase of the items for the hospitality room. Darlene Morgan seconded the motion. The motion carried.

The nominating committee reported on the slate of officers for election: Theresa Bahniuk, regent; Jane Briley, vice regent; Laura Guhse, secretary; Bonnie Riepe, treasurer; Connie Kinkade, chaplain; Marjorie Kinkade, registrar; and Elaine Brown, historian.

Nominations on the floor were requested. A motion was made by Judith Wachter to elect the slate of officers by unanimous consent. Lynn Schlaht seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Volunteer hours are to be logged into http://members.dar.org on the Celebrate America site.

The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Ringgold County Extension in Mount Ayr. The program will be given by Darlene and Jan Morgan and is titled “Mother’s Day.” The roll call will be a memory of your mother. Hostesses will be Dorothy Hughes, Rosalie O’Grady and Darlene Morgan.

Alpha Sigma Master

Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter No. 1632 met 6 p.m. April 24 for its 78th meeting at The Pizza Ranch for the Founder’s Day observance.

Martha McAuley crowned Marilyn Larimore as Girl of the Year and presented her with a gift and a red rose.

Opening ritual was recited followed by the Beta Sigma Phi grace. Members then went through the buffet and visited while they ate their meal.

The table was decorated with an arrangement of yellow flowers with three yellow candles in the middle. Norma Putnam lit the candles then asked members to rise and repeat after her the Founder’s Day pledge.

President Marilyn Larimore announced the 2014-2015 theme of the 85th anniversary is “Expand Your Family Tree.” She then read the message from International – Laura Ross Wingfield.

Convention will be at the Kansas City Weston Crown Center Hotel. Larimore passed a booklet of items that can be ordered from International.

Treasurer Pat Fils gave her report. It was reported an Easter meal basket had been given to a chosen family as a service project.

Mother’s Day observance was discussed. It was moved to have a Mother’s Day meeting 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the home of Marilyn Larimore. Members will bring a salad or appetizer.

It was voted to continue with the present slate of officers. Norma Putnam won the flower arrangement.

Meeting adjourned. Members repeated the closing ritual, then joined hands for the Mizpah.


Disciple Women’s Fellowship held its May breakfast 10 a.m. May 1 at the First Christian Church. Mary Circle was in charge of the breakfast. Approximately 30 women from the church and their guest had a brunch of egg casserole, rolls, fruit and juice. The tables were decorated in spring colors with nut cups in celebration of May Day.

Margaret Wilkins introduced Debbie Gilliland from Mount Ayr who gave a talk on what it took to get her book “To Comfort A King” published. Margaret thanked Debbie.

The rest of the morning was spent visiting with everyone.

Ladies Literary Circle

Creston Ladies Literary Circle met on April 25 at the home of hostess Dora Coen. Sixteen members answered roll call with a favorite quote.

President Marcia Fulton called the business meeting to order. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given and also approved.

Under old business, Marcia discussed a change in the slate of officers for the coming year. The new officers will be as follows: President Linda Hartsock, Vice President Mariiyn Engelson, Secretary Jean Mark and Treasurer Dyan Huffman.

Midge Scurlock reported on the circle’s special service project. Connie Rhine reviewed the spring luncheon agenda and attendees. Marcia reminded members of the change in time for the event.

Under new business, Dottie Dunphy presented the calendar for next year’s hostesses and reviewers. President Marcia Fulton then thanked her officers and presented each of them a gift for their help and support over the past two years. She also gave the highlights of her term in office.

Sherry McKie moved that the business meeting be adjourned with Connie Rhine seconding.

Midge Scurlock of the Program Committee introduced the reviewer Judy Gile. Gile reviewed the nonfiction award winner “The Worst Hard Times” by Timothy Egan.

After the review, hostess Dora Coen served refreshments.

Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC Bancroft History Assembly met May 5 at the home of Kay Ritter wiht 15 members in attendance. A brunch was served on a table decorated with miniature May poles.

After eating, the meeting was called to order by President Peg Anderson. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The inspirational thought was from Phyllis Diller: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” The thought from the yearbook was: “Be the best person you can; be yourself.” Roll call answered the question “What is your favorite garden flower?” A variety of responses were given.

Minutes of the April meeting were read by the secretary Marisue Lewis. Avis Hainline gave the treasurer’s report. Thanks was extended to the current program committee for planning the May brunch. A sign-up sheet was passed for program and hostess selection. The Trees Forever Project will not be available to the club this year as more copies need to be printed.

Marisue Lewis reported on the Iowa GFWC State Convention that was held in Fort Dodge April 24-25. Lewis attended, representing the Creston club. Bancroft History Assembly was recognized as the first place winner of the Conservation Community Service award for the distribution of the Trees Forever coloring books to Creston school children.

Bancroft also received the Sustainability Award – first place – in collaboration with Creston’s Elzevir and Chautauqua clubs. This was the result of providing three locations here in Union County to dispose of broken fishing lines. Lewis brought back certificates for the Creston clubs, as well as three buckets of tulips. These will be planted at Creston’s historical complex.

A collection was received for the Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center in Creston. It will be decided in September whether the club will continue with the crisis center help, or choose another project.

Anderson reported the GFWC Women’s History and Resource Center has now been operating in its present location for 30 years. President George H.W. Bush cut the ribbon, opening it on May 1, 1984.

There was an installation for the 2014-15 club officers, conducted by Anderson. The president will be JoAnn Nurnberg, vice president Marisue Lewis, secretary/journalist Sandy Oswald, treasurer Avis Hainline and corresponding secretary Beth Perry. Each new officer was presented with a carnation.

The club collect was given and the meeting adjourned.

The program was given by Martha Musmaker on the life of Amelia Earhart, a famous female professional aviator.

The next meeting will be in September. New year books will then be distributed.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 21 members and one guest.

Chris Frederickson president, presided. Jacki Steffen was greeter. Korina Loudon did the prayer, and Dave Abiltrip was finemaster.

The program was Doug Jones, director of the Union County Conservation Board, who discussed all the parks and lakes the board maintains. He also discussed the wild life management and school programs they participate in. Jones gave a fishing report for the area lakes to the club.

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