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Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:20 a.m. CDT

Chapter P.E.O.

Chapter LG P.E.O. met May 7 at the home of Jennifer Hoyt with Nancy James serving as co-hostess. Twelve members responded to roll call.

The scholarship committee reported they had so many outstanding candidates for scholarships, it made their job difficult in choosing. They finally selected six of the applicants for the $700 scholarships. They were presented May 9 at the awards ceremony at Creston High School.

President Rosalie Denton apprised the group of the proposed amendments that will be presented and voted on at the state convention next month. She also shared a letter from the President Glenda Dixon from Iowa State Chapter P.E.O. She congratulated the chapter on being so visible in the community with birthday luncheons and local scholarships, as well as our financial support of P.E.O. projects.

An invitation will be sent to the P.E.O. members in Lenox inviting them to attend the social event July 15, when Chapter LG and AZ members will travel to visit Miss Spenser’s Tea Room.

The next regular meeting will be at the home of Jodi Paup at 9:30 a.m.

Chautauqua Circle

GFWC Progressive Chautauqua Circle met April 22. President Morris opened the meeting with 16 active members, three life members and guest Mayor Warren Woods reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by everyone reporting on their favorite birds seen recently.

Devotions were presented by Kay Ritter on Psalms 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd...”

Mayor Woods gave the program on public issues in the city of Creston. There was a question and answer session. President Morris thanked Mayor Woods for his program.

Betty Wallace was thanked for hosting the meeting. Kay Ritter was co-hostess.

The minutes of the March meeting were read and accepted.

Discussion was held regarding how bills are paid for special meetings. Secretary Skarda stated at times members just deducted their costs from dues, and this made it hard to tally correctly. Morris appointed Linda Huffman, Kathy Tapken and Connie Edsall to a committee to determine how this should be resolved and report at the May meeting. Connie Edsall and Sandy Oswald will also investigate whether our share of the scholarship monies shall be included at the time the other clubs send in their monies.

Treasurer Edsall reported the $50 scholarship donation had been sent directly to the college and a letter of thanks was received.

Tapken is to be a representative on the district conservation committee, and Peg Anderson will be on the district scholarship committee.

Sharon Booth reported Ben Mullin had won a scholarship to Federation Music Camp.The press will be contacted concerning an article.

FEDERATION NEWS: Prescription bottles have been collected and will be taken to the State Convention in Fort Dodge by Connie Edsall and Sharon Skarda who will be attending the meeting.

The district meeting will be Sept. 19 in Castana, which is southwest of Sioux City.

The Southwest District Board planning will be held in May.

SAFETY REPORT: Bev Braymen presented for Polly McCoy. Members were advised to develop a home safety plan and safe place for family members to go. Wall clouds can be a precursor of a tornado and straight line winds can accompany a tornado. Tornado weather usual starts in mid-April and peaks in mid-June.

NEW BUSINESS: Linda Huffman reported the Creston Community Theater is presenting “Hallelujah Girls” May 9,10, and 11 at the SWCC Performing Arts Center. She noted the play is a great comedy and would be a good way for members to fulfill the circle’s performing arts goals.

Jerrie Henderson reported a good turn out of Easter baskets for the crisis center. The next item for collection is household products.

Sandy Oswald took the training for the rural crisis center.

Slate of officers for 2014-2015 are Sharon Skarda, president; Connie Edsall, secretary; and Sandy Oswald, treasurer. There were no additional nominations therefore unanimous approvals. Installation will be held at the May meeting.

Program Committee appointed Linda Huffman, Jerrie Henderson and Bev Butler.

The next meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 13 at Kay Ritter’s home.

Meeting closed with the collect at 3:20 p.m.

P.E.O. Chapter AZ

P.E.O. Chapter AZ met May 6 at the home of Dora Coen. There were 19 members present.

The next meeting on May 29 is a social meeting at Hilltop Gardens and Grothe Gardens with lunch in Winterset. Contact Judy Woods for a reservation. Meet at Salem Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. to carpool.

Dorothy Peak’s 100th birthday celebration was a weeklong event attended by many people, including many former students. She received more than 300 cards.

The trunk sale on May 3 was a success. Proceeds will go toward scholarships. Plans are to make it a yearly event.

RaeAnn Hopkins was chosen to receive a $250 scholarship.

The program was presented by Mindy Dresback. She became interested in quilting less than two years ago, and has made 150 quilt tops. The quilting group she joined finishes the quilts and donates them to children’s’ hospitals.

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met May 7.

Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Carol Harrison, third.

Joan Chubick won the door prize.

Maxine May was hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.


The monthly meeting of the Nancy McKay Chapter NSDAR was held May 10 at the Mount Ayr Extension. Hostesses were Dorothy Hughes, Darlene Morgan and Rosalie O’Grady.

Regent Connie Kinkade conducted a memorial service for member Alice Waugh Gardner who died April 12.

A program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the official Mother’s Day was presented by Darlene and Jan Morgan. They presented each member with a white carnation as a token of Mother’s Day.

The business meeting was called to order by Connie Kinkade. Members recited the DAR Ritual in unison.

Dorothy Hughes read the president general’s message.

Roll call was answered by members telling of a memory of their mother.

Bonnie Riepe read the minutes of the April meeting, and Marjorie Kinkade was the acting secretary.

Treasurer Bonnie Riepe reported a total of $822.88 in the checking account.  There were no outstanding bills.

Because of the holiday, several “moment” chairmen were absent. Regent Kinkade gave the reports for the American Indian, commemorative events and Constitution chairmen. Other moments given were shared  by the chapter chairmen: flag, Darlene Morgan; protocol, Pam Marvin; women’s issues, Jan Morgan; and sunshine, Marjorie Kinkade.

Pam Marvin and Connie Kinkade  discussed the state conference held April 24-26 in Ames. Other members attending the conference were Theresa Bahniuk, Lynne Schlaht, and Jennifer Queener.

Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter will be holding a public Memorial Service May 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Garden in McKinley Park in Creston. The VFW firing squad will take part in the service.

Red, white and blue flowers will be placed on member graves in various cemeteries in the area by members on Memorial Day.

The closing Prayer was given by acting chaplain Pam Marvin.

The June 14th meeting will be held at Summit house in Creston. Roll call will be “A unique funeral experience.” Hostesses  will be Cheryl Micetich and Jerilyn Johnson.

Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Pizza Ranch. First Vice President Ron Dunphy presided. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the invocation was given by Delmer Brown. After the meal, the business meeting and program were held.

The minutes of the April 15 noon meeting were accepted as printed. Thank you letters from Camp Herkto Hollow and Gibson Memorial Library were read. A request from the Presbyterian Church was referred to the Board of Directors meeting.

Tom Braymen reported the KidSight digital camera is ordered, approved and will be presented at the state convention to be held June 6-8 in Cedar Rapids. Afton Lions Club has contributed funds to the camera purchase.

Stew Stewart reported the Membership Committee was pleased with the recent membership drive supper and recommended it be held annually.

Dean Brant stated a new promotional brochure will be ready soon.

Larry Hicks sent word that the June 3 night meeting will be held at Cromwell Church.

Brown introduced Tim Jennett of Green Valley Pest Control and Lawn Care. He gave a presentation about the Emerald Ash Borer.

The meeting adjourned.

There will be a noon meeting May 20 at The Pizza Ranch.


The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 22 members and one guest. President Chris Frederickson presided. Ken Norton was greeter, Ron Levine gave the prayer, and Ken Norton was finemaster.

The program was Ken Norton with Windstream. He discussed the new technology with the telecom and internet industry that is coming to Iowa and why Iowa is in a good position to get more companies here.

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