Afton Federated Garden Club
Afton Federated Garden Club met Aug. 8 at Afton Community Center with Carolyn Hubatka as hostess. Vice President Iris Smith called the meeting to order with members repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect. Roll call was answered by 10 members.
Minutes for the July meeting were read. Shirley Wallace made and Karen Van Buskirk seconded a motion to accept the report. There wasn’t a treasurer’s report as Bev Rowe was unable to attend.
Smith handed out pamphlets on the gypsy moth, and Pauline McCoy shared a copy of “Gardeners Corner.”
Thank you to those who entered their flowers and plants at the Union County Flower Show in Afton. There were 14 more exhibits this year than in 2013. Also, thank you to all AFGC members who helped with the show.
After discussion on prices and methods, McCoy made a motion to have Petzniks cut and bind AFGC cookbooks. Marilyn Larimore seconded the motion.
Shirley Wallace brought several samples of hypetufa projects so members could decide what to make at the September meeting. She answered questions about materials and costs. Wallace reminded members to wear gloves.
Smith asked for a list of what each of member planned to bring for AFGC’s September picnic and October fall luncheon. After some discussion, it was decided to bring a vegetable or fruit dish for the picnic and discuss the fall luncheon menu more at the September meeting.
Karen Van Buskirk and Wallace volunteered to be in charge of invitations for the October fall luncheon. They will get together with President Vicki Reese to finalize all details. The fall luncheon will be Oct. 3.
Judy Weese made a motion to adjourn, and Judy Harman seconded the motion. All recited the conservation pledge.
A program on invasive trees and plants was given by Carolyn Hubatka. She read the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer.
Refreshments were served by Hubatka.
The next meeting will be Sept. 12. Meet at Judy Harman’s for hypertufa making at 10 a.m., then lunch in the shelterhouse in the Afton Park; a meeting will follow at Afton Community Center.
Kent Dinner Club
Kent Dinner Club met Aug. 14 at The Windrow. Ten people attended.
The next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at The Windrow.
The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Aug. 19 at The Windrow with 22 members. Chris Frederickson, president, presided. Korina Loudon did the prayer, and Roger Lanning was finemaster.
The program was Chris Frederickson who discussed the hobby of post card collecting. She shared some of her collection with almost all of them being more than 100 years old. Post cards can be a factual history of people lives.
The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 20 members. Chris Frederickson, president, presided. Karen Norton did the prayer, and Drew Henderson was finemaster. The board meeting was held.
The Kiwanis Christmas wreath fundraiser will be held in October with delivery of live wreaths and swags right before Thanksgiving. Prices will be the same as last year.
The annual pork chop dinner will be Sept. 18 at McKinley Park. Members now have the $8 per meal tickets to sell. This event is a fundraiser for the local Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs. Check out this event and more at the Creston Kiwanis Facebook page.
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library met Aug. 18 at the library. The meeting began at 6 p.m.
Six members were present, with three arriving later.
Library Director Marilyn Ralls and Library Board President Ann Coulter reported that 1 p.m. Sept. 6 members of the library staff will be unveiling a new Air iPad. The public is invited to attend. Coulter wrote the grant awarded by Elevate Iowa. This is a science/technology grant from Iowa Community Colleges. The Air iPad will have many apps and is intended to be used in collaboration with Iowa Work Force, Southwestern Community College, businesses and area schools. The Air iPad will reach all ages.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved as written.
There was no treasurer’s report.
There are 89 entries of new memberships which include 37 families. Among these are 43 children and 124 adults.
Twenty-four tables were purchased to be used at library events.
FOL used book sale will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20. Community book drop off times are 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 and 13.
The Afterthoughts teen reading program currently has 26 students enrolled. Some members will walk in the Balloon Days Parade. The reading club wants to have a Zombie Walk and a teen dance Oct. 18.
Oct. 12-18 is National Teen Reads Week. Friends of the Library Week is Oct. 19-25.
The next meeting will be Sept. 8. This is a change in order for members to finalize plans for the used book sale. FOL meetings are held at the library at 6 p.m.
Crest Area Theatre
The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of Crest Area Theatre was held Aug. 4 in the Green Room at SWCC PAC. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m.
Crest Area Theatre seeks to provide an opportunity for creative activity and entertainment in the theatre and to 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 at 7 p.m. in the Green Room of SWCC PAC. Visit crestareatheatre.wordpress.com or CAT’s Facebook page for further details and pictures.
Union County Genealogical Society
Union County Genealogical Society met Aug. 25 at Gibson Memorial Library in Creston with nine members and several visitors present. Jane Briley presided.
The summer issue of the Society newsletter was distributed. Kathy Parmenter showed several old items — school publications, business record books, and others — which were recently donated to the Society.
Roll call was “A business I remember that no longer exists.” Bernard Shea gave the five-minute tidbit about early businesses and activities in Creston.
Wally Miller of Creston, assisted by Judy Miller, presented the program on former businesses in Union County. His hobby of gathering information about ag-related businesses has grown to other topics, including succession of businesses, street addresses, and street name changes.
Dennis Allen of Des Moines, a volunteer with the Iowa Genealogical Society, illustrated his interest of helping individuals and groups to organize their cemetery data into digital books. Our Society will consider this activity.
The Sept. 22 meeting will be a “beginning genealogy” workshop for the public. It is at 6 p.m. at the library.