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Creston Lions

Creston Lions met 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the Pizza Ranch. Mike Duckworth, president, opened the meeting and led in the flag ceremony. The invocation was given by Delmer Brown. Ralph Dillinger introduced the guest speaker, Dick Anderson.

Following the meal, Anderson, president of Union County Historical Society, gave information about the work of the society. There are nine members on the board of directors who are all volunteers. Much of the responsibilities of the society include the care of the Union County Historical Complex located at McKinley Park. A number of other community citizens also help with various projects associated with the complex. Recent efforts include switching around some sections of the complex. There is a new employee who works 29 hours a month helping with maintenance. Funding is provided through grants and private donations. 

There are nine historical buildings which have been donated to the complex. They all have a connection with Union County. A recent acquisition is a large bell bought by Ted Ide and donated to the complex. There are other church and school bells that have been donated and will be located in the appropriate places. The society is in the process of placing a sign at each of the 99 locations where one-room school houses were located in the county. Numerous events take place at the complex throughout the year, especially over July 4. Weddings and other photography events are occasionally held in the park, tour groups visit, demonstrations take place especially for school children, treasure hunts are held and more. Volunteers from Creston Lions will soon be helping with placing tiles in the ceiling of the church basement in the park. 

New officers for 2017-18 were announced and will be installed at the June 6 meeting to be held at the Pizza Ranch. The treasurer’s report was presented and approved. The sight and hearing committee presented information about requests for financial assistance for eye glasses for one person and for a hearing aid for another person. The requests were approved. Other items of business were discussed. A reminder was given for an officer training meeting to be held May 6 at the Lutheran Church in Casey. Other information is available from The Iowa Lion paper and The Lion magazine. The meeting adjourned. 

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Windrow meeting room with 20 members and one guest present. President Chris Eaton presided, Ed Ritter gave the prayer and Kyle Wilson was the finemaster.

The club members are helping with cleanup Monday, May 8, at Union County Historical Complex.

The program was given by Darrin Schlapia, United Farmers Co-op Energy operations manager. He discussed the different types of fuels available now for motor vehicles and equipment. The difference between the different ethanol blends was also discussed and which ones were available at their fuel pumps in southwest Iowa.

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Alpha Sigma Master

Alpha Sigma Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Thursday, April 27, at the Pizza Ranch for the annual observance of Founders Day. The planning committee was Loretta Kelly, Pat Fils and Marilyn Larimore.  

The program opened with the National Anthem, followed by the opening ritual and Beta Sigma Phi grace. Fils led the Founders Day Pledge. Larimore read the message from International, and announced the 2017-18 theme. Cheryl McClure crowned Dorothy Eyberg as “Woman of the Year,” and presented her with a pin.  

The chapter also recognized Eyberg for 60 years of Beta Sigma Phi membership.

Kelly conducted a special ceremony, assisted by Fils and Larimore, and presented the honoree with a 60-year pin, certificate and yellow rose.

McClure conducted a brief business meeting. Fils and Norma Putnam were appointed to the audit committee. Service chairman Larimore reviewed plans for delivering May baskets to assisted living residents. Program chairman Kelly asked members to sign up for hostess and programs for the coming year. New officer nominations will be made at the next meeting.

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Catholic Daughters

Court Joan of Arc No. 428 met April 11. Following Mass, a joint potluck was held with the Council of Catholic Women. Members on the committee were Chairman Alice Reed, Irene Ripperger, Arlene Carlson and Kris Kerrigan. Jacquie Eblen presented a program on the apparitions of Fatima.

A short business meeting was held following the program called to order by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The treasurer’s report and minutes of the last meeting were both read and approved. Pat Pokorny reported the LC Clinic will be having a fundraising dinner in May. Betty Baker reported she sent a sympathy card to Betty Bradley. A thank-you was received from Dora Coen for the cookies.

The Ecumenical Good Friday services will be held at the church. A light lunch will be served afterwards.

The Lifesaver Campaign will be held April 22-23. The funds collected go to help men, women and children in domestic abuse situations.

Pokorny won the door prize. The members recited the membership prayer to close the meeting. Teresa Weis made the motion to adjourn, June Huewe seconded it and the meeting was adjourned.

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GFWC - Progressive Chautauqua Circle

The GFWC/Iowa Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club met April 25 at the home of Peg Anderson. The meeting was called to order 1:35 p.m. by President Connie Edsall and the members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mary Morris gave an informative program on the earth, climate warming and climate changes. She pointed out a number of changes including the fact the weather seemed to be more volatile. Since the amount of rainfall has increased in the Midwest, people notice the springs are wetter and noted there are now more pollution laws. She stressed the importance of conservation, including air drying clothes, adjusting thermostats, recycling, using reuseable grocery bags and switching to energy efficient light bulbs.

The roll was called with 15 members responding by the number of years they have lived in Creston. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer reported the current bank balance.

Members discussed the order of progression of officers, the fact new members became president quickly and some wanted to be an officer and others didn’t, the fact Joyce Anderson would be in line to be president but expected to be gone to Texas for three to four months and the fact some members don’t want to be secretary or treasurer.

The requirements, as set forth in the bylaws, were discussed. Article 1, Section 4 of the Bylaws was reviewed.

Morris made the following motion: I move we delete Article I - Duties of Officers, Section 4: order of service: “Members shall be expected to serve successively as officers from treasurer through president in the order of their length of membership.” Betty Wallace seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

After discussion, the proposed slate of officers for the next year was announced, and are co-presidents: Joyce Anderson and Pat Butcher; secretary: Linda Hughes and treasurer: Beverly Butler. Sharon Booth moved and Wallace seconded the motion that the proposed slate of officers be approved. After a vote, they were approved.

The program committee will be: Edsall, Jerri Henderson and Linda Huffman. Judy Weese will continue to do the volunteer hours report. Edsall will bring a program sign-up sheet to the next meeting.

Wallace reported the Bloodmobile was very successful with 106 persons donating. The next bloodmobile will be June 19.

Callers Morris and Polly McCoy reported they called Vaughn Seckington, but she couldn’t attend.

In regard to domestic violence, it was reported the crisis center is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is now located on the south side of Highway 34, east of the Herzberg building, at 302 E. Taylor, Suite B.

Peg Anderson reported on attending the Federation Conference. The club received an award for 100 percent participation in the reading program. She said the speakers were good, mentioned the military program “sew much comfort,” and said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a program regarding veterans working in agriculture.

Pat Butcher reported on the scholarship applications. On the state level, the awards were mostly based on need.

Hughes reported the club again had 100 percent participation in the reading program. Booth reported the Ladies Literary Club invited the club to attend their May 5 meeting at Crestmoor Golf and Country Club to hear author, D. Nichole King.

Joyce Anderson reported the next meeting will be 9:30 a.m. May 16 at Greater Regional Medical Center. Come 20 minutes early to get in line for breakfast and then meet in the D. V. Richardson Room.

The Collect for Club Women was read in unison and the meeting was adjourned at 3:28 p.m. The members then enjoyed dessert.

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Creston United Methodist Women

The executive committee of Creston United Methodist Women (UMW) met 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6. There were six officers and the special events coordinator in attendance. Co-chairman Susan Weight presided. Beth Perry led devotions and talked about the names the organization had before UMW. They were WSCS and Wesleyan Guild. She read the old purpose, then the women recited the newer version of the purpose together.

Secretary Rosalie Denton read several pieces of correspondence from area churches regarding upcoming guest days. Minutes and treasurer’s report were approved as written. An item regarding the standing rules was discussed.

In old business, the June 11 worship service which the UMW is conducting was discussed.

In new business, the May 4 executive meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the church and the unit meeting at 10 a.m. will be at O’Riley Center with Mary O’Riley giving the program. Morning Circle will have the refreshments for the unit meeting. Workday at Bidwell Riverside was April 25 in Des Moines.

Women at the Well worship service is May 11 at Mitchellville Prison. District mission study was April 27 at Bloomfield and “Change the World Weekend” was April 27-30. Meeting closed with the April Bible verse: 1 Peter 1:3-4. After the meeting, UMW decorated for the guest night that evening.

Morning Circle met 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20, in Fellowship Hall with Judy Kading as hostess. Velma Riegel presided with eight members present. Perry had the devotions about covenants. Invitations to guest days in the area were discussed. Betty Lou Shea gave a book report on a book entitled “Boundless.” Kading gave the program entitled “Time to Hope: Communities Challenging Mass Incarceration.” The meeting closed with everyone reading the April Bible verse.

Evening Circle met 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Fellowship Hall. Denton presided with 11 members present. Guest night was evaluated and we discussed upcoming events and invitations from area churches guest days. Bobi Woodin presented a response moment from the Response Magazine. Judy Weese presented the program entitled “Time to Hope: Communities Challenging Mass Incarceration.” The meeting closed with everyone reading the April Bible verse.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met April 26.

Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Maxine May, second; and Penni Nauman, third.

Connie Bailey won the door prize.

Joan Chubick hosted cards and chatter Wednesday, May 3.

Canasta winners were Linda Clark, first; Barb Veitz, second; and Bailey, third.

May won the door prize.

Gwen Sandeman will host cards and chatter Wednesday, May 10.

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