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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Windrow meeting room with 20 members. President Chris Eaton presided, Ed Ritter gave the prayer and Ken Norton was the finemaster.

The program was given by Ken Norton with Windstream. He discussed computer and network security. Apple and Microsoft software was discussed and how malware is affecting and accessing personal and business computers.

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Iowa Alpha Gamma

The Iowa Alpha Gamma chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa met May 8 at the Creston Pizza Ranch. President Colleen Gangsestad conducted the business meeting. Lois Houghtaling gave the treasurer’s report. Linda Huffman reported that four $125 book scholarships were presented to Creston Community High School seniors planning to major in education. Those students are Macy Evans, Jake Hitz, Kassidy Kendrick and Katie Powers.  

Plans were made for next year’s activities. The summer social will be Aug. 7 at the Olive Branch in Greenfield.

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GRMC Hospital Auxiliary Board

Joan called the May meeting of GRMC Hospital Auxiliary Board to order with Nancy, Lois, Joan, Bev, Martha, Sandy, Jordan, Luke and Rhonda present.

Approval was given for the agenda, minutes and financial reports.

The May linen sale was deemed a success, as was the selection of five students to receive the annual health education scholarships awarded by the auxiliary.

Rehab said they could use more books for the literacy program; Jordan will check into getting more. A letter was read from the Feld family regarding their longtime support for the hospital and auxiliary; included was a check for $200 for a membership in the auxiliary.

Luke, speaking on behalf of Crest Ridge, asked if the auxiliary would be interested in helping with some updating. The facility was opened in 2003 and minimal updating has occurred. He was told to bring in specific wants and needs along with cost estimates for consideration.

In the administrator’s report, CEO Monte Neitzel stated the upstairs renovation for the visiting specialists offices is progressing quite nicely and may be done by late summer. The next phase, bringing the permanent specialist staff to the main floor, is next on the agenda. He also reported a husband and wife team of doctors has indicated their desire to join the current medical staff when they become available. They have four children and will serve in hospitalist and new patient care. He reminded everyone the golf event is June 2 and is a joint effort of the auxiliary and foundation. Everyone was invited to the volunteer appreciation dinner which is slated for May 11.

Other business: Marcia and Sandy held a successful membership drive April 10. Safe sitter classes may be held July 10-11 or July 13-14.

Next meeting is June 12. There may be a change of venue.

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GRMC Connection Buying Committee

Present for GRMC May Gift Connection Buying Committee meeting were Lois, Joan, Nancy, Jordan and Rhonda.

Financial reports were found in good standing. It was reported the shop looked pretty good, but needed tweaking. It was decided to concentrate on spring items when ordering instead of so much Easter stuff. A flyer was reviewed and rejected for a Build A Bear type set up for the shop. Vendor meetings will be 2 p.m. May 18 with PB&J and 9:30 a.m. May 25 with CBK.

Surprise sales will be scheduled periodically with discounts offered. Sales will be posted in the shop and will go out in a house email the day of the sale.

A basket will be donated to the annual golf fundraiser raffle.

Next meeting will be 9:30 a.m. June 12. There may be a change of venue.

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Alpha Sigma Master

Alpha Sigma Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met May 11 with Dorothy Eyberg hostess. Members responded to roll call by telling of upcoming major family events such as graduation, weddings, and births. President Cheryl McClure opened the meeting with the quote, “Mothers are like tea bags.”

Service chairman Marilyn Larimore reported May baskets were delivered to residents of Homestead Assisted Living, and thanks were received from them.

The recent death of Fern Klindt, a former member, was noted.

Officers elected for the new program year are Loretta Kelly, president; Larimore, vice president; Norma Putnam, secretary; and Pat Fils, treasurer. Installation will be held at the next meeting.

Kelly gave the program. She shared “Twelve ways to enrich your life,” “Wal-Mart bribes to customers” and excerpts from the book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.”

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Kent Dinner Club

Kent Dinner Club met May 11 with six attending at Pizza Ranch.

Next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. June 8 at Pizza Ranch.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met May 17.

Canasta winners were Maxine May, first; Loretta Kelly, second; and Barb Bills, third.

Gwen Sandeman won the door prize.

Kelly will host cards and chatter Wednesday, May 24.

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