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Twelve members of the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met Saturday, Aug. 12, in Chariton. Hostesses for the day were Pam Marvin, Jackie Beard and Charlotte Asell.

The group gathered on the square in Chariton to rededicate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mormon Trail marker which sits on the corner of the square. Regent Jane Briley led the ceremony. Following the ceremony and picture taking, the members regrouped at the Veteran’s Memorial Park where American Legion Carl L. Caviness Post and local Boy Scouts led a flag burning ceremony to properly dispose of worn and torn American flags.

At the two events, special pins were given to audience members who served in the Vietnam War and pins were given to their families by DAR member Lynne Schlaht of Creston and her granddaughter, Addison Klein of Des Moines. State DAR Regent Cindi Carter attended the ceremonies as a special guest.

Following the event, the group met at Lucas County Historical Museum for a luncheon prepared by the hostesses. A short business meeting was held. Members were encouraged to attend the Southwest District DAR meeting Oct. 12 in Johnston.  Registration is due by Sept. 30. Contact Briley for more information.

After lunch, members toured the various buildings at the museum complex.

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VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met Aug. 9 at the Elks in Creston with 11 members and guests present for dinner.

Commander Gary O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 13 members present.

The post draped the charter for veterans John McIntosh and Larry Miller.

Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.

Service officers reported 33 hours for community service, 19 hours at the hospital, two hours for honor guard and one hour for the Christmas Basket with a total of 55 hours. Members also traveled 170 miles for veterans.

In old business, an update was given on Union County Honor Flight.

Vietnam books are still available at Union County Veterans Affairs office for Vietnam veterans.

State VFW is still needing volunteers for the state fair booth.

If any VFW member is not receiving the Voice Newspaper, contact Denny Abel at 641-782-0517.

In new business, installation of new officers was held. Also, there are six or seven Korean veterans going on the September flight to Washington, D.C.

A motion was made and approved to send $100 to help with funding for the Iowa State Fair booth.

Abel gave a report on the state and district. Next district meeting will be Sept. 9 in Newton and State Pow Wow will be Oct. 7-8 in Osceola.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Elks with dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting to follow at 7 p.m. All war veterans are encouraged to attend.

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Kent Dinner Club

Kent Dinner Club met Aug. 10 with 10 members attending.

Next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Pizza Ranch.

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Iowa Alpha Sigma

Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Aug. 10 at McKinley Park for an informal meeting with seven members in attendance. After enjoying a very short rain shower and their school-day sack lunches, members discussed their varied grade school experiences and played school-type games lead by Dorothy Eyeberg. Of particular interest was her report of the words most Googled for spelling help in Iowa and the surrounding states.  

Members were reminded the next meeting will be Aug. 24 at the home of Marilyn Larimore.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Aug. 16.

Canasta winners were Linda Clark, first; Maxine May, second; and Sherry Parrott, third.

Joy Seeley won the door prize.

Janet Kessler will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Aug. 23.

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