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Elzevir Reading Circle

Elzevir Reading Circle met 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the home of Alice Bowers. Members answered roll call by telling the highlights of their summer. 

The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was also read and approved. Angela Pullen moved to raise the yearly dues to $35. Bowers seconded it and the motion passed. The treasurer will send $32 per member to GFWC Federated and 50 cents per member for district dues.

Amendments, in written form, for two of the by-laws were presented by Carol Brentnall to be voted on at the next meeting. Article 5 is to read “ 2/3 of members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.” Article 7 is to read, “The yearly dues of each active member and associate member shall be $35, payable in September. A new member shall pay her dues if joining before Feb. 28.”

GFWC/Iowa SW District Convention will be held Friday, Oct. 20 in Adel. The donated basket is ready to be taken to that meeting by members that plan to attend.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 13 at the home of Terry Ammon with Brentnall giving the book review. 

Mary Burg moved to adjourn the meeting, Pullen seconded it and the motion passed. The meeting was closed with all reciting Mary Stewart’s Club Collect. President Linda Topliff read the current Elzevir Constitution and by-laws. 

Delicious refreshment were served by the hostess. 

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TOPS #1338 Creston, IA

TOPS met 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at Creston First United Methodist Church for weigh-in. At 5:30 p.m., leader Shellie Adams called the meeting to order with seven members present.

Best loser was Bev Roberts and runner-up was Beverly Lyon.

Minutes were read by Roberts and Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved. “Treasure Chest” tickets were handed out for weight loss as an ongoing contest.

Squares were won by Adams and the Red Can challenge is when ordering out, choose from the children’s menu.

No program was given as installation of officers was held with the theme of “super heroes.”

Next meeting will be Sept 11. The program will be given by Monica Belew. Adams closed the meeting at 6 p.m.

TOPS met 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at FUMC with eight members weighing in. Co-leader Mitzie Cellan called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.. Best loser for the two weeks was Belew and runner-up was Adams. Fines from Aug. 28 went to the treasurer.

The monthly best losers for August were Brown and runner-up was Naomi Davis. Loss for the two-week period was six and a half pounds. Squares were won by Adams.

Roberts read the minutes and Brown gave the treasurer’s report with both approved. Davis was absent during installation for a funeral, so a Super Hero cape was used to close installation for her as weigher.

Below gave the program on “Lost in Iowa.” Brown will present the program next week. Red Can challenge is no fried foods for a week.

Visitors are welcome at a meeting to determine if TOPS can benefit them in achieving a healthier lifestyle.

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Creston Ladies Literary Circle

Creston Ladies Literary Circle met Sept. 8 at the O’Riley Center with Susan Weight hostessing and 17 members present.

President Judith Wachter opened the meeting with roll call. The minutes were read and approved for the May 5 spring luncheon.

Treasurer Vera Fengler collected yearly dues, and calendar changes were made.

The meeting was adjourned and turned over to Marcia Fulton, who briefly introduced reviewer Dyan Huffman. Huffman gave a short history of author John Ernst Steinbeck.

Steinbeck was born Feb. 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. He grew up with three sisters and had a happy childhood. He was shy and smart, and formed an early appreciation for the land. He decided to become a writer at age 14, often locking himself in his bedroom to write poems and stories.

In 1919, Steinbeck enrolled at Stanford University and was there six years, but dropped out without a degree. He moved to New York City and worked in construction and journalism. That failed to create a writing career, and he moved back to California. He took a job as a caretaker at Lake Tahoe and met his first wife, Carol Henning. They married in 1930. They moved into a cottage owned by Steinbeck’s father, and he had free housing and paper for manuscripts, allowing him to write without working. After 13 years, the couple divorced and 11 days later, he married Gwendolyn Conger. They had two sons and were divorced after five years.

In 1939, Steinbeck wrote “The Grapes of Wrath,” and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.

In 1950, Steinbeck married Elaine Anderson. The couple were married 18 years until Steinbeck died of heart disease and congestive heart failure in 1968.

Steinbeck authored 16 novels, six nonfiction books and two collections of short stories.

Delicious fall cakes were served by the hostess.

Next meeting will be at the home of Dottie Dunphy. Marcia Fulton will be the reviewer.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Sept. 13.

Canasta winners were Loretta Kelly, first; Janet Kessler, second; and Barb Bills, third.

Kelly won the door prize.

Cheri Lilly will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Sept. 20.

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