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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Windrow meeting room with 20 members and one guest. President Korina Loudon presided and Roger Lanning gave the prayer and was the finemaster.

The program was given by Kendalynn Huff, CEO of Heartland Management Alliance. She discussed all the responsibilities the four groups that are part of the Alliance do for handicap and disabled people in the area to give them a better, more inclusive life. The changes being made to benefits due to the State of Iowa legislature were also discussed. 

The Christmas wreath fundraiser orders will be here Thursday, Nov 16. Members signed up to help unload, so all orders can be delivered.

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TOPS 1338

Creston TOPS IA No. 1338 met 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Creston First United Methodist Church with eight weighing in. The meeting was called to order by leader Shellie Adams at 5:30 p.m. Best loser was Adams and runner-up was Mitzie Cellan with a total loss of six pounds.

Bev Roberts read the minutes and Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report, and both were approved. Squares were won by Carol Sheldahl. The red can challenge No. 1 was to take a walk every day. Fines for last week went to Monica Belew. Roberts gave the program, “Can the Right Food Make us Happier?” We can boast energy with citrus and sipping ice water. Jump start your day with oatmeal and beat stress with chocolate. Cocoa with a dash of cinnamon and cashew butter were suggested as a snack. The program for Oct. 30 will be given by Sheldahl. Adams closed the meeting at 6 p.m.

Ten members met Oct. 30 to weigh in and at 5:30 p.m., Adams called the meeting to order. Best loser was Beverly Lyon and second was Bev Roberts. Monthly best loser was Belew and runner up was Adams.

Minutes were read by Roberts and Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Fines went to Adams, Squares were won by Neoma Davis and the red can challenge No. 15 was to lighten up a favorite recipe.

The program was given by Sheldahl with a nutrition knowledge quiz. She had 18 questions. Some had surprising answers such as which has fewer calories, butter or olive oil. Butter won. Next week’s program will be by Adams. After old business, new business and correspondence were dealt with, and the meeting closed at 6 p.m.

On Nov. 6, Adams called the meeting to order with 10 members present. Best loser was Davis, and Belew and Sheldahl were runners up.

Roberts read the minutes and Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved. Fines went to Lyon, Jeanette Markus won squares and the red can challenge No. 9 was “instead of ice cream, swap frozen grapes, applesauce or fat free yogurt.”

Adams presented the program, “The Bottom Line.” It was an in depth look at the latest on diet and disease with questions such as U.S. cheese consumption has tripled since 1970. She also read a letter from B. Bratton.

There will be no meeting Nov. 13, as the church is unavailable. Next program will be given Nov. 20 by Belew.

The meeting closed at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

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GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly met Nov. 6 at the Creston Plaza community room with 12 members present – seven active members and six life members. Saundra Clem Leininger was the guest speaker.

The April, September and October minutes were approved as written and the May meeting was approved as corrected. The treasurer’s report was placed on file for audit. The new budget will be forthcoming.

Several civic improvements ideas were discussed. Dora Coen and Peg Anderson will meet and bring more ideas to the membership.

President Lewis said the SW District convention was very interesting with 70 people attending. Peg chaired the meeting and did an excellent job. The emphasis was on the military. One speaker heads the Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter and there are 2,817 veterans buried there along with 719 dependents totaling 3,536. $300 was realized from the baskets submitted for the convention and the GFWC club’s was nicely done. The state convention will be April 19-20 at Hotel Pattee in Perry. The state convention is not just for officers.

GFWC/IOWA Brancoft History Assembly received four certificates of honorable mention at the district convention in the following areas: domestic violence awareness and prevention, home life, conservation and education.

The next meeting will be Dec. 4, with Joan Chubick serving as hostess, at Creston Plaza Community Center.

Marisue Lewis was hostess.

Meeting was adjourned after the Club Collect.

Saundra Clem Leininger, director of the French Icarian Village, presented interesting facts and stories about the Icarian Village which was a communal colony with lasted 50 years in Corning from 1852 until 1898. They were highly educated with the motto “All for One, One for All.”

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Catholic Daughters

Court Joan of Arc No. 428 met Oct. 10 in the church hall following Mass. The dinner committee was Virginia Aguilar, Jane Collins, Jean Miller and Ann Marie Kinsella. Regent Retta Ripperger called the meeting to order. Nineteen members were present. They recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Members were asked to consider spiritually adopting an unborn baby who is in danger of abortion.

The bake sale committee reported the recent sale at Bunn-O-Matic was a success. The group’s share of the money from the Lifesaver campaign was given to Crisis Intervention Advocacy Center. The treasurer’s report and minutes were read and approved. Pat Pokorny reported the ReRun is busy putting out Christmas items and Halloween things are half price. They can use more volunteers. Marsha Mohr gave a report on the women’s retreat she attended in Cedar Falls. Discussion was held on the Abortion Dialogue Academy presentation to be held in the church hall. A road trip to Conception Abby was discussed and it was decided to try and do it in the spring. The next meeting will be Nov. 14. Everyone should bring a purse packed with personal items to give to victims of violence or a women’s shelter.

Barb Thomsen won the door prize. The group recited the membership prayer to close the meeting. Aguilar made the motion to adjourn. Janet Brown seconded it and the meeting adjourned.

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Salem Lutheran Women

Claudia Peppers called the meeting of Women of the ELCA of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church to order Nov. 5. Minutes of the June 4 meeting were read by Secretary Joyce Anderson and approved.

Treasurer’s report was given by Cari Jack. The report was approved.

Board member Judy Woods gave a report on the Western Iowa Women’s Synod convention held in June at Webster City.

Lutheran World Relief kits were dedicated Oct. 29 and were as follows: 44 quilts, 71 school kits, nine personal health kits and 15 baby layettes.

A thank you was given to all those who donated items for the Open Table dinner.

Carolyn and Gary Kessler donated a roaster to the kitchen. Betty Wager exchanged the non-working one for a new one.

Disbursements from the spring sale for 2017 will remain the same as in 2016 except the Lutheran Disaster fund will be increased and earmarked for domestic usage. Dorothy McNaught moved to do so, and Carolyn Biere seconded it. Jack moved the O’Riley Center be included in the giving. Linda Huffman seconded it and the motion carried.

The group voted to continue with the thank offering and for it being designated to United Charitable Organization. Huffman will give a temple talk on the subject and will involve the entire congregation.

Upcoming events include: next meeting will be Feb. 18 to begin preparations for Spring Cluster meeting; the spring sale will be held April 13, Lydia Spring Cluster meeting wil| be April 21 at Sa|em; the Western Iowa Women’s Synod Convention will be June 23, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic. The meeting adjourned.

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Creston United Methodist Women

The Creston United Methodist Women Executive Committee met Oct. 6 in Fellowship Hall. Sandy McNichols presided with seven officers present and special events coordinator in attendance. The UMW Purpose was read in unison. Joys and concerns were shared.

Beth Perry led the devotions reading Matthew 18:19-20 and noting the UMW is approaching 150 years. The organization was founded by eight women. Perry closed with a prayer from the Response magazine written by a young woman attending the University of the Philippines.

Correspondence was read and the minutes of the previous meeting were approved with one correction. The treasurer’s report was given and approved. Pecans are ordered and paid for. 

Vice President Ann Driskell is getting the lesson material gathered and putting together the 2018 program booklet. Susan Weight will present the program on Native Americans in May. Membership and program resources reports were given.

New rubber mats will be ordered for the kitchen. The fundraising dinner was a chicken and noodle dinner Oct. 29.

Installation of officers will be Jan. 21. The 2018 budget was reviewed and accepted.

The meeting was adjourned by reading the October Bible verse of John 8:12.

Morning Circle met 9:30 a.m. Oct. 20 with nine members and a guest present. Perry presided and gave a modified version of the program entitled “Deaconesses and Home Missioners Serving Communities.”

Evening Circle met 7 p.m. Oct. 19 with 12 members present. Rosalie Denton presided.

Jane Briley gave the same program as the Morning Circle.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Nov. 8.

Canasta winners were Linda Clark, first; Maxine May, second; and Janet Kessler, third.

Sharon Gile won the door prize.

Marilyn Larimore will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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Creston Lions

Creston Lions met Tuesday evening, Nov. 7, at the Pizza Ranch. Jerry Katzer, president, opened the meeting leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. Invocation was given by Delmer Brown. Stew Stewart introduced his son, Fred, who was visiting from Lewisberg, North Carolina. Katzer introduced Carol Sheldahl of Orient who is chairperson of District 9SW Zone No. 7.

Following the meal, Katzer introduced guest speaker Ginny Lents, dietitian at Greater Regional Medical Center. She presented information about a medical condition named prediabetes. Using a handout, she explained a risk test for determining a person’s likelihood for developing prediabetes. She told about the types of diabetes, how carbohydrates affect glucose and other information about following healthful meal plans. Lents answered several questions in the discussion time. Diabetes awareness is a topic emphasized by Lions Clubs International. 

Sheldahl discussed the importance of reporting local club activities to the district Lions organization. There are 52 Lions Clubs in District 9SW. Club projects are varied and the purpose is to serve people. Past District Governor Dean Brant gave updates on several service projects within the district. 

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved. A district convention is scheduled for Nov. 10-11 in Exira. Tom Braymen reported about KidSight. Since September, there have been more than 350 preschool students given vision screenings in several schools and towns. 

The annual Spud Supper will be held Feb. 22 at Creston First United Methodist Church. The board of directors will meet Nov. 29 and their meeting will be combined with preparation of a float for the Lighted Christmas Parade scheduled for Nov. 30.

After the drawing was held, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be Dec. 5 at the Pizza Ranch. Members are invited to take personal care items which will be donated to the Food Bank for dispersing when food items are given out. 

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Chapter LG P.E.O.

The regular business meeting of Chapter LG P.E.O. was held Oct. 17 at the home of Kay Ritter with Julie Christensen and Sue Dake serving as co-hostesses. By general consent, Dianne Huffman served as chaplain. The chaplain read devotions and led the prayer. Fifteen members responded to roll call. The yearbook committee person announced the next meeting would be the P.E.O. auction at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at Salem Lutheran Church. Other P.E.O. members and friends may be invited. The chapter birthday luncheon will be Nov. 7 due to the auction date.

Rosalee Denton gave the program on the P.E.O. projects – six scholarship projects – which financially help young women successfully complete academic degrees. Different financial awards are given, depending on the academic level and the student need. One scholarship is for the high school girl in the first year after graduation. Another helps an international woman earn a university degree. Others are focused on student need. The P.E.O. goal is to prepare well educated women. 

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