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St. John’s Women’s Evening Fellowship

St. John’s Women’s Evening Fellowship met Nov. 13 with 12 members present.

Devotions were given by Delores Doench. Helen Waddell collected the Least Coin. President Tammy Willets led the business meeting. Joyce Clark read the secretary’s report. Carol Wallace gave the treasurer’s report and Peggy Erskine gave the card report. Details of the progress on the rental house were discussed. A motion was made by Mary, seconded by Erskine to donate money raised from the soup supper to the church. A motion was made by Connie and seconded by Willets to donate $100 to the Christmas Basket Fund. Bread loaves will be made for next Sunday’s communion with extra loaves taken to the O’Riley Center. The group also discussed the “Hanging of the Greens” following church services next Sunday, Nov. 26, and urged anyone who could stay to help to do so.

Doench gave a report on the progress of United Charitable Association. She informed the group a building has been purchased on Main Street in Lenox for $45,000. Donations are being accepted for supplies and any other expenses related to this project. Mary made a motion, seconded by Clark to make a donation to this project. The trivia prize was won by Erskine. Refreshments were served by Willets.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Windrow meeting room  with 19 members and three guests. President Korina Loudon presided, Lori Harvey gave the prayer and Jim Nelson was the finemaster.

The program was given by Creston FFA Adviser Kelsey Bailey, Creston FFA Chapter President Dalten Bierle and FFA member Beau Thompson. They discussed FFA history and the many activities they are involved with at the local, district, state and national levels. There are 233 chapters in Iowa with 14,000 members. The Creston Chapter was founded in 1951, and currently has 96 student members.

The Christmas wreath fundraiser orders are here and members are currently getting them delivered this week. The club sold more than $3,000 worth of fresh decorated wreaths and swags this year with the proceeds going to area children’s programs the club supports.

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DWF Executive Committee

The DWF Executive Committee met 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ. There were six members in attendance. Pat Fils opened the meeting with all members reciting the DWF Prayer.

Old business included some discussion on the scholarship program. It was decided to table any decisions until the group has more members present. The letters would have to be mailed out to the kids by Dec. 1.

New business was the Thanksgiving dinner will be held after church Sunday, Nov. 12. The hanging of the greens will be after church Nov. 26. All help will be appreciated. Fils is still collecting for Least Coin.

There were no committee reports. The next committee meeting will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the church.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting, and the meeting adjourned. The meeting ended with the reciting of the DWF benediction.

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Chapter AZ, P.E.O. met Nov. 7 at the home of Sharon Bennett. Nineteen members were present. Initiation was held. Visitors from Chapter CV in Corning were introduced. It was reported under old business that a social was held Oct. 17 at Create Creston. Chapter AZ is invited to attend Chapter LGs annual auction and breakfast Nov. 14 at Salem Lutheran Church.

Judy Woods gave the program on the Iowa P.E.O. project fund. International Convention will be held September 2019 in Iowa.

The Iowa P.E.O. International delegate, Deb Roberts gave members a glimpse of activities at the convention held in South Carolina.

The next meeting will be Dec. 5 at Terri Hopkins’s with Kay Kinsella as co-hostess. Karla Hynes will have the program.

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Crest Area for Life

The annual meeting of Crest Area for Life was 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Holy Spirit Parish Hall. President Terry Madison opened the meeting with the Right to Life prayer.

Meg Crawford read the minutes of the September meeting, and they were approved as read. The annual report was read and approved. June Huewe gave the treasurer’s annual report and it was approved. Velma Riegel gave the new baby report. She has sent four letters.

In old business, Madison thanked Crawford for getting the newsletter sent out. Huewe mentioned the group had a good response to the membership drive. The program presented by Abortion Dialogue Academy was discussed. There was a very good turnout and the program was informative. The goal of the group is to give people the best ways to express positive pro-life ideas and arguments. It is used primarily in settings with high school and college-aged people and has the benefit of being peer to peer conversations. It was moved and seconded to send a donation to the group to support their work. Creston Area for Life will send a thank you to Catholic Daughters for sponsoring the program.

In new business, election of officers and the slate of officers was read: Madison as president, Betty Baker as vice president, Crawford as secretary and Huewe as treasurer. Motion to approve the slate was made and seconded, and the motion passed.

Plans for Jan. 22 observance will be discussed at the next meeting.

Next meeting will be 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Meeting adjourned.

After the meeting, refreshments were served and a film about eugenics was shown. The film gave a brief history about eugenics and the influence of the work of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, on the acceptance of the idea some lives are more important than others. Eugenicists, including Sanger, championed the idea for the good of society, we must rid the world of those thought to be unfit or undesirable, and of course, they would decide who fits these descriptions. They believed certain lives are not valuable and in some cases a burden. This led to greater acceptance of abortion, birth control and forced sterilizations. These beliefs led to the acceptance of ethnic cleansing in Germany and other parts of the world. We then discussed the current situation in the world that results in babies with handicaps or illnesses being aborted or even killed after birth. It is tragic some lives are not valued or respected, and individuals or governments can decide to allow and even encourage their killing.

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Beta Sigma Phi

Members of Iowa Alpha Sigma Master of Beta Sigma Phi and guests enjoyed a social evening Thursday evening, Nov. 9, at the Pizza Ranch with six members and five guests participating.  

Following their meal, Marilyn Larimore presided over bingo games and the group enjoyed visiting. The calling committee will notify members of plans for December activities.

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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library met Oct. 16 at the library. Members present were Starr Cure, Jessica Duncan, Judy Hoakison, Marisue Lewis, Bunny Norton, Kay Raymond, Julie Schieffer, Barbara Thomsen, Karen Walter, Ann Coulter and David Hargrove. Cappy Norton was a guest.

The agenda was approved and the minutes approved as corrected. 

Hargrove wished the friends a happy FOL week and the library staff treated the board with delicious treats. The library has a new internet service, Iowa Communication Network.

Coulter mentioned an auction fundraiser to be held March 17 at the Eagles. This is a St. Patrick’s Day event and there will be two bands.

Preschool books were delivered during FOL week. Winners of the drawing held during the week are: Shirley Little received the postcards, Kimberly Stalcup won the Nancy Drew bag and Audrey Fyock won the “Where the Wild Things Are” bag.

Photos with Santa will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30. There will be no charge for pictures, but donations will be accepted.

The scrapbooking event will be Feb. 24-25. Motion carried to purchase a cutter from Maple Street Memories.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the library.

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Kent Dinner Club

Kent Dinner Club met Nov. 9 with eight attending.

Next meeting will be 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at Pizza Ranch. The time change is due to winter.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Nov. 15.

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. 22.

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