The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Windrow meeting room with 17 members and one guest. President Korina Loudon presided, Jim Nelson gave the prayer and Bob Miller was the finemaster.
The program was given by Jim Mansour for Habitat for Humanity. He discussed the history of the group which started in 2002, and just finished their eighth house. Their program works for families that make $20,000 to $40,000 annually with up to four members. They qualify for no interest, 20-year mortgages for the newly constructed homes. The group also does repairs for low income and handicapped homeowners.
Emails went out to members to help the Creston Archery team Jan. 20 with their first home tournament at the middle school.
Members were also informed of the district meeting Jan. 11 in West Des Moines. The club will get a report and update at the next meeting.
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Creston Lions met Tuesday evening, Jan. 2, at the Pizza Ranch. The meeting was opened by Jerry Katzer, president, leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was given by Delmer Brown. Jerry Thomsen introduced David Hargrove, director of Gibson Memorial Library, who was the guest speaker.
Following the meal, Hargrove spoke about “Building on Our Legacy,” the current plan for renovation and expansion of the Creston Area Library and Cultural Center. The library board plans to better serve the community. Fundraising is underway. Hargrove told of his personal interest in the history of the local area. He gave background information about Lions Clubs International and also discussed the history of the Creston Lions Club, which was chartered April 18, 1952. Lions International observed the centennial of their organization in 2017.
Katzer presided over the business meeting. The treasurer’s and secretary’s reports were presented and approved. Tom Braymen reported on KidSight which is an ongoing service project of doing vision screenings for preschool children. More than 400 screenings were done in 2017 in Creston and the surrounding area. Paul Fuller handed out spud supper tickets for members to sell. The supper will be held Feb. 22 at Creston First United Methodist Church.
Dean Brant gave information about the midwinter conference. Plans were made to provide a monetary donation for use by Partners in Service at the conference. Brant thanked Lions members for helping with the Creston Christmas Basket project in December. This is one of 20 projects supported by Creston Lions from local to international levels.
The Lions Board of Directors will meet Jan. 30 at Stew Stewart’s office. The next monthly meeting of Creston Lions will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Pizza Ranch. Prospective members may contact Stewart at 641-782-5674.
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The P.E.O. Chapter LG met Dec. 5 at the home of Kay Ritter with Peg Anderson assisting as co-hostess. A bountiful buffet table was set with Christmas-themed food and treats of cinnamon bow ties and candies. Sixteen members responded to roll call.
The chapter social auction was financially successful. President Linda Linch shared the written summary and pictures of the 2017 Convention of International Chapter, in Charlotte, North Carolina, sent in report form by Deb Roberts, delegate from Corning. She noted ideas worthy of planning for the convention to be held in Des Moines in 2019.
Karla Powers led an interactive program with the theme of Christmas memories by members and a game of an exchange of gifts going rapidly to the left and then to the right in fun and confusion.
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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Jan. 10.
Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Barb Bills, third.
Gwen Sandeman won the door prize.
Nash will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Jan. 17.