GFWC Progressive Chautauqua Circle
The GFWC/Iowa Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club met 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the home of Carolyn Biere. The meeting was called to order by President Pat Butcher and the members recited the Pledge of Allegiance in unison.
Thanks were expressed to Biere and Beverly Butler for hosting. Devotions were presented by Mary Morris titled, “God wants what is best for us.”
Jerri Henderson presented the public issues program on shingles. She explained it was a very painful reactivation of the chickenpox virus that remained in our bodies and told about the vaccinations available.
Members responded to the roll call by naming a public issue that concerned them, and many different concerns were expressed. Ten members and two life members were present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and approved as read and corrected. The treasurer’s report was given.
Peg Anderson invited the members to the library’s capital campaign fundraiser to be held March 17 at the Eagles Club, and reminded members about the state convention to be held April 19-20 at Hotel Patee in Perry.
Kay Ritter was recognized as a 50-year member and members discussed how to encourage new people to become members. It was announced the next meeting will be the anniversary party at 1 p.m. March 13 at Summit House.
Butcher and Linda Huffman gave reports on the writing scholarships available to be awarded.
The reading report was given showing 100 percent participation by the club members.
The members read the Collect in unison and the meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m.. A delicious dessert was enjoyed by all.
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TOPS IA #1338
TOPS A #1338 met to weigh in 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at First United Methodist Church in Creston. At 5:30 p.m., leader Shelly Adams called the meeting to order with nine members. Best loser was Adams and Bev Roberts was second.
Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report and Roberts read the minutes. Both were approved. There was no old or new business.
Squares went to Jeanette Markus and fines from Feb. 12 went to Carol Sheldahl. The Red Can challenge was to have no fried food for a week.
Roberts’ program was the 2-minute heart risk quiz. February is heart month and people die of heart health problems. The top game changers are sleep, moving and eating real food.
Next week’s program will be given by Brown. The meeting adjourned at 6 p.m.
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On Feb. 26, eight members weighed in. Best loser was Beverly Lyon and Sandy Oswald was second. The best loser for the month was Sheldahl. Co-leader Mitzie Cellan called the meeting to order and announced the members had a no grain week with a 12-pound loss.
Roberts read the minutes and Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved. Fines for last week went to Roberts. Squares were won by Markus. The Red Can challenge No. 9 was instead of ice cream, swap for frozen grapes, applesauce or fat-free yogurt.
Brown gave the program, “More than Meets the Eye,” with four habits that harm your vision: too much screen time, smoking, poor nutrition and lack of sun protection. Sunglasses should be worn year round.
The meeting adjourned with “You Take my Hand.” Next meeting will be March 5 at the church.
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Union County Genealogical Society
Union County Genealogical Society met Feb. 26 at Gibson Memorial Library. President Tessa Hull called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. A discussion of possible names to be included in the planned late September Calvary Cemetery walk was held with Susan Weight and Kay Raymond from the capital campaign/events committee. Six names will be chosen for inclusion in the walk with each name needing 15 minutes of narrative. Information gathering will continue through June 1.
Kathy Parmenter gave a website summary showing that Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays were the heaviest days for visitors to the website with 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. being the most popular times. Most of the visitors are spending between a half-hour and an hour on the website. Although nearly all of the users were from the United States, there were users from Australia, Canada, Germany and Russia.
Saundra Leininger is working on entering the Lorimor Cemetery burials onto the website format. Ruth McDowell has completed information on Brown’s Mountain Cemetery.
Leininger reported 18 individuals attended the Feb. 3 workshop on “Photo Touch Up with Microsoft Paint.”
Dennis Allen from Genealogical Treasures will present the March 3 workshop on DNA Basics. The program will be held at the library with registration beginning at 11 a.m. The program will be from noon until 1 p.m. The cost of the seminar is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Leininger reported on plans for the Southwest Iowa Genealogy Conference on “Tracking Your Past” to be held Saturday, June 2, in Creston. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at O’Riley Center. Program topics will be where to search for genealogical information on the internet, how to document and cite resources, how to develop research plans and research logs and how to utilize organizational tools. Reservations need to be made by May 19. The cost of the conference will be $25. Cost after May 19 will be $35.
The society has 15 generation pedigree charts which will be offered for sale on the Roots Seller for $5 each.
Memorials and the web memorial page will be discussed at the next meeting.
Katie Carlton, Union County Recorder, will present a program on Union County vital records for the April meeting.
Hull presented the program on photographic forensics and provided a handout to aid in the identification of unknown subjects in photos.
The next meeting will be 6 p.m. March 28 at Gibson Memorial Library. Roll call will be answered to “Is there an Icarian in your tree?” Leininger will present the program on “Who were the Icarians?”
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Afton Federated Garden Club
Members of the Afton Federated Garden Club met Friday, Feb. 9, at Afton Community Center. President Shirley Wallace called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m. with members repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect. Roll call was answered by nine members, including two new members – Beth McGrath and Sandy Rollings.
Minutes of the December meeting were read by Monica Huddleson. Motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Judy Weese and seconded by Ginny Quick.
Kathy Tapken gave the treasurer’s report. Iris Smith made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Quick. Wallace presented a bill for postage. Weese made the motion, seconded by Quick to pay the bill.
Wallace shared a Christmas thank you letter from Olive Kerns; a letter from Karen VanBuskirk; a letter from Polly McCoy; a note from Audrey McDowell with Winterset Library programs for the public and a card from Vicki Reese resigning from our club.
The Wallace Center spring workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 with reservations due by March 9. “Think Spring” wildflower workshop is June 13 at Simpson College.
Wallace sent the Christmas banners from the members to Doris Porter and Olive Kerns; sent the Book of Evidence to the district president, state president and awards chairperson. She has sent in news for the April edition of the spring newsletter. Wallace has edited the Union County Fair floriculture rules to bring them up to date.
The March meeting will be changed to March 2 and the April meeting to April 6. We will meet at 1 p.m. on those dates to work on the center pieces for the June 4 district meeting with our regular meeting starting at 1:30 p.m.
A Circle of Roses nomination was made by Tapken and seconded by Weese. Quick and Huddleson are to write up the nomination to be sent by May 1.
The schedule for delivery of the book, “The Saved Seed,” written by Brenda Moore and illustrated by Emily Lackey was decided upon.
The annual plant sale is to be from 1 to 6 p.m. May 11 at the park, weather permitting, or at Afton Community Center, if not.
Weese made and Quick seconded a motion to adjourn at 3 p.m. Everyone recited the Conservation Pledge.
Quick presented an informative program on ferns. She told us ferns prefer shade, up to two hours of sun per day and a lot of moisture, but they don’t like to feel wet. A mixture of peat moss and sand is a good potting mix. Ferns have spores, not seeds. Quick said ferns should be repotted every two to three years when they become root bound. She told us the root ball should be cut in half, then fourths; roots trimmed to one to two inches long and planted at the same depth they had been before. Quick told that Boston Fern roots can get to be five feet long.
Quick served a delicious lunch.
The next meeting will be 1 p.m. March 2 at Afton Community Center. Hostesses will be Donna Thomas and Audrey McDowell. Weese and Thomas will have the program on garden therapy.
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The Book Club
The Book Club met Feb. 5 at the home of Pat Pokorny. President Carolyn Derrick presided. The minutes of the December meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read and approved. It was decided to take up a collection toward a donation for the Creston library. This will be done each month from February to May.
Roll call was answered by nine members noting books read recently: “End Game” by David Baldacci, “Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks, “The Right Time” by Danielle Steel, “Lost Books of the Bible” compiled by William Hone, “Full Disclosure” by Dee Henderson, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “The Pilot’s Wife” by Anita Shreve, “Where You Belong” by Barbara Taylor Bradford, “The Gentle Rebel” by Gilbert Morris, “St Augustine” by John Musick, “Never Go Back” by Lee Child, “Christmas Stories” by Charles Dickens and “Immortal Wife” by Irving Stone.
Velma Riegel gave the review of the Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson starts his autobiography on Jan. 6, 1821. He’s 77 years old. He was born April 13, 1743. He begins with a little family history. His father’s family was from Wales. His mother, born Jane Randolph, traces her ancestry back to England and Scotland. His father’s home is in Albemarle County, Virginia. His father dies when Thomas is 14 and he becomes the head of the household.
Jefferson is very well educated. He graduates from William and Mary College at age 16. By age 23, he is practicing law, and by age 25, he is a member of his county’s legislature.
He becomes a revolutionary leader believing America should not have to live under the King’s demands. He hopes to avoid war, but will go to war if forced into it. He is best known for writing “The Declaration of Independence” which was adopted July 4, 1776.
He was governor of Virginia from 1779-1781, which was during the war. He does not write anything about this period but refers the reader to another book.
Jefferson married Martha Skelton in 1772. She died in 1782. They had six children, but only two lived to adulthood.
He was involved in social reforms – land distribution, religious tolerance, criminal law and public education. He wanted to end slavery.
In 1784, Congress sent Jefferson to France to help Benjamin Franklin and John Adams negotiate European treaties. In 1785, Jefferson became the minister to France. After the French Revolution ended in 1789, new French leaders wanted him to stay and help them form a democracy, but President George Washington called him home to be Secretary of State.
The account of his life ends in March 1790 as he assumes this new position. Apparently he simply runs out of time to finish the autobiography or poor health forces him to stop writing. He dies July 4, 1826.
Following the review, we enjoyed Valentine themed refreshments served by Pokorny.
The next meeting will be held 1:30 p.m. March 5 at the home of Dorothy McNaught with Retta Ripperger as reviewer.
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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Feb. 28.
Canasta winners were Linda Clark, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Joy Seeley, third.
Seeley won the door prize.
Cheri Lilly host cards and chatter Wednesday, March 7.