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Union County Genealogical Society

Eleven members of Union County Genealogical Society met Monday, March 26, at Gibson Memorial Library. Saundra Leininger gave the program on the Icarian movement founded by Frenchman Etienne Cabet in 1848. It was the longest existing secular utopian, pure communal experiment in the history of the United States. It’s 50-year life span from 1848-1898, included 46 years located near Corning. Additional information on the Icarians and biographies on some of its followers can be viewed at www.Icaria.net.

The business meeting was called to order by president Tessa Hull at 6:40 pm. It was reported the society currently has 41 paid memberships. Discussion was held on the elimination of the student membership status. Roger Nurnberg and Jane Briley offered to follow up on queries that had been received by the society. Hull reported 28 individuals attended the March First Saturday workshop on DNA. Leininger displayed the flyer that will be sent out for the Southwest Iowa Genealogy Conference, Tracking Your Past, which will be June 2 in Creston. Members are still working on names for the cemetery walk. Briley will do a presentation on beginning genealogy Saturday, April 14, at the library in conjunction with National Library Week.  

The First Saturday workshop in April will be held from noon to 1 p.m. April 7 at Gibson Memorial Library. Michael Vogt will present the program on Iowa military records. 

The next meeting will be April 23 at the library. Roll call will be “What vital record are you missing?” Union County Recorder Katie Carlton will present the program on Union County records.

Adjournment was at 7:45 p.m. 

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Catholic Daughters

Court Joan of Arc No. 426 met March 13 in the church hall following Mass. Dinner was served by the committee of Carolyn Downing, Joanne Gibson, Pat Cain and Ann Johnson. The program was presented by Brittney Shinn of the Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center. She expressed appreciation for the purses filled with personal items that the court donated. The clients were very happy to receive them, as many had fled abusive situations with nothing. Shinn gave members a list of items the center needs for clients in addition to financial assistance.

The business meeting was opened by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The treasurer’s report and minutes from the last meeting were read. Betty Baker reported she sent six cards. Two thank-you notes were received for the cookie plates.

Pat Pokorny reported the ReRun shop has been very busy. They need a volunteer for the front desk on Tuesdays. They are collecting light colored long-sleeved shirts for migrant workers.

Meg Crawford gave the Right to Life report. The memorial service in January had a nice attendance. It was held at Abundant Life Church. The Iowa Senate has passed a bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Retta will talk to Father about setting a date for the Lifesaver Campaign in April. Names need to be sent in this week of delegates and alternates to the National Convention.

Kaye Stock-Arndorfer, a state officer, is planning on attending the meeting in April. She will do the financial review if Pat Taylor is not able to. Crawford, Pat Wagner and Cain volunteered to be on the financial review committee, Jean Gibbons and Downing have agreed to be on the nominating committee.

Dues are due in April. Next month, members will have a potluck with the CCW. Phyllis Allen will be speaking on “Ancient Oils of the Bible.” The door prize was won by Jane Collins. The group recited the membership prayer to close the meeting. Barb Thompson made the motion to adjourn. Betty Baker seconded it and the meeting adjourned.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met March 28.

Canasta winners were Wanda Nash, first; Barb Bills, second; and Mary Kline, third.

Cheri Lilly won the door prize.

The next meeting for cards and chatter will be Wednesday, April 4.

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