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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Windrow meeting room with 18 members and three guests. President Korina Loudon presided, Jim Morris gave the prayer and Kyle Wilson was the finemaster.

The program was given by Taylor Lynch, health coordinator with MATURA. She discussed the health programs for families to help keep kids healthy and what to look for in common childhood diseases. The program serves more than 100 area families.

The club also presented Dana Dodge, YMCA director, with a $300 check to help kids with scholarships to attend the Y’s summer camp this year.

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DWF Executive

The DWF Executive committee met 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

There were seven members in attendance. Pat Fils opened the meeting with all members reciting the DWF Prayer. Minutes were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given and approved.

Old business was 54 people signed up for the Western dinner April 15 after church. This dinner will also be for the scholarship fund.

New business included the nominating committee will meet and have nominations at the next meeting.

Committee report was a funeral dinner was served to the family and friends of Clarice Minnick. There were approximately 97 served.

The group will have the May breakfast May 3 at the church, so the next DWF Executive meeting will be May 10 at the church.

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Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Pizza Ranch. Jerry Katzer, president, led in the pledge of allegiance to open the meeting. The invocation was given by Delmer Brown. Dean Brant introduced Allen Zobel of Exira, who serves in several positions with Iowa Lions. 

Following the meal, Zobel spoke on the topic of Lions Leo Clubs. The organization is for youth ages 12 to 18. The members participate in many service projects in the area where they live. Zobel gave many examples of the Leo Clubs in Exira and surrounding towns, and the good results that benefit the area. 

Katzer presided over the business meeting. The minutes of the March meeting were approved as corrected. Approval was given for a request to assist a person needing eyeglasses. In May, the regular monthly meeting will be held May 1 at the Pizza Ranch. Plans for the June 5 meeting were discussed. It will close the club year and will include installation of new officers.

Prospective members may contact Stew Stewart at 641-782-5674. Creston Lions continue to collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids. Collection containers are at the Wal-Mart Vision Center, restored Creston Depot, ReRun Shop, YMCA and First United Methodist Church. The cooperation received from the community for all Lions Club projects is greatly appreciated. 

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TOPS #1338

Creston TOPS #1338 met 5 p.m. April 2 at First United Methodist Church for weigh-in. Leader Shellie Adams called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. with nine members.

Best losers were Alice Brown and Mitzie Cellan with a tie. Runner-up was Jeanette Markus. Minutes were read by Bev Roberts and Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved.

Carol Sheldahl received a division merit certificate for first place. The groups also got a letter from the area captain, Debbie Williams.

The program was given by Sheldahl on an IRD walk from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Montreal, Canada, with an activity log. Next week’s program will be given by Sandy Oswald. On April 9, a horse race contest will start to keep track of losses to move a pony. Members will have double fines next week for gains.

Beverly Lyon won squares and the red can challenge was “no ice cream.” The meeting adjourned at 6 p.m. with “You Take my Hand.”

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Ten members weighed in April 9 with Adams calling the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Best loser was Roberts and Sheldahl was runner up. The net loss for the week was 14 1/2 pounds. Fines for the previous week were won by Cellan.

Roberts read the minutes and Brown gave the treasurer’s report, and both were approved. Oswald gave the program on basic activity from the April TOPS Magazine, as at least 2 1/2 hours of activity is needed to get energy balance for better sleep and to feel better about yourself. It is recommended to do different things to mix it up.

The horse race contest started and activity logs were checked. The red can challenge was to drink a glass of water one-half hour before meals. Next week’s program will be by Roberts.

Adams closed the meeting at 6 p.m.

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P.E.O. Chapter LG

The P.E.O. Chapter LG met March 20 at the home of Lori Scott with Annette Rice serving as co-hostess. The omelet committee reported the fundraiser was a successful event to raise money for scholarships for Creston High School seniors. Twenty-two members participated in the preparation, cooking and delivering meals. In addition, members from the P.E.O. Chapter AZ cooperatively participated.

The international projects committee presented three crafts which could be submitted for sale at the 2018 Iowa P.E.O. Convention. The scholarship committee announced the scholarship forms are at the high school and due April 6. The projects committee shared the P.E.O. Chapter AZ invitation to their trunk sale, a community sale of goods from the trunk of one’s car, on May 5 at the restored Creston Depot parking lot. President Linda Linch read her “President’s letter” for 2017-18, an annual review of the chapter’s activities of the year. Installation of officers was conducted by Peg Anderson. Installed as president was Linda Linch, Nancy James as recording secretary, Judy Weese as corresponding secretary and Irene Francis as chaplain.

Weese presented the program on P.E.O. history; the 150th anniversary will occur in 2019. The men’s association (BIL’s) originated in Centerville when they called themselves the Ancient Order of Bachelor’s to correspond with their wives. Many P.E.O. Sisters own/manage bed and breakfast lodges and proudly advertise in the organization’s magazine and online. Francis emphasized a comforting national concept that a “P.E.O. member is a sister for life.“

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The P.E.O. Chapter LG met April 3 at the home of Pat Butcher with Terry Ammon assisting as co-hostess. A summary of the omelet fundraiser was given by the treasurer. The scholarship chairperson will pick up the scholarship applications from the high school this week and initiate the cooperative selections with members of the P.E.O. Chapter AZ committee.

International Projects craft sales money will be returned to the chapter for their use. The trunk sale, in conjunction with Chapter AZ, will be held May 5. President Linda Linch installed the following officers: Jennifer Hoyt as vice president, Rosalee Denton as treasurer and Ammon as guard.

For the program, Irene Francis invited her husband, Roger Francis, to speak about his woodworking hobby. He discussed and showed his methods for taking a tree branch or purchased wood to create a wooden vase or box with a lid and other projects His most detailed designs in the wood item were formed by cutting wood into segments and gluing those segments into a donut shape. Several wooden donuts were stacked and glued. He then put them on a chuck and began rounding the stack by turning it on his lathe cutting tool. Some “designer ring” donuts were ornate in that he created color in the design by using different colored wood segments from around the world, which he purchased. Then the stacked donuts were turned on the lathe. His wooden crafts were beautifully detailed and deserve to be displayed.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met April 11.

Canasta winners were Marilyn Larimore, first; Sharon Gile, second; and Barb Bills, third.

Wanda Nash won the door prize.

Cards and chatter will be a guest day luncheon on Wednesday, April 18.

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