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Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met Tuesday evening, May 1, at the Pizza Ranch. Jerry Katzer, president, led in the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Delmer Brown gave the invocation.

Following the meal, Brown introduced the program guests. They were Kayla Luther, Ellie Starlin and Hank Looney, all members of the Creston High School FFA Chapter. They were accompanied by their sponsor, Kelsey Bailey. Looney opened the program with a report from the FFA Conference held in Ames. Several members of the club won top awards at the conference. Luther and Starlin reported on various activities of the local club, including Reading Buddies with third-graders, Green Seedling Giveaway with kindergartners and the Bicycle Safety Program with first and second-graders. During the county fair, the FFA maintains a display about cover crops. Members also have their personal exhibits and projects to show at the fair. A question and answer session concluded the program. 

Katzer presided over the business meeting. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved as printed. Reports made included two more KidSight vision screenings were provided at Headstart and volunteers helped pack 12-14 cases of meals for Meals from the Heartland. The deaths of Chuck Ehm and Wendell Wilson were acknowledged. Both were longtime members of Creston Lions. Sandy Krauth thanked members for cards and prayers she received during her recovery from a stroke. A thank you note was read from Connor Shepherd, thanking the Lions for the scholarship to SWCC he received. 

The Villisca Lions Club sent an invitation to a golf tournament to be held June 16. 

The Greenfield Lions will have their first annual shoot event 3:30 p.m. May 12. Registration will be $20. Contestants must be over 18. 

The board of directors will meet 10 a.m. May 30 at Stew Stewart’s office. 

The next meeting of Creston Lions will be held Tuesday, June 5, at Cromwell Church and will include the installation of new officers. Reservations need to be turned into Katzer by May 31. The meeting was adjourned. 

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GFWC Progressive Chautauqua Study Club

The GFWC/Iowa Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club met May 8 for a breakfast at the Windrow. President Pat Butcher called the meeting to order at 10:25 a.m., and the members recited the Pledge of Allegiance in unison. Pat thanked our hostesses, Polly McCoy, Joyce Anderson and Linda Huffman.

The members answered roll call with their summer vacation plans. Ten members and three life-members were present. Gerri reported that $107 was collected last time for domestic violence.

The certificate and 50-year pin for Kay Ritter were presented to Ed. He appreciated these and will share them with the club.

The following reports were given:

Mary Morris reported that Vaughn has now turned 99 and is in good spirits at home.

Sharon Booth reported the library will order a book in honor of Kay.

Judy Weese discussed the program book and asked the members to review the information and note the new motto of “Bridging the Gap with GFWC.”

Morris reported that since the club had decorated a room at the Historical Village, the group could meet at the house and the Historical Society would give a program.

The projects to be listed in the year book were discussed, including the Wounded Woman Project and local projects, vests for dogs, collecting toiletries and the Iowa Lodge in Iowa City.

A motion was made to leave the projects the same except for the Wounded Warrior Project, and to insert the state projects. The motion passed.

Members recited the collect in unison and the meeting was adjourned at 10:59 a.m.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Windrow meeting room with 24 members and seven guests. President Korina Loudon presided, Terry Freeman gave the prayer and Bill Messerole was the finemaster.

Kiersten Latham, McKenna Hribal and Paul Lorenz lll were each awarded $500 Kiwanis scholarships and were introduced at the meeting. They stated what their field of study would be. Corey Marquardt, winner of the $500 Mickey Finn Memorial Scholarship, was also introduced to club members. 

The program was given by Jenny Moon with Southwest Iowa Provider Awareness group. She discussed the groups handout of books to children at parades and community activities to promote reading.

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Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC/Iowa Bancroft History Assembly met May 7 for breakfast at the Windrow with two life-members and six regular members present.

The minutes were approved as written and the treasurer’s report was placed on file for audit.

Peg Anderson spoke of the state convention, which was held at Hotel Pattee in Perry. Bancroft History Assembly received a reading award and the SW District read 4,778 books, which was the most read in the state. One speaker told of Retrieving Freedom, which provides dogs who have been trained to help veterans, people with Autism and those with special needs. Another speaker discussed Quilts of Valor, which has presented 185,000 quilts to veterans.

The new 2018-20 theme is Bridging the Gaps with GFWC. New President Eileen Hageman announced her service projects: providing vests for Retrieving Freedom dogs, making toiletry kits for domestic violence victims and the homeless and providing funds for the Iowa Lodge in Iowa City, where cancer patients and their families can stay while receiving treatment. We will continue to collect pill bottles.

Standing committees for 2018-19 are executive/program – Anderson, Joan Chubick and Marisue Lewis; budget – Joan Chubick and Avis Hainline; literature – Kay Raymond; scholarship – Chubick; civic improvement – Dora Coen and Anderson; telephone – Raymond; courtesy – Sandy Oswald; and auditing – Anderson and Raymond. 

Next year GFWC/Bancroft History Assembly will be learning about early women who were interesting, progressive for their time and were very active in the history of GFWC. Sign up sheet for the programs and hostesses were distributed.

Installation of the following officers was held: President – Lewis, Vice President – Oswald, Treasurer – Chubick, Corresponding Secretary – Beth Perry and Secretary/Journalist – Raymond.

After adjournment the Club Collect was recited.

Lewis gave an interesting, informative program on Dutch settlements in Iowa focusing on two sites settled by the Dutch, Pella and Orange City.

The next meeting will be in September. 

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GRMC Auxiliary Board

Jessica, Jordan, Tammy, Martha, Carolyn, Nancy, Lois, Joan and Rhonda were in attendance for the April 9 meeting of GRMC Auxiliary Board. The agenda, minutes and financial statements were approved.

Jessica gave the administrator’s report. Candidates are being interviewed for the replacement of ENT Dr. Matt Bolinger, who is leaving GRMC June 1, and moving to Georgia. Dr. Donna Bennett, OB-GYN, will be joining GRMC full-time in June. The Cancer Center will be hosting an open house in the near future. Construction of a covered loading dock area is planned. This will also enclose the trash and recycling area. A public hearing regarding the construction of the GRMC clinic in Mount Ayr will be held at the next GRMC board meeting. New email security has been implemented.

Other business included:

• 2018 healthcare scholarships are due April 13

• Employee membership drive open two more weeks

• Marsha and Patty to set dates for safe sitter class - check with Jill, she may need more books

• Need at least one more board member

Dates to remember are May 14 - next meeting; May 16 - linen sale; Sept. 4 - Masquerade jewelry sale and in October - scratch cupcakes sale.

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GRMC Auxiliary Gift Shop

Lois called the April 9 meeting of GRMC Auxiliary Gift Shop buying committee with Joan, Nancy, Jordan and Rhonda in attendance. After approving the agenda and the minutes, the group reviewed the financial statement.

Questions were raised about a “phantom” CD and credit card deposits. Jordan will look into those issues.

Members were apprised of a meeting 9:30 a.m. June 26 with a GANZ rep. PBJ will be sending out some items for our perusal. What ever we do not sell, Mary can pick up at our next meeting with her.

Next meeting is May 14.

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Beta Sigma Phi

Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter of BSP met for lunch May 4 at the Roadside in Arispe for their Mother’s Day observance with all members present. Marilyn Larimore entertained the group with a comical trivia quiz and “Did You Know” facts while they waited for their food.

In compliance with the decision to focus on grandmothers this year, at the close of the meal, Larimore read the history of grandmother’s day. It was begun by Joseph and Marsha McQuade who had 15 children. Members shared items that had belonged to their grandmothers and related favorite memories of times past.

The group will meet May 24 for a regular meeting with Patricia Fils as hostess. Members will be advised of plans.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met May 9.

Canasta winners were Connie Bailey, first; Rose Blakesley, second; and Joy Seeley, third.

Loretta Kelly won the door prize.

Janet Kessler will host cards and chatter Wednesday, May 16.

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