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Beta Kappa Chapter

Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met the morning of June 15 at Henry A. Wallace Center with nine members present. The guest that morning was Mary Zirkelbach, past Upsilon State President.

Martha Ray was initiated into the chapter. Officers for 2018-20 were installed and included Karen Tussey, president; Connie Nielsen, first vice-president; Diane Burgmaier, second vice-president; Deb Lilly, recording secretary; Julie Derby, corresponding secretary; and Deb Bauer, treasurer.

A thank you for the cookie trays from Tammie Cass of Nodaway Valley School was read. Nielsen also issued an invitation to her 50th wedding anniversary open house to be from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, at Orient United Methodist Church.

This year’s Grant-in-aid was awarded to Jordan Reyneld from Earlham, who will be majoring in elementary education. Robyn Ploeger received the $600 Upsilon State Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Cunningham Scholarship at the state convention held June 9 in West Des Moines. Four other Beta Kappa members attended the state convention this year. Beta Kappa’s 2018 Educational Excellence Award was presented to Lisa Swanson for her support of education through her involvement with Henry A. Wallace Center.

A $100 mini-grant from Upsilon State will help fund Beta Kappa’s project, “Books Have Class.” New female teachers at Nodaway Valley, Orient-Macksburg, Winterset and Earlham schools will receive classroom appropriate books in the fall for their classroom libraries.

Deb Lilly issued an invitation to attend a presentation on IPERS at 9 a.m. Sept. 11 being given by Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald at the Creston Area Retired School Personnel Association meeting in the Del Richardson Conference Center at the Greater Regional Hospital. Breakfast may be purchased in the cafeteria at 8:30 a.m.

The rest of the meeting was spent planning the programs for the 2018-19 year. The next meeting will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Greenfield Assisted Living. The program is entitled, “What’s Up With Health Facilities?” Each member is asked to bring latex free surgical gloves to be donated to free clinics that are part of the Malawi project.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Windrow meeting room with 19 members and three guests. President Korina Loudon presided, Jim Morris gave the prayer and Scott Coen was the finemaster.

The club hosted Open Table on June 26. Roger Lanning reported several members helped make this possible, from fixing desserts to serving at the meal.

Kiwanis members also signed up for Fourth of July activities, including putting up and taking down flags and helping organize the parade every year. The club will also be in the parade and pass out goodies to the children along the parade route.

The club presented John Shiltz with the Creston youth football program with a $300 check to help buy new football equipment. The program has more than 100 kids that participate and helps them learn the basics of football in a safe way.

The program was given by Ellen Gerherz, director of Creston Chamber of Commerce. She discussed all the new activities going on this year during the Fourth of July celebration and then gearing up for next year, when Creston celebrates its 150th year anniversary.

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Beta Sigma Phi

Iowa Alpha Sigma Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Thursday evening, June 28, at the home of Marilyn Larimore, in lieu of a planned picnic. All members were present. After enjoying the sack lunches they had brought, President Loretta Kelly called the business meeting to order and members answered roll call with their summer plans.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved, the treasurer’s report given and bills approved for payment. Larimore reported the July 12 meeting will be held at Kelly’s home with Dorothy Eyberg giving the program. Members will distribute favors Monday, July 2, at Homestead. There were no further committee reports.

Kelly read from “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” regarding the importance of being happy where you are and making the most of every day.

Following the close of the meeting, members made Fourth of July favors for delivery Monday to Homestead residents, signed a birthday card for a former member and enjoyed ice cream and cookies.

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