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Ten members and one guest, Anna Richards of Greenfield, attended the July 14 meeting of the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter, DAR, at the Homestead facility in Greenfield. Hostesses for the day were Carole Baudler, Julie Sorensen and Ethel Handley.

Jan and Darlene Morgan presented a skit portraying Abigail Adams and a friend. Through the skit, members learned a great deal about what was happening at the time of the American Revolution. Roll call for the day was, “Have you ever been in a skit or play?”  

Following the DAR rituals, Lynne Schlaht read the president general’s message concerning the newly restored stage of the Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., as well as other renovations. Pam Marvin gave the National Defense report stating that the dedication of the DAR Monument at Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter will take place Aug. 4.

The minutes and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. Marvin will be the new DAR state chairperson for women’s issues.

In other reports, Bonnie Riepe gave the flag moment and reported six American flags still stand on the moon. Suzanne Atkinson gave the conservation moment and constitution moment, Suzanne Frost gave the American Indian moment, and Darlene Morgan spoke on women’s issues.  

In old business, it was decided to donate two flags to Graceland Cemetery. Discussion was held about nominations for veterans awards and historic preservation awards. The new state DAR regent, Marsha Hucke, will be invited to the August meeting where new officers will be installed.

The next meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Summit House in Creston. Judith Wachter will give the program on women’s suffrage. Roll call will be, “Who was the first president you voted for?” Marvin will be the hostess.

Any woman, 18 years of age or older, who has an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War is eligible to join DAR. Call Jane Briley at 641-782-4525 or Marj Kinkade at 641-782-2503 for more information.  

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Beta Sigma Phi

Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met in regular session Thursday evening, July 26, at the home of Marilyn Larimore. Following the opening ritual, members answered roll call with plans for attending the state fair. The president received the yardstick for evaluating chapter activities, and members joined in completing it. The membership list was also received and checked for accuracy.

It was announced the next meeting will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at Pizza Ranch. The president read from the book of Beta Sigma Phi regarding the qualification for master chapters, and the meeting was turned over to the hostess to give the program.

In keeping with the initial roll call, Marilyn gave a group participation quiz about the state fair. Questions varied from the beginning of the fair, where and when, to present activities. It was learned the fair is listed in the national register of historic places and there are time capsules buried on the grounds that will be opened in 2054, to commemorate the 200th year of the fair, and in 2086, to commemorate 200 years at the present location.

Marilyn also queried the group about many of the various activities that are a part of the fair; the animals, foods and sewing displays, media participation, food consumption, contests, celebrities who have participated and lots of interesting statistics. Members were amused to learn the budget for the first fair in 1854 was $323, and facts about the butter sculptures. Last year’s attendance was the largest in the history of the fair with 1,130,071, and in 1983, temperatures reached 108 degrees on older American’s day.

Following the closing ritual and Mizpah, members enjoyed refreshments and visiting.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Aug. 1.

Canasta winners were Joy Seeley, first; Cheri Lilly, second; and Sharon Gile, third.

Mary Kline won the door prize.

Gile will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Aug. 8.

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