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Eleven members attended the Aug. 11 meeting of the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter, DAR at Summit House in Creston. Hostesses were Pam Marvin, Bonnie Riepe and Jan Morgan. Special guest was Marsha Hucke, DAR State of Iowa Regent who informed the group on the renovations of Constitution Hall, the DAR home in Washington, D.C. Hucke’s special project is to raise funds for new curtains in the Iowa Room.

The following officers were inducted for 2018-19: Regent Jan Morgan, Vice-Regent Suzanne Adkisson, Secretary Lynne Schlaht, Treasurer Bonnie Riepe, Historian Elaine Brown and Chaplain Connie Kinkade.

Judith Wachter gave the program on Women’s Suffrage. Roll call was answered with the question: Who was the first president you voted for?

Jan Morgan gave the President General’s message, Connie Kinkade gave the National Defense Report and the Commemorative Events Moment, Elaine Brown the Indian Moment, Suzanne Adkisson the Conservation Moment, Rosalie O’Grady the Constitution Moment, Bonnie Riepe the Flag Moment, and Darlene Morgan, Women’s Issues. Pam Marvin told about Iowan Adelaide Pollard during the Women in Iowa Moment.

Pam encouraged everyone to bring a donation of books in order to help the soldiers at Fort Leonardwood start a library. Members voted to give their “Worthy Cause” fund to Food for Life. Jan announced that members are invited to a reception in Coralville for Marsha Hucke on Sunday. Also, the Abigail Adams Chapter will hold a 125th celebration on Nov. 10 at the Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines.  

The Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter has earned a DAR Good Citizens Committee award for contacting 10 or more schools and a Chapter Achievement Award, Level 1, for 2017.

The next meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Sat. Sept. 8 at Summit House in Creston. Bonnie Riepe will give the program on World War I Stereoscopic Photos. Roll call will be: Bring a historic picture. Hostesses will be Bonnie and Lynne Schlaht.

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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library Board met on Aug. 20 with the following members present: Jessica Duncan, Kay Raymond, Julie Schieffer, Chelsea Sorensen and David Hargrove.

The agenda and minutes were approved.

Director Hargrove stated the Wine Walk was a great success. It was exciting to engage with the businesses. The Capital Campaign’s Cemetery Walk will be held at 5 p.m Sept. 22 in Calvary Cemetery. The rain date will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 . A program on Downton Abbey will be held 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the library and another on Stoneware in southwest Iowa will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, presented by Blake Fry-Schnormeier. The LED sign has been installed by the “City Guys.” This was purchased due to grant money from South Central Iowa Community Foundation. Three sets of book shelves have been purchased for the west wall of the Genealogy Room. The shelving came from state money. The September calendar from the programming committee will be posted on the library website and hard copies will be available at the circulation desk.

The Used Book Sale will be held 2:30-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the O’Riley Center, 417 Wyoming Ave.

The next meeting will be Sept. 17 at 6 pm at the library. The board meetings are always an open meeting.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Windrow meeting room with 22 members and three guests. President Korina Loudon presided, Drew Henderson did the prayer and Lori Harvey was the finemaster.

Lt. Governor of District 13 Ron Peterson of Kiwanis awarded the District Layperson of the Year to Creston Kiwanis Member Dennis Carter. There are 9 Kiwanis Clubs in District 13. Dennis was nominated by member Ed Ritter this year for someone that fulfills the First Object of Kiwanis “to give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of life.”

Club members have helped with the Bloodmobile on Aug. 20 at Trinity Church and Helping grill at the first home football game, Aug. 24.

The club got updates on the Pork Chop fundraiser from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at McKinley Park. Tickets are now available from members and a sign up sheet was passed for members to work the fundraiser.

The program was Julie Lang with MATURA, she spoke about a new program to help area families with a series of classes that the Creston Kiwanis and other organizations would put on in the near future.

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