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Bridgewater American Legion

BRIDGEWATER – Bridgewater American Legion No. 703 met Aug. 13 at the Bridgewater Fire Station. Nine members were present. A business meeting was conducted.

Points of interest included:

• The club will pay membership dues for the year 2019.

• Next meeting in September, everyone bring cut-out patterns or material for the adult bibs, walker bags or preemie shirts.

• Members will take a dozen cookies each month to the hospice home in Creston. A schedule will be made up. Jane will do September.

• The meeting day and time will change beginning in September. We will have all-day meetings beginning at 9:30 a.m., completing at 3 p.m. The group will have two hostesses alternate bring a main dish and salad/dessert. A schedule will be made up. Judy will bring the main dish and Cathy the salad/dessert for September.

• In October, members will do a major cleaning of the meeting place.

Meeting adjourned. The meeting place was cleaned.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Windrow meeting room with 17 members and one guest. President Korina Loudon presided, Bob Miller gave the prayer and Randy Ringsdorf was the finemaster.

Club members are helping with the bloodmobile Aug. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church, and helping grill at the first home football game.

The club got updates on the pork chop fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 13, at McKinley Park. Club members have ordered their Kiwanis shirts to wear that day. Tickets are now available from members and a sign up sheet was passed for members to work the fundraiser.

The program was given by Brian Morrison, head football coach at Creston/O-M. He discussed the summer program, team building and the upcoming season changes with new coaches, new players and skills that this group has. The team will scrimmage Friday night, Aug. 17, and the first game is Aug. 24 at Creston.

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Beta Sigma Phi

Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met in regular session Thursday evening, Aug. 9, at the Pizza Ranch with Norma Putnam as hostess. Following the opening ritual, roll call was answered by telling two things that are frustrating to us. Communications included an inquiry from Xi Mu Lambda in Geneseo, Illinois, about whether our chapter would be in favor of their chapter hosting the 2020 State Convention for Iowa and an announcement that a rose had been delivered to Cheryl McClure.

Patricia Fils gave the treasurer’s report. Committee reports noted the next meeting will be commemorating Beginning Day, and will be held at the Pizza Ranch. The president, Loretta Kelly, shared a completed copy of the chapter yardstick that was submitted to International. She also read from “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” about making peace with imperfections in people and events, rather than becoming frustrated and letting annoyance rule our thoughts and actions.

The hostess gave the program on “The Wild World of Food Fraud,” noting the importance of reading labels on purchased foods to insure you are getting what you pay for and not substitutions and additives, particularly those that can be harmful. She gave examples of alterations to fish, olive oil and honey and also noted that, after more than 100 years, trans-fats, that were introduced by chemists in France and Germany, were banned from inclusion in all foods in the United States as of June 2018.

The evening ended with the closing ritual, Mizpah and visiting.

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Creston Lions

Creston Lions met Aug. 7 at the Pizza Ranch. Ralph Dillinger, president, opened the meeting and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Stew Stewart gave the invocation.

Following the meal, Tom Braymen introduced Denny Abel of Creston Veterans of Foreign Wars. Abel is currently the quartermaster of the local unit and serves on honor guard. He shared a speech about the American flag, including the history of Flag Day, patriotism, symbolism and protection of the flag. He gave the background in the importance of the flag to prisoners of the Vietnam War, especially John McCain. He told about a project to raise money for new flags and a flagpole at the local Freedom Rock location. Funds are needed to implement the project and maintain the site.

After the program, Dillinger presided over the business meeting. Minutes of the July meeting were presented and approved. Braymen gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved. Discussion was held regarding service club signs at various places in Creston. It was approved to purchase and install new signs promoting Creston Lions.

Radine Ward oversees the collection containers in Creston, where used eyeglasses and hearing aids can be donated. She had 200 pairs of glasses to turn in to the state organization. Stewart and Derek Thompson represented Creston Lions Aug. 4 at the Murray Sesquicentennial Parade. Lion members will be manning a booth in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. Jerry Katzer reported the carved bear at McKinley Park needs maintenance. The annual pork chop dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 13. Creston service clubs, Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions will be in charge. Tickets will be sold soon.

Paul Fuller was awarded a pin in recognition of his club work during the centennial year of Lions. Susan Weight made a request for volunteers to help Sept. 22 with the Second Annual Cemetery Walk sponsored by Gibson Memorial Library at Calvary Cemetery. A thank you letter was read for the Lions Club service to the Christmas Basket organization. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be Sept. 4 at the Pizza Ranch.

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Kent Dinner Club

Kent Dinner Club met Aug. 9 at the Pizza Ranch with 10 in attendance.

The next meeting will be 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Pizza Ranch. All are welcome to come.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Aug. 15.

Canasta winners were Joan Chubick, first; Mary Kline, second; and Sharon Gile, third.

Linda Clark won the door prize.

Janet Kessler will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Aug. 22.

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