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GFWC Progressive Chautauqua Study Club

The GFWC/lowa Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club met 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 for their opening tea at the home of Joyce Anderson. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Joyce Anderson called the meeting to order and the members answered roll call with a summer memory. Twelve members were in attendance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

The bill from Petznicks for $65 for printing the books was introduced and approved for payment.

Peg Anderson reported on legislative and public policy issues. She also reported our group will decorate the music room of the house in the Historical Village on Nov. 13 for Christmas. The house will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 9 and 16. Members can bring decorations to the November meeting as well as canned goods to donate.

Gerri Henderson gave Peg Anderson a newspaper article showing her receiving the governor’s volunteer award. We all congratulated her on this honor.

Pat Butcher reviewed the procedures and applications considered by the scholarship committee and said the reviewers need to look at them first. The reviewers were wanting to see connections to lowa in the criteria. A $1,500 scholarship was awarded to a woman studying law.

Linda Huffman, reading chair, said to “keep reading.”

Polly McCoy reported on the upcoming Oct. 9, field trip to Winterset. Members will visit the Quilt Museum and John Wayne Museum, and may see some glass blowing or take an art class.

Joyce had information on the district meeting Friday, Oct. 19, at Kimballton for those available to attend.

The club will be collecting country store items for the baskets and can get our donations to Peg.

Henderson reminded members the schedule of donations for domestic violence and the homeless is in the back of our book and “motel” toiletries are always needed. She reminded the club to submit a cost list for the items donated.

Butcher read thank you’s from Sharon Skarda for the memorial and the music campership recipients.

Sharon and McCoy reported the club books had been audited and noted the treasurer had done a good job documenting the information.

The members recited the collect and the meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m., so the members could enjoy dessert and visit.

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P.E.O. AZ

The regular business meeting of Chapter AZ was 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the GRMC MAP conference room with Jody Emerson as hostess and Kay Raymond as co-hostess. Sixteen members responded to roll call. Karla Hynes gave the program.

September’s birthday lunch will be Sept. 27 at Kelly’s. The next regular meeting will be Oct. 2 at the home of Nancy Loudon with Carol Brentnall serving as co-hostess. At 10 a.m. Oct. 16, there will be a social meeting at Green Valley State Park.

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P.E.O. LG

Chapter LG P.E.O. met Sept. 18 at the home of Peg Anderson. Thirteen members responded to roll call.

Thank you notes for their P.E.O. scholarships were read from Caila Maitlen and Jayden Driskoll.

Rosalie Denton presented Linda Huffman with her membership pin.

Annette Rice presented the program and shared her amazing photographs taken on her recent trip to the Netherlands and Belgium.

The next regular meeting will be 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at the home of Alice Bowers with Marcia Riley assisting as co-hostess.

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Creston United Methodist Women

The Creston United Methodist Women executive committee met 9 a.m. Aug. 31 in Fellowship Hall. There were seven officers present with Ann Driskell presiding. Beth Perry led the devotions by reading scripture from Luke 1:24-28, and an item entitled, “We are Mary” about Mary, mother of Jesus, from the September Response Magazine. She closed with a prayer from the Methodist hymnal.

Minutes of the May executive meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved. There were no vice-president, mission coordinator or committee reports.

In old business, the invitational information for next April has been updated. There was discussion on what to do with some memorial money. It will be brought before the unit meeting in September.

In new business, Jerrie Henderson presented the slate of UMW officers for 2019. Members discussed the fall dinner and decided to stay with the chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, sloppy joes, salads and desserts. Rosalie Denton presented the pecan information, and will order them this year.

The district meeting is Sept. 22 at Ellston.

The unit meeting was held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 with the officers hosting a brunch consisting of rolls, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee. Jane Shantz, Creston Community Schools elementary counselor spoke about the needs of many of the children in the school.

Perry led the devotions by reading scripture from Psalm 65:8-13 and a meditation on monarch butterflies she had written. She closed with a prayer.

Minutes of the May unit meeting were read. Roll call was answered by seven morning members and nine evening members, also present was Pastor Jodi Rushing. Sandy Oswald and Mary Morris were guests.

The treasurer’s report was given and accepted. There was discussion on redoing the program book.

Henderson presented the slate of UMW officers for 2019 to the unit, and they were accepted.

Perry moved the group use the memorial money they have for a school program at a later date after more information is gathered. Motion was seconded and carried with two abstentions. Morris spoke about the district and conference meetings and about district resources.

Evening circle met 7 p.m. Sept. 20 with nine members present in Fellowship Hall. There was discussion on the dinner and other items brought before executive and unit. Members held an election of officers, which remained the same, and voted on mission recognition candidates.

A collection was taken for the school nurse fund. Bobi Woodin gave a response moment. Henderson gave the program entitled “Creation: A Sacred Encounter with God.”

Morning circle met 9:20 a.m. Sept. 21 with seven members present in Fellowship Hall. Colleen Brotherton was hostess. Driskell presided and had the lesson, which was the same as evening. Members held an election of officers, which remained the same, and voted on mission recognition candidates.

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Union Squares

Union Squares met Friday, Sept. 21, with 14 members and nine guests present.

The group meets from 7:30 to 10 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month in the basement of Creston First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St., in Creston.

Dave Riley called the first dance, and Barry Peck will be calling Oct. 5.

The community is invited to come and watch, or come and dance. Square dancing lessons are available on request.

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Afton Federated Garden Club

Members of the Afton Federated Garden Club met at noon Sept. 14 at Afton City Park for their annual club picnic.

The program was about monarch butterflies, presented and sent to share by Dave Johnson – Johnson, class of 1988, recently shared intriguing information about a topic that should be of importance to all of us: “One of my memories from childhood is seeing groups of hundreds of monarch butterflies roosting in oak trees at my parents’ home in Denison during their fall migration to their wintering grounds in central Mexico. I also remember as a kid, looking for monarch caterpillars on the then abundant milkweed that existed in rural Iowa. This was Iowa in the 80s. Now fast forward to 10 years ago. I live with my family in the West Des Moines area. I had a hybrid tea rose garden on the side of my house. One year I noticed what I thought was a volunteer common milkweed plant growing in the rose garden. At the same time, I became aware of the plight of the monarch butterfly, specifically its population decline. The monarch butterfly reproduces exclusively on milkweed. The adult female lays her eggs on milkweed, a caterpillar hatches from the egg and it eats milkweed leaves. After two weeks of growing, the caterpillar forms a chrysalis and 10 days later, an adult emerges as a butterfly. I decided to let that milkweed grow and see if I could attract a monarch to my garden.

Present day: What started as a volunteer common milkweed patch, has become a full-fledged hobby, or, as my wife would say,’OCD!’ I let that milkweed plant take over the rose garden, and what was a rose garden is now a milkweed patch. A few years ago, we became even more ‘involved,’ and started a ‘summer science project’ with our five kids. We actively search for eggs, bring them inside the house and raise them to adult stage – approximately a month cycle. It is a great family activity and learning experience for us as we help out what I believe to be a worthy cause. In late August, the monarchs start their journey to winter in central Mexico. We participate in a tagging program sponsored by the University of Kansas. We tag butterflies from late August to early October. This past spring, two of our tags were found on the forest floor in Mexico. We were excited to think that our monarchs that we raised from eggs made the 2000-mile journey. Amazing! The big picture here is not that my family has saved and sent 115 butterflies on their way over the past few years. Much more important, is the awareness that people really can make a difference in keeping these beautiful creations as a part of our natural world.”

Johnson brought monarch larvae, pupa and adult butterflies for viewing. He also tagged two monarchs that we released.

After the program, we enjoyed our pot lunch dinner with Marilyn Larimore bringing the chicken for the club. Loretta Kelly served delicious desserts, and she and Judy Weese provided the beverages. 

As president, Shirley Wallace was unable to attend, and Vice-President Iris Smith called the meeting to order at 1:45 p.m. with members repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and club collect. Roll call was answered by 13 members and one guest.

Minutes of the August meeting were read with one correction – the minutes from the July meeting, not the August meeting were read last meeting. Also, “HM” means “honorable mention.”

Kathy Tapken gave the treasurer’s report. Larimore presented a bill for the chicken. Mike Boldon made a motion to pay the bill, seconded by Audrey McDowell. Tapken paid the bill.

Smith read letters from McDowell and Donna Thomas. It was agreed to send them a card.

Polly McCoy was to give a horticulture report, but had to leave early. She will give her report at the November meeting.

Remember Oct. 5, the club is scheduled to go to Judy Harman’s and get her yard ready for winter. We are to meet at 4 to 4:30 p.m. Bring rakes, gloves, clippers, spades, etc.

Smith passed around a sign-up sheet for food for the fall luncheon, planned for 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at Afton community Center. Wallace has the centerpieces completed and is working on the place mats. Invitations have been made with RSVP being Oct. 5. Door prizes are to be provided by club. Smith will sit at the sign in table. AFGC members plan to be there at 9 to 9:30 a.m.  The ways and means committee will be in charge of getting table cover, plates, tableware, napkins and nut cups.

Tapken made a motion, seconded by Boldon to adjourn the meeting. All repeated the conservation pledge.

The next meeting will be Oct. 12 at Afton Community Building for the annual fall luncheon.

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Mary Circle

Mary Circle met Sept. 20 at the home of Marilyn Larimore. There were six members present.

Joyce Burkhead read the minutes of the last meeting. Barb gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved as read.

Old and new business were discussed and included plans for the 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 salad luncheon at the church with each member to bring a salad.

President Fils gave the lesson on Mary and Martha, and a discussion followed.

Next meeting will be Oct. 18 at Alice Bowers.

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Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC/Iowa Bancroft History Assembly met Sept. 17 in the D.V. Richardson room at GRMC. Two life members and seven regular members were present. Roll call was answered by telling how they became a Bancroft member.

Minutes were approved as written. The treasurer’s report was approved for audit and treasurer, Joan Chubick, presented the proposed budget, which was approved.

Sandy Oswald, courtesy, made several visits to members and will send cards to those who weren’t in attendance at this meeting.

The Southwest District Convention will be Oct. 19 at the Cottonwood Barn in Kimballlton. One of the programs is to be on the Monument Men. We will send a themed basket, “Winter Eve,” to the convention. Bring items to the Oct. 1 meeting.

Members will be making bags out of washcloths with toiletries in them to be given to shelters. Peg Anderson will search for the correct size of washcloths.

President Marisue Lewis encouraged members to participate in the writing/photography contests. One division is bridges to go with the state theme, and the other is miscellaneous.

Christmas hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 9 and 16 at the Historical Village.

After the club collect, the constitution and by-laws were reviewed and led by JoAnn Nurnberg.

The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the basement of the Edaburn House at the Union County Historical Village with the meeting first, and then a tour of the village.

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FOL

Friends of the Library met Sept. 17. Two new members joined the friends board, Cynthia Blakely and Jan Dillinger. Other members present were Starr Cure, Jessica Duncan, Judy Hoakison, Marisue Lewis, Bunny Norton, Kay Raymond, Julie Schieffer, Chelsea Sorensen, Barbara Thomsen, Director David Hargrove and Sarah King and Caprial Norton, student representatives. Jane King was a guest.

The agenda and minutes were approved as written.

Hargrove informed the group the lower level of the library flooded on Labor Day for the third time in the last 20 years. The library had to be closed for one day. Kevin Kruse is going to trouble shoot and explore long term possibilities. There have also been problems with the air conditioner. The Downton Abbey presenter, Kathy Wilson, was very engaging and entertaining. FOL plans to have her back as she speaks on a variety of topics. Blake Fry Schnormeier will share his experiences on finding stoneware in southwest Iowa 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the library.

New FOL shirts need to be purchased. Julie, Judy and Bunny are on that committee, and will present designs at the next meeting. Friends of the Library week is Oct. 21-27. Ideas were discussed for this week. Valentine cookie bouquets were discussed along with photos with Santa.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the library.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Sept. 26.

Canasta winners were Mary Jane Narigon, first; Linda Clark, second; and Marilyn Larimore, third.

Clark won the door prize.

Sherri and Penni will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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