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Mary Circle

Mary Circle of First Christian Church met at the home of Alice Bowers. There were six members present.

President Fils opened the meeting with the disciple women’s prayer. Each member gave their favorite Halloween memories.

Fils thanked the members for contributing salads for the salad luncheon.

New business was the Oct. 21 coffee fellowship following Sunday’s service. No old business was discussed.

One bill was presented by Rhonda for decorations for the tables for the luncheon.

Next meeting will be Nov. 15 at the church. Avril will be hostess. Joyce Burkhead will have the lesson on Peter’s mother-in-law.

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Seven members and one guest, Suzie Hayhurst, attended the Oct. 13 meeting of the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter, DAR, at Ellston Methodist Church. Hostesses were Suzanne Adkisson and Rosalie O’Grady.

Chapter Regent Jan Morgan read a moving tribute about her uncle, Donald Poore, who served in the Air Force for 23 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was first stationed at the air base in Harlingen, Texas, where he learned radar navigation and how to repair it in flight. He then went to Guam where he worked in weather reconnaissance, flying in and out of the eyes of hurricanes and recording data.  

Donald was also stationed in Sacramento, California, Dayton, Ohio, Roswell, New Mexico, Marquette, Michigan, and others during his career. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam where he was stationed in Japan, Thailand and Guam.  

Roll call was answered by sharing a memory about space exploration.

Members learned approximately 12,000 Native Americans served during WWI and this year is the 100th anniversary of Veteran’s Day. The flag moment revealed our current 50 star flag is the first to last 50 years. There have been a total of 17 versions of the U.S. flag through the years. Members also learned about “Knit Your Bit” which started during WWI. Women all over the country knitted items for soldiers overseas and to relieve anxiety at home.

Members reported on displays created for Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. Two subscriptions for DAR “American Spirit” magazine have been given to Fort Leonard Wood and Marshalltown Veteran’s Home. Chapter members are helping to create a library at Fort Leonard Wood.

Members voted to send Jan Morgan, Adkisson, Pam Marvin and Lynne Schlaht to the DAR Continental Congress held June 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The next meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at Summit House in Creston. Jane Briley will give the program on Amelia Bloomer. Roll call will be to name a suffragette. Hostesses will be Darlene and Jan Morgan.

Any woman age 18 and older who is descended from a Revolutionary War soldier is eligible to join DAR. For more information, call Regent Jan Morgan at 641-343-7124.

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Union County Genealogical Society

Jackie Shafar presided over the Oct. 22 meeting of Union County Genealogical Society. There will be no lunch and learn sessions in November or December.

An open house is being planned for Dec. 1 at Gibson Memorial Library. This free event is being held to celebrate the society’s 40th anniversary as an organization in Union County. Members of the planning committee presented possible ideas for the celebration.

Saundra Leininger will be speaking Thursday, Oct, 25, on Grapevine outlining details of the first Saturday workshop being held from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the library. Linda Greethurst will be presenting the program on “preparing for a genealogical road trip.”

Nominations and election of officers will be held at the next meeting 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the library. Members are to bring finger foods to share.

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Salem Women of the ELCA

Carolyn Biere called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21. Secretary Joyce Anderson read the minutes from the June 3 meeting. Treasurer Claudia Peppers gave the treasurer’s report.

Old business consisted of a report by Judy Woods on the western lowa Women’s Synod Organization meeting June 23. Fifty-seven attended the meeting at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Those from Salem were Biere, Peppers and Woods.

Jewel Baseley and Biere will check on what’s needed for carafes and water pitchers. They will order them. A thank you was given to all those who donated food items and worked Oct.16 at the Open Table.

New business concerned the in-gathering of the different Lutheran World Relief kits and dedication of them and the quilts will be held Sunday, Oct. 28. Thanks were given to all of those who contributed to those items.

Distribution of money made from the community-wide spring sale in April were as follows: Appalachia Service Project, Beloit Children’s Home, Bremwood Children’s Home, Crisis Intervention Center, Lutheran Disaster Fund, Lutheran Lakeside and Riverside Bible Camp, MATURA, Lutheran Services of Iowa, O’Riley Center, Storybook Project, Women’s Seminary Scholarship, Quilters, Global Health Ministries and United Charitable Organization. The thank offering would go to the United Charitable Organization in Lenox.

Upcoming events included Lydia Cluster gathering in April 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Northboro, the Western lowa Women’s Synod Organization in June 2019 at Emmetsburg and Tri Synod Retreat in October at Story City.

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Elzevir Reading Circle

Elzevir Reading Circle met 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Union County Historical Village. Barbara Thomsen introduced Wally Miller, who gave an interesting overview of the village and house. Built in the mid to late 1800s, the last resident of the home was Mary Edaburn. The house was located at 1104 N. Sycamore St. before being moved to McKinley Park in 1995. Members enjoyed viewing the many various rooms.

Roll call was taken with members telling of current books they are reading. The secretary read the minutes of the September meeting and they were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given and approved as read.

The president shared the GFWC state by-laws she had received. One of the state’s projects is domestic abuse. Members are to bring items to the next meeting to be given locally. Items for decorating the kitchen in the house at the Historical Village should also be brought to the next meeting. Members volunteered to be present when the house will be open Dec. 1, 2, 9 and 16 during the Christmas season. Recycled pill bottles are still being collected.

A motion was made by Carol Brentnall to continue the GFWC scholarship in the amount of $25. Angela Pullen seconded it and the motion passed. A get-well card was signed and will be sent to one of the members.

Mary Stewart’s Club Collect was recited. The business meeting was adjourned. The members, along with Wally and Judy Miller, enjoyed fall refreshments and visiting.

The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the home of Alice Bowers, and she will give the program.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Oct. 24.

Canasta winners were Joan Chubick, first; Mary Kline, second; and Connie Kenigan, third.

Chubick won the door prize.

Joy Seeley will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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