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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 20th at the Windrow meeting room  with 20 members and 2 guests. President Terry Freeman presided Drew Henderson did the prayer, Jim Morris was the finemaster. 

The Fresh Christmas Wreath fundraiser delivery of the wreaths has been done. Members were thanked for helping unload the truck and taking all the fresh evergreens they have sold to their buyers.

The program was Tucker Mittag, owner of Mittag Design. He described the company he started 7 years ago while he was in college and the areas of business he helps his clients with. The main ones are Graphic Design, Photography & Videography, Marketing consulting, social media setup and management.

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GRH Auxiliary Board

Members in attendance for the Nov. 12 meeting of the GRH Auxiliary Board were Martha, Carolyn, Lois, Jordan, Joan, Nancy, Sandy, Barb, Bev, Marcia and Rhonda Giles. Minutes and financial reports were approved.

Monte noted in the administrator’s report that interviews are in the works or have been completed for physicians in the positions for ENT, OBGYN, family practice and internal medicine. Decisions are expected in the next several weeks. He also announced Dr. Brown will be leaving Jan. 30 for a position at Decatur County Hospital, Dr. Gerdes is accepting additional patients and Gina Latham is now in business health and the wound clinic.

In addition, he said Ali Whetzel, PA, has been hired for the clinic in Corning. She will spend 30 days in the Greater Regional Health (GRH) main facility acclimating to GRH’s policies and methodology. She should start serving Corning Dec. 17. GRH is presently exploring the possibility of establishment of tele medicine/virtual health program, where doctors are available 24/7/365. This would be available through the primary care clinics. Emphasis will continue to be on quality, access and choice in health.

Other items covered were the letter to the editor from Martha, the breakfast for employees who were veterans and the re-election of current GRH board members.

Jordan reported light renovations are ongoing at the Crest Ridge facility.

In fundraising, it was reported the collective goods sale was very successful with another sale scheduled for March 28. Other fundraising will be the jewelry sale Dec. 13 and the linen sale May 1.

The next gathering will be the Christmas party Dec. 10 at the MAP conference room. Food will be provided. The gift shop will provide decorations. Next meeting will be Jan. 14.

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GRH Auxiliary Gift Shop Buying Committee

Approval of the minutes and financial report were given by the members of the GRH Auxiliary Gift Shop Buying Committee with Lois, Joan, Nancy, Jordan and Rhonda Giles at their Nov. 12 meeting. It was reported that the sales for the Christmas open house totaled $1,695.25. Nancy reported sales were also good after 3 p.m. that day.

Nancy will contact Mary at PBJ to order two specific vests, two specific ponchos and an assortment of stocking caps. It was decided to assemble prewrapped grab bag gifts on Dec. 10.

It was noted the hospital has contracted with SEC3URE Healthcare for vendor credentialing and management. Vendor checkins will be at the main entrance, kiosk in the surgery waiting room, the medical clinic and in the ortho registration desk.

At 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 will be Creative Co-op and 9:30 a.m. Jan. 14 will be the next meeting.

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VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met Nov. 13 at the Elks Lodge in Creston with 17 members and guests present for dinner.

Commander Gary O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 14 members present.

The post draped the charter for veterans, Ron Peavler, Charlie Young and Bill Kessler.

Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.

In old business, new flagpoles and concrete have been completed at Union County Freedom Rock.

Donations from Poppy Days was more than $1,600 — a big thank you to all volunteers and to all who donated. Also thank you to Creston First United Methodist Church members for the soup supper held Nov. 3 to raise funds for the honor flight.

In new business, upcoming events include Wreaths across America which will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. Volunteers are welcome.

Discussion on the Afton VFW building was held, and a proposal to sell it to the city of Afton for $1 was motioned by Jim Flowers and seconded by Ron Jackson. The motion carried.

In district news, veterans on the hill will be Jan. 22.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Elks Lodge with dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting to follow at 7 p.m. All war veterans are encouraged to attend.

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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library Board met Nov. 19 with the following members present: Cynthia Blakely, Starr Cure, Jessica Duncan, Judy Hoakison, Bunny Norton, Kay Raymond, Barbara Thomsen, Ann Coulter, David Hargrove, student representative Caprial Norton and guest Emmi Street.

Donna Walsh, library staff member, announced the theme for the Summer Reading Program – “Universe of Stories,” a space theme which encompasses all age groups. Sue Teutsch is working on bringing four programs to the youth next summer.

The minutes were approved and the treasurer’s report was placed on file for audit. Members were delighted with the thank you notes from Trinity Preschool.

Coulter spoke about the story walk which will be on display for the Lighted Christmas Parade and the month of December. The story is “The Snow Globe Family,” and the 17 pages will be located in windows of uptown businesses.

Hargrove mentioned the genealogy organization will celebrate their 40-year anniversary with an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Many charter members will be recognized.

The community is invited to check out photos with Santa before the Lighted Christmas Parade. Take your own picture with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and have cider and donuts.

FOL is making plans for the Valentine cookie bouquets.

Christian White has approached his 4-H group to make FOL their service project.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the library.

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Elzevir Reading Circle

Elzevir Reading Circle held their Nov. 9 meeting in the home of Alice Bowers. President Linda Topliff began the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Members told of their Thanksgiving plans to answer roll call. The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. They were approved as read. The treasurer reported the GFWC dues had been paid.

Barbara Thomsen moved to donate to the Christmas Basket fund. Jean Davis seconded it and the motion passed. Motion to donate items for the United Charitable Organization was made by Thomsen and seconded by Bowers. The motion passed.

Elzevir Reading Circle received GFWC Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs State honorable mention for the following: ARTS community service program projects, conservation, education, home life, public issues and leadership advancement projects.

The 2018-19 yearbook evaluations from GFWC Iowa SW District included very favorable comments as evaluated by Meredith McHome Pierce.

Changes were made to the schedule of volunteers for the Christmas open house at the historical village in December. Members are to meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, to decorate the kitchen.

The meeting closed with all reciting Mary Stewart’s Club Collect.

Alice Bowers gave the program. She reviewed the book, “Follow the Cow Path Home” by Chuck Hackenmiller. His memories and verse of mid 20th century Iowa are of growing up on a farm in northeast Iowa as one of 10 children. As a child, he would dream of being a professional baseball or football player. Instead, he settled for accounting school and a career spanning 30 memorable years in print journalism at Iowa and Nebraska newspapers. It was always wonderful going back to the family farm in the 50s and 60s, when the moldboard plow was considered practical and not anti-conservation, when chickens roamed freely around the farmyard and hogs couldn’t get enough mud in their dirt hog lots.

This book is dedicated to his parents, Rudy (who died in 1996) and Marcella Hackenmiller. The two supplied deep roots that nurtured the growth of their three sons and seven daughters, and built fond memories of the family farm.

The hostess served a delicious dessert. The next meeting will be 12:30 p.m. Dec.14 at the home of Barb Thomsen. Members are to bring a salad, a book to exchange and items to donate for domestic abuse such as socks, underwear, toothbrush/toothpaste, lotion, etc.

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Mary Circle

Mary Circle met Nov. 15 at First Christian Church with eight members present.

President Fils opened the meeting with the disciple women’s prayer. Each member discussed what they were thankful for.

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

Old and new business was discussed. The Christmas luncheon is to be 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Windrow. Members were assigned treats for coffee fellowship on Dec. 16.

The next meeting will be Dec. 13 at the Windrow.

Burkhead gave the program on Peter’s mother-in-law. Discussion was held afterwards.

Fils closed the meeting with the benediction.

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