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The regular business meeting of Chapter AZ was held 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the home of Connie Purdum with Shirley Ide as co-hostess. By general consent, Sharon Bennett served as chaplain, Marcia Fulton served as vice-president, Kay Raymond served as assistant guard and Sandy McNichols served as treasurer for initiation.

Bailey Hopkins and Lauris Heinzel were initiated.

Fourteen members responded to roll call. The next regular meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Carroll Family Chiropractic with Linda Carroll as hostess and Kay Kinsella as co-hostess. The birthday luncheon will be at noon Dec. 27 at Kelly’s. The theme for next year is influential women, past and present. Sign up for hostess, co-hostess, or doing the program for next year’s meetings.

Karla Hynes lead us in a Christmas trivia game.

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Creston Lions Club

Creston Lions Club met Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, at the Pizza Ranch. Ralph Dillinger, president, opened the meeting and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Stew Stewart gave the invocation.

The business meeting was held after the meal. Reports by secretary Susan Weight and treasurer Tom Braymen were presented and approved. The membership dues for 2019 can be paid at the January meeting. Braymen also reported on the KidSight project. Several more students have been vision screened since November, and testing is scheduled for preschool and kindergarten children at St. Malachy School.

Dillinger thanked the club members for the donations and service Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Open Table. The Open Table meal is served weekly by organizations in Union County at the United Church of Christ on Montgomery Street. Creston Lions will serve again Oct. 8, 2019.

Greg Abbott is in charge of Lions’ involvement in the Union County Christmas Basket project scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15. Volunteers work out of the Innovative Industries building on North Walnut Street. The annual Lions Spud Supper is scheduled for Feb. 28, and will be held at First United Methodist Church. Committee members are Mike Duckworth, Jerry Katzer, Paul Fuller and Weight.

The program of games related to Christmas and Lions was planned by Weight, assisted by Radine Ward and Beth Perry. Versions of Family Feud, Jeopardy and Seven Little Christmas Words were enjoyed at the meeting.

The next meeting will be Jan. 8 with Al Pokorny and Jerry Thomson on the committee. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Creston Lions may contact Stewart at 641-344-1347.

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Beta Kappa Chapter

Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International met the morning of Dec. 1 at the home of Connie Nielsen. A delicious brunch was served by hostesses Lois Frederick, Jean Miller and Karen Tussey.

Tussey, president, opened the business meeting. Ten members answered roll call by sharing something about themselves that no one probably knew. Correspondence was read from members Denise Ackerlund and Ethel Lee Osborn. Tussey reported 14 boxes of latex surgical gloves donated by members were sent to the Malawi Project. She also shared 25 newly hired teachers in the school districts located in Adair and Madison counties received books to help build their classroom libraries. Funds to purchase the books came from the Upsilon State Mini Grant awarded to Beta Kappa. Further discussion was held concerning application for another grant to fund the next project, which is to partner with the Orient Public Library/Preschool to conduct activities on the environment with the children. Jill Tussey volunteered to write and submit the grant application. Tussey also introduced the idea of using the internet program Zoom to enable members to be part of the meeting if they were unable to attend.

For this month’s program, Martha Ray assembled ingredients for “jar mixes” of two kinds of cookies and a dip/salad dressing. The members then filled jars with the recipe of their choice.

The next meeting will be April 6 at the Winterset Public Library with hostesses Deb Bauer, Debbie Lilly, Julie Derby and Osborn. Members will learn about a teacher exchange to China.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 11, at the Windrow meeting room with 22 members and eight guests. President Terry Freeman presided, Julie Lang gave the prayer and Justin Cole was the finemaster. 

The club is holding a food drive for the food pantries in town that started Dec. 10 and running until Dec 27. There will be carts at the banks and grocery stores for people to donate non-perishables to this worthy cause.

Kiwanis is also helping Dec.14-15 with the Christmas Basket loading and delivery. Members signed up at the meeting.

The program was given by Chuck Long, former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback. Long is currently CEO/executive director of the Iowa Sports Foundation and Big Ten announcer. He told the club about his childhood and recruitment to University of Iowa by Hayden Fry and Bill Snyder to play quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He also discussed his NFL career and coaching years after playing football. After his program, Chuck autographed his book, “Chuck Long: Destined for Greatness,” and took photos with members and their guests.

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GFWC Progressive Chautauqua Study Club

The GFWC/Iowa Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club met 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Summit House. Prior to the meeting, the members enjoyed a lunch prepared by the committee.

President Joyce Anderson called the meeting to order and the members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

The members were reminded to turn in their volunteer hours to Judy Weese and to turn in their reading lists to Linda Hughes.

After discussion, it was moved by Sharon Booth and seconded by Betty Wallace that the money collected from the luncheon be donated to the Christmas Basket Fund. The motion passed. Booth also asked the members to recognize Peg Anderson for all of her work behind the scenes.

Jerri Henderson reported $177.80 had been collected for “adopt a family” and gift cards would be purchased. The members thanked Henderson for all of her work in the area of domestic violence.

It was announced “Hide and Sneak” by G.A. Kevett was Kay Ritter’s memorial book donated to the Library by the club.

Sandy Oswald read an article on fire safety.

“Santa” appeared with gifts for all, which were passed around and opened one by one around the circle.

Carolyn Biere played the piano and all sang Christmas carols. The meeting was adjourned at 2 p.m.

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Thirteen members of the Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter, DAR, and one prospective member, Susan Hayhurst, met Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Windrow Restaurant in Creston for their annual Christmas luncheon and meeting.

Following lunch, Connie Kinkade gave the program, “A Christmas Gift for the General.” Chapter Regent Jan Morgan led the group in the DAR rituals. Suzanne Adkisson gave the conservation moment and shared that lime instead of salt be used as an ice melter. The lime runoff will enhance flower beds as salt will harm them. Bonnie Riepe shared the flag moment by giving the background on the Pledge of Allegiance. Pam Marvin gave an update on the Historic Preservation Award and Outstanding Volunteer Award which will be announced in the near future.

Volunteers to attend the DAR State Convention April 2019 in Ames are Jan Morgan, Kinkade, Suzanne Adkisson, Pam Marvin and Lynne Schlaht. Jane Briley and Schlaht updated the group on the progress of the DAR essay and scholarship contests respectively. 

Roll call was answered by members naming their favorite Christmas food. Briley asked that the recipes for favorite Christmas foods be sent to her, so she can include them in the chapter’s winter newsletter.

The next meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Summit House in Creston. Schlaht will give the program on Wedgwood china. Roll call will be, “What time period would you have like to have lived in?’ Hostesses will be Briley and Judith Wachter.  

Any woman over 21 years of age who can trace their lineage to a Revolutionary War soldier is eligible for membership into DAR. Contact Jan Morgan at 641-343-7124 if you would like to join.  

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Dec. 12.

Canasta winners were Cheri Lilly, first; Mary Kline, second; and Marilyn Larimore, third.

Wanda Nash won the door prize.

Board members will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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