Ladies Literary Circle
The last Ladies Literary Circle meeting for the 2018 year was held Dec. 14 at Sherry McKee’s home. Twenty members and one guest were in attendance. Reports by the secretary and treasurer were read and approved. Members were also encouraged to support the Creston Area Library and Cultural Center by contributing to its capital campaign committee. The Dekko Foundation grant will match dollar for dollar in the first phase of the grant for $250,000 that must be met before April 13, 2019.
Every member of the Ladies Literary Circle who attended this meeting got prime concert tickets. All seats were front row and center. The duet playing, also known as four-hand piano, was by Sherry McKee and Marilyn Engleson. Up to this point, the baby grand piano was just a baby grand piano, until McKee and Engleson put their fingers on the keys. The afternoon performance included a blend of seasonal secular and religious songs. Of all the songs played, the performers’ favorite was “Silent Night” written by Joseph Mohr in 1818. The history of the song makes it even more special, for if it had not been for a broken organ, there would never have been this popular Christmas song.
McKee started her study in piano when she was in second grade. This training prompted her to major in music in college. McKee had a 31-year career teaching music at the elementary and high school levels. For many years, she played for church services and taught individual piano lessons. Since retirement, McKee enjoys playing her baby grand for pleasure.
The other pianist was Engleson. She, too, took piano lessons when in early elementary. As an enticement to practice, her mother gave her a choice: wash the dishes or practice her piano lesson. After attending a concert featuring her piano instructor, Engleson became totally committed to the instrument that resulted in a college scholarship. She has given private piano lessons to many students in the area. In retirement, Engleson enjoys teaming up occasionally with McKee in playing piano duets.
The next meeting is Jan. 11 with Connie Purdum as hostess and Bailey Poolman as the reviewer.
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The Book Club
The Book Club met Dec. 3 at the home of Barb Thomsen for a noon luncheon. Thomsen and Dorothy McNaught furnished soup and other members brought salad, dessert, relish and rolls.
Roll call was taken with seven members in attendance. Books read since the last meeting were: “The Orphan Train” by Christine Baker Kline, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon Johnson, “The Gathering Storm” by Brodie and Brock Thoene, “Endenbrooke” by J. Donaldson, “Leverage in Death” by J.O. Robb (Nora Roberts), “Crisis” by Felix Francis, “Where the Heart Is” by Billie Letts and “Harvesting the Heart” by Jodi Picoult.
Members shared a favorite Christmas memory or reading. A book exchange was held. There will not be a meeting in January. The next meeting will be Feb. 4 at the home of Ellen Sue Findley with Retta Ripperger in charge of the program.
Members were reminded of the open houses to be held at Edaburn House in the Historical Village near McKinley Park.
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Iowa Alpha Sigma Master
Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter met Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Windrow where members enjoyed lunch and their Christmas outing. Each member received a Christmas tin filled with candy.
Marilyn Larimore announced and presented Dorothy Eyberg with the Christmas Angel crown and a gift for the honor.
After much visiting, the group went and visited with their sister in Beta Sigma Phi, Marilyn Blazek, who has been ill and presented her with a Christmas poinsettia.
The next meeting will be in April 2019.
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Afton Federated Garden Club
Sixteen members of Afton Federated Garden Club met 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the 209 Broadway Restaurant in Diagonal for their Christmas meeting. Judy Weese passed out 2019 programs. Members worked on Christmas tree collages for honorary members, Doris Porter and Olive Kerns, which President Shirley Wallace will mail to them.
The group had a delicious lunch from the menu, then finished the collages. The grab bag gift exchange was next. Members brought canned goods to be donated to Afton Food Bank.
The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Afton Community Center in Afton. Hostesses are Beth McGrath and Ginny Quick. Wallace will give the program on horticulture.
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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Dec. 19.
Canasta winners were Linda Clark, first; Barb Bills, second; and Cheri Lilly, third.
Bills will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Jan 2.