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Beta Sigma Pi

Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter No 1632 began the new season Thursday evening, April 11, with a short meeting at the Pizza Ranch. President Loretta Kelly called the meeting to order and announced the issues to be discussed. Marilyn Larimore listed the upcoming events and dates for the May basket project and Founder’s Day, which will also be held at the Pizza Ranch.

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Kiwanis

The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Windrow meeting room with 26 members and one guest. President Terry Freeman presided, Kelly Richards gave the prayer and Scott Coen was the finemaster. 

The slate of officers and board members for the 2019-20 club year were presented to members and will be voted on the next two weekly meetings. Once approved, they will be installed at the end of September, before the new year starts Oct. 1.

Kyle Wilson updated the club on the Community Summer BBQ cookout, Saturday, July 6, at the caboose on Adams Street. The event is hosted by Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions clubs as part of the 150 year celebration of Creston. At a later date, members will sign up and sell tickets for $6 to help.

The program was given by Toby Henry with Creston Little League and Softball. The group works with more than 300 kids from grades second through eighth to play and learn baseball and softball. Henry quizzed the group on trivia of Creston baseball history including the Creston Saints team. Creston Kiwanis presented Toby a $300 check to sponsor a team and help with expenses as the club has done for many years.

Janet Hayes, Windrow owner, thanked the club for meeting at the Windrow for more than 10 years. As they close this Friday, this was the club’s last meeting there. The club will meet at the Pizza Ranch starting next Tuesday.

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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library met April 15 with the following board members present: Cynthia Blakely, Starr Cure, Jessica Duncan, Judy Hoakison, Jane King, Sarah King, Bunny Norton, Caprial Norton, Julie Schieffer and David Hargrove.

The minutes were approved as written and the treasurer’s report was placed on file for audit.

Hargrove reported the new circulation software, Appolo, will be official on Tuesday morning, April 30. It is designed for small to medium libraries. The messaging service will allow patrons to renew checkouts via text message and chat with any of the librarians. Hargrove has applied for a grant to redo the carpet in the children’s area. Gibson Memorial Library will partner with Create Creston to bring watercoloring classes to the library on three Saturdays in May. Class size will be limited to 10.

Master Gardner, Valerie Dejoode, will present “Heirloom vs. Modern Vegetables” 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the library. Dejoode will return to the library to discuss tomato gardening 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. Tomato gardening will be partnered with Union County Extension.

The summer reading program fliers are ready.

There have been great books coming into the library for the used book sale.

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 20 in the library.

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LLC

April 12 was a great spring day to gather at Linda Hartsock’s home for Ladies Literally Circle. Following a short business meeting with secretary Vanita Moberg’s and treasurer Vera Fengler’s reports as well as reminding members to make their reservations for the spring luncheon, program committee member Connie Rhine introduced Ann Driskell who reviewed the book, “The Black Klansman.”

Even though the setting of “The Black Klansman” took place in 1978, it wasn’t until 2014 that author Ron Stallworth finally shared his experiences as an infiltrator in the Ku Klux Klan. For his source material, he used a casebook that he assembled during the assignment.

This true story starts when Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local newspaper recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan. That decision to answer the ad launches what is one of the most audacious and incredible undercover investigations in history. Detective Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military and even fools David Duke, the Grand Wizard of the KKK.  

Stallworth, a 32-year, highly-decorated law enforcement veteran, worked undercover narcotics, vice, criminal intelligence and organized crime beats. He withstood fierce racial hostility to achieve a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. His stories while investigating the KKK are a true combination of seriousness with a flavor of comedy and satire.

The 2018 film, “BlacKkKlansman,” is based on Ron Stillworth’s experience infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan as described in his book. The movie won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

The last meeting of the 2018-19 season will be the annual spring luncheon to be held May 3 at Crestmoor Golf Club.

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Beta Kappa

Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met the morning of April 6 at Winterset Public Library. Eight members enjoyed the brunch while the guest speaker, Tiffany Ossian from The Learning Center of SW lowa, gave information on the services the center provides to students in the area.

President Karen Tussey announced the chapter was awarded the $100 mini grant for the project “Growing Readers.” Members donated supplies and spent time preparing materials tor use June 13 at the Orient Library preschool hour. Each of the children will be given a copy of the National Geographic book entitled “Seed to Plant.” Jill Tussey will present a seed planting activity to the preschoolers.

A thank you was read from the Malawi Project for the pairs of plastic gloves that the group donated and sent to them. The group also signed greeting cards and enclosed gift cards to be sent to the four World Fellowship students attending lowa universities.

Tussey presented information on the upcoming state and regional conventions this summer.

The next meeting will be June 21 at the Henry A. Wallace Center. Hostesses will be Denise Ackerlund, Linda BreDahl and Martha Ray. Program planning for the upcoming year will be on the agenda.

The meeting was closed with singing of the Delta Kappa Gamma song. 

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met April 17.

Canasta winners were Joan Chubick, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Connie Bailey, third.

Connie Kerrigan won the door prize.

Gwen Sandeman will host cards and chatter Wednesday, April 24.

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