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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 pm July 9th at Pizza Ranch meeting room with 21 members and one guest. President Terry Freeman presided, Dennis Carter did the prayer and Chelsea Sorensen was the finemaster. 

Kiwanis will not be having a meeting next week July 16th due to Pizza Ranch being closed for a week for remodeling.

Club members were thanked for working the very successful Big BBQ Bash July 6th, held at the Caboose. It was a joint fundraiser for Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary during the town’s 150th year celebration. Members were also thanked for helping on the Fourth of July with flags and parade set up. 

The program was Lois Guthrie, the SWCC Dazzler Dance team coach. She informed the club of her background in dance with information on her other types of employment. The club was updated on the fundraising the group is doing to provide dance costumes, shoes and props, which are very expensive. Their fundraisers over the Fourth of July included face painting at McKinley Park and the kids camp that performed before the talent show at the band shell. The group will be preparing for State Dance competition in December with hopefully 3 routines.

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Delta Kappa Gamma International

The Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International met June 21 at Henry A. Wallace Life Center with 10 members answering roll call.

President Karen Tussey conducted the meeting. It was announced that Selena Rubio was awarded the 2019 chapter grant. Also it was noted Sharon Mensing, librarian at the Orient Library, was presented the Chapter Educational Excellence Award for her contribution to education.

Four members reported on thee attendance at the state convention in Cedar Rapids. At the convention, Beta kappa member Denise Ackerlund was presented the Christine Peterson McCormick scholarship, and it was announced that Jill Tussey had been awarded the DKG Lucille Cornetet award. The attendees also stated that several rule changes were voted on during the executive board meeting.

The meeting was closed with he singing of the Delta kappa song. The rest of the morning was spent planning next year’s program conducted by Connie Nielsen.

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TOPS #1338, Creston

TOPS No. 1338, Creston met 5:30 p.m. July 1 at Creston First United Methodist Church with 11 members. Leader Carol Sheldahl called the meeting to order with the TOPS Pledge. The best losers were Shellie Adams and runner-up Bev Roberts. Last week’s fines went to Adams. Roberts read the June 24 minutes and Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report. The teeter-totter contest continues. Team No. 1 has 16 bricks and team No. 2 has 10.

Tops officers election will be July 8. Adams gave the program, “Fairest of the Fair.” With so many county and state fairs, there are challenges. Have a plan on enjoying a favorite treat to splurge on and what to pass up. Next week’s program will be given by Monica Belew.

The squares contest was won by Belew. The red can challenge No. 24 is when hunger pangs hit, chew sugarless gum.

The meeting adjourned at 6 p.m. by Sheldahl with “You Take my Hand.” The next meeting will be July 8 with weigh-in beginning at 5 p.m.

TOPS No. 1338, Creston met 5:30 p.m. July 8 at the Methodist Church with 11 members. Sheldahl called the meeting to order with the TOPS Pledge. Best loser was Belew and Neoma Davis was runner-up. Fines from last week went to Roberts. An election was held and Sheldahl will remain as leader for a second year. The installation will be held Aug. 5. Minutes were read by Roberts and Brown gave the treasurer’s report.

The program was given by Belew on “Eating Right Protects Sight,” by choosing food with best vitamins to support eye health – greens, fish, orange colored fruits and veggies and ones with the most vitamin C. Egg yolks are packed with vision-supporting lutein and vitamin A. Next week, Brown will give the program. The teeter-totter contest continued with Team No. 1 leading.

Squares contest was won by Sandy Oswald. The red can challenge is No. 27 – put your fork down between bites. The next meeting is July 15 with weigh-in at 5 p.m. and meeting at 5:30 p.m. The meeting adjourned at 6 p.m. by Sheldahl with “You Take my Hand.”

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Union Squares Dance Club

Union Squares Dance Club has been active during this summer, even though they don’t hold dances. Members attended the National Square Dance Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. There were 4,060 dancers registered to dance from all states in the U.S. and nine other countries.

The club danced an exhibition July 3 at the Chicken Inn. They entered the Iowa Square and Round Dance Association trailer in the Fourth of July parades in both Creston and Clearfield. They also were in the parade July 6 in Villisca and want to make people aware there is still square dancing in this area. Everyone is invited to join the group on the first and third Fridays beginning Sept. 20.

The club will dance July 17 at Adams County Fair on senior citizens day and again when the lawn chair night is held in Afton. At the end of July, they will attend an end of summer fling in Humeston with the Petticoats Junction Square Dance club. They also plan to camp, dance, golf, shop and have a weekend of fun with their friends in square dance.

Square dancing is very good exercise and a good way to meet new friends. If interested in learning to dance and want to join in good, clean fun, call Bob Cooper at 641-782-4403 or Bernadine Behlers at 641-745-5517.

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