Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library met Sept. 16. The agenda was approved and the minutes were approved as corrected. The treasurer’s report was placed on file for audit.
The library board of trustees made the decision for the library to join McKinley Park for the lake and MPAC in seeking a bond issue for the Nov. 5 election. Each item has to be voted on individually and can not be lumped together. Sixty percent approval is needed for each one to pass.
Two new signs to advertise the used book sales were purchased.
There are 93 FOL members at this time.
Friends of the Library Week is Oct. 20 to 26.
The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the library.
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Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter No. 1632
Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter No. 1632 met in regular session Sept. 26 at the home of Martha McAuley with all members present. President Dorothy Eyberg called the meeting to order with the opening ritual and members responded to roll call with any travel or vacation plans. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Official communications included notification of the chapter’s three star status and a reminder that members are eligible for the Torch Bearer degree.
Patricia Fils gave the treasurer’s report and bills were submitted for payment. Marilyn Larimore inquired about interest in the annual pumpkin painting service project and will make the arrangements. The next meeting will also be held at Martha’s. The only new business was a brief consideration of the Torch Bearer Ritual and discussion was postponed until spring. The business meeting ended with the closing ritual and members honored Cheryl McClure with a Friendship Dedication. Refreshments were served and the evening closed with visiting.
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Ladies Literary Circle
Ladies Literary Circle met at the home of Stephani Finley on Sept. 27 with 14 members present. President Stephani Finley conducted the business meeting. Minutes and a financial report were given and accepted.
It was noted that the Oct. 11 meeting will be held at the home of Jean Mark with a time change to 10 a.m. because of Creston’s homecoming parade.
The interesting book review given by Midge Scurlock was “The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan.
It is the untold story of the women who helped win World War II.
The book recounts the story of factory workers, secretaries and low level chemists in a town that housed at its peak, 75,000 people trained not to talk about what they knew and what they did.
Everyone knows the image of Rosie the Riveter who brought notice to the women filling in at factories to help the war effort, but women also assisted on the little known Manhattan Project. They signed up for secret work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to help build the atomic bomb. These are the unsung women of the war effort.
This book tells the best kept secrets of how the United States built the first nuclear weapon. It is an account of how people can respond with their best when called upon.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is deep in the Appalachian Mountains in the shadow of the Smokies. It is the land of the Cherokee Indians.
In 1942, a new secret came to this part of the world. An unprecedented alliance of the military, industrial and scientific forces combined to create the most powerful and controversial weapon known to mankind, the atomic bomb.
Ten of thousands of individuals worked around the clock on the project. They came from all over the country, living and working in a secret city. A city built from the ground up for only one reason, to enrich uranium for the world’s first atomic bomb used in combat.
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GFWC/IOWA Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club
The GFWC/IOWA Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club celebrated their opening tea with the officers, Carolyn Biere, president; Jerrie Henderson, secretary; and Linda Huffman, treasurer as hostesses.
The occassion was celebrated, with the assistance of Arlen Biere at the Union County Historical Complex Lincoln School.
The business meeting was held after the program of an active review of the current constitution and by-laws by membership. Eleven active and three life members answered roll call as to what they have on their bucket list. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the minutes of the May meeting were read, with no corrections. The treasurers report was given and is ready for audit.
Bloodmobile report: Betty Wallace reported there were 90 donors and 86 units collected at the Aug. 19 bloodmobile. The next Bloodmobile is Nov. 4.
Caller report: Mary Morris is unable to continue this position because she will not be able to continue her membership at this time. Pat Butcher volunteered to replace her.
Community involvement: Judy Weese will revise the “Public Issues”section to allow more space for “Legislative Action,” and make space for Union County Fair volunteers.
Domestic violence report: Jerrie Henderson reported that individual monetary donation checks are to be made out to “Progressive Chautauqua Circle,” then the treasurer will send one check to the Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center, with the memo indicating “Union County ccount.”
Federation reports: state and district legislative and public policy chairperson, Peg Anderson, informed members about the bond issue for the library as well as other important issues coming up for a vote Nov. 5. She also spoke about the Soles 4 Souls project and she gave information on “Three Brand” initiatives to accompany the “Seven Grand Initiatives.”
District scholarship: Pat Butcher reported she will be joined by Linda Huffman.
District creative writing: Linda Huffman encouraged participation.
District domestic violence: Jerrie Henderson plans for a display at the Oct. 18 district meeting.
Local chairs for greeting cards and reading gave their reports.
Audit of the treasurer’s books was successfully done by Sharon Booth and Pauline McCoy.
Old business: The field trip to Salisbury House in Des Moines, as discussed at the May meeting and indicated in the yearbook will be Oct. 8. Members are encouraged to invite prospective members and inform the program committee of current need for further transportation, etc. Those participating are to meet at 8 a.m. at the Methodist Church parking lot. Cost will be paid by the treasurer on site.
New business: The district federated meeting will be in Granger on Oct. 18. Peg Anderson collected registration fees and made arrangements for transportation. Arrangements for the theme basket for the auction were also made by Peg Anderson. Reminders were given to bring country store items.
The meeting was concluded with the Mary Stewart collect.
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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Oct 1 at the Pizza Ranch meeting room with 22 members and two guests present. President Bob Miller presided, Jim Morris did the prayer and David Abildtrup was the finemaster.
The Club is selling fresh evergreen decorated wreaths and swags in October for delivery in November. See a Kiwanis member to order or the Creston Kiwanis Facebook page. The fresh evergreens will be delivered close to Thanksgiving to enjoy the whole holiday season.
The Annual Kiwanis “Keep a Kid Warm” coat giveaway will be in October at the First United Methodist Church as usual. Date to be finalized soon. Members sign up to help at next weeks meeting.
Program was Tiffany Cooper, Creston Elementary and Middle School librarian, and Mindy Gutmann, Mayflower librarian. They discussed the books they are able to purchase each year with the Kiwanis Club donations and how they fill in throughout the year when popular new titles become available. There a several popular new series of books that are favorites of early readers to middle school students. Connecting students with books they like encourages lifelong reading.
Kiwanis presented Creston schools $300, Mayflower school $150 and St. Malachy school $150 to buy more new books for this school year.
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Catholic Daughters of America
The regular meeting of the CD of A Court No. 428 was held on Sept. 10. A meal of pizza and ice cream sandwiches was enjoyed by members following Mass with Father Adam. The meal was provided by the officers. Members were happy to help Iris Smith celebrate her birthday.
Prayers are being offered for members reminder to continue to pray for your prayer sisters.
Meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Regent Teresa Weis with recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Hail Mary.
Treasurer’s Report was given and approved.
No bills were presented. Financial review needs to be completed before Oct 31.
Minutes from May meeting were read and approved.
Oct. 8 meeting will be held in conjunction with the sex trafficking workshop by Sr. Shirley Fineran, O.S.F., founder of Lila Mae’s House. She will be speaking at Holy Spirit Hall, 107 W. Howard St., in Creston from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn how to recognize people who are vulnerable and need our help. Sponsored by Creston CD of A and open to all interested people. Group donation was approved for Lila Mae’s.
Oct. 20 is Catholic Daughters Sunday. This is a special year as it is the 100th anniversary of our court. Members will be recognized and process in before 9 a.m. Mass.
Annual meeting for Crest Area for Life 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Holy Spirit Hall with a presentation by Ruth Harbor which is a pro-life organization based out of Des Moines.
Rerun has new security cameras and dumpster will be locked to prevent further damage when people leave donations.
Two members who have moved but asked to remain in our membership will continue with our court.
The quilt that was made for the Food Fair is now on display at St. Malachy School.
The retreat house in Cedar Rapids has been closed.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. with recitation of our membership prayer.
Next meeting is 7 p.m. Oct 8 after 6 p.m. Mass. Light refreshments will be served.
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Creston Area Retired School Personnel Association held its meeting Sept. 10 in the Del Richardson conference room at the Greater Regional Health in Creston with eight members present. Following breakfast Amanda Venteicher and her mother Deb Gevoca gave a presentation on hosting three foreign exchange students from Germany, Finland and Italy. She told about their experiences and trips with the students. They spoke about their many cruises and trips to new York, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Alaska and the Honduras. They shared pictures and experiences they had on these excursions.
Deane Burgmaier conducted a business meeting. She welcomed new member Marisue Lewis. Burgmaier and Deb Lilly will attend IRSPA annual meeting Oct 2-3 in Denison.
Volunteer hours reported for were 3,942 for youth and education and 1,197 for community.
Door prize was given to Peg Lewis.
Next meeting will be Oct. 8 in hospital conference room. The program will be the Diagonal High School Hot Shot robot team.
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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
The Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Oct. 2.
Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley first place, Linda Clark second, and Janice Munstermann third.
Winner of the door prize was Barb Bills. The next meeting for cards and chatter will be Oct. 9, and the hostesses will be Sherry Parrot and Penny Nauman.