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Catholic Daughters

Court Joan of Arc No. 426 met Feb. 13 in the church hall following Mass.

Dinner was served by the committee of June Huewe, Barb Thomsen, Barb Thompson and Linda Linch. There were not enough officers present to hold a business meeting. We recited the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Betty Baker reported she sent four cards. Plans were finalized for the Bunn-O-Matic breakfast to be held Feb. 23. Circle of Love reports were handed out to take home, work on and bring to the next meeting. Pat Pokorny won the door prize which she donated to the charity cup. The rest of the evening was spent assembling cookie plates to be delivered to shut-ins.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Windrow meeting room with 16 members and three guests. President Korina Loudon presided, Roger Lanning gave the prayer and Ellen Gerharz was the finemaster.

The club presented a check for $150 to Kristie Nixon with Parents as Teachers. The money will be used to help with Healthy Kids Day in April at the YMCA.

Samantha Baird and Sarah Young presented the program. They discussed the committee they are on to update the aquatic center at McKinley Park and to make it more accessible to all ages. The group will hold fundraisers and unveil plans to get the center to be a draw for area families.

The club finalized the schedule and workers for the Jack Keuter Memorial pancake feed. Members still have tickets available for $6 or $7 at the door.

The Annual Pancake Kiwanis fundraiser is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 13 at First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St.

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GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly met March 5 in the D.V. Richardson room at Greater Regional Medical Center with two life members and seven regular members in attendance. Martha Musmaker served as hostess.

After the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, roll call was answered by telling what good fortune we wish for the month of March.

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

Civic improvement ideas were discussed as well as scholarships for summer camps. There has been a low to these scholarships and the southwest district officers are going to look into this.

The May brunch will be held 9:30 a.m. May 7 at the Windrow.

It was decided the memorial for Kay Ritter would go to Friends of the Library, since Kay was a strong advocate for children and the library.

The state convention will be held April 19-20 at Hotel Patee in Perry. Everyone is encouraged to attend as the southwest district is hosting the convention. Quilts of Valor will be presented, and one speaker will be speaking about service animals. 

President Lewis reported members had 19 projects and 730 volunteer hours submitted to the state.

After the Cub Collect, Peg Anderson gave enlightening facts about Irish immigrants coming to Iowa for Dora Coen who was unable to attend. The advantages of Iowa were hard to ignore for those Irishmen and women.

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Creston Area Retired School Personnel Association (CARSPA) held its meeting Feb. 13 in the Del Richardson Conference Room at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.

Following breakfast, members enjoyed an informative presentation by Jane Brown, board member representing Creston Parks and Recreation Board. Her primary focus was McKinley Park. The railroad constructed McKinley Lake for use by its round house in downtown Creston. At that time, ice blocks were harvested from the lake by ice haulers. Then in 1901, the city of Creston bought the lake.

Old colored pictures of McKinley Park were viewed. Beautiful landscaping and architectural features had created a city park citizens were very proud of. The current board has a 10-year plan for McKinley Park, which includes preserving its history and developing the lake and park in various ways to continue to draw area people to it. This includes trail development, campground improvement, dredging of the lake to allow usage of canoes and kayaks, improvement of the municipal swimming pool and refurbishing the band shell. 

A business meeting followed. Members’ monetary contribution of $19 was collected and donated to Nodaway Valley Elementary School for the purchase of extra Kleenex tissues during the remainder of the school year.

On March 13, Orient-Macksburg School speech students will perform for CARSPA members and residents at Crest Ridge Estates in Creston.

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