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GFWC - Progressive Chautauqua Study Club

The GFWC/lowa Progressive Chautauqua Circle Study Club met March 12 at the Windrow for a luncheon meeting with 12 members in attendance. The members responded to roll call with the size of their high school class and school activities they participated in.

An entertaining and enjoyable program was presented by two speech students from Creston Community High School. Clarissa Hoffman, a senior, presented “Dinasour, (the Grose story)” and Megan Pellman, a freshman, presented “Mothersense” and “B, (If I should have a daughter).”

The business meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m. The incoming officers were announced: president, Carolyn Biere; secretary, Gerri Henderson; and treasurer, Linda Huffman. The yearbook committee will be Sharon Skarda, Joyce Anderson and Peg Anderson.

The State Convention will be April 12-13 at Best Western Regency in Marshalltown. It was discussed that Henderson, Pat and Huffman plan to attend. Pat has additional information.

A collection was taken for gas cards for RICC. Henderson reported the cost to make each bag was $2.28. She bought 110 panties and socks from the $100 collected.

Sharon Booth thanked the members for their cards and calls during her recovery.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:06 p.m.

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Creston Lions

Creston Lions met Tuesday evening, March 5, at the Pizza Ranch. Derek Thompson, first vice president, opened the meeting by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. Stew Stewart gave the invocation.

Following the meal, Jo Duckworth, director of the Union County Emergency Management Agency, presented the program. She explained the new radio system which is being planned so that all parts of the county emergency system can be in contact when needs arise. The system currently in use is inadequate and unreliable. Duckworth gave information that covered equipment that is needed and probable costs that will be involved. She also mentioned that Severe Weather Week will take place during the last week of March when emergency equipment will be tested in the county.

Dean Brant told about Chris Anderson of Audubon who died in February and who had held many leadership positions in Iowa Lions. The Creston club approved donating money to a special fund to be given to LCIF in memory of Anderson. Brant presented certificates and chevrons to the following members for years of membership in Iowa Lions: 15 years, Beth Perry; 20 years, Paul Fuller; 25 years, Jerry Thomsen; 30 years, Ron Dunphy; 50 years, Stew Stewart; 55 years, Al Pokorny; and 60 years, Rudy Ehm.

Thompson presided over the business meeting. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved. The annual Spud Supper was held Feb. 28 and was well attended. The club greatly appreciates the support of the community, including help from Creston Hy-Vee and McDonald’s. Jerry Katzer thanked the members for all their work, with special thanks to Sophia Short. Used eyeglasses were collected, which will be refurbished and dispensed where needed. Katzer and Gary Borcherding will serve on a committee with other service club members to plan a meal which will be served during the time of the Creston Sesquicentennial events.

The directors will hold a meeting March 27 at Stewart’s office. The next regular club meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Pizza Ranch. New officers will be elected soon.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Windrow meeting room with 25 members and one guest. President Terry Freeman presided, Korina Loudon gave the prayer and Bill Kunert was the finemaster. 

Sandy Hysall, Kiwanis’ treasurer for more than 13 years, was recognized by the club and given a desk clock in appreciation of her service to the club.

The club now has tickets for the Annual Jack Keuter Pancake Day fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church in Creston. This is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised will provide scholarships and services to many children and groups that work with children’s funds throughout the year. See any member for tickets or leave a message on the Creston Kiwanis Facebook page.

Members signed up to help with the pancake fundraiser.

The program was given by Kelly Richards with Great Western Bank. She discussed the different bank scams that are going on here locally and across the country. Richards also discussed email and phone scams that prey on the elderly and the lonely. Check with law enforcement and your bank before sending money, gift cards, etc. to strangers.

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Salem Lutheran Women of the ELCA

Carolyn Biere called the meeting to order March 10 after the service. Linda Huffman, acting secretary, read the minutes of the Oct. 21 meeting. Treasurer Claudia Peppers gave the treasurer’s report.

Jewels Baseley reported on the purchase of six carafes for Salem’s kitchen. It was decided to buy six more carafes.

In new business, Salem’s spring sale will be held Friday, May 3. Items may be brought to Salem starting April 28.

The Lydia Cluster gathering will be held in April at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Northboro. The Western Iowa Women’s Synod Organization’s annual meeting will be June 22 in Emmetsburg.

Biere announced Salem’s next women’s meeting will be June 2.

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Ladies Literary Circle

Seventeen Ladies Literary Circle members answered roll call for their first meeting March 8 in the home of Midge Scurlock. After treasurer Vera Fengler and secretary Vanita Moberg gave their reports, President Stephani Finley asked for volunteers to be on the nominating committee for the 2019-20 officers. By appointment, Linda Hartsock and Scurlock accepted to do this. As stated in the standing rules, the articles of association, by-laws and standing rules were read with some possible amendments to Article III to be determined at the next meeting. The meeting was adjourned and moved to the afternoon’s reviewer.

Here, have some processed, re-processed and pre-re-processed mystery dish. It goes well with a cup of cucumber-flavored transfat. And you should try this all-natural dish; it has only 2019 ingredients in it. Really? Stephani Finley gave us insight into good and bad foods and what makes them that way by reviewing Michael Pollan’s book, “In Defense of Food.”

Pollan has written a series of books about the impact of American food production, processing and consumption, and how those elements of food have changed over the years. Finley also spoke about the effects on the price of food as well as the health of our nation - environmentally and physically.

“The Omnivores Dilemma” was the first in the series followed by “In Defense of Food,” and its companion book, “Food Rules,” and finally “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.”

Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all like to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Pollan starts with a broad sketch of a key social change: how control over what families eat shifted from cultural factors, such as mothers and traditions, to marketing and the food industry. The result is that more health claims are made for food than ever before, but people are less healthy.

The goal of “In Defense of Food” is to analyze the reasons for this seeming paradox. As Pollan does so, he makes other arguments, such as the idea people should spend less time worrying about health and food and that the current Western diet makes people sick.

Pollan’s message can be summed up in his final theme: Eat food, real food. Not too much. Mostly plants. He defends real food from food-like substances. So, what do you say? Want another serving of ... ah ... what did you call it?

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met March 13.

Canasta winners were Barb Bills, first; Sharon Gile, second; and Janice Munstermann, third.

Bills won the door prize.

Joan Chubick will host cards and chatter Wednesday, March 20.

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