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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Windrow meeting room with 34 members and three guests. President Terry Freeman presided, Jim Morris gave the prayer and Sandy Hysell was the finemaster. 

The club held 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. Members and businesses were recognized for the work and contributions to make this fundraiser a success. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised will provide scholarships and services to many children and groups that work with children funds throughout the year.

The club voted to participate in a community meal July 6 in Uptown Creston during the Sesquicentennial celebration. More details will be worked out in the near future.

The program was given by Chelsea Sorensen and Wesley Starlin from Crossroads Behavioral Health Services. They talked about all the changes and new programs for their clinics that serve eight southwest Iowa counties. They plan to keep expanding and hiring more people to help with patients’ different mental health needs.

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GRH Auxiliary Gift Shop Buying Committee

Lois, Joan, Jordan and Rhonda approved the minutes, agenda and financial reports during the March 11 meeting.

Discussion was held regarding the pending IHA conference in Des Moines. The group will meet 7 a.m. at the gazebo to carpool there.

Jay Bochart will handle the processing of some of the supply purchases for the gift shop.

The gift shop will be carrying the type of hearing aid batteries that are needed for the hearing aids the hospital audiologist sells.

On the calendar is the next meeting April 8 and K&K 1 p.m. April 15.

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GRH Auxiliary Board

The agenda, minutes and financial reports were approved by Martha, Marcia, Barb, Carolyn, Lois, Joan, Jordan and Rhonda during the March 11 meeting.

Monte presented the administrator’s report:

• GRH was named one of the Top 100 critical care hospitals in the nation

• GRH received a five-star Medicare service rating

• GRH is one of only two hospitals to be accredited by D&D

• Dr. Napchek will be joining the staff in June

• Dr. Shuey will join GRH in 2020

• Dr. Cheryl Standi will start as a pediatrician in May

• Leanne Burg, NP, will be joining the psychiatric department focusing on the care of youth clients

• Mallory Marquis, NP, will be serving primary care, rural health clinics and urgent care

• Kathleen Anderson will serve the walk-in clinic for the rural health clinics

• An OBGYN candidate will be interviewed Friday

• Additions are also being considered for the fields of neurology, bariatrics and dermatology

• Reassessment of the areas of the building which are best suited for the departments continues with part of rehab taking temporary residence at the top of the link

Mandy Henderson and Bunny Norton of the YMCA gave an update on the Rock Steady Boxing program. It has become very popular and subsequently needs more equipment. The board approved the expenditures.

Ninety-one memberships were sold with five lifetime memberships.

Auxiliary scholarship applications may be picked up at the local schools or online. They need to be returned by April 12.

Chuck Western has joined the volunteer staff.

Dates to remember are March 27 collective goods sale, April 8 next meeting, April 12 jewelry sale, Sept. 8 linen sale and Nov. 19-20 The Nutman Company sale.

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Catholic Daughters

Catholic Daughters Court Joan of Arc No. 428 met March 12. Mass was held at 6 p.m. with Father Ken Halbur. The March committee served ham balls, cheesy potatoes, green beans and mint ice cream. The committee was made up of Carolyn Downing, Joanne Gibson, Ann Johnson and Elaine Haines.

The meeting was called to order by Regent Teresa Weis with recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by all members present. 

Minutes of the January meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was approved as presented. A financial review will be completed at the April meeting.

Old business discussed was cookies were made by members and presented to the members who find it difficult to get out of their homes.

New business included Lifesaver Campaign is to be this weekend April 6-7 and donation cup monies were split equally between national projects and local projects.

The membership prayer was recited to end the meeting. The meeting adjourned with a motion made and approved by all.

The next meeting will be April 9 at the Holy Spirit Parish Hall following 6 p.m. Mass. New members are always welcome. The program will be for each member to share information on their favorite saint. The group will have a potluck dinner with CCW members. Annual dues will be due at the April meeting.

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Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly met April 1 in the D.V Richardson room at Greater Regional Health. Three life members and six regular members responded to roll call.

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

Kay Raymond submitted a GFWC/Proctor and Gamble grant for literacy. This was for summer programming for Gibson Memorial Library. Awards will be announced this week.

The state convention will be held April 12-13 in Marshalltown. Marisue Lewis and Sandy Oswald will attend.

Martha Musmaker, JoAnn Nurnberg and Oswald will be on the new program committee. They will meet 10 a.m. April 16 at the library.

Musmaker mentioned the World Day of Prayer will be 7 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at the YMCA.

The next meeting will be 9:30 a.m. May 6 at the Windrow.

After the club collect, JoAnn Nurnberg gave the program on Mina Edison, the second wife of Thomas Edison. Mina was a conservationist who was a well known philanthropist. She gave back to her community and championed education.

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Creston Area Retired School Personnel Association (CARSPA) held its March 12 meeting at Crest Ridge Estates in Creston. Eleven members and eight residents were present.

Following a delicious breakfast, a musical program was presented by Melody Stoner, music instructor, and four students from St. Malachy School in Creston. The very talented students were Makaela Downing, Rosie Leonard and Bridgette Hopkins, as singers, and Brenton Vanderplum on trumpet.  

A business meeting followed lead by co-chairman Diane Burgmaier. Planning progress for the District 4 annual meeting in Creston was discussed. Members were asked to think of possible presenters for the 2019-20 calendar year.   

On April 9, Rhonda Vogel will present a program on “My Journey with Heart Disease.

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Crest Area for Life

Crest Area for Life met 7 p.m. March 26 at the Holy Spirit Hall. Nine members were in attendance.

President Betty Baker opened up with the right to life prayer. Terry Madison read the secretary’s report from January. It was approved. June Huwee gave the treasurer’s report. It was approved. The group decided to discontinue their ads in the Hanson directories.

Under old business, members discussed the memorial service that was held Jan. 20. Two ministers were in attendance.

Under new business, the group discussed replacing the billboards on Highway 25 and Pole Road.

The LC Clinic banquet will be April 4 in Stuart and April 11 in Creston. Meg Crawford made a motion, seconded by Pat Pokorny to donate to the banquet.

Crest Area for Life will put Mother’s Day ads in the Creston and Afton papers.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. April 23 at the Holy Spirit Hall.

Rich Madison made a motion, seconded by Jeremy Rounds, to adjourn the meeting.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met April 3.

Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Sharon Gile, third.

Gwen Sandeman won the door prize.

Janet Kessler will host cards and chatter Wednesday, April 10.

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