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Bancroft History Assembly

After the Pledge of Allegiance and inspirational thought, four life members and six regular members answered roll call for the May 6 meeting of GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly.

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

The new program for next year is “Historical Sites and Events in the United States.” The committee met on the day that Notre Dame burned inspiring the theme.

Sandy Oswald, acting president, encouraged members to buy Dr. Seuss books for the next meeting in September to be taken to next year’s state convention. This year’s books went to Marshalltown after their tornado. Peg Anderson stated members can also use books here and read to local students as another option. Books that are not needed at convention are sent to Washington.

Oswald said the state convention had many good speakers and she was most impressed with the topic of how to organize. The group received first place and a certificate of creativity for their participation with Christmas at the Historical Village. They didn’t receive a reading certificate at convention, but this was rectified, putting southwest Iowa in first place for the most books read in the state for the second year in a row.

After the club collect, Bobi Woodin presented the history of Ella Maria Dietz Clymer Glynes. Ella was very versatile in her talents. She was an actress performing in 30 plays between the years of 1874-81. In 1881, Ella abandoned acting and turned to poetry, writing mystical poems. She was a leading factor in organizing GFWC in 1889.

Oswald delighted members with a reading entitled “Over 50 Generation.”

The following new officers were installed by Peg Anderson: president, Sandy Oswald; treasurer, Joan Chubick; corresponding secretary, Beth Perry; and recording secretary, Kay Raymond.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Pizza Ranch meeting room with 22 members and two guests. President Terry Freeman presided, Dennis Carter gave the prayer and Ellen Gerharz was the finemaster. 

Lt. Governor Ron Peterson of Kiwanis District 13 presented the club with high honors for the 2017-18 year. The club won an exemplary club award from Kiwanis International, the only club in the district to win. The club also won a distinguished club award for the district. Korina Loudon received a distinguished president award and Dave Abiltrup won distinguished secretary award. All would not be possible without all the hardworking members of Creston Kiwanis Club.

The program was given by John Kawa, chairperson of Creston Parks and Rec Board. He discussed the McKinley Park fundraisers and improvements that have been done with more than $2.5 million raised. All the shelter houses have been updated and repaired, new benches have been added and improvements and additions to the walking trail and all locations in the park including improvements to the lake. In the future, they want to dredge the lake and improve fishing and recreation in the lake.

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Catholic Daughters

Catholic Daughters Court Joan of Arc, No. 428 met April 9. Mass was held at 6 p.m with Father Ken Halbur.

The April committee was Jacquie Eblen, Arlene Carlson, Irene Ripperger, Kris Kerrigan and Sue O’Brien. A potluck meal was shared with CCW members.

Members shared information on their favorite saints. Door prizes of live plants were given out to welcome spring.

Announcements included:

• Reminder to pay dues of $25. Give money to Janet Brown.

• Lc Clinic banquet was this Thursday at the Supertel.

• April 26, 27 and 28 – members will be at Lake Okoboji for convention and four members plan to attend.

• Tickets for raffle items are available through Teresa Weis.

• Deceased members will be recognized at convention – Connie Baker, Carolyn Beecher and Virginia Boden.

• Graduation breakfast will be May 19.

• Thank you for the cookie baking and distribution.

• Discussed soup suppers on Mondays of Lent and soup luncheon for Good Friday.

• Thank you to those who helped with the Lifesaver campaign.

The next meeting will be May 14 at the Holy Spirit Parish Hall following 6 p.m. Mass. New members are always welcome. The program will be provided by Carolyn Downing on “Spirituality Enhancement.”

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Led by a group of Creston businessmen and spearheaded by designer J. W. Renolds, the Crestmoor Golf Clubhouse opened its doors in 1922. Being true to its tradition, the clubhouse opened its doors again May 3 to the Ladies Literary Circle, a literary group committed to “higher and purer intellectual standards” in learning.

The LLC held it first meeting in 1891. By 1922, the ladies began a tradition of having a spring luncheon at Crestmoor Golf Clubhouse on its last seasonal meeting held in May. President Stephani Finley introduced LLC’s new 2019-20 officers by administering the oath of office to the following: President Stephani Finley, Vice-President Bailey Poolman, Secretary Linda Hartsock, Treasurer Joanne Gibson and Historians, Dora Coen and Connie Purdum.

Following the acknowledgement of the outgoing officers, a 127-year traditional luncheon, consisting of chicken salad and fruit cup ending with ice cream and sugar wafer, was served to 21 members and two guests.

Because Creston is celebrating it sesquicentennial this year, guests Sharon Snodgrass and Linda James, board members of the Union County Historical Society, shared with the group the history behind each building in the Historical Village located in McKinley Park. Artifacts from the museum were also displayed. One item, “What is this?” still remains a mystery.Mmes. Snodgrass and James described ongoing projects on the site, encouraging members to be a part of Creston’s historical venture of saving and sharing our local heritage.

The program committee (Connie Rhine, Midge Scurlock, Judith Wachter and Susan Weight) concluded the meeting by giving members potted marigolds and bookmarks to commemorate the 2018-19 year.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met May 8.

Canasta winners were Mary Jane Narigon, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Barb Bills, third.

Janet Kessler won the door prize.

Loretta Kelly will host cards and chatter Wednesday, May 15.

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