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Union County Genealogy Society  

Union County Genealogy Society met 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, at Gibson Memorial Library. President Tessa Hull called the meeting to order with 11 members in attendance.

Saundra Leininger made a motion, seconded by Calvin Huffman, to approve the agenda. It passed.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and Ruth McDowell made a motion, seconded by Kathy Parmenter, to approve the minutes. It passed.

The treasurer’s report was given by Roger Nurnberg.

Nurnberg and Parmenter gave an update on the website. Blogs will be posted along with a question or photo.

Under correspondence, the group had a thank you from the Danish Museum.

Under new business, members talked about the Southwest Iowa Genealogy Conference held June 15 at the O’Reilly Center. Fourteen people attended the conference. There were several good comments on the program, including a lot of good information. Nurnberg made a motion, seconded by Hull, to have Alice Hoyt Veen for next year’s conference. It passed.

UCGS decided not to have an open house in July this year due to the all the activities over the Fourth of July. The cemetery walk was discussed and the group went through a list of potential people to be represented.

The Aug. 3 workshop, to be held at the library, will be presented by Jane Briley on Swedish ancestry.

Nurnberg made a motion, seconded by Huffman, to appoint Judy Weese as acting secretary until the end of the year. The motion passed.

Leininger made a motion, seconded by Terry Madison, to buy the third edition “Red Book” to be donated to the library. It passed. UCGS paid Nurnberg for it.

There will be no meeting in July, so the next meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, August 26, at Gibson Memorial Library.

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Creston Area Retired School Personnel Association (CARSPA) held its meeting Tuesday, June 11, in the Del Richardson conference room at Greater Regional Health in Creston.

Following breakfast, 14 members enjoyed an interesting presentation using PowerPoint to talk about juvenile delinquency which is sometimes caused by emotional abuse, emotional neglect, sexual abuse and physical neglect. Schools need to help children by detecting it early and trying to motivate and inspire students and build good relationships with them. Some books were displayed they are trying to use for help.

Diane Burgmaier presided at the business meeting. Kleenex funds will be given to Orient-Macksburg School this month. A thank you note was read from the Lucille Vogel family for money given in her memory to the SWCC scholarship fund. Ruth Clinton won the door prize. The group voted on constitution changes and program ideas for the 2019-20 year.

Members are to bring additional volunteer hours to the next meeting 8:30 a.m. July 9 in GRH conference room. Jesse Carter will talk about the archery program. Retired school personnel are always welcome to attend. Call Burgmaier at 641-337-5771 with any questions about CARSPA.

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Afton Federated Garden Club

Members of the Afton Federated Garden Club met at noon Friday, June 14, at Three Mile Lake for a picnic and a day of visiting and looking at past “Books of Evidence,” but it was so windy they moved to Afton Community Center in Afton. Thirteen members and one guest shared a delicious potluck lunch and fried chicken Marilyn Larimore had picked up in Creston. All enjoyed looking at the “Books of Evidence” and marveled at the work that went to putting them together and great memories they brought back.

The next meeting will be July 12 at Afton Community Center. Dixie Shinkle and Monica Huddleson will be hostesses and Huddleson will have the program on perennials.  

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VFW Post 1797

VFW Post 1797 met June 11 at the Elks Lodge in Creston; 16 members and guests were present for dinner.

Commander Gary O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 14 members present.

The post had no veterans to drape the charter for.

Service officers reported 16 hours for community service and 84 hours at the hospital, for a total of 100 hours. They also traveled 300 miles for veterans.

Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.

In old business, SWCC scholarships were announced. Redistricting of state VFW was discussed.

Because of inclement weather, the Memorial Day services at Calvary, Graceland and Greenlawn cemeteries had to be cancelled. A service was held Friday, May 24, at Homestead Assisted Living.

VFW Post participated May 18 in Armed Forces Day.

In new business, new officers for years 2019-20 were installed. They are Commander – O’Daniels, senior vice commander – Frank Riley Jr., vice – Jim Flowers, quartermaster – Dennis Abel, chaplain – Rick Leonard, surgeon – Craig Dresback and trustees – Bob Clark, Ron Jackson and Doug Merritt.

Elks Flag Day program will be at 7 p.m. June 14 with flag raising and program to follow.

A sign for the VFW field has been approved and hopefully put up soon.

In State VFW news, a proposed redistricting proposal has been tabled at the state convention held the first of June. Also at state, Post 1797 received many awards for distinguished service to state and local community.

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 9, at the Elks Lodge with dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting to follow at 7 p.m. All war veterans are encouraged to attend.

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Crest Area Theatre

Crest Area Theatre held its June membership meeting June 4 in the SWCC Performing Arts Center. Seven members were in attendance. The meeting was called to order at a special time 6 p.m. by president Linda Huffman.

The agenda and minutes of the May meeting were approved. The treasurer was absent, so no report was given.

The majority of the meeting was devoted to details concerning the current production, “The Music Man, Concert Version,” to be performed one night only, 6 p.m. June 30, in the band shell at McKinley Park. This production will be free to the public in conjunction with Creston’s sesquicentennial celebration.

The show’s director, John Calahan, noted the following: members need to borrow 60 folding chairs for the cast, orchestra and crew for the entire production week; the club is borrowing the Creston Community High School band risers; Jeff Norman and Dustin Baird will be sound technicians with equipment provided by Rieman Music; T-shirts are purchased; costume hats have been chosen; poster design is complete and program design is in progress.

C.A.T. will not participate in the Creston Fourth of July parade, this year.

The Christmas show was briefly discussed.

There will be no July membership meeting. The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Aug. 5 in the SWCC PAC. The meeting adjourned at 6:53 p.m.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met June 26.

Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Wanda Nash, second; and Joy Seeley, third.

Mary Kline will host cards and chatter Wednesday, July 10.

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