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Book Club

The book club met Sept. 9, with eight members and hostess Dorothy McNaught at her home in rural Afton. The meeting was called to order by President Pat Pokorny. Minutes were read from the May meeting with no changes. The treasurer’s report was given.

Old business discussed was the donation to the East Union Elementary library. Mrs. Gordon gave the club leeway to choose what we wanted to do. They decided to let the school order the books with Deb Richardson’s guidance in order to advoid duplicating items they already have. The club offered a few suggestions of books which they have enjoyed and are familiar.

New business: Dorothy McNaught talked about the Senior Corp RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) pen pal program. Meg Crawford passed out new program books and a few changes were made. The book and movie for this year is “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly. Books reviewed will be about women of science.

Velma Riegel gave the review on “A Warrior of the People,” a biography of Susan La Flesche’s life. She received her medical degree March 14, 1889, becoming the first Native American doctor in U.S. history.

By age 26, La Flesche became the doctor to her tribe and overnight acquired 1,244 patients scattered across 1,350 square miles of countryside with few roads. Her patients often were poor and sick with tuberculosis, smallpox, measles and influenza. This is the story of a woman who crashed through the thick walls of ethnic, racial, and gender prejudice and spent the rest of her life improving the lot of her people.

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Kent Dinner Club

The next Kent Dinner Club meeting will be held 5 p.m. Oct. 9, at the Pizza Ranch.

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IA Tops No. 1338

IA TOPS No. 1338 Creston met 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at FUMC with eight members present. Metzie Cellan called the meeting to order with the TOPS pledge. Best loser was Monica Below and Carol Burtis was runner up. 

Bev Roberts read the minutes and Alice Broum gave the treasurer’s report. Our Goals Gum Ball is continuing with group A ahead. The emberbers discussed the new Tops magazine.

The Program was given by Bev Roberts in “Kiss Insomnia Goodbye.’’ It was suggested to take magnesium, soak your feet and get more sun. Plus, if you’re not losing weight, try to get more sleep.

Next week’s program will be by Sandy Oswald.
Squares Contest was won by Bev Roberts and Our Red Can Challenge #11 is for members to list their intake for two days bring in to the next meeting. Fines from last week went to Mitzie Cellan.

The meeting closed with “You Take My Hand.” The meeting was adjourned by Mitzie Cellan, co-leader at 6 p.m. The next meeting is Sept. 16. 

IA TOPS #1338 Creston met 5:30 Aug. 26 at FUMC with 11 members present. Carol Shelolah called the meeting to order with the TOPS pledge. Best loser was Mitzie Cellan and Carolyn Burtis was runner-up. The monthly best loser went to Mitzie Cellan.

Bev Roberts read the minutes and Alice Brown gave the treasurer’s report. The Gum Ball Contest continues. There will be no meeting on Sept 2, because of Labor Day.

Squares contest was won by Donna Scheel. Our Red Can Challenge is #4 for the next two weeks is to call or mail another Tops member. Last week’s fines went to Carolyn Burtis.

The next program will be given by Sandy Dowald. As the close the Teeter Totter Game, the losers gave entertainment by Shellie Adams with Tops Songs, such as “TOPS Favorite Things.” Mitzie gave grace and many healthy foods were served buffet style. The meeting closed with “You Take My Hand.” Coral Sheldahl adjourned the meeting at 6 p.m. 

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

The Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Sept. 11.

Canasta winners were Mary Kline first place, Barb Bills second, and Carolyn Skarda third.

Winner of the door prize was Carolyn Skarda. The next meeting for cards and chatter will be Sept. 18, and the hostess will be Sharon Gale.

The Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Sept. 18.

Canasta winners were Barb Bills first place, Marilyn Larimore second, and Joy Sealy third.

Winner of the door prize was Barb Bills. The next meeting for cards and chatter will be Sept. 25, and the hostess will be Rose Blakesley.

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GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly met on Sept. 16 in the D.V. Richardson Room at Greater Regional Health with six regular members and three life members present.

The inspirational thought was “Remember, the happiest people are not those getting more, but those who are giving more.”

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

Martha Musmaker donated the “125 Anniversary Yearbook” from Mary Jones to our club.

Peg Anderson is the chair of the State Advocacy and Action Committee. Members are encouraged to contact their legislators to help raise awareness concerning various issues throughout the year. This is called the Red Campaign.

The Southwest District Convention will be 9 a.m. Oct.18 in Granger at the Granger Community Center. Sandy Oswald will evaluate each clubs’ yearbooks. Members can bring Dr. Suess books at the next meeting for convention.

After the Club Collect JoAnn Nurnberg led the review of the Constitution and By-Laws.

The next meeting is 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

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Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter No. 1632

Iowa Alpha Sigma Chapter No. 1632 met in regular session at the Pizza Ranch Sept. 12 with all members present. Following their meal, President Dorothy Eyberg called the business meeting to order with members repeating the opening ritual. Roll call was answered with a response regarding use of bottled water. There were no official communications. Cheryl McClure shared her new address and Norma related a conversation with a member of another chapter in the area. Patricia Fils gave the treasurer’s report; pending bills will be presented at the next meeting. Marilyn Larimore reported the next meeting will be held Sept. 26 at the home of Martha McAuley with a party honoring Cheryl’s departure from Creston. Before the closing ritual, Dorothy gave a review of the second ritual for the progression of chapters in the sorority, the ritual of jewels, which focuses on beauty and the six virtues necessary to project it, i.e. courage, vision, humility, loyalty, fellowship and service.

Norma gave the program discussing the need for water, the various kinds of water available, and how each person’s need is influenced by exercise, heat, diet, age, and caffeine and alcohol consumption. She ended with a short review of how views of christianity have changed in this country in the past 15 years.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m., Sept 17 at the Pizza Ranch meeting room with 22 members present. President Terry Freeman presided, Julie Lang did the prayer and Chris Eaton was the finemaster. 

The Pork Chop Dinner was held 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept.19 at McKinley Park. The club thanks everyone for supporting this event: all the club members that sold tickets and worked the event to make it all possible and along with all the businesses that help with supplies.

The club will be selling fresh evergreen decorated wreaths and swags in October for delivery in November.

Program was Roger Lanning, Chairperson of the Creston Balloon Festival. He discussed the history of the event and the new technology that the balloonist are using now to help guide them with their flights. There are 37 balloonist who plan to participate this year weather permitting. The large committee works a lot of hours to organize everything and are all volunteers.

New Officer and Board Members will be sworn in at next week’s meeting prior to the monthly board meeting.

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Chapter AZ

The regular business meeting of Chapter AZ was held Sept. 17 at the Presbyterian Church with Jean Ide as hostess and Terri Hopkins as co-hostess with 19 members present.

The next regular meeting will be held Oct. 1 at the O’Reilly Center with Marilyn Ide as hostess and Shirley Ide as co-hostess. The next social meeting will be Oct. 15, leaving Creston at 4 p.m. to tour the Icarian Village. The cost is $15: $5 for the tour and $10 for picnic lunch. The club members are invited to Lenox to hear the report of international convention 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5th. Please RSVP to Vera Bradley by Sept. 24. Initiation will be held at the Nov. 5 meeting. 

Program: Lela Burkhalter presented Mandy Henderson who gave a program on her classes at the YMCA: Limited Mobility and Parkinson’s ( 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday) and Rock Steady Boxing (10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday).

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