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GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly

GFWC/IOWA Bancroft History Assembly met on Nov. 4 at Creston Plaza Community Room with two life members and seven regular members present.

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

JoAnn sent 12 postcards to GFWC concerning the issue of the 3D Gun Bill which is still in committee.

Bancroft History Assembly received State Honorable Mention at convention in the areas of Education, Home Life and Public Issues. We also received a Summary Report Certificate for compiling and reporting club activities to GFWC.

Marisue Lewis reported on the history of Granger, Iowa Italian Coal Miners. Granger Homestead began in 1930 when the miners and their families has less than suitable housing and wages. Through the efforts of Franklin D., Elinor Roosevelt and the local Catholic Priest, fifty parcels of land were given to chosen families. Some of these houses are still standing today. At that moment in time most of the land was owned by banks along with Prudential Insurance.

President Oswald distributed Vial of Life Medical Information Form to be filled out and posted somewhere noticeable in our homes. Centennial of Women’s Suffrage will be celebrated giving women the right to vote on Aug. 26, 2020. Perhaps we could celebrate in September next year. November is Gratitude month. Oswald would like us to bring a wrapped white elephant gift to the December meeting for a gift exchange.

Safety features discussed were hammers for breaking car windows, getting our ice scrapers out and a trick for removing frost from car windows is to use a credit card.

Motion carried to give $50 from our Civic Improvement Fund to the Historical Village to help replace rugs in the Edaburn House.

Peg Anderson invited us to a tea at the Edaburn House on 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 or Dec. 14. Tickets are $20.00 each.

After the Club Collect, Joan Chubick presented a program on the United States Capital. The capital building began being built in 1793 and many constructional phases have ensued since. The Statue of Freedom on top of the capital’s dome weights 15,000 pounds.

The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Greater Regional Health. Reading lists are due at the December meeting.

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Union Squares

Union Square met Nov. 1 with Connie Graham as the caller. There were 13 members and eight guests present.

It was good to see Connie‘s husband, Eldon, who is showing much improvement with his health issues. Our next dance will be Nov.15 with Elaine Peacock as the caller. This will be another fun dance. If you have an interest in learning to square dance or even just want to come and see what it’s all about, the dance starts at 7:30 PM on the first and third Friday of each month basement of First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St. We encourage everyone to join for the fun and good exercise.

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Three Mile Sharp Shooters

The Three Mile Sharp Shooters 4-H Club met for their regular monthly meeting Nov. 3 at the Three Mile Shooting Range.

Those in attendance were: Hunter Swanson, Sarah King, Taylor Miller, Owen Allen, Lundy Sanson, Taron Needham, Chaylee Needham, Quynn Foster, and Cora McNeill. One visitor was present – Alayna Woollums.

President Taylor Miller called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lundy Sanson and the 4-H pledge was led by Quynn Foster. Secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given. There is one outstanding bill for the trunk or treat candy and supplies.
Committee reports were given, they are as follows: Trunk or treat was a success; the club plans to do this outreach event again next year; Quynn Foster gave an update on the “Sunshine Shoe Box” project. The goal is to complete 30 boxes for the first project. There are three different boxes that the club will be creating: The Toy Box – Ages 5-9, the Sunshine Box – Ages 10-14, and the Confidence Kit – Ages 15-18. Donated items were collected from members. It was voted to set aside $50.00 to get the additional items needed to complete the boxes to be put together at the December meeting; the club now has a Facebook page. Members may like and join the group at 3 Mile Sharp Shooters 4-H; the Club’s Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, December 7 at the Afton Extravaganza held at the East Union High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set-up will be at 8 a.m. Members are asked to bring homemade baked goods and to work in the booth.

A group photo of club members and leaders was taken for the High Lakes Outdoor Alliance 2020 Program Book. Announcements and important dates from the 4-H Newsletter were given. Cora McNeill gave an educational presentation and shared with the club how to make popcorn on the stove. Members each got to put seasonings and candy on their bowl of popcorn for refreshments. Vice President Pro-Tem Taron Needham introduced guest speaker, Austin Berry. He shared with the club his hobby of Precision Rifle Shooting and also gave a demonstration at the rifle range.

A Winter Postal Shoot for trap shooting is being organized. A brief meeting was held for those interested in participating. The Winter Postal Shoot runs from November to March and costs members $5.50 to register. The Postal Shoot provides opportunity for 4-H members involved in the shooting sports project to test their marksmanship ability in competition with other 4-H members across the state while staying in their own counties/communities. The club is hoping to add more disciplines to the Spring Postal Shoot.

Following the meeting, a few members who had brought their rifles, practiced shooting with Rifle Instructor Shawn Miller.

Our next meeting will be held on Dec. 8. Taylor Miller is scheduled to give an educational presentation. Members will assemble the “Sunshine Shoe Boxes.” Each family is asked to bring a snack to share for the clubs Christmas Party.

Students in 4th through 12th grades interested in joining the Three Mile Sharp Shooters 4-H Club may contact the Union County Extension Service at 641-782-8426.

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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Pizza Ranch meeting room  with 21 members and one guest. President Bob Miller presided, Terry Freeman did the prayer and Drew Henderson was the finemaster.  The Club was updated on the total sales of the evergreen wreath and swag fundraiser. Nineteen members sold items. Sales were down from last year but it will still be a good fundraiser. The fresh evergreens will be delivered close to Thanksgiving to enjoy the whole holiday season.

Program was Devin Kastrup, head men’s basketball coach at Southwestern Community College. Devin was a previous player at SWCC then played professionally overseas for several years before getting into coaching in the United States. His program is helping the players inside and outside the classroom and the basketball court to be better people and developing good habits and behaviors to help the succeed in life. He talked about the current players and the prospect of a successful season with an all freshman team.

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