January 23, 2021

Club news

4-H 3 Mile Sharpshooters Club

4-H 3 Mile Sharpshooters Club held its first meeting of the 2020-21 year Sept. 13. Taylor Miller called the meeting to order, Brittany Seals led the Pledge of Allegiance and Sarah King led the 4-H Pledge. There were eight members in attendance, with four new members to the club.

The officers for the year were elected as follows: Sarah King, president; Christian White, vice president; Jonah Holliday, secretary; Hunter Swanson, treasurer. Brittany Seals will serve as reporter and Kailyn White will serve as historian.

The club planned activities and discussed fundraising ideas. Brittany Seals made a motion to hold a trap shoot fundraiser Oct. 3 at High Lakes Outdoor Alliance Shooting Range. Hunter Swanson seconded the motion. Motion passed 8 to 0.

Sarah King, Hunter Swanson and Taylor Miller competed in the final shotgun trap postal shoot with instructor Marc Roberg.

We want to thank Taylor Miller for her years of service with the 3 Mile Sharpshooters and wish her good luck as she continues her education at SWCC where she has joined the Southwestern Sports Shooting Team.

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Afton Federated Garden Club

Members of the Afton Federated Garden Club met at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14, at Afton Park. Members practiced social distancing and were welcomed by President Shirley. Roll call was answered by 16 members. Monica Huddleson read the March 13 minutes. President Shirley gave the treasurer’s report.

The club discussed its annual September putluck. If the weather is bad the picnic will not go ahead. Regular meeting will be 1:30 p.m. at Afton Community Center.

A discussion took place about the annual Fall luncheon. Mike Bolden made a motion to cancel the luncheon for this year. Judy Weese seconded the motion and all agreed.

President Shirley advised annual Districts 4, 5 and 7 Garden Club meetings were cancelled for 2020. Each club will have the same duties at the 2021 meeting. The Afton club will be in charge of name tags, and will work on them at the October meeting.

Motion to adjourn was made by Mike Boldon, seconded by Bev Rowe.

Mike Bolden gave a presentation on how birds can help predict the weather and how barometric pressure affects them. After the meeting, club members winterized the butterfly garden. Those interested met at the outdoor classroom at the I-35 school to see the progress so far.

The club’s next meeting will be at 12 p.m. Sept. 11 for annual pot luck picnic in the park, weather permitting. Regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. afterwards. Hostesses will be Beth McGrathand, Ginny Quick. Shirley Wallace will have the program on “roses.”

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Creston Lions

Creston Lions Club met Sept. 1 at the Union County Emergency Management Office. President Jo Duckworth called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was given by Stew Stewart.

Duckworth presided over the business meeting. Minutes of the March 3 meeting were read and accepted with two corrections. Treasurer Tom Braymen presented his report which was approved. The Delmer Brown Memorial to the Lions Club was announced and special thanks were expressed to Alice Brown and family. Delmer was a member of Creston Lions for 22 years.

Jerry Katzer, chairperson for the “Fridays After Five” fundraiser, thanked Lions members who helped with the event. Roger Turk reported on the Lions Candy Day sale held Aug. 26. Workers included Turk, Katzer, Al Pokorny, Ron Dunphy, Derek Thompson, Ralph Dillinger, and Braymen.

Plans were finalized for the Pork Chop Dinner which was held Sept. 17 at McKinley Park. Lions members sold tickets, provided roasters, coolers, dry ice and helped serve food. The event was held in conjunction with the other two service clubs, Kiwanis and Rotary.

Dean Brant announced that the club has received three plaques from the family of the late Glen Weaver. These items will be stored for future reference. Brant also reminded members of the upcoming 9SW District Convention scheduled for Oct. 16 and 17 in Panora.

Creston Lions will continue holding their monthly meetings at the Union County Emergency Management Office at 705 E. Taylor St. Next meeting will be 6:30 p.m., Oct. 6. The next meeting of the Board of Directors will also meet at UCEM Sept. 22.

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Theodore F. Martens V.F.W. Post No. 1797

Theodore F. Martens V.F.W. Post No. 1797 met Sept. 8 at the Elks in Creston. Fourteen members and guests were present for dinner. After dinner, Joe Anson presented a Post 1797 name plate.

Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 16 members present. The post draped the charter for veterans Joe Chastain and Paul Sanders. Service officers reported 6 hours of community service, 71 hours hospital service and 33 hours of honor guard for a total of 110 hours of service. They also traveled 313 miles for veterans. Minutes and QM minutes were read and approved.

In old business, post commander and quartermaster attended District 4 meeting in Oskaloosa, Aug. 29. Information on the veterans wall was shared and over 700 names have been collected so far. A deadline of Oct. 1 to have all ready was established. “Veteran of the week” information was shared, and Joe Anson to spearhead.

In new business, Patriots’ Day was Sept. 11, and flags flew at half-mast. POW/MIA will be Sept. 18. A motion was made and approved to send $1500 to Iowa V.F.W. programs; for hospital, Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen and disaster relief.

In state news, a plan to have a VFW event at Three Mile Lake near Afton is planned for July 2021 to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Iowa VFW. Challenge coins are on sale for $10, and the contacts are Denny Abel or Gary O’Daniels.

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. and the next meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting, Oct. 13 at the Elks in Creston where all war veterans are encouraged to attend.