Theodore J. Martens V.F.W Post No. 1797
Creston VFW Post No. 1797 met Feb. 9 at the Elks Lodge in Creston. Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 11 members and guests present for dinner.
The post had no veterans to drape the charter for. Service officers report: 16 hours community service, 56 hours hospital, no honor guard hours for a total of 72 hours. The post also traveled 350 miles for veterans.
Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.
In old business Libby Jo Henry, a Mayflower Heritage Christian School student was a District Four Patriot Pen winner.
The mid-winter conference was held in Des Moines Jan. 15 and 16. Veterans on the Hill was held Jan 20 via livestream.
In new business, Libby Jo Henry was also the second place winner in the state’s Patriot Pen contest. She will be presented with a certificate and a check for $300.
The annual state convention at Gateway Hotel/Conference Center in Ames will be June 6.
The Iowa VA will be offering a medical mobile unit in Creston at the Alliant Energy parking lot starting in April. Dates will be April 16, June 18 and Aug. 20. Time of the events has not yet been determined. Appointments will be required. Publicity material will be sent out in due course.
In state news, a plan to have a VFW event at Three Mile Lake near Afton is planned for July to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Iowa VFW.
Challenge coins are on sale for $10 contact Denny Able or Gary O’Daniels. First and second call for post officers will be in March. (“Be there if you don’t want an office!”)
The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. The next meeting will be March 9 at the Elks 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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Friends of the Library
The following Friends of the Library attended the board meeting which was held Feb. 22 at the Crest Baptist Fellowship Hall: Peg Anderson Cynthia Blakely, Jan Dillinger, Judy Hoakison, Jane King, Sarah King, Bunny Norton, Kay Raymond, Julie Schieffer and Mary Young. The agenda and minutes were approved as written.
President Schieffer presented the library’s February calendar which is jammed packed with ideas and activities. Pick up a copy each month at the library.
A nice note was received from Catherine Fluckey.
A recap of the cookie bouquets brought new ideas and suggestions for next year. The Friends are so grateful to the public for supporting this project during the pandemic.
The friends are on the waiting list for Fridays After Five.
National Library Week is April 4 through 10. April 7 is the 90th anniversary of the opening of the library.
The wine walk will be Aug. 6.
The next meeting will be 5 p.m. March 15 at Crest Baptist Fellowship Hall.