May 15, 2021

Club news

Miriam Circle of Salem Lutheran Church

Miriam Circle of Salem Lutheran Church met 3 p.m. April 6 at the church Fellowship Hall following quilting. Hostesses were Barb Bjorn and Joyce Anderson, who also served as facilitator. A Bible study leader, Elain Fargo guided the group through a study on angels. Roll call was answered by seven members relating their experiences during Lent and Easter. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by Fargo. The business meeting was lef by Anderson. It was decided to donate the offering to the quilters’ fund. The canceled spring sale will be discussed at the next WELCA meeting. Options were discussed, but the final decision will come later. Shut-ins were assigned to receive a visit or communication. The next meeting of the group will be at Anderson’s for a cook-out 5 p.m. May 20.

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WELCA of Salem Lutheran Church

The Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) of Salem Lutheran Church met 11 p.m. April 11 in the church Fellowship Hall. President Carolyn Biere called the meeting to order with 11 members present. Treasurer Claudia Peppers reported on the different accounts.

Old business discussed was the date of the canceled spring sale. Anderson made the motion and Becky Nardy seconded and motion carried. It was decided that a target date would be August or September 2021 and that Peppers would check with the council.

Linda Huffman reported on the “One In Christ” meeting. Summer lunches will be handed out as a meal-to-go. Salem will be helping August 2 through 4. The dedication of quilts will be April 25. Members have been asked to spread the word, as the church is worshipping “in church” 10 a.m. Sundays.

In new business, Nancy Taylor will set a schedule for altar members to gegin their duties. Western Iowa Women’s Organization will hold its convention June 19 at Fiest Lutheran Church in Algona. A planning session will be this Saturday in Algona with Anderson taking Biere’s place. Nardy moved to adjourn, Huffman seconded, motion passed.

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Creston Kiwanis

The weekly Kiwanis meeting was 12:05 p.m. April 13 at Pizza Ranch meeting room, with 13 members and three guests present. President-elect Roger Lanning presided, Kyle Wilson did the prayer and Julie Lang was the finemaster.

Creston Kiwanis will be meeting weekly moving forward if Covid numbers stay low. The groups is following CDC guidelines. New members are always welcome.

Club members are now selling tickets to the Kiwanis Annual Pancake Fundraiser to be held at United Methodist Church 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4. Carry out will be an option. Tickets are $7 if purchased before the event and $8 at the door for adults. The menu is all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage and a drink. Funds raised will go to help the club donate to numerous projects throughout the year. Event details are also listed on the Creston Kiwanis Facebook page.

Creston Kiwanis will also be helping with the BBQ Bash 4th of July weekend with the other service clubs and will be held during The KSIB car show, more details to follow.

The program was presented by Green Valley Park Rangers Jason Hyde and Daniel Stoll. They advised that Green Valley is now listed in the top five Iowa parks for revenue and visitors. The park is comprised of 1100 acres with about 100 campsites. Last year attendance was up over 25% and the park looks to be very busy this year with campers, fishing and hiking. The park has had to remove over 70 ash trees due to ash borer insects and is offering the extra wood to the public when available. The park is scheduled to be closed next year due large scale road, campsite and park improvements.

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Creston Lions

Creston Lions Club met April 6 at Union County Emergency Management Agency offices. President Jo Duckworth called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and Stew Stewart gave the invocation.

Dean Brant introduced guest speaker, Allen Zobel of Exira, Lions District 9SW governor-elect. He gave examples of programs, fundraisers and membership drives used by the Exira Lions and other district clubs. He encouraged Creston Lions to maintain current projects and consider others in order to increase interest and membership. Zobel announced that Melanie Parker, a district officer, plans to visit all 51 9SW clubs to help develop service activities and other projects. Local members are encouraged to report volunteer efforts to the club secretary to be included on the MyLion website. The program closed with a question/answer session.

Duckworth presided over the business meeting. The March 2 meeting minutes were read and approved. A thank you note was read from a SWCC student who received scholarship assistance from Creston Lions. Discussion was held regarding the club’s memorial funds. A donation to the Creston Area Food Bank was approved. It was decided to continue the annual Fourth of July bingo fundraiser which is held at McKinley Park. Installation of new officers will be held at the June meeting and the place and time will be announced later.

The executive board will meet 5:30 p.m. April 27 at UCEMA office, 705 E. Taylor St. The next regular club meeting will be 7 p.m. May 4, also at UCEMA. Ralph Dillinger and Paul Fuller will be in charge of the program.

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GFWC/Iowa Federation of Women

The GFWC/Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs/Iowa has awarded Creston Community Middle School students Delaney Pettit and Lizzy Sprague $400 Campships to attend music summer camps this summer. These musicians were sponsored by the local GFWC/Iowa Progressive Chautauqua Study Club.