First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Women

The First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Women met June 19. The Bible study came from “Rejoice in the Lord, Always!”

Group 1 met at the Youth and Family Ministry Center with Jean Janssen leading the lesson. Mary Woods as hostess with refreshments. Devotions were read and roll call taken.

Becky Mohling was the only one with a June birthday.

Group 2 met at the Youth and Family Ministry Center for Bible study. Sandi

Buhr and Vicki Frerichs were hostesses. Buhr was lesson leader. Eleven members were present. Buhr and Jeanne Loch organized a bridge/pitch tournament for June 17. Proceeds will go to the Royal Family Kids Camp.

A craft show will be held July 12-13 at Allen’s July Jamboree.

Group 3 met at Leone Sommerfeld’s home. Donna Oberg led the lesson. Roll call and devotions were done. The evening ended in conversation and discussion.

Next Bible studies will be held July 16 and July 17.

Chapter GK, P.E.O.

Chapter GK, P.E.O. met July 8 at the Hastings Middle School. Hostess Ginny Locke was assisted by Dusty Haase and Sue Gronemeyer.

President Joy White conducted the meeting. HoneyLou Bonar served as chaplain and also

presented the Sesquicentennial report. Carole Storer reported for the courtesy committee and Barb Jenkins for the STAR committee.

Corresponding secretary Dianne Christensen read a letter from Ann Newton in Chapter GK in Spokane, Washington. They are one of the Daisy Dozen GK chapters in the U.S. They sent “love gift” samples of the items they make and sell for P.E.O. projects.

Nan Huey, daughter of GK member Carol Medsker, was a guest and brought greetings from Chapter P in Jackson, Mississippi.

Vice president Cheryll Marr gave the report of the P.E.O. state convention she attended in Kearney in June.

Chapter GK will meet at Head Start at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. Gay DeMars will serve as hostess and will be assisted by Cammie Farrell, Donna Minnick and Sherry Welton. Loretta Tebbe from Chapter HT will give the program, “Nebraska: It’s not for everyone.”

Hastings Middle School teacher Mike Trindle explained the skilled and technical sciences he teaches at the school. The class was designed to introduce middle school students to the area of drafting and design, construction, manufacturing and transportation technology.


The Daughters of the American Revolution, Niobrara Butler-Johnson Chapter held their monthly meeting July 2 at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Youth Complex.

Fellowship and dessert provided by Dorothy Anderson took place before the meeting. A program on “Children of the American Revolution” was presented by Elizabeth Zlomke and Regent Connie Plettner.

The opening prayer was offered by chaplain Maryann Thompson. The DAR Ritual, Pledge of Allegiance, America’s Creed and Preamble of the Constitution were recited by all.

Plettner called roll with 11 members present, one associate, one C.A.R. member, and two prospective members present.

The President General Message, National Defense Minute, Conservation Minute, DAR Museum Minute, Service to America Hours and Women’s Health Minute were given. Chapter officer reports were given.

It has been noted that the Educational Boxtops are being collected by several entities, thus limiting the number that the chapter can donate to schools. A suggestion has been made to support the DAR schools in another way. Discussion followed. Motion was made and seconded to purchase a Walmart gift card for the Tamassee DAR School with the monies being donated by the chapter members. Motion carried. The monies will be collected at the August chapter meeting with Plettner obtaining the gift card and mailing it to the Tamassee DAR School in time for school.

Plettner talked about a service project called “Stamps for the Wounded” where canceled stamps are collected and mailed to the service organization to be used as rehab therapy for the wounded veterans. Chapter members will bring their canceled stamps to the next meet for mailing to this veteran project.

Cyndee Fintel has been appointed chairman of this First Responders Barn Quilt project. Fintel presented a brief report of the plan in making the quilts. Chapter members interested in helping on this project are to contact Fintel. The quilts will be presented in the spring.

Plettner said that when members were picking up flags at Parkview Cemetery it was noticed that several DAR members’ headstones were missing the DAR Insignia and several of the stems of the existing insignias were bent. On Oct. 11, which is designated as DAR Service Day, members will have a work day where they will walk the cemetery, create revised maps as the ones in use aren’t complete, compile a listing of those headstones missing the DAR insignia marker and those where the stems need some help. This will be the chapter historical preservation project for the coming year.

Plettner presented Conservation Certificates for the chapter and individual members who have created pollinator gardens/flower beds this past year.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 6 at First St. Paul’s Youth Center where the NSDAR state regent will be the guest.

If interested in learning more about Daughters of the American Revolution, contact Plettner at 402-429-3655.

Chapter GZ, P.E.O.

Chapter GZ, P.E.O. met July 8 at Kathy Haverly’s home.

Co-hostesses were Cathy Morgan, Dee Poppe and Rosalie Engelhardt.

Twenty members attended the luncheon and meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given as were reports from various committees.

President Haverly provided a report on the P.E.O. State Convention held in June in Kearney.

The next meeting is 12:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Dan McCarthy will present a program on the

Hastings Area Habitat for Humanity.


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