Chapter HT, P.E.O.

Twenty-seven members of Chapter HT, P.E.O. met Jan. 13 at the YWCA Adams County. Hostess was Barb Fisher, and co-hostess was Ann Hittner.

President Nancy Hehnke led the business meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Roll call was taken, and the monthly treasurer’s report was given. Correspondence was read, and the monthly corresponding report was given. Reports of PEO committees and projects were given. New and old business was discussed.

The program included a Sister Share about “sweater stories,” then a video re-acquainting members with the P.E.O. founders was watched.

The next meeting will be 1:15 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Barrett Center at Hastings College. The program will be the president’s letter, nomination of officers, delegates and alternates.

Church Women United

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd hosted the Jan. 3 unit meeting of Church Women United Hastings/Juniata Area with 15 members and one guest present. Betty Aadland gave the welcome. Joyce Mitchell gave the devotions.

Margaret Marsh from Civic Nebraska gave the program on the 2020 Census. She stressed federal dollars that support U.S. communities are based on the census. The survey will come by mail in mid-March. Community events will be held to complete the census survey together.

Blessings were shared by all.

Karen Myers called the meeting to order.

Sharon Selley handed out 2020 program books.

Minutes from the Dec. 6, 2019, unit meeting were approved as written.

Judy Reimer gave the treasurer’s report. The 2020 proposed budget was reviewed and revised.

Members voted to donate all the blessing money at year end to First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Myers shared that she, Salvation Army Major Sandy Brandenburg and Sharon Heyen did the Meals on Wheels favors for December 2019.

Cheryl Marr shared she had talked with MOMs, formerly Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), and they were willing to do favors in April. Salvation Army changed from April to November on the schedule to accommodate.

The meeting adjourned by reciting the Mizpah Benediction.

The next unit meeting will be 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Grace United Methodist Church. Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to attend.

Chapter GK, P.E.O.

The annual Founder’s Day Luncheon meeting of Chapter GK, P.E.O. was held Jan. 13 in fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church. Hostesses were Dusty Haase, Dana Odom, Joy White and HoneyLou Bonar.

President White conducted the meeting and gave reports for the continuing education, Cottey College and social committees. Gar DeMars reported for the courtesy committee.

The next meeting will be on Feb. 10 at Cheryl Lockwood’s home. She will be assisted by Jan Franzen, Barbara Murman and Elaine Specht. The program on “Modern Nightingales” will be given by Franzen and other nurses in Chapter GK.

Ann Koozer and Jean Matheny from Chapter DA presented the Founder’s Day program. Through a PowerPoint presentation, “A Tribute to P.E.O. from A to Z,” they shared the story of the seven founders of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1869. Today there are over 255,000 members in 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada.


National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 362, met Jan. 11 at Pastime Lanes for a noon luncheon with 12 members and two guests attending.

The program was given by Cheri Theesen, executive director of The Kensington. Theesen provided information on dementia and specifically about Alzheimer’s.

President Willa Rundle presided and welcomed everyone. The business meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ruby Walker gave the invocation and the thought for the day with a reading of “What Use January?” by Joyce Ore. Minutes of the December meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was submitted for filing.

Virginia Jorgensen, sunshine chair, will send a birthday card to Vi Kloepper. Susie Graham introduced her guest, Deb LaBenz.

Carol Grummert announced that the program for the February meeting would cover the “Prepare for the End of Life” booklet.

Chapter officers for 2020 are Willa Rundle, president; Carol Grummert, vice president ; Nancy Stenger, secretary/treasurer.

Susie Graham won the Alzheimer’s 50-50 raffle. Winnings were donated to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund.

The next meeting will be at noon Feb. 8 at Pastime Lanes, 1400 W. 18th St.


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