First United Methodist Women

First United Methodist Women met Oct. 16.

Group 1 members hold full memberships and support the organization but are unable to attend regular scheduled meetings.

Group 2 met at First United Methodist Church. Elayne Landwehr and Marian Heeren served as co-hostesses. There were 12 members and two guests present. Carla Lindenberger and the Rev. Greg Lindenberger gave the devotion and shared stories and information about their trip to the Holly Land.

Group 3 met in fellowship hall with Julie Hein and Janet Schmidt as co-hostesses. Eleven members were present. Opal Hamer read the devotion, “Think About Your Heart,” based on Proverbs and the book “Joy for a Woman’s Soul.” Jan Heady shared the Least Coin selection called “God of Life Accompany Your Suffering People.” Bonnie Brodersen shared and collected money for the World Thank Offering. This donation is undesignated mission giving. The funds collected are used in total program of mission and advocacy in the United States and around the world.

Group 5 met at the church with Elda Heckenlively serving as hostess. There were 12 members present. Heckenlively’s devotion focused on the World Thank Offering. Mary Jo Heishman read from the Least Coin a selection called “Encouraging Women to Take Their Place in Our World.” Elayne Landwehr’s program was about the proposed Adams County Justice Center. She made members aware of the problems with the old jail and the options in going forward.

All three groups were involved in donating to the Hastings Crop Walk held Oct. 13.

The women’s groups met in the church fellowship hall on Nov. 6 for a luncheon.

President Betty Liehr opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the luncheon. She thanked Group 2 for hosting. There was a total of 34 members with five guests. Janet Schmidt led the group in a musical blessing.

Grant Johnson, safety and staffing director of the Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program, spoke about the new buildings at the Hastings Regional Center and explained the programs for the youth there.

Journey of Faith coordinator Elda Heckenlively shared a devotion titled “Standing in Daddy’s Strength” which reminds us of our strength in Christ.

Journey of Action coordinator Marcella Lemonds gave ideas how to “eat green” by ditching packaging. She suggested buying in bulk and reusing baggies and foil or parchment paper which is compostable.

There were 228 cards, calls and visits in the month of October.

Journey of Learning coordinator Sue Gronemeyer had a report from the November/December Resource magazine about the “War against the Poor in the Philippines.”

Karen Myers announced Church Women United was sponsoring the World Community Day service at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Nov. 8 followed by a soup luncheon.

The 2020-2021 elected officers were: Janet Schmidt, president; Dorothy Anderson, vice president; Cheryl Brundage, Journey of Faith coordinator; and Bonnie Brodersen, Journey of Learning coordinator.

Susan Sharman displayed baby quilts with additional baby quilt kits available.

The Sweet Shoppe will be Dec. 14 and there is need for volunteers.

Liehr reminded the group to bring mittens and hats for the Mitten Tree. Those items will be distributed to the schools in January.

The next unit meeting will be Dec. 4 for a luncheon. Group 3 will be serving.

November birthdays were recognized with a birthday song.

Chapter GZ, P.E.O.

Chapter GZ, P.E.O. met Nov. 11 at Lisa Schreiner’s home. Co-hostesses were Therese Kehoe, Kathy Utter and Ann Utter.

Twenty-four members attended the meeting.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as corrected. Minutes of the Oct. 24 social alsowere read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given. One bill was presented and approved for payment.

Treasurer Cathy Morgan presented the Proposal for Project donation. The proposal was approved and accepted.

Judy Sandeen read two thank you cards and reported that one member was going inactive due to a move out of town.

Members were asked to sign up for being a hostess or co-hostess for next year. Volunteers also were asked to sign up to be an officer next year, to help finalize the yearbook and/or to help decorate the P.E.O. tree at Hastings Museum.

Marnie Soderquist, P.E.O. Home representative, said that she will visiting the home on Dec. 14 and members can bring items to donate at the Dec. 9 meeting.

President Kathy Haverly read the International Convention Report.

Sharon Stonecipher announced that the January 2020 meeting will be held at the Hastings College Alumni Center.

Rick Poppe provided information about the United Harvest program.

The next meeting is 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Pat Gartner will share how she decorates her home for Christmas.

Beta Sigma Phi

The Laureate Alpha Epsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 16 at Ruth Svoboda’s home.

President Alice Erickson called the meeting to order. Treasurer Sharon Scholl read the minutes in her role as acting secretary and gave the financial report. Both were approved.

Discussion was held on upcoming meetings and socials. Erickson won the raffle.

Svoboda gave a lesson on “Have you Ever.”

The meeting adjourned with the ritual and Mizpah repeated by all.

The group met again for a dinner meeting on Nov. 6 at El Puerto restaurant. Erickson called the meeting to order. Secretary Ronda Johnson read the minutes and Scholl gave the financial report. Both were approved.

Discussion was held on upcoming meetings and socials. Johnson gave a program on her travels to Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Virginia City in Nevada. Ruth Svoboda shared a newspaper item on Veterans Day.

A carry-in Thanksgiving dinner was held Nov. 15 at the Youth and Family Building.

The next meeting will be a dinner meeting at Ninja Steak and Sushi Nov. 20 at 6:15 p.m.

DAR

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Niobrara Butler-Johnson Chapter held their monthly meeting Nov. 5 at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Youth Complex.

Maryann Thompson provided dessert for fellowship time.

A program titled “Indian Tribes in Today’s United States” was presented.

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

Regent Connie Plettner called roll with 10 members, one associate and one prospective member present.

The President General’s Message, National Defense Minute, Conservation, Flag Minute, Indian Minute, and Women’s Health Minute were given.

Plettner gave an update of the chapter registrar activities.

Two prospective members were approved for membership into the D.A.R. as of Nov. 5.

Three prospective members’ papers are still in the review process.

Plettner talked about the awards luncheon centerpieces. A committee was established to work on the centerpieces for the luncheon. Members are encouraged to bring reading books to the next meeting for the committee to use as part of the table décor.

An update on the new process for DAR School Educational Box tops was given. Members were instructed to continue to bring to chapter meetings either the box tops or receipts if the box top so designates to scan the receipt.

Updated flag certificates were passed out to the members who wanted them.

Plettner will print off more copies of the Flag Code informational brochure for the next meeting.

Plettner handed out the letter regarding the needs of Maryland Living Center. Members have several options to help with this service project. Items for the center should be brought to the next meeting.

The chapter Christmas Tree will be put up at the Hastings Museum on Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed.

Plettner showed two poster documents — the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence — that she recently purchased for the fifth-grade students for the schools the chapter mentors. These posters will be given out at the time the president bookmarks are handed out in February.

Plettner announced the service projects that several members were involved in this past month. Several members clipped manufacturer coupons that are mailed to a military outpost in Germany on a monthly basis. Several members brought food items for the Sutton Bread Box food bank program. Several members helped with the Heart and Helping Hands making mercy meals for distribution by the Orphan Grain Train. Thank you cards with stapling a piece of candy to the card were handed out at the Veterans Day program on Nov. 11.

The December meeting will be the Christmas party at Perkins.

To learn more about Daughters of the American Revolution or if you would like to volunteer for a service project, contact Plettner at 402-429-3655.

Chapter GK, P.E.O.

Chapter GK, P.E.O. met Nov. 11 at Marje Little’s home. Assisting her as co-hostesses were Rhe Holm, Dana Odom and Marni Splitt.

Courtesy chairman Gay DeMars honored Carole Storer on her 60th anniversary as a P.E.O. member. Yvonne Ziemba was recognized on the first anniversary of her membership.

Ways and Means chairman Sherry Welton reminded members that their Mite Box blessing-sharing gifts should be turned in by the end of the month. The raffle of a Christmas wreath created by Nytha Glass will be held at the December meeting. Cammie Farrell reported that all money raised by both fundraisers will go to P.E.O. projects.

Cottey College chairman Carol Coffey reported that she and Connie Yost met with the Silver Lake High School counselor. Coffey also circulated a Thanksgiving card for Chapter GK’s current Cottey student.

President Joy White announced that a second ELF applicant has been identified for the chapter to sponsor. Farrell moved and the chapter approved a grant to the current ELF scholar to help with expenses until her ELF assistance arrives.

White also announced upcoming Greater Hastings Reciprocity Group officers, including GK’s Yost as treasurer. The spring brunch will be April 18, 2020, with Chapter GZ as hosts.

STAR chairman Barbara Jenkins announced the six local candidates for the STAR scholarship, highlighting GK’s nominee, Hailey Haase.

Acting vice president Donna Minnick thanked the day’s hostesses and also the hostesses from the Oct. 28 social, Dusty Haase, Barb Murman and Odom. Minnick encouraged members to sign up to host and co-host future chapter meetings.

Donna Meyer shared a Veterans Day tribute, and Welton related that 14 P.E.O. members traveling in the Holy Land last month participated in a special sisterhood moment there.

The next meeting will be at Mary Kay Anderson’s home on Dec. 9 with Jeni Howard and Storer assisting. A linger-later social hour will follow the formal meeting.

Jeni Howard showed photos and told stories of her month-long trip in four African countries: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

NARFE

National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 362, met Nov. 9 at Pastime Lanes for a noon luncheon with 17 members attending.

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 on “Thank a Vet” by William A. Predeau. The treasurer’s report was submitted for filing. Virginia Jorgensen, Sunshine Chair, extended good wishes to those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in November. Rundle said that Cheri Theesen would be unable to provide the program due to the recent death of her father.

Vice president Carol Grummert circulated three cards for signatures: a sympathy card for the Theesen family, a get well card for Betty Riley, and a Veterans Day/birthday card for Bob Frank.

Rundle mentioned an article published on the Nov. 5 opinion page of the Hastings Tribune titled “What is the Solution for Property Tax Relief?” written by state Sen. Steve Halloran.

Grummert announced that the December program would be provided by chapter member John Starke on “Summer Trip to Italy through International Lions.”

The Alzheimer’s 50-50 raffle proceeds were donated to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund. Additional donations for the fund were collected. A donation of $220 for the period May through November from the chapter as well as personal checks totaling $35 were provided to the NARFE Alzheimer’s Research Fund.

The next meeting will be at noon Dec. 14 t Pastime Lanes, 1400 W. 18th St.

Chapter GZ, P.E.O.

Chapter GZ, P.E.O. met Nov. 11 at Lisa Schreiner’s home. Co-hostesses were Therese Kehoe, Kathy Utter and Ann Utter.

Twenty-four members attended the meeting.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as corrected. Minutes of the Oct. 24 social alsowere read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given. One bill was presented and approved for payment.

Treasurer Cathy Morgan presented the Proposal for Project donation. The proposal was approved and accepted.

Judy Sandeen read two thank you cards and reported that one member was going inactive due to a move out of town.

Members were asked to sign up for being a hostess or co-hostess for next year. Volunteers also were asked to sign up to be an officer next year, to help finalize the yearbook and/or to help decorate the P.E.O. tree at Hastings Museum.

Marnie Soderquist, P.E.O. Home representative, said that she will visiting the home on Dec. 14 and members can bring items to donate at the Dec. 9 meeting.

President Kathy Haverly read the International Convention Report.

Sharon Stonecipher announced that the January 2020 meeting will be held at the Hastings College Alumni Center.

Rick Poppe provided information about the United Harvest program.

The next meeting is 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Pat Gartner will share how she decorates her home for Christmas.

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