Hastings Christian Women’s Club

The Hastings Christian Women’s Club, a division of Stonecroft Ministries, met Jan. 20 at the Hastings Family YMCA.

The theme was “Rockin’ in the New Year.” The speaker was Joyce Piskorski of North Platte. She spoke on “Who’s Writing the Script of Your Life?”

The music was a solo by Darla Bruna.

The special feature was Quilts of Valor by Sharon Selley. She displayed four quilts that will be given to veterans and gave the history of the Quilts of Valor program as well as told about a local group that makes the quilts.

First UMC Women

Group 1 of United Methodist Women hold full memberships and support the organization but are unable to attend regular scheduled meetings.

Group 2 met Jan. 15 in the Friendship Room at the church. Susan Sharman and Kathy Stofer served as co-hostesses. There were 12 members present. Susan Sharman shared a devotion titled “Praising God With Song.” Sharman also reported where the United Methodist mission money goes during the pledge service. Cathy Fricke gave a summary of the book of Genesis and encouraged others to read this book from the Bible.

Group 3 met in Fellowship Hall at the church Jan. 15 where Sue Gronemeyer and Karen Myers served as co-hostesses. Fourteen members were present. Jan Heady read the devotion called, “I Know the Plans I Have For You.” Janet Schmidt read from the Least Coin, “Human Dignity a Lamont or a Just Act.” Treasurer Julie Hein presented the program, which was the pledge ceremony and distribution of membership cards.

Group 5 met at the church Jan. 15 with Dorcas Campbell and Elda Heckenlively as hostesses. There were 12 members present. Heckenlively shared the devotion, which were her thoughts on the new year. The rest of the meeting members reviewed the yearbook and discussed their group’s responsibilities. Lastly, members focused on use of missions money from member’s pledges.

George Eliot Book Club

Jeni Howard hosted the George Eliot Book Club on Feb. 6.

Teresa Luther was welcomed as a new member.

Lorri Oakeson presented a review of “Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream” by Carson Vaughan. This was a true story about unusual events occurring in the small Nebraska town of Royal.

The next meeting will be hosted by Oakeson with Stephanie Adam presenting the review.

Chapter GK, P.E.O.

Cheryl Lockwood was hostess in her home for the Feb. 10 meeting of Chapter GK, P.E.O. She was assisted by Jan Franzen, Barbara Murman and Elaine Specht.

President Joy White presided at the meeting and read her president’s letter. Janet Lancaster from Chapter Z in Beatrice was a guest.

The following were nominated and elected as officers for the upcoming year: Donna Meyer, president; MaryKay Anderson and Jody Buescher, co-vice presidents; HoneyLou Bonar, recording secretary; Jeni Howard, corresponding secretary; Colleen Werner, treasurer; Jan Franzen, chaplain; Elaine Specht, guard; Donna Meyer, delegate to state convention; and Jody Buescher, alternate delegate.

Committee reports were given by Connie Yost for Cottey College and the upcoming bus trip. White reported on the classes for visitors to the college on May 19-14. Gay DeMars gave the courtesy report. Cheryll Marr conducted a brief discussion on venues for future years and reminded the chapter of the upcoming chapter social on May 3 to see the Hastings Community Theatre production, “Mamma Mia.”

The next meeting on March 9 will be at the Heartland Bank with Jackie Knight and Yost serving as hostesses, assisted by Jackie Werner and Yvonne Ziemba. Dan McCarthy will present the program on “Building for a Better Tomorrow.”

The nurses of Chapter GK, Franzen, Meyer, Sherry Welton, Colleen Werner, Joy Exstrum and Donna Grothen, presented the program, “Modern Nightingales.” Each brought her graduation picture and cap and shared memories and highlights of her experiences as a professional nurse and noted the many changes in medicine and nursing education through the years.

Chapter HT, P.E.O.

Chapter HT, P.E.O. met Feb. 13 at the Barrett Center at Hastings College.

Laura Marvel Wunderlich was hostess. Co-hostess was Dian Eigenberg.

Thirty members attended the meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given. The corresponding secretary read the correspondence.

Reports of committees were given. Social committee members reported that they were working on a luncheon at Central Community College for March 31 or April 2. More information will be forthcoming. Bylaws committee reported changes to the standing rules which were voted on at the last regular meeting were sent to state and approved.

Members were reminded that Chapter HT is in charge of the program for the Spring Luncheon at Lochland Country Club on April 18. Members who were assigned parts in the program were asked to meet for a rehearsal at the First Presbyterian Church the last week of February. Date and time will be forthcoming.

Nominating committee read the list of officers nominated for the new year. A discussion followed, and the list was approved. Nominated officers will be elected at the next regular meeting.

President Nancy Hehnke read her president’s letter about Chapter HT’s activities for the past year. The letter was unanimously approved and will be sent to the State P.E.O. president.

Members then shared their favorite memories of P.E.O.

The next regular meeting is a noon luncheon on March 9 at Pastime lanes. Members were asked to sign up if they are coming to the luncheon.


National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 362, met Feb. 8 at Pastime Lanes for a noon luncheon with 17 members attending.

The program was a review and discussion on the booklet “Be Prepared for Life’s Events: What Your Survivors Should Know.”

President Willa Rundle presided and welcomed everyone. The business meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pat Day gave the invocation and the thought for the day with a reading of quotes of U.S. presidents in recognition of Presidents’ Day. Minutes of the January meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was submitted for filing. Virginia Jorgensen, sunshine chair, didn’t have any February birthdays or anniversaries to report.

Stenger provided information on the Nebraska NARFE Federation Conference taking place in Lincoln on May 14-15. The conference is open to all Nebraska NARFE members.

Betty Riley won the Alzheimer’s 50-50 raffle. Winnings were donated to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund.

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

O.E.S. Kensington

Vickie Summers served the dessert lunch for the O.E.S. Kensington meeting Feb. 6 at the Masonic Center.

President Nita Hemming welcomed everyone and opened with “Hugging is Healthy.” She thanked Summers for the dessert.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as corrected. Karen Christensen gave the treasurer’s report, and it was approved.

Correspondence included a thank you note for the Children’s Home in Fremont for the donation made at Christmas time. February 2002 minutes were read as the historical moment.

Preliminary plans were discussed for the birthday banquet in April.

Sickness and joys were shared. February birthdays were recognized for Gerry Shuman, Fedora Groenewold, and Susie Baker.

Christensen presented the program opening with songs of love and continuing with some history of St. Valentine’s Day. She gave a test on Valentine trivia.

Devotions were given by Donna McCartney with valentine readings. She closed with prayer using 2 Corinthians 13:14.

The next meeting is March 5 at the Masonic Center at 1:15 p.m.


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