NARFE

National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 362, met Sept. 14 at Pastime Lanes for a noon luncheon with 12 members and four guests attending.

Vice president Carol Grummert introduced Gary Rath, a longtime Civil War re-enactor in the Grand Island area and at Stuhr Museum, who gave a presentation on “Civil War Medicine.”

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 “Where were you when the world stopped turning?,” lyrics from a song written by Alan Jackson after 9/11. Minutes of the August meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was submitted for filing. Virginia Jorgensen, Sunshine chair, extended good wishes to those celebrating birthdays in September.

Rundle welcomed Dennis Kamprath, president of the Grand Island Chapter and District 2 representative.

Cat Mellott won the Alzheimer’s 50-50 raffle. Winnings were donated to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund.

The next meeting will be noon Oct. 12 at Pastime Lanes, 1400 W. 18th St. Grummert announced that the program would be an update on health care provided by a representative from Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Nebraska’s Original Betty Club

Nebraska’s Original Betty Club met Sept. 9 at Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village with 17 members present. The event was hosted by Bettys Aadland, Spintig, Magee, Mlejnek and Munsell.

Esther and Janet Winters gave a presentation named “Survivor,” in which they told about their boarding school experience in Australia — everything from food and clothing, rules and punishments, to friendships and romances. At lunch they also introduced the group to eating the Australian way, holding the fork in the left hand while using the knife in the right hand to push the food onto the fork.

Members also got a chance for hands-on musical moments learning to use hand chimes.

A business meeting followed lunch. Bills from the anniversary event were presented and approved. There was also discussion of the fall trip to Aurora on Oct. 7. The club will tour the Plainsman Museum and have lunch together afterward.

Hastings Quilt Guild

The Hastings Quilt Guild met Sept. 5 at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Forty-four members were present with two guests.

Program was “Trunk Show” by Gwen Stengel of Ravenna. Inspiration comes from natural surroundings and everything around in our lives.

The food committee was composed of Pat Smidt, Charlene Heckenlively, Kathy Johnson, Vi Clements and Sharon Steenbarger.

Minutes from the August meeting were printed in the September newsletter. They were approved.

The treasurer’s report and budget were printed in the September newsletter. They were approved.

There was no correspondence.

Birthday wishes were extended to Kathy Haverly, Betty Jacobitz, Julie Hein, Mary Hollister, Sharon Selley and Connie Hoagland.

Raffle winners were Diane Anstine (ruler), Patti Rainforth (rotary cutter) and Lynette Beck (fabric).

Quilts of Valor showed two quilts that are almost completed. Four more quilts are needed. The new pattern consists of 4.5-inch squares in a nine patch. Colors are to be blue and white or red and white combinations. Five Points Bank donated $50.

Threads Across Nebraska is Oct 11-12.

Discussed pros and cons of changing name to Hastings Area Quilt Guild. Nineteen voted in favor and 21 were opposed. The name will remain the same.

Members voted to add a “small” Best of Show ribbon at the Adams County Fair.

Members discussed ways in which to get the group’s name out to the public more. Suggestions included creating a Facebook page, announcing meetings the day of on Party Line, placing information in church bulletins and having a booth at Kool-Aid Days.

Shriner’s Hospital has requested pillowcases for all the children in the hospital at Christmas. Measurements are 20 by 30 inches with French seams. These would be for both male and female patients, young through teenagers.

There are a few items for sale from customers at the Calico Cottage, including a queen-size Grace frame, a featherweight frame and a 1924 Singer.

The next guild meeting will be 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Hostesses will be Rita and the Odd Scraps. Program will be “Squaring Up” with Annie Wemhoff from Calico Annie’s Quilt Shop of Fullerton. Guests are welcome. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m.

Show-and-tell followed the meeting.

Beta Sigma Phi

The Laureate Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Aug. 28 at the King Buffet for beginning day. President Alice Erickson called the meeting to order. Discussion was held on the summer socials that included golf and a barbecue held at Edd and Ronda Johnson’s home.

Erickson gave a lesson on how we spent our rainy summer.

A gift exchange was held after the meeting.

The group met Sept. 4 at Sharon Scholl’s home. Erickson called the meeting to order. Secretary Ronda Johnson read the minutes and treasurer Scholl gave the financial report. Both were approved.

Phyllis Hobbs won the raffle.

The executive board held a meeting via the phone.

Discussion was held on upcoming meetings and socials.

Scholl presented a lesson on “Football.”

The next social will be Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Village Diner.

The closing ritual and Mizpah was repeated by all.

The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Amy Svoboda’s home.

Chapter HT, P.E.O.

Twenty-five members met Sept. 9 at the Heartland Bank meeting room. Co-hostess was Rosemary Barth.

President Nancy Hehnke led the business meeting, and reports of committees and P.E.O. projects were given. Social committee reported that a tour of the Miletta Vista Winery with lunch to follow was planned for Sept. 19. Members and guests planning to go are to meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Hastings Museum east parking lot to board a bus to Miletta Vista.

The program was “School Days,” with each member sharing stories and pictures from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The next meeting will be Sept. 23 at 1:15 p.m. at the YWCA meeting room. The program will be “For the Good of the Chapter.”

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