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Gladbrook Women’s Club

February 24, 2012
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The Gladbrook Women’s Club met February 9, 2012, at the Methodist Church with Pat Clausen as hostess. President Karen Handorf opened the meeting by reading a Valentine poem. Pat Clausen introduced the guest speaker, John Clausen, who spoke on behalf of Gladbrook Trees Forever. John has been the chairperson for this organization since 1999 and though he claims not to be a tree expert, he has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. There were pictures of bugs, “The Bad Guys” on the tables. Anyone seeing any of these bugs are to call the DNR immediately. John reported Alliant Energy has given this project 13 grants, matched by city, businesses, memorials, etc. All bills go through City Hall. Trees have been planted at the following locations in Gladbrook: Veteran’s Memorial, Lutheran Church, Peace Church, Methodist Church and their parsonages. John discussed the rebate program, money given back to home owners in Gladbrook who purchase trees to plant. Just keep your receipt, get an application from John or City Hall. Also discussed is a new community pilot program called Green Forest with the goal being to get youth groups involved. An anonymous donor has given $10,000 toward the replanting of trees at Union Grove Lake due to the severe loss during the summer wind storm of 2011. Youth groups are asked to get involved as well as many volunteers are needed for this project. Planting will begin in April. With a population of 3,000, Gladbrook Trees Forever has beat out many much larger cities and states and will be receiving an award in Des Moines for their achievements. This was a most interesting and informative talk enjoyed by the group. Roll call was answered by 17 members. The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was presented and will be filed with the secretary’s report. Shirley Young reported on the Blood Drive on January 31 at the Methodist Church and was pleased to say there were many positive comments and the goal was short by only one unit of blood. Suggestions to increase participation include: more flyers posted in town, flyers put in staff mail boxes, list of reasons why blood may not be accepted. Volunteers included Shirley Young, Jean Livingston, Karen Lage and June Klinefelter who coordinated the event. Telephone callers were Juanita Fulster, Laura Osborn, Carolyn Groth and Barb Luethje. Pat Clausen reported that about 800 recipes have been turned in and everything is on schedule. On March 1 they will go to the publisher and by May 1 should be done. Carolyn Groth made a motion to place an ad in the Northern-Sun in March for Merchants Appreciation. Seconded by Sherry Delfs, motion carried. Vivien LeVier said the Spring Tea plans are well underway; entertainment has been decided and a tasting party is being planned by the committee. Shirley Young, Sherry Delfs, and Carolyn Groth volunteered to check with Crayon Corner Pre-School and Day Care Center and the kindergarten for ideas in regard to Dollars For Scholars available to purchase books for these centers. Laura Osborn said all the Hospice cookies were in and she would deliver them. Pat Clausen read the birthdays and anniversaries for February. President Handorf closed the meeting with several Valentine poems and the saying “Love doesn’t make the world go around, but makes the ride worthwhile.” Next meeting will be in the home of Jolene Denbow with John Putney as guest speaker. The ladies were served a delicious lunch of chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and a cherry; mixed nuts, coffee and cider from a beautifully decorated Valentine table. Hostesses included Pauline Flamme, Arlene Horstmann, and Neva Peterson. The balloons decorating the serving table will go to Loraine Gethmann and Anna Mae Rohweder.


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