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Gladbrook Auxiliary News

April 13, 2012
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A lovely sunny April spring day brought a smiling group of ladies to enjoy our 2 p.m. Auxiliary meeting on the 9th in the activity room at Westbrook Acres. President Jeanne welcomed members, residents and friends as she opened the meeting in form with prayer offered by Chaplain Joyce. We had 30 in our group as the minutes were read from the March potluck and a thank you was read from the family of Anna Mae Rohweder. We also lost Past President Rose Bruene this past month. There was no finance report. Karen Pieper gave the yearly report on the Community Service projects of the Auxiliary. She is instrumental in organizing the March-December Senior Citizen dinners, decorating the Auxiliary tree at the festival of trees, serving dinner to the Independent Living residents and making sure the community knows what the Auxiliary does. Jeanne gave the Children and Youth report for Joan King. Joan helps with the Kids Christmas Shopping project with the Lion’s Soup Day, along with the birthday cards for the Juvenile Home, favors for the IVH (Flag Day) and chairing the middle school dance project. Jeanne serves as our National Security chairman and reported going to the second grade class to talk on the responsibilities of the EMS Volunteers, sharing an activity book with them and a roll of lifesavers. She then introduced Linda Randolph who spoke on the safety issues of our senior citizens. The main concern is injuries from falls. She urged all to get a Life Line, especially those living alone. She also gave useful hints around the home as loose rugs and electrical cords, grab rails and a night light in the bath, avoid clutter and helpful ideas concerning your meds. Use only one doctor and pharmacist who can help with drug interactions, dosages and why you are taking the meds you are. Keep an updated list on your refrigerator and in your purse along with the insurance card, also those of your spouse. Our next meeting will be our annual Mother’s Day Tea at 1:30pm on Monday, May 14 at the Memorial Bldg. State, District and County presidents will be guests as well as recognizing members for years of membership. We will have a memorial service for members lost this past year plus a graduation ceremony for five junior members going to senior status. Tama County and Gladbrook will be playing bingo at the IVH on Wednesday, April 18 with escorts there at 1pm. Tama County Government day is Wednesday April 11 with volunteers, Linda Lohse, Joyce Swangel and Marilyn Carstensen helping. Jolene Denbow is Tama County president. The Senior Citizens will be served by the Women’s Club on Friday, April 13 at the Memorial Bldg. Reservations to Pat Oettchen. Westbrook will be holding their annual Westbrook Volunteer Appreciation day on April 20 at 2:30pm in the Activity room. Also on the 27th they have a special hospice program in the dining room at 2:30pm. Sue Koster then entertained the group with a lively sing-a-long as members selected a hymn, an oldie, and even Old McDonald to everyone’s enjoyment. The meeting was adjourned with prayer and all joining hands to sing ‘God Bless America’. A tasty dessert lunch was served by Emma Moeller with the help of Linda Lohse.



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