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Gladbrook Women’s Club

September 21, 2012
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The Gladbrook Women’s Club held their first 2012-13 meeting September 13 at Independent living. Hostesses were Vivian LeVier, Mary Lynn Bearden and Carolyn Anker. Pat Clausen introduced the guest speaker, Deb Yankey from Medicare Patrol Watch based in Waterloo. This organization is funded by the federal government to help keep senior citizens informed on abuse, fraud, etc. Deb presented several interesting statistics: 1. 4 1/2 million claims daily 2. 570,000 seniors on Medicare 3. 10,000 people daily nation wide turning 65 Deb said their motto are these three words: Protect, Detect, Report. She stressed two important points, never give any personal data over the phone and be sure to check your Medicare Insurance bill to make sure you were billed for correct procedures. Deb handed out several very informative pamphlets, stressing her office is available to help answer any questions. This was a most thought provoking and informative presentation enjoyed by all. Roll call was answered by 30 members. The secretary’s report was read and filed as corrected. In the absence of Shirley Miell, Pat Goos read the Treasurer’s report. This will be filed with Secretary’s report. Correspondence read by Mary Appelgate included thank-you’s from G-R Elementary, grades K-3 for the donation to buy books, Corn Carnival Committee for entering a beautiful float, the “Doc’ Schaeferle family, a letter from the G-R Booster Club asking for a donation/membership. Unfinished Business: Shirley Young reported on the Spring Fling trip to Boone. The women enjoyed lunch at the Iris Tea Room & Antiques, a ride on the Scenic Valley Railway and shopping in downtown Boone. Juanita Fulster was co-chair for this event. Sherry Delfs reported for the float committee, expenses came to $114 due to having to buy a new tire for the wagon. The wagon also needs to be checked out to make it more stable. A suggestion to improve the judging on entries is to have a separate category for the class reunions. President Handorf said that not quite half of the cookbooks have been sold and ask that everyone try and sell as many as possible. Ideas were explored on how to do this. Jolene Denbow said the dishwasher at the Memorial Building is working and has been used several times. She thanked the club for their donation. New Business: The new program books were passed out and several corrections made. A discussion was held regarding the drawing for a free membership held at Holiday Happenings. Joyce Bern moved that Trade Dollars be used in the same amount as membership dues. Mary Jane Schaeferle seconded, motion denied. Jean Livingston move to continue the drawing, Pat Goos seconded, motion carried. President Handorf said she will make a certificate and also let the treasurer who has received the gift to ensure it will be taken advantage of. A discussion was held to determine if the club should join the G-R Booster Club. Sherry Delfs moved not to join, seconded by Karen Lage, motion carried. It was felt this would be the fairest to all other G-R Clubs. Cookbooks will be sold on November 28, upstairs in the City Centre. This is the evening of the Christmas Tree Lighting. Birthdays and anniversaries were read. Hostesses asked to let Sherry Delfs know ASAP if they plan to host a meeting in their home. Extra dessert will be left for the residents for their dinner. Hospice cookies can be brought to the meetings or dropped off at Shirley Miell’s home. President Handorf handed out the proposed guidelines for Contributions and Standard projects. Vivian LeVier moved to accept the guidlines, Jean Livingston seconded, motion carried. President Handorf closed the meeting by reading a humorous poem on aging, “The Girls.” The next meeting will be on October 11, 2012, at Independent Living. Dennis Bachman, M.M.S.C. Emergency and Safety Officer will present the program. A delicious lunch of pumpkin dessert, nuts, chocolate, coffee, and hot cider was enjoyed by all.


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