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Gladbrook Women’s Club

March 8, 2013
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The Gladbrook Women’s Club met on February 14, 2013, at Independent Living. President Karen Handorf welcomed everyone and then turned the meeting over to Pat Clausen who introduced the guest speaker JoAnn Ruopp who gave a most informative talk on Iowa Tourism, Tama County Tourism and the Gladbrook City Centre. Iowa Tourism generated $17.2 billion dollars in 2011. That is an increase over 2010. Travel by car is up by 20%. There are 63,400 people employed by Iowa Tourism, making tourism one of the top employees in Iowa. Tama County is ranked 50 out of 99 counties in tourism. This is a 73% increase over 2010. Digital and social media are a great resource to promote tourism. People are downloading information and Facebook is on the increase. JoAnn said she is starting a Facebook on Matchstick Marvels. Surrounding states spend much more money promoting their state’s tourism. Iowa simply can’t afford it. The early school hurts Iowa Tourism. JoAnn said they would like to get rid of the waiver and have all schools start in late August. 2009 was the biggest year for Gladbrook. JoAnn stated that Gladbrook is noted for its welcoming attitude and friendliness. The City Centre will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in late May with many activities planned. Watch for updates. In 2009 there were 21,000 visitors and 2012 saw this drop to 12,000. Our theaters hurting and JoAnn asked us all to help by promoting the movies and passing out brochures wherever we go. Pat Acton is now retired and has been contracted by Ripley’s for three years. He is presently working on Freedom Plaza-the towers in New York City. This will be displayed here first in June in time for Corn Carnival. JoAnn serves on several state and local committees and is a great advocate for Gladbrook Tourism. Nineteen members answered the roll call. The secretary’s minutes were read and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was read and will be filed with the secretary’s report. Correspondence included a letter from the GR After Prom Committee requesting help with the After Prom Party. This is already in the budget and the check will be sent. Unfinished Business: June Klinefelter reported on the recent Blood Drive saying 17 units had been received. 27 volunteers had signed up with 20 able to come. Three were unable to give blood but there were two double red units. The next Blood Drive will be April 9, 2013, at the Methodist Church. She thanked the club members for their help and donations of cookies. President Handorf shared with the club members that the Corn Carnival Committee has presented the club with a check for $800, their share of the cookbook sales with some still to be sold. She thanked the members for all their hard work in helping to make this project a success. Patsy Rinz shared with the group the memorial book purchased for Neva Petersen. The title of the book is “Change Your Words-Change Your Life”. Patsy gave a brief review of the book and said it was a wonderful book and very fitting for Neva. Education Project: Shirley Young had been asked by the Board to contact Principal Williams at the Gladbrook Center to inquire if there were any special projects or needs at the Center. She reported that there were two projects that needed funding. One being a computer program for the fifth grade Eagle Program which would be used to benefit all students and the other a new Interdisciplinary Unit that will involve all eighth grade classes. This involves reading the novel “Shoeless Joe and Me” which is about the Black Sox World Series scandal in the spring of 1919. This will include having a mock trial and ending with a trip to Field of Dreams. Discussion followed. Vivien Levier made the motions that $100 be given to the fifth grade for the computer program and $400 given to help purchase novels needed for the new Interdisciplinary Unit. Shirley Miell seconded, motion carried. New Business: President Handorf asked members to be thinking of ideas for programs for the 2013-2014 year. The club will be able to continue to meet at Independent Living and the Board is working on ideas for a thank you for allowing the club to do this. The Easter Egg Coloring will be sometime the last week of March. Patsy Rinz said more volunteers were needed. Shirley Miell said the Hospice Cookies were under control. Pat Clausen read the February birthdays and anniversaries. President Handorf closed the meeting by reading a cute Valentine poem. The next meeting will be on march 13, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Independent Living. The program will be Yvonne Fry speaking on the Dionne Quintuplets. A delicious lunch was served consisting of an ice cream punch, cherry angel food dessert, Valentine M & M’s and candy kisses. The tables were decorated with a Valentine theme with a cute Valentine by each place setting to keep or share with someone special.


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