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Gladbrook Auxiliary News

September 13, 2013
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President Jeanne Paustian hosted the Leadership Workshop for the Gladbrook Auxiliary Unit at 5:45pm on Monday, September 9, 2013. Those present were: Cathy Barnes, Kay Lowry, Priscella Crumley, Louise Ulch, Becky Fish, Sue Koster, Marie Benda, Marilyn Carstensen, Karen Pieper, Jolene Denbow and Lisa Reinhard. These officers and committee chairman were present to hear about the plans for the new Auxiliary year and give their ideas for their respective committee projects. Marie Benda was introduced as the Unit Historian as we thanked Karen Pieper for doing a superb job the past years. Cathy Barnes and Marilyn Carstensen will be serving on the VA&R committee with Jolene Denbow and we thank Pat Oettchen for the many years as chair of that committee. Their fall sewing day project will be Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20 at 9am. Lunch and materials will be furnished, we need sewing machines, scissors and volunteers to cut and roll the sewn strips into balls for the carpet looms at the IVH. Jeanne told of the symbol (baseball) and slogan ‘Pitch In’ that has been chosen by our Department President Ann Crawford of Onawa as well as her projects of the Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Quilts for Valor, and others to support our veterans, families and communities. Sue Koster, Education Chairman, has invited the new G-R superintendent to our October 14 meeting at Westbrook at 1:30pm. Plan to attend to hear about the plans for the coming year in our school as well as the new technology offered to the students. Karen, Jeanne and Sue plan to take the Krull family,our adopted veterans family out to lunch soon as they hopefully prepare for Kyle Krull’s return from Korea in October. The Juniors will have their family potluck to start their new year on Sunday evening, 6pm, September 22 at the Memorial Bldg. Mattox Krull has been invited to join them as he is a favorite new friend to the Juniors. Children and Youth chairman, Becky Fish, is excited and noted the location change for the Kids Shopping Day to again be held on December 14. Due to the interest and many items that could be ‘shopped’ for, the project will be moved to the PUCC social rooms. The community is asked to again select good, clean and useable items, toys, stuffed animals, books, fishing items etc for family members (no clothes) that the children may select from for Christmas. We will also need gift bags again. All items may be taken to the ambulance bldg or if close to the shopping day, to the PUCC or Methodist Church. The Senior Citizens dinners will continue to be the project of the Community Service committee with the Auxiliary hosting on Friday October 11 at the Memorial Bldg. The new committee is Jeanne, Joyce Swangel and Marcy Knaack. They will also host in December as all Senior Citizens are invited to dinner among the Festival of Trees in the City Center. Kay Lowry, Legislative chairman, is keeping abreast of current legislation with the use of the internet. Her report will be given at the January meeting. The Department Legislative Day will be on Wednesday, January 15 with members meeting at the Department office in Des Moines at 9am. Lisa Reinhard, our Americanism Chairman, is again planning a busy year. She will be showing a Veteran’s Day video to the 4th grade class at Reinbeck in November along with a Veteran’s Day program at Westbrook just to get things started. She will be visiting the elementary classes at Gladbrook and Reinbeck with Eddie the Eagle, a Flag Day program at Westbrook as well as a program at the library. Jeanne and her Juniors will again be participating in the Operation Christmas Child project where furnished shoe boxes are filled with items for all age children. Watch the paper for more information but you may shop to fill a box or give a donation for postage. Unit members who love to quilt are asked to participate in the Quilts for Valor project. These quilts are given to our hospitalized veterans or maybe to our local WWII veterans as we remember their service. Check with Jeanne. The meeting was recessed as we enjoyed a great supper served by Sue Koster and Tricia Steen. The regular meeting was opened in form at 7pm with the pledge and prayer. Correspondence was read with a merit award received by Sidney Dilly, help with salads for Henry Mennenga service, and from CC Corp for a 2nd place finish and check for the Legion/Auxiliary float in the parade. Jeanne gave the Corn Carnival stand report with the Legion/Auxiliary. We thank all those who worked, donated or just ate for their support to make this project a great success. A donation of $500 will be given to the Fireman/Ambulance Building Fund. The old fire station will be used to store our medical equipment of wheelchairs, electric beds, walkers, bathroom equipment and crutches. Anyone needing use of any of these items just sign them out and return the item when no longer needed. There is no charge. Our membership goal for 2013-14 is 263 and to date we have five new members, but still have those to replace who have passed on, transferred or dropped. We welcome new members: Juniors Carlee Smith, Ellasyn and Emersen Faris and Senior members Doris Allen and Barbara Muhs. We were reminded of the fundraiser for Noah Ohrt to take a flyer to the Texas Roadhouse in Waterloo on Monday Sept 16 and they will give 10% of your bill to send the Ohrt family to Hawaii. Group #1 with Kay Purvis and Tamara Oettchen as co-chair will be helping Jolene with the Fall Ham Ball dinner on Sunday, September 29. Salads will be needed, plus help to prepare food and serve it. The next Tama County meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept 24 with a guest speaker from the Cedar Valley Veterans Outreach in Cedar Rapids. The 7pm meeting is open to everyone at the Clutier Post Home. Our next meeting will be at Westbrook activity room at 1:30pm with our new superintendent, Shawn Holloway as speaker, on Monday October 14. Plan to attend. Hostesses are JoAnn Ruopp and Claire Handorf. The Unit received several awards and certificates for Unit reports sent to Department committee chairman as well as etched glass “Presidents’ awards. They were given out at the State Convention in Sioux City. Americanism: 1st Lisa Reinhard sent on to National. Also award for Junior report. Music: 1st Sue Koster with President’s award and also Junior Award Auxiliary Women of Year: Martha Gamble for Third District received a recognition award and gift Public Relations: Jolene Denbow, Honorable Mention with 2nd place plaque from NALPA for newsletter. Education: Sue Koster HM, and Presidents Award Children and Youth: Becky Fish, HM certificate. Historian: Karen Pieper, HM for monthly report Community Service: Karen Pieper, HM and Presidents Award Legislation: Kay Lowry, 2nd place award Junior Activities: Jeanne Paustian, HM with report to National Jolene reminded everyone of sewing days and the Maintenance dinner coming this month. Karen Pieper gave a monthly run-down of the activities in the Historian’s book as it was passed for all to see. We are a very busy Unit and ‘what we do’ for the veterans, children and youth and our community makes for a very interesting and fat book. Thank you Karen for a fine job. Sue Koster, Music Chairman, played the piano as we sang the songs selected by our Department President. They included: Let There Be Peace on Earth, Here I Am Lord, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. We ended the meeting with a senior rendition of “Jesus, Loves Me’.



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