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Gladbrook Women’s Club

October 25, 2013
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The Gladbrook Women’s Club met on Oct. 10, 2013 at Independent Living. President Pat Clausen presented Vice President Shirley Young who introduced our guest speaker, Crystal Petersen, dietitian at Grundy County Memorial Hospital. She has held this position for the last two years previously employed by Wheaton Franciscan. This position offers her an opportunity to be more involved in the patient and community wellness programs along with her dietitian duties. She spoke to the club on the importance of eating healthy foods and particularly on ways to avoid sodium intake that can increase blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. The average person only needs 2300 milligrams of sodium per day and it is very difficult to stay at this level. Writing down things we eat and drink, reading labels, and being aware of sodium levels particularly in processed foods can be helpful. Our life styles make this a difficult process. Her talk was very interesting, helpful, and club members enjoyed the learning experience. President Pat opened the meeting with the theme of “Looking Back to look forward”. She was not surprised to find many of our program books have similar themes including helping, giving, growing together and serving community. We have 44 members this year, however, in 1983 we had 60 members and in 1978 we had 57 members. Shirley Young reported the Johnson Family Strings from New Hartford will be our Holiday Happenings entertainment. This delightful family is very enjoyable. Kids Shopping Day will be on Dec. 14, 2013, at the Peace Church. The organizers need gift tags, ribbon, yarn, Christmas bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper. Christmas cards may be cut for name tags and could be done at home or we may have a work day to be decided at next month’s meeting. “Jesus loves you” will be printed on the gift tags. A volunteer work sheet was sent around for members to sign, if interested, in helping with the gift wrapping or assist the children with their shopping. It was suggested and members approved of a free will offering to be collected during our November meeting to help defray incidental expenses. All items can be brought to the Ambulance Building, as can gently used items (no clothing) for all ages. Items for men and adolescent/teenage males are most needed. Birthdays and anniversaries for the month of October were read. The minutes of the September meeting were read by Secretary Barb and were approved as read. Treasurer Shirley read the treasurers report. No new bills were presented. This report will be filed with the Secretary’s minutes. 24 members answered roll call. Mary Appelgate read a thank you from Juanita Fulster. Our 25th annual Holiday Happenings will be held on November 18. All committee’s reported and as usual, it is a work in progress with no anticipated problems. Shirley Miell distributed the tickets to all the members to sell. It was requested all the money and any unsold tickets be turned in by November 11, as if we wait, until our next regular meeting, it will not give sufficient preparation time. It was reported the tree planted in memory of Pauline Halverson has some new shoots. Shirley Miell reported the hospice cookies have been collected. Pat closed the meeting with a good laugh entitled “Holiday Wisdom”. A delicious apple cake, peach tea, and coffee was served by our hostesses Pauline Flamme, Mary Lynne Bearden and Mary Appelgate.
 
 

 

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