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Gladbrook Women’s Club

November 22, 2013
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The Gladbrook Women’s Club met on November 14, 2013 at Independent Living. President Pat Clausen presented Vice President Shirley Young who introduced our guest speaker, Rose Russell and her program, “What’s In Your Purse?” Rose is known for her annual garage sales, her tenure as Corn Cob Queen, and her musical talents in the church. All the items in her purse were scripture based and she said the word ‘purse’ is used several times in the Bible and referred to as a traveling bag. Several items in her purse that she shared with us included her cell phone which is a necessity and reminds us to pray; keys are a symbol of faith as it is the keys that unlock the door; your license or form of I.D. makes reference to a beautiful child; the hand sanitizer represents the sins that are washed away from us and she also had a GPS unit and compass which help us find the path we need and directions. She told about the purse her sister bought at a garage sale that had an angel pin in it which can bring comfort to someone in need. Her presentation was very interesting and inspirational for all of us. President Pat opened the meeting and asked how many had completed the puzzle she had handed out at the October meeting. Members were to find the four word/pairs or word forms which have been most frequently used on our Program Booklet covers. She told us they were Community, hands, friends, and unity/togetherness. She gave us interesting information about Holiday Happenings 10, 15, and 20 years ago, telling us what the menu had been, the number attending, the entertainment, and profit made. The minutes of the October meeting were read by Secretary Pro-Tem Marcy Knaack and were approved as read. Treasurer Shirley Miell read the treasurer’s report. No new bills were presented. This report will be filled with the Secretary’s minutes. 23 members answered roll call. Rev. Carol Kress was a guest. Mary Jane Schaeferle made a motion the Women’s Club make a donation of $500 to the fire/ambulance building project, 2nd by Joan Raum. All voted aye and motion carried. President Pat reported Rhonda Hein has taken the office of Correspondence Secretary. Jolene Denbow said the Tama County Food Pantry is looking for monetary donations to be used for food and heat assistance. Treasurer Shirley Miell said she sent the Club’s donation in early this year so the money would be available to purchase items for Christmas boxes. Becky Fish spoke to the group about the upcoming Kids Shopping Day on Saturday, December 14, at Peace Church. Last year there were between 170-180 kids who picked out over 100 gifts. A donation basket was passed to help defray additional expenses. She asked helpers to be there by 8:30 that morning. Karen Lage made a motion that the Women’s Club purchase a 30-45 cup coffeemaker for Independent Living. Joan Raum will make the purchase. All members voted aye. Shirley Young announced the Christmas Dutch Lunch will be held at the Festival of Trees in the City Centre on December 13th at 11:30 a.m. Cost will be $7.50. A sign-up sheet was passed around. A sign-up sheet was passed around for those interested in carpooling to Des Moines to attend the Gift Mart sponsored by the Junior League of Des Moines on Friday, November 22. We will meet at the Methodist Church at 8:30 a.m. Birthdays and anniversaries for the month of November were read. Shirley Miell reported the hospice cookies have been collected and Rhonda will deliver them. Pat closed the meeting with a tidbit about Holiday Happenings and told us that $14,000 has been returned to the community over the years. A delicious lunch was served by the hostesses, Joan Raum, Jean Livingston and Karen Pieper.


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