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Gladbrook Women’s Club

January 31, 2014
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The Gladbrook Women’s Club met on January 9, 2014, at Independent living. President Pat Clausen presented Vice President Shirley Young who introduced our guest speaker, Brandy Tripp, RN BSN, of the Grundy Memorial Hospital. She is in charge of the cardio rehab and the heart awareness program. She gave a very informative program on the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. There are many risk factors, as age, gender, family history, diabetes, smoking, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight associated with heart attacks, however, regular exercise is one of the top preventatives. Her presentation made us wiser learning how women’s heart attack symptoms differ from men and with screenings readily available, often at no cost, many attacks can be prevented. The club thanked her for the informative program. President Pat opened the meeting reading the Club members monthly birthdays and anniversaries, along with other famous people sharing the month. The minutes of the December meeting were read by Secretary Barb and were approved as read. In the absence of our treasurer, Pat, gave the treasurer’s report and as there were no additions or corrections it will be filed with the secretaries minutes. 19 members answered roll call. Rhonda read a lovely thank you from the Mary Appelgate family. “Having Dinner with the Smileys”, is the book selected for the Gladbrook Library in memory of Mary. A thank you from Cedar Valley Hospice was read and a Christmas tree ornament was presented to the club. Many suggestions were entertained concerning the best way to display these yearly ornaments with no conclusions reached. The Christmas Lighting Committee is open to suggestions on how to improve this program as few large displays were present this year. The Club voted to purchase a large coffee maker for Independent Living, however, it was decided not to purchase it due to the lack of storage room. Sign-up sheet was sent around the room as one more person was needed for the blood drive calling committee. Also, needing three more members to sign up completing the Spring Tea Committee. The Spring tea will be held on May 4th. JoAnn Niven will present the program “What’s on Your Calendar?” at our next meeting on Feb. 13. Members are asked to bring old or antique calendars to the meeting. As there was no more business, the meeting adjourned. Karen Handorf, Rhonda Hein, Arlene Horstmann, and Joyce Bern served an assortment of small delicious sandwiches for lunch.


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