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Log Cabin Questers

Jul 18, 2013

Nine members of Log Cabin Questers met at the home of Billie Nickolan on July 11, 2013.

President Sheila Gerot opened the meeting with a thought for the day. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read by Nancy Schmidt. Treasurer’s report, given by Martha Hahn, was accepted as read. Members were asked to check the membership sheet for correct contact information, and to sign up for next year’s program with program and hostess responsibilities.

Plans were made for the field trip to Nauvoo, Ill., on Thursday, Aug. 1. Members will meet at 8 a.m. at the Four Corners Restaurant near Ainsworth. Karen Lyons and Sheila Gerot will drive the group of eight to 10 members who plan to attend.

Billie Nickolan reported on responsibilities expected of the chapter serving as the Preservation and Restoration State Ways and Means Committee. The group is responsible for fundraising through sales at State Questers' events. The group will review items in the current inventory, and will be selecting additional items to be sold at the upcoming area days: NW-Sept. 28 in Ida Grove; NE- Oct. 5 in Dubuque; SW- Oct. 19 in Indianola. Billie, Sharon, Sheila, Karen, and Nancy were to meet on Friday, July 12, to make selections.

Sheila reported on the trip to West Des Moines for past presidents. She told of Sue Heng, and her collection of green pottery, the Henry Wallace home, as well as two other historical homes visited that had a wide collection of assorted antiques.

Members answered roll call by sharing items that had an Oriental look or had been made in Japan. Billie Nickolan then presented the program, discussing Japanese furniture. Japanese furniture is floor-oriented. Many items are standard sizes, and often decorated only in the front. Furniture is designed for mobility. Often a large piece of furniture consists of two smaller pieces stacked on top of one another. Handles on the ends of the furniture allows for easier mobility. Billie showed the group several pieces of Japanese furniture in her home: a kimono chest, apothecary chest, kitchen chest, and a kadansha chest which is built like stair steps. Other interesting pieces such as a silk spinning wheel and tea chest used in tea ceremonies were also viewed.

Refreshments were served by co-hostess Sharon Hahn and social time was enjoyed by members.

 

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