Martha Washington Questers
Martha Washington Questers 1032 met on Aug. 23, 2013, at the home of Virginia Reighard in Ainsworth. Ten members and one guest attended. The guest was Linda Newlon’s sister from Alaska. The meeting was opened by president Linda Newlon. The minutes were ready by secretary Jane Fehr and were approved. The treasurer’s report was given by treasurer Janet Peterson and was approved.
In new business, the next area day was discussed. It will be Oct. 5 in Dubuque. The program sounds interesting, and six people showed an interest in attending. Linda planned to get the details and inform the group. Money will be due by Sept. 30. Members planned to send a sympathy card from the group for Ione Burham at the death of her husband, and also a “thinking of you” card to member Pat Johnson.
The next meeting will be at the genealogy department of the Washington Public Library. Marge Lasek will give a tour, and then Gerry Schmidt will host refreshments at her home. Any interested new members are also invited to attend. It will be on Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
It was suggested that each member invite a new person to join the club. It was also announced that the new yearbooks will be ready before the next meeting.
The program was given by member Virginia Reighard on antique kitchen utensils. She showed an interesting book called Three Hundred Years of Kitchen Collectibles. She explained that kitchen tools were arranged by their use. Some were used to core, cut, chop and pit. Others were used to mix, beat, stir and blend. She had many examples of each, including a butter churn that came from 1919. Also shown were various eggbeaters from the early 1900s. Other tools were used to separate, strain, sift and dredge, including a strainer from 1890. Then came tools that could mold, shape, form and decorate, like ice cream molds and butter molds. She also talked about the cast-iron frying pans that are still in use today. Then others shared tools that they had brought. It was a very interesting program.
Delicious refreshments were served by co-hostess Marilyn Whitenack.