United Methodist Women
Twenty-four members enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Linda Lou's Diner.
One visitor, Jean Reitz, was introduced by Margrette Utech.
The secretary's report was read and approved. Shirley Pfeifer read the treasurer's report. It will be filed as read. Shirley also gave a report on the UMW annual meeting that she attended in Ankeny.
Coordinators' reports: Sharon Wagner, Social Action, will be attending school of Missions next week. Louise Chandler, Program Resources, brought books from the reading list. Pat Minneman, Supportive Community, announced the need for birthday cake bakers.
Louise Richards is having a birthday this month. Marion Turnipseed will be 90 years young on Dec. 14. He lives at the United Presbyterian Home.
Virginia Tschantz, Education and Interpretation, announced the missionaries' birthdays for October. She read an article from the October Response magazine about the Alma Matthews House. It is a UMW guesthouse in New York's Greenwich Village. It offers safe and affordable lodging to nonprofit groups on business in New York City. There are many other articles in the October magazine that are informative and enjoyable reading. As usual, she brought humor to the group.
Virginia also reported on the upcoming Third Annual Country Fair to be held Nov. 18. Dec. 9 is the date set for the Bazaar Bake Sale with Granny's Attic/Gift Table, candy, baked goods and rolls. It is to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will be the same day as the children's program. Ione Burham has requested to do all the contacting. People who want to volunteer for anything, please contact Ione.
President Mary Dawson suggested the group change the meeting luncheons to coffee and rolls or just dessert items. It was moved and seconded by the members. this will start with the January 2013 meeting.
Members discussed having the December meeting here versus the United Presbyterian Home as per the usual 2012 program schedule due to uncontrollable winter conditions — parking and walking. A vote was taken and the majority wants to meet at the church at 12:30 p.m.
Barbara Kessler reported that Shirley Brown Dare, a former member, passed away. She had been living in Evanston, Ill.
Martha Hahn had the program "Quilts of Our Lives." She spoke on a quilt group that has been active at the church since Feb. 5, 1996. They presently meet the first and third Mondays of each month. At their first meeting, five quilts were tied and taken to the police station to be given to children. Now it's a small group that meets from 9 a.m. to noon. She reports that there have approximately 473 quilts made to date. Most of them go to the safety center to be distributed. Some go to Public Health, to ill children, a child that was bitten in the face by a dog, Lending Hands, new babies and even to Japan. Much of the fabric for the quilts has been donated by many individuals. She displayed a number of the quilts that had been done. Present members are Martha Hahn, Cheryl Crone, Wanda Boyer, Sue Gilmore, Martha Lowe and Helen Davison.
Ilene Schnicker gave a program on the World Thank Offering with passages read from Corinthians 9: 6-15. Ilene was assisted by Margaret Crawford, Kay Bennett, Marilyn Whitenack and Pat Minneman with readings concerning Mission Giving and World Thank Offering, Faith Hope and Love in Action.
Shirley Pfeifer informed everyone that missionaries from a hospital in Zimbabwe, Dr. and Mrs. Immanuel Medfor will be here at the Nov. 18 service. Please plan to attend.
Maurine Roberts and Bette Turnipseed are hostesses for the Nov. 9 meeting. A potluck lunch is planned. Members are asked to bring their own table service and a dish to pass. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.