United Presbyterian Home
Becca Enfield was busy on Valentine’s Day delivering the many beautiful flower bouquets that arrived for residents and staff.
Emory and Phyllis VanGerpen enjoyed family time with an overnight visit from their daughter and son-in-law, Ruth Ann and Dave Wolf, from St Louis. Wayne Goedken from Harlan stopped in for a few hours the next day on a business trip to northeast Iowa to deliver a side driver.
Betty Colby reports that 45 people met for the Cottagers' Monthly Potluck on Monday evening. Two new cottagers were introduced: Jo Ann Swift and Mary Temple. Presidents Day was celebrated by singing two patriotic songs and a song to celebrate February's Black Awareness Month. The food was excellent as usual.
Jane Vetter was pleasantly surprised on Friday when her son Brian Vetter of Boisie, Idaho, came for a visit and stayed for the weekend. Jane’s other son, Mark and his wife, Jan, of Columbus Junction, also came to visit and they all went to see Steve and Kathy Vetter as Steve is recovering from knee surgery. They spent the afternoon reminiscing and they all recalled the days on the farm and when Jane taught school.
Carla Carter celebrated her belated birthday with cookies in the Town Center on Monday morning following exercise class.
Nine people attended the Book Club discussion of "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins on Wednesday morning. Next month’s meeting will be March 26 with "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. This book is loosely based on the story of Hosea in the Bible. It is an historical novel set in the West in the 1800s.
The Rev. Kitch Shatzer will preside at an Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, March 5, in the Main Dining Room. This year’s theme for the service will center on "The Heart of the Matter." Everyone is welcome to attend. Rev. Kitch will also lead a Lenten Bible study focused on "The Lord’s Prayer" each Monday during Lent beginning March 10, at 2:15 p.m. in the Campbell Room.
March is National Nutrition Month and the Dietary Department and the Wellness and Fitness Center will be teaming up to offer residents a nutritional challenge. Residents are encouraged to pick up log sheets in the Fitness Center and then attend the dietary food presentations each Monday morning at 11 a.m. in the Town Center. The March 6 presentation will be the health benefits of grains in one’s diet.
The Classics Et Cetera program for Feb. 27 included the overture to “The Bartered Bride” by Bedrich Smetana; 1st Movement of Concerto in C Minor for Oboe & Violin by J. S. Bach; “La donna è mobile” from “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi; Suite 1 from “Victoria and Merrie England” by Sir Arthur Sullivan; “Broadway One-Step” by Karl L. King; 4th Movement of Symphony No. 4 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; “Steeplechase Galop by Russell Alexander.
Karl L. King (1891-1971) had hoped to join John Philip Sousa at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in 1918 during World War I, but with no openings on his staff at the time, Sousa suggested King apply to the Army as bandmaster at Camp Grant. The war ended on his reporting date, so Karl did not serve on active duty. Instead, he returned to his home town of Canton, Ohio, as director of the local band and also began a music publishing house. In 1921, he moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, to begin his legendary 50-year directorship of the Fort Dodge Municipal Band.