The Olds Lions Club met Tuesday, March 12, at the Olds United Church of Christ.
A potluck dinner was enjoyed with Lion Harry McGuire providing the main entrée of fried chicken.
Sanaria AbuSrour, along with her host family representative, Wendy Pusey, were special guests for the meeting. Sanaria entertained the membership and guest Johanna Crawford with facts and stories of her native country, Palestine. Along with a PowerPoint presentation, she demonstrated one of her native dances, and shared an example of her native dress that lavishly decorated with colorful hand-stitched needlework.
President Ruth Meth opened the business meeting. Agenda items included recruitment of new members, Iowa Eye Bank tissue run reports, Tip Night, the James Avenue event, and the annual city Easter Egg Hunt. The President Wayne Madden’s Club Excellence Award application was discussed along with nomination of officers for the 2013-2014 fiscal year; distribution of Activity Funds, and an upcoming field trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City in June.
Hector Urbano of Bogota, Columbia, and his son, Mario Urbano of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., visited in Hector’s 1974 family home of Don and Eldora Boshart this past week. Much time was spent visiting with the “family” and touring the area.
Hector was a foreign exchange student at WACO from August 1973 and graduated with the Class of 1974. His last visit to Iowa was in 1991.
When Hector came in 1973, he spoke very little English, but quickly adapted and was appreciative of his American family, including siblings, Gale (also a classmate), Mark and Jan. While a student at WACO, Hector participated in football (as a kicker), was in chorus, and was in the play that year. He remembers enjoying a trip to Chicago with the Dr. J.G. Widmer family for a week.
Hector stated that he had the choice of New York, another large city or coming to Iowa. Since he lived in a large city in Columbia, he chose to come to Iowa. He was emphatic about the positive impact his year with the Boshart family and WACO Schools had on his life and for his family, and as a professional.
Hector went on to study business administration after his year at WACO. He studied finance and received his master's degree in business administration. He states that his knowledge of the English language helped him obtain his position in commercial banking. He is currently a manager over 25 branches of a bank. He often flies to other cities to visit clients and the employees of those banks.
Hector’s son, Mario, has been working in Florida as a freelance graphic designer and part time with an agency for about one year. He was to begin a new position when he returned to Florida. Mario said it meant a lot to him to be able to visit his father’s American family to get acquainted with them and to see the area where his father stayed. Hector also has a daughter, Monica, living in Bogota. It was a wonderful visit for Hector and Mario and for all the Boshart family and friends.
Chapter Iowa J of National T.T.T. Society met at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Wayland Community Center. Hostesses Lori Messer and Cindy Seberg served delicious refreshments.
"Sword of Gold" was sung and vice president Amy McLaughlin presided at the business meeting. She opened with a meditation from the book “Fabulosity.”
Fourteen members answered roll call. Recording secretary Rachel Meyer read the minutes of the March meeting.
Corresponding secretary Lori Messer read a thank-you from Georgia Fort for the gift when she had her surgery.
Treasurer Linda Messer gave her report and a report on the cheese ball project.
Camp committee reported a change in campers due to another chapter selecting girls from Wayland. Chapter Iowa J campers will attend camp June 16-21. Motion carried for Lori Messer to purchase gifts for camp carnival when in Des Moines.
Motion carried for Willa Wilson to purchase gifts for the former campers graduating from high school this year.
Items for the sales table at state convention may be taken to Georgia Fort, Lori Messer, Tracy Hill, Linda Messer or Judy Hueholt by no later than noon on Thursday, April 11.
Mileage for delegates was discussed and the delegate driving to convention declined to receive mileage.
The National Honor Society Tea for WACO will be held Monday, May 6. Susan Mast volunteered to coordinate this project as the chapter will be serving the refreshments. Due to the National Honor Society Tea being held the same night as chapter meeting, the meeting date was changed to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the community room and the campers will be invited.
Amy thanked Lori and Cindy for the evening refreshments and announced that Susan Mast and Joni Huisenga will be hostesses for the May 14 meeting. The meeting adjourned with the Closing Creed.