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Gladbrook Women’s Club

December 7, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
The Gladbrook Women’s Club met on November 8, 2012 at Independent Living. Hostesses were JoAnne Sash, Sherry Delfs, and Marcy Knaack. President Karen Handorf opened the meeting by introducing the guest speaker, Linda Randolph, who gave a most informative and interesting talk on “Home Safety for the Elderly”. Linda said the general public is getting older and most prevalent injuries come from falls. Common sense should prevail and the elderly should follow these basic rules: eat healthy, getting enough rest, and plenty of exercise. Linda discussed the Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace and The Life Line. Also, using the “Buddy System”, call and check in on your friends and relatives. Fire extinguishers and smoke detection devises should be in place. Linda gave several helpful ideas to stay safe in your home: get up slowly, wear low heels, cane-walker set correctly, eliminate throw rugs, good lights on side walks, and thin shrubs to see better. Linda discussed the importance of talking to your pharmacist. They are the most knowledgeable regarding side effects and drug interactions. Linda stressed the importance of not using expired drugs, sharing them and mixing them. This also includes vitamins. A current list of medications should be kept at all times. Joyce Bern said she had the information on how and where to obtain a medical alert bracelet. Roll call was answered by 29 members. The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was presented and will be filed with the secretary’s report. Avriel Koester made the motion that all bills be paid as they come in. Motion seconded and passed. A sign-up sheet was passed around to sell cookbooks at coming events. They are also at Matchstick Marvels. Holiday Happenings Report: 1. Set up will begin at 3:30 p.m. on November 18 at the Memorial Building. 2. Decorating to begin at 4:00 p.m. 3. The men are lined up to help. A sign-up sheet was passed around for those interested in car pooling to Des Moines to attend The Gift Mart sponsored by the Junior League of Des Moines on Friday, November 16. Th community Christmas Lighting Contest will again be held. The committee to pack the Christmas treats for Santa will meet at 6:30 p.m. on November 26 at the City Centre. June Klinefelter reported the next blood drive will be held January 29, 2013. A sign-up sheet will be passed at a later date for those willing to help. The next meeting will be The Christmas Dutch Brunch to be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Festival of Trees in the City Centre. Hometown Foods will be catering. All members are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Food Pantry or a cash donation. President Handorf adjourned the meeting. A delicious lunch was enjoyed by all.


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