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Gladbrook Women’s Club

March 24, 2017
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Fourteen members of Gladbrook Women’s Club met for their regular meeting Thursday, March 9th at 1:30 p.m. at Independent Living. Vice-President Avriel Koester introduced Teresa Barnes, Tama County Child Advocacy Coordinator. She spoke on the CASA program (Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate Program) which is state funded and recruits, trains, and supervises adult volunteers to represent the best interests of children in certain abuse and neglect cases. Any adult, 19 and older, who complete screening requirements, can be a volunteer. On the average a CASA volunteer can expect to spend approximately 10 hours per month working on their case and continues on the case until there is a successful outcome. There are not enough volunteers and currently there are 67 cases in Tama County where children are in abuse or neglect situations. Teresa said the Iowa CASA Program began operations in 1986 under the auspices of the Iowa Supreme Court. The program was very informative. Avriel called the meeting to order and read a poem she wrote entitled “Spring Is Soon a Comin” and another poem entitled “Paris in Spring”. Avriel gave the Sunshine report and asked members to remember the following members, Pat Goos on the death of her sister; Karen Pieper who is hospitalized at Iowa Methodist; Suzanne Boldt hospitalized at Mary Greely in Ames and Margaret Thomsen had been hospitalized in Iowa City. Under old business Avriel asked the members if the poll in February should be the decision for Holiday Happenings or whether to vote. Joan suggested we table the vote until the April meeting as there were so few members present. Holiday Happenings will be held November 27th if the building is available. Avriel announced that Pauline, Pat Goos, Carolyn Anker and Marcy are on the Spring Fling Committee. Avriel said she may have a conflict with the barn quilt tour in May and asked about flip flopping June and May around as the quilt committee takes the quilts down in May to paint. We will have information at the April meeting. The nominating committee will report in April. Joan moved that the Education Project go to Crayon Corner and the Library. Salads, cookies and bars should be at the memorial building by 10:30 on Thursday, April 13th for the Senior Citizens dinner. The GMG speech students will have the program. Karen Handorf volunteered to make Scotcharoos for them. Members are encouraged to attend and stay for the meeting that will follow. Hospice cookies for April are Jolene, Pauline and Juanita. Avriel read birthdays and anniversaries for March. The hostesses, Sandy, Karen Lage and June served a delicious dessert with a St. Patrick’s theme.


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