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Gladbrook Auxiliary

October 11, 2018
Northern-Sun Print
Mother Nature has been dampening our spirits with 2-3 weeks of clouds, drizzle and downpours, making for grumbling farmers and a late harvest this year. But today the Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary is celebrating Education Week and having their October 8 meeting with the residents of Westbrook Acres Nursing Home. Sue Koster, education chair welcomed Chris Frimml, GMG elementary principal to tell us a bit about the GMG educational program. He reported that GMG has about 300 students, pre-school through 6th grade with 50% of the students coming from neighboring school districts with another 200 students in grades 7-12. They not only stress academics, but training for the ‘whole child’ as teaching effective attitudes, pro-active behavior and doing first things, first as homework before play. An interesting session of questions followed from busing, music program, and types of class curriculum followed. President Jeanne opened the business meeting with all reciting the Pledge to our Flag. Roll call was answered by 5 officers and 15 members and guests. The Secretary’s report was read and approved. Treasurer Karen reported on membership income and dues expenses to Department, with a library donation in memory of Barb Wickersham. Correspondence was read from the Wickersham family, invitation to open house piano party on Tuesday, Oct 23 as residents celebrate their new piano, thank you and donation from Emma Moeller and Ferne Schoel, and an invitation to celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house for Louise Ulch at Glenwood Place in Marshalltown on Sat Oct 13 from 3-5pm. All old Northern-Sun papers have been removed and moved to Tama and Jeanne is asking for anyone willing to help find any articles with news of the Gladbrook Legion or Auxiliary from the last 100 years. We hope to get a program together for the March birthday meeting. Anyone willing to help, call her. Gladbrook Auxiliary will be serving the Senior Citizens Friday, Oct 12…call Jeanne for reservations. The Juniors held their family BBQ potluck on Sunday, Sept 30, making favors for the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. New leaders are Melissa Sienknecht, Kathy Vavroch, and Jodi Betts. The Juniors are again collecting shoe box size items for the Christmas Child project. Chose items fitting in a shoe box for girls or boys, ages 2-4. 5-8, 9-14, but no liquids, military or patriotic items or breakable things. Take items or donations to PUCC as the Juniors will pack the boxes at their Oct 20th meeting. IVH Halloween dance will be held on Tuesday, Oct 30, 1pm with volunteers needed to escort. Gladbrook’s SAL is having their first fish fry on Friday, November 2, serving from 5-8pm at the Memorial Bldg. Gladbrook will be serving the 40&8 organization evening meal on Wednesday, November 14 at the Memorial Bldg. Plan on 10-15. Americanism Chair, Lisa Reinhard will welcome all veterans at a special program at Westbrook on Friday, November 16, 2pm in honor of Veterans Day. All community veterans are welcome to join us. Women’s Club Holiday Happenings is planned for Monday, Nov 19 at the MB. Tickets from any Club member. Popcorn balls for Santa Sacks will be made on Tuesday Nov 20, 9am, with Gladbrook’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday Nov 26. The next Tama County meeting is at Elberon on Tuesday 7pm November 27, with the annual Memorial Service The Gladbrook Legion’s first pancake breakfast for the winter will be held on Sunday, December 2, serving from 7am-12:30pm. (Note change of date from newsletter). The Children and Youth Committee is again hosting Kids Shopping Day on Saturday, December 8, 9am at PUCC. Donated items (good used or new, no clothes or shoes) or donations may be left with Jeanne at PUCC. Volunteers are welcome with orientation at 8am at PUCC that morning. Lions Soup Day also on December 8, serving at the Memorial Building. 4-H kids will have their Cookie Walk too. The meeting was adjourned as residents prepared for the craft session which is always enjoyed. Magnetic ‘hedgehogs’ were assembled to be put in their rooms. Jodi Betts and Linda Randolph were in charge of the pumpkin, and spice bars enjoyed by all. We appreciate the lemonade and coffee furnished by Westbrook.



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