Club notes

Pettis County Republican Women meet

The Pettis County Republican Women’s Club met recently at the FCS Financial Building.

President Cheryl Brown welcomed members and guests. The meeting began with a prayer by club chaplain, Betty Hopkins, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whitney Cromley presented information about Cancer Perks. Cancer Perks delivers cancer perk bags to chemo/radiation patients at local cancer centers. These bags are filled with specific items requested often by patients receiving cancer treatment. The bags are given to new cancer patients at the treatment center.

Cromley stated “Cancer Perks” was not founded to cure cancer. The organization doesn’t raise money for the latest and greatest equipment. Their purpose is to be a little perk in a dark day.

“Sometimes the little things are someone’s everything,” Cromley said. “We feel good knowing that our cancer perks bags help someone in our local community.”

Items that can be given to Cancer Perks include Chap Stick, scent free lotion, rolls of quarters for vending machines, lemon drop candy, warm hats, warm socks, gift cards for food or gas, handmade or store bought cards, and monetary donations.

Barbara Clevenger, PCRW secretary, presented the previous meeting minutes. A motion by Hopkins to approve the minutes was seconded by Beverly Dillion. The motion carried.

Stacy Beard, PCRW treasurer reported the current bank balance. She also stated the club currently has 16 paid members.

Brown read correspondence from the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and a thank you from the Pettis County Community Partnership.

A telephone committee was formed as a way to remind members of upcoming meetings and events. Brown and Dillion will coordinate the calling.

The MoFRW 4th District 2017 Fall Meeting will be hosted in Sedalia with the Pettis County Republican Women and the McKinley Club hosting the event.

President Brown will look into possible dates and make arrangements for use of the Knights of Columbus building as a venue.

Upcoming events include the MoFRW 4th District 2017 Spring Meeting at the Sheltered Workshop in Johnson County.

Being no further business a motion to adjourn by Kim Lyne was seconded by Hopkins. The motion carried.

The regular monthly meetings of the group are every second Thursday. The members meet at 5:30 for a light meal with the meeting starting at 6 p.m. Brown and Kris Cox will serve the meal. New members and guests are always welcome.

Ringen Brushy 4-H Club

Ringen Brushy 4-H Club held their regular meeting on March 8, at 7 p.m. at Smithton School.

President Kandyn Hotsenpiller called the meeting to order. Zach Cordes led the pledges. Roll was taken by secretary Haleigh Ferguson and there were 37 members present. The minutes from the February meeting were approved as read. treasurer Chase Stone read the treasurer’s report and it was approved as read.

Mirai Ito gave a presentation on his home country Japan. He also demonstrated how to make air clean using coffee grounds, how to make a zipper work again using bar soap, and how to clean a glass or cup with crushed egg shells.

Stone volunteered to do a demonstration for the April meeting and Murray Page volunteered the foods group to do a demonstration, as well.

Several project groups reported on recent project meetings. Beef went to the recent cattle show at the Fairgrounds. County wide photography looked at old cameras and worked with Photoshop. Welding went over different types of welds and welders. Swine group met at the Gerke’s and watched videos of pigs. They discussed what features to look for in selecting a show pig. Genealogy has had two meetings.

Discussion was held regarding the club paying a portion of State Congress fees for those who want to attend. Stone made the motion to pay half of the balance that the club members will owe. Kiersten Luttrell seconded the motion. A vote was taken and the motion passed.

There was also discussion on paying part of 4-H camp registration fees. Summer Caton made the motion to pay half of the fee for each camper. Stone seconded the motion. A vote was taken and the motion passed.

The club is still looking for a cake decorating leader. Heather Luttrell is going to ask the other clubs in Pettis county if they will let our kids join their project group, if a leader can’t be found. Bobbi Dittmer mentioned a lady from Stover who might be interested in helping our kids out. Heather Luttrell is going to check into that option, as well.

Cindy Gerke told the group that ideas for fundraisers for this year are needed. Members are asked to bring ideas to the next meeting.

Announcements were read. The next meeting is April 12 at 7 p.m. The CWF group will be serving at El Tapatio on April 17. Proceeds from this night will go to their trip to Washington, D.C. They are also hosting a dodgeball tournament on April 22 at Smith Cotton Junior High. On April 29, they are holding a scrapbooking event at St. Paul Lutheran Church and May 6-7 they are hosting a softball tournament at the ballfields on TT Hwy. Sheila Amos asked to meet with the sewing group after the meeting and Bobbi Dittmer asked to meet with the foods group.

With no further business, Delaney Meyer made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Liam Beckett seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned.

Community Retired Teachers Association

Cheryl Lange was the guest speaker at the Feb. 15 meeting of the Community Retired Teachers Association. She talked about her experiences winning pie baking awards with the Central Missouri Ag Club Pie Auction. This past January she won prizes with her caramel apple cranberry pie and a peanut butter bliss pie. She explained how she chose the kinds of pies to enter.

Joanna Anderson, President of State Fair Community College, talked about the April 4 bond issue. It will include a new technical education facility, new programs, and existing building renovations. Campaign Chairman Gary Noland discussed how this will be a positive impact on the community.

During the business meeting, Carolyn Hays told members about several health programs available to seniors. She announced the 2016 Community Service Report. CRTA volunteered 1,617 hours, 635 items to hunger relief, and more than $17,000 cash donations. January volunteer hours and donations were listed.

Jeanne Curry read the secretary’s minutes and Evelyn Porter gave the treasurer’s report. Dorothy O’Rourke from Glasgow became a new member. Several members were in Jefferson City attending the Missouri Retired Teachers Association Capitol Day.

The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. March 15 at Christ and Trinity Lutheran Church. All retired school personnel are invited to attend the meeting.
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