Questers Olive Jane Lamb Chapter
The Olive Jane Lamb Chapter of Questers meet on Sept. 12 in the home of Betty Peterson.
Nine members answered role by commenting on their summer. The minutes were read and the treasurer’s report given. A brief report was given on the name given to a room at Skiff Medical Center. The southwest room is named for Caleb and Olive Jane Kennedy Lamb, the chapter’s namesake. Other reports were given on Area Days and the Sherman Hills Historical Home Tours on Sept. 21-22 and 28-29. The chapter will take part in decorating for the Halloween event at the museum on Oct. 19.
Betty Peterson gave an informative and entertaining program on pop-up books. She highlighted the work of Robert Subuda, who grew up in a rural town in Michigan. From a young age, he experimented with cutting, painting and coloring to make books pop up. He was educated at Pratt Institute in New York City but is self-taught in making intricate cuttings that pop, turn and twist. His first job was as an intern at a children’s publishing house. His first book was published in 1994. His books include original stories as well as classics such as “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “The Night Before Christmas.” He has done several books with Matthew Reinhart. Peterson shared her extensive collection of Subuda books as well as other collectable pop up books.
The evening concluded with refreshments served by the hostess.
Iowa Master Farm Homemakers Guild
The Iowa Master Farm Homemakers Guild met Sept. 13 at the Gateway Hotel in Des Moines.
One hundred and thirty members, with husbands, celebrated the 85th year since the group was organized, and members received pins and yearbooks to commemorate the occasion.
During the morning business meeting, a memorial was given for members who had passed away during 2013, including Harriet Smith and husband Bob, formerly of Newton.
Following a noon breakfast, Frank Holdmyer, Wallaces Farmer editor, introduced new inductees into the organization. They are Nancy Beyers of Marengo, Carol Gilbert of Iowa Falls, Lisa Tapper of Iowa City and Shirley Webb of Marengo.
Kelly Grolmus also was presented an honorary membership.
Betty E. Snook of Newton, a 1999 inductee, attended the meeting with her daughter, Marianna Decken of Missouri.
The Red Hat Mineral Bellas had lunch at Park Centre on Sept. 11.
Attendees included Virginia Hunter, Mary Pratt, Bette Davis, Avetta Franz, Jean Wallace, Shirley Williams, Norma Jean Warnork, Jean Ralph, Mieko Williams, Mary Hunter, Betty Warnick, Dorothy Van Glen and Rosa Lee Sutton.
The next meeting will be on Oct. 9 at Okoboji Grill with Virginia Hunter as hostess.
Iowa State Grange
The 144th session of the Iowa State Grange took place on Sept. 7 and 8 at the Amboy Grange in Kellogg.
A banquet was held on Saturday at the Mayflower in Grinnell. Master of Iowa State Grange Dwight Baldwin opened the morning with a welcome to members assembled. At noon, a pizza lunch, salads and desserts were served. Assignment of Resolutions to committee were distributed and went into committee and started again after lunch.
On Sunday, Bonnie Swalwell Eilert, chaplain of the Iowa State Grange, gave devotions and a memorial service for Grangers who passed away during the past year. Eilert had been a member of the Sugar Grove Grange (disbanded) and the Richland Grange (disbanded) in Killduff for more than 69 years.
After the memorial service, business continued, with amendments being sent from state to national Grange. A brunch was held at the Amboy Grange and included casserole and fruit. Officers were installed, and the meeting closed with song.