May 15, 2021

Club News

Baxter Garden Club

Baxter Garden Club met at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Baxter Community Building. The program was grasses and succulents. Roll call was “What plants never fail you?” Secretary and treasurer reports were given, Collection was taken for pennies for pines.

Members will meet at 9 a.m. May 1 to clean flower beds and the planters. Members signed up for the June 14 district meeting. We will plant a tree for Arbor Day.

Snacks were served.

The next meeting will be May 11. The program will be flower box arranging and recycling.


Colfax Historical Society

The April 19 meeting of the Colfax Historical Society was called to order at 7 p.m. by president Shawn Cogley and he thanked everyone for attending. Members present were: Karen Russell, Cindy L. Van Dusseldorp, Stanley Daft, Don and Joyce Jessen, Rachel Wilty, Aaron Bartholmey, Judy Sullivan, Kevin and BJ Williams, Peggy Dvorak, Doug Wilson and facility manager Linda Darrock. Minutes of the March 15 meeting were read and approved. Treasurer’s report was presented and approved for March.

Peggy handed out copies of her year-end treasurer’s report for 2020. She is no longer our treasurer as she resigned at the end of December. We certainly thank Peggy for five years of service to us as she began her duties April 1, 2016.

Correspondence was received from Paul D. Pate, Iowa Secretary of State, asking us to file the biennial report for Colfax Historical Society, Inc. by March 31. The report was filled in and mailed back to them March 20.

Joyce and Don will resume again painting Karlyne’s building white when the weather permits this spring.

Linda’s rental report was given to everyone to see.

The committee of Peggy, Larry D., Linda and Karen will meet to discuss our prices, etc. and possible changes to our rental contract. It was decided a Saturday would work best.

The new security camera system will be installed soon by Kevin and other volunteers.

Kevin has LED lights to replace the light fixtures that are not functioning in the north cabinets. 

Shawn will contact the IDOT about the size requirements for placing a sign on the Cogley land along I-80, advertising Colfax Historical Society Community Center and Museum. The committee of Don, Aaron, Kevin and Cindy are to report on ideas for a sign.

The eaves trough on the northwest side of our building is sagging. Doug and Shawn will fix it.

Karen will be checking on the price of a new welcome mat.

A big thank you to the following: Don and Joyce Jessen for checking on water pipes, batteries for smoke detectors and thermostat settings, thank you to Judy Sullivan for being our secretary for four months and thank you to Joe Robson for bringing his boom truck in and fixing the flagpole.

We will be open the second Saturday of the month on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The volunteers will be Judy and Cindy L. from 10 a.m. to noon and from noon to 2 p.m. will be Don and Joyce.  Admission is free.

We will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays starting June 6 and continue until before Labor Day. We do need more volunteers to help out.

Next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 17. It is open to anyone who would like to attend.