Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 27, 2016

Farm Bureau Women; Women's Club Garden Department; Retired School Personnel, American Legion Auxiliary

Sep 29, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED Anuja Pharasi of Fairfield, second from right, was one of the Supreme Court justices at Iowa Girls State, and was selected to attend Girls Nation in Washington, D.C.


Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesay at Pizza Ranch.

Lynne Johnson will have the program and serve as hostess.

Roll-call response is the agriculture of Syria.

All interested women are invited to attend.




Fairfield Women’s Club Garden Department will meet the morning of Oct. 6 at the McElhinny House to depart by bus at 8:30 a.m. for the Centerville area.

Following tours and lunch in Centerville, plans are to stop in Drakesville on the return trip.

Reservations are necessary by 2 p.m. Friday. Call Donna Clark at 472-4248.




Dr. Gary Roth was the guest speaker at the Jefferson County Unit of the Iowa Retired School Personnel Wednesday at the luncheon meeting at SunnyBrook.

Roth shared information on drones and drone photography. Attendees saw a miniature drone in action in the meeting room, learned about some things that drones can and cannot do, heard a brief summary of some government regulations on the larger drones, and watched a Power Point of some photos taken from above by Roth’s larger drone of buildings and scenes in the Fairfield area.

Some attendees thought that a miniature drone would make a great gift for grandchildren on the condition that Grandma and Grandpa got to use it, too.

The next meeting will be Oct. 26. The program topic will be over frauds against senior citizens.



Members of the American Legion Post No. 47 Auxiliary recently met for their first fall meeting at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Fairfield.

The meeting was opened by President Linda Hendricks with Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Auxiliary Preamble and a prayer.

Anuja Pharasi, sponsored by the local auxiliary, was present to share her experiences at Girls State, where those attending studied local, county, and state government as a part of a non-partisan political learning experience. As a state central delegate for her party, she helped develop platforms and was elected mayor. Though Pharasi campaigned and was defeated for the office of governor, she did become one of the Supreme Court justices and was selected to attend Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., paid for by Iowa American Legion Auxiliary.

While in D.C., the Girls Nation representatives visited the Library of Congress, Supreme Court, and the Capitol building, but were unable to visit President Obama due to security risks at that time.

Local auxiliary member Mary Andersen is the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary’s chairwoman of Iowa Girls State. Two former local Girls Staters, Makayla Kessel and Dakota Webber, served as counselors at this year’s Girls State. Treasurer Shirley Kitch reported money is sent bimonthly for needs of veterans at the VA Hospital in Iowa City. State Auxiliary Iowa VA representative Mary Littrell has indicated recent donations have gone to clothing and other needs of women veterans at the hospital. Kitch noted a donation was received from member Violet Brown, sent along with her membership renewal. A donation toward an Honor Flight will be considered at the next meeting. Secretary Darlene Vorhies read thank-you notes from the family of Arlene Pech and Dakota Andersen. Vorhies noted the Jefferson County Office of Veterans Affairs recently invited all military veterans to Veterans Coffee Day at the Fairfield Hy-Vee dining room.

Linda Hendricks suggested the auxiliary bring the “Wall That Heals” to Fairfield. The cost is $7,000. An effort will be made through the next several months to raise funds. To donate, call Hendricks at 472-6188. The next meeting will be Nov. 16 at the VFW.

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