Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women; Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties Board of Directors
JEFFERSON COUNTY FARM BUREAU WOMEN
The Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday for a Christmas potluck at the home of Sandy Nelson.
The program will be “Christmas Treasures — Old and New.” Each member is asked to bring a favorite Christmas treasure for sharing.
Gifts of nonperishable items or monetary donations for The Lord’s Cupboard will be received.
ARC OF JEFFERSON & NEARBY COUNTIES
The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties Board of Directors held its last meeting of 2016 Thursday evening at Center Village in rural Keosauqua, where they were provided with a soup supper.
Doug Cunningham, executive director of The Arc of Iowa, was a special guest speaker. He addressed what he has been doing at the state level. Medicaid funding continues to be problematic in the state with services to people with disabilities not being funded, agencies closing or having to merge, people getting cell phones instead of needed services, and the Managed Care Organizations were given several million more dollars because they said they were losing money.
Cunningham noted that there were 99 Arc chapters years ago, and now there only 16 — some, like Jefferson County, are multi-county chapters. The state Arc has been building a vending machine business, partnering with Goodwill, where the machines in Des Moines area are located. Each machine costs about $7,000, reaps enough to be paid off in about two years, then will profit $300 to $500 a month. The machines are wrapped in promotional information with The Arc logo. He would like to get machines in southeast Iowa sometime after February.
The goal of the profit from the venture is building a legal defense fund, award grants to Iowa chapters, and help strengthen and expand the 16 Arc chapters in Iowa, Cunningham explained.
Donations have been received from Bert and Charlene Fairchild, Violet Findlay, Stephen Hillis, and Mary Larson.
A spaghetti supper and bake sale is planned for next spring/summer, with particulars to be determined at the January board meeting. Further information is to be acquired before January on a reader program for nonverbal students, which would be purchased by the school and reimbursed by The Arc.
Kerri Erue, Kathy Henry and Lynn Kane will give Darlene Vorhies the names of teachers of special needs classes, and the number of students in their individual classes, for Cardinal, Fairfield, Harmony, Pekin and Van Buren school districts so that cards and checks can be sent for Christmas.
Kathy Henry updated the group on Leya Haynes, a 2016 The Arc Susan Presley Scholarship winner; Haynes has completed her first term at Indian Hills Community College and started her second term.
The Arc board will meet next in January.