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Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women; Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties

May 02, 2017

Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women

At the April Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women’s meeting, members heard Wilma Lewis Whitham give a program on health and wellness.

Whitham stressed healthy aging through physical exercise, food safety and activities to stimulate the brain. She said these things can help people maintain a healthy outlook and mood.

During the business meeting, the May 9 special day out to Bonaparte was planned. Lunch will be at the Bonaparte Retreat, followed by a chance to visit local shops and places of interest. A stop at the Dutchman’s Store also is planned.

The group will leave the Jefferson County ISU Extension office parking lot at 10 a.m. and return around 3 p.m.

Reservations are needed and guests are welcome. Call Jeanene Peiffer at 641-660-1073 or Christine Schiedel at 472-3251 for information or reservations.



The Board of Directors of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties held its April meeting at the Fairfield Tenco office, with camp, Special Olympics, raffle and silent auction primary on the agenda.

Vice President Codie Amason presided in the absence of President Lynn Kane who was with a special class at Camp Courageous.

Memorial thank you’s were read from family of Neil Bruss II, and from Camp Courageous in memory of Donna Story.

Nicole Cotner and Ronnie Withrow participated in the recent Polar Plunge at Lake Bonnifield to raise funds for Special Olympics Iowa.

Kerri Erue reported all local athletes involved in recent Area Special Olympics Spring Games held in Mt. Pleasant qualified for State Games May 25-26 at Ames.

Treasurer Barb Withrow reported the spaghetti dinner hosted by the Fairfield Elks brought in over $650.

Darlene Vorhies updated on  the silent auction, with 62 bid sheets from 36 donors thus far and numerous contacts needing follow-up. Mike Carr, Jim Downing, Kerri Erue, Kathy Henry, Mary Sue Hoaglin and Brian Simmons will be assisting Vorhies in getting silent auction items in Fairfield and surrounding areas.

Two smaller silent auction tables at the fair will display weighted blankets and sell items donated to the American Legion Auxiliary to help fund The Wall That Heals visit to Fairfield.

The Arc voted to give $150 to Joanne Ancell to purchase material for weighted blankets and to reimburse her for purchases already made. Ancell and Mary Sue Hoaglin have been coordinating blanket-making events at, and with cooperation of, SunnyBrook Assisted Living; upcoming events will be May 20, June 12 and July 15.

Vorhies also reported raffle tickets were prepared for printing at

AEA in Ottumwa by Sharon Coffin, and picked up by Kathy Henry. Board members present picked up tickets to sell. A list of silent auction donors and raffle donors will be listed in The Fairfield Ledger thank-you ad following the fair.

Monetary donations have been received for camperships from Bob’s

Automotive, Libertyville Savings Bank, Raymond Funeral Home, Paint-Line Inc., Schaus-Vorhies Manufacturing, and Schaus-Vorhies Kleaning.

Approved was camperships for individuals to attend Camp Reece at $225 for a week. A canned food drive is being held by Libertyville students who will be attending Camp Courageous May 17; persons wishing information can contact Sheila Clements at 469-5076.

Darlene Vorhies will meet with Calvin Todd, Fairfield Park and Recreation director, regarding possible placement of a vending machine to benefit The Arc; Todd and Doug Cunningham, executive director of The Arc of Iowa, are planning to visit about questions and concerns.

Kathy Henry contacted special ed teachers in four area school districts to come up with 20 graduating students who will each be given a card and $10 from The Arc.

Henry also reported only one scholarship applicant was received for The Arc Susan Presley scholarship.

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