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Women's club garden department; Douds Community Club; Cub Scout Pack 67; Master gardeners; Wit & Wisdom

Nov 04, 2013


Fairfield Women’s Club Garden Department will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at the McElhinny House.

Aletta Mottet and Kim Keller will present the program “Making Toad Houses” and “White Vases.”

Interested women can call Donna Clark at 472-4248.



DOUDS—The Douds Community Club is kicking off its new membership year with Pancake Day Saturday.

Pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice and chocolate milk will be served 7-10 a.m. in the Douds Community Center by the men of the community.

Membership in the Douds Community Club is $25 for businesses and $10 for individuals or $5 for those under 18 or over 64 years of age.

Two sponsorship levels available. An Events Sponsor receives a membership and listings in the Pancake Day ad and Douds Field Day ad for $75.

An Annual Sponsor receives a membership, listings in the Pancake Day ad and Douds Field Day ad and also supports the Street Light Fund for a total of $120.

Donations to the Street Light Fund of $35 per household or $60 per business are suggested.

The Community Club has installed 21 street lights from the junction of highways 16 and 98 through town to the Holcomb Creek Bridge and the annual cost of electricity is more than $3,000.

Memberships, sponsorships and donations to the Street Light Fund may be paid at Pancake Day or mailed to Jim Pedrick at 14006 Highway 98, Douds 52551.

The Douds Community Club has been promoting community betterment projects since its incorporation in 1948. Original organizers were Stanley Barker, Earl Brown, Bill Carson, Cy Greenfield, Harlan Heckart, Clarence Pedrick, Dale Ratcliff, Joe Salter and Herbert Smith. Current officers are the Rev.Phil Campbell, president; Jim Pedrick, treasurer; Lisa Plowman, secretary; and directors Sandra Coffman, Brad Debner and Amanda Philips.

Meetings are at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, and community members are welcome.

Dues-paying members are entitled to vote at the annual meeting held in January every year for the purpose of electing directors and officers. The board has vacancies for community-minded, Douds area residents and business owners.



Cub Scout Pack 67 will host a tip night from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Fairfield Pizza Hut.

All tips will go toward new Cub Scout books, hats, uniform neckerchiefs and slides.



Jefferson County Master Gardeners met Oct 28 at the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office, with nine members present. President Sandi Dimmitt called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. The secretary’s minutes were read and approved. Treasurer Gerri Lyon read the treasures report, and it was approved.

The group has rented a table at the Indoor Farmers’ Market held Saturdays in the Fairfield Senior Citizen Center to sell potted paperwhites. The bulbs were planted locally Oct 10 and now are ready to decorate homes for the holidays.

Sales will continue weekly while supplies last.

A field trip to Howells at Cummings & Applehurst at Winterset is tentatively set for Dec 7 . This will be Howells open house.

A request was made for assistance in caring for day lily beds at the Jefferson County Health Center. Discussion was held, but no decision was made.

The next meeting will be a potluck at 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the extension office.



Since 1906, many opening meetings of the Wit & Wisdom Club have been picnics, so officers —Ray Woody, president, Bob Keller, vice president, Sue Long, secretary, Jerry Long, treasurer and historian Dot Hellkamp — opted for a picnic in Jefferson County Park to open the 108th program year of the club.

Despite the cold temperature and rain, Woody called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. and roll call was taken.

Ray Ham was guest speaker. He arrived at Parsons College as an assistant to Coach Bob Spencer and his girls basketball program from J.F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Neb. The Wild Kittens are now a memory, but Ham stayed and became involved in juvenile corrections work for Fairfield and Jefferson County. In the course of his work, Ham became an expert in the use and uses of the polygraph. As Ham, who teaches polygraph at the Police Training Academy in Des Moines, made clear, its development and uses are far from simple. A question-and-answer period followed Ham’s talk.

Following the program, a business meeting was held. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved, and Woody announced he was forming a new committee for the purpose of recommending some new members to the club.

A picnic supper was catered and delivered; a barbecue, with baked beans, cole slaw, spice cake, chocolate cake and drinks.

Two members, who were present, were recognized as having been inducted into the Parsons College Alumni Wall of Honor the previous day. They were Vera Price Young and Dorothy Topping Bell.

The next meeting will be Sunday, with the place to be announced.

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