American Legion 158
Larry Koehler, commander, opened the meeting of the Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson on Oct. 11. The minutes from the last meeting were approved. Richard Aguilar gave the financial report and P.M. Kurre reported that the membership is at 615 with 60 percent paid for 2006.
Mike Strack gave the flag report and informed members of a letter being sent to the city on providing street or path signs in the city cemetery to make finding individual plots easier.
Rosie Wells reported the honor guard had received a $100 check for providing honors at a funeral. Jim Nelson reported on contributions to the post's Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund from Harold Landgraf and William Ade in memory of the Jackson High School class of 1945.
Virgil Whitener gave the house report, Jack Latimer gave the club room report and Leonard Adams reported on dances.
David Ludwig reported on the oratorical contest and said that there have been public service announcements prepared to be broadcast over the radio. He also announced that the cost to support boys going to Missouri Boys State will now be $350 plus $70 for transportation for each boy.
Keith Seabaugh reported on visitations and encouraged more members visit veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home. Charles Hutson made a motion to provide $1,500 to the VA Home for Christmas gifts for residents. The motion was seconded and passed.
Bill Poe announced that a Christmas party for kids is planned for Dec. 18. He made a motion that $350 to be donated for the party. The motion was seconded and passed.
Strack reported that the flag at the Jackson Senior Center was in bad shape and that a new flag and stand be donated. A motion was made to provide $130 for this and the motion was seconded and passed.
The Sedgewickville United Methodist Women met in the home of Allison Shrum on Nov. 9. A meal prepared by Libby Denman and Shrum was served.
Pete Shrum presided and opened the meeting with reciting the pledge. After the reading and approval of the minutes and treasurer's report, she announced that the hanging of the greens in the church will be Saturday.
The quilt committee reported that the antique quilt netted $1,036 donated by the successful bidder, Paul Statler. The apron (no bake sale) project has netted $118 to date. Aprons are still out, but can be turned in or donations made to the UMW for this project to Allison Shrum.
The nominating committee reported that people for all offices will remain the same for 2006: Pete Shrum, president; Gena Welker, vice president; Anita Hahs, secretary; Coletta Garland, secretary of program resources. The local church activities committee will be Kay Yount, Frances Brotherton, Dona Maes and Pete Shrum.
Additional Thanksgiving cards were passed out to those who had not received one for their senior pal. The group then discussed and decided on the following donations: $200 to Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship Program; $100 to the Suzanna Wesley Foundation; $200 to purchase canned goods for the Marble Hill Food Pantry; and $2,000 to purchase 18 new tables and 50 additional chairs for the church's fellowship hall.
It was also decided that bids will be sought for a concrete slab to be poured at the basketball goal for the youth to use on church property.
Patti Kamp read the Mission Moments on our United Methodist Missionaries in Senegal. The Pledge Service was given by Allison Shrum.
The Kage FCE Club met at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center on Nov. 10 with Judy Moore as hostess. Martha Slaten was congratulated upon her selection as Southeast Missouri District director.
Reports were heard regarding the recent district FCE meeting in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Judie Herbst and Dortha Strack reported on their attendance at the leader training meeting in Farrar.
Joan Meyer read a letter received from Cmdr. Howard Hayes who is serving in Iraq. Barbara Marshall also received a letter from Hayes.
Twenty-two members and their families attended the chicken and dumpling dinner at the University of Missouri Extension Center on Oct. 17.
The annual Christmas dinner will be held at the home of Herbst on Dec. 15. The fourth quarter FCE Council meeting will be held Dec. 1 at the Extension Center. All members are invited and asked to bring something for the auction.
The Arnsberg 4-H Club met Nov. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim with 18 members, six leaders and four guests in attendance. Tyler Lappe, president, led the meeting. Kyle Rohde led the pledges and Kaycie Seyer and Dustin Oehl were recognized as having November birthdays.
The club discussed the Christmas party that will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the church. Members are asked to bring $1 or more to donate to the Salvation Army. They should also bring a simple gift for a game at the party.
Lappe reported on leader training which was held at the University of Missouri Extension Center. Several of the club's leaders attended. Ethan Seyer reported on a bucket calf meeting.
The club welcome several new members: Dakota, Michaela, Josh and Katelyn Oehl, Jordan Layton and Brent Seyer.
The Xi Nu Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 15 at the home of Cindy Propst. A thank-you letter from Debbie Balsamo and Cathy Pancoast was received. They are co-chairwomen of the state convention and they were thanking the chapter for all the help with the convention.
Service projects were discussed. The chapter will be contributing to the Global Care Package program.
Upcoming events include bingo on Tuesday and a shopping trip to St. Louis on Dec. 4.
Members will meet at Scraps N More in Cape Girardeau on Dec. 6 for their next meeting.
Propst presented a program was on Thanksgiving trivia.
-- From staff reports