The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau Area met July 6 at the University Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Janet Smith presented information about the Applications, Personal Papers, Legal, Environmental Paperwork Service for senior adults age 60 and older residing in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties. The staff provides education, counseling and assistance with forms such as Medicare, health insurance, advance directives, taxes, public benefits, personal finances among other paperwork needs. It is an outreach program of the Human Environmental Studies Department, College of Health and Human Services at Southeast. Funding for the service is provided by client contributions and grants from the Cape Girardeau County Senior Citizens' Services Fund, United Way of Southeast Missouri and Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging.
Upcoming service projects for the Cape Girardeau Public Library and the Missouri Mentoring Program were discussed along with further planning for the Women of Achievement Luncheon to be held Sept. 30. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is scheduled as the guest speaker with awards and recognition for local recipients.
As part of the club's literacy program in partnership with the Rotary Club, it was announced that 2,500 packets were recently delivered to agencies in Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area.
St. Mary CWC
The St. Mary Cathedral Council of Catholic Women met July 15 in the Monsignor Huels Room of the parish office building.
The meeting opened with a prayer, "A Celebration of Thanksgiving," for Sister Lucille's 50 years as a School Sister of Notre Dame. Dolores Pobst read "A Song of Thanksgiving" from "Seasons of the Your Heart." Mary Bauer, a student at St. Mary Cathedral School, sang "Thank You."
Those attending for the first time were Lisa Bohnert, Joyce Ourth, Linda Boxdorfer and Christine Clements.
St. Mary's quilters were treated to a pizza party as a thank you. The appliquéd quilt was displayed.
There are two new commission chairs: Cathy Wills, international; and Judy Stricker, legislative commission.
Dolores Gibbar reported three bereavement dinners were served since the last meeting.
St. Mary's CWC will conduct the Church Women United Bible study and board meeting on Aug. 6. Food will be purchased to complete two family food boxes for CWU. It was also voted to purchase water glasses for small parish dinners.
Refreshments were served by Wills and the July Circles.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Monsignor Huels Room.
The Eastside Homemakers Club met July 21 at the home of Janet Piepenbrok for a potluck luncheon. Ola Schreiner gave the devotion and table prayer.
Violet Reynolds opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes from the June meeting were read, and the treasurer's report was given. Reynolds gave a report on Edna Hawthorne, who is ill, and members signed a get-well card for her. After the meeting, bingo was played.
The next meeting will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at Golden Gate Restaurant in Jackson.
The Roberts Homemakers Club met at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson for their July meeting.
Gloria Hanners opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The devotional was given by Pat Terry.
Members participated in the program by sharing favorite articles of interest.
Articles for the food pantry were brought and secret pal gifts were exchanged.
The August meeting will be held at Riverside Regional Library after lunch at Golden Gate Restaurant.
The Lamplighters FCE Club met at the home of Bert Seyer. She gave the devotional "Changes and Cycles." Verla Mangels led the group in singing patriotic songs.
A report was given by the committee formed to send a box of items to Russ Meyers, a U.S. Marine serving in Iraq. He is the son of member Bev Meyers.
Members voted to help purchase school supplies for children of the club's adopted family.
Judy Myers gave a program called "Healthy Quick Cooking." Linda Sebaugh, president, gave a mini lesson on pre-diabetes.
The next meeting will be on Aug. 19 at the home of Gayla Volz.
The High-Noon Toastmasters Club met July 10 at Church of Christ annex in Cape Girardeau. The principle speaker for the meeting was Dr. Russell Kullberg, professor emeritus at Southeast Missouri State University. The title of his speech was "The Importance of Forest Preservation to the United States' Economy." The table topic discussion for the day related to how public education could be improved in the United States.
The club voted to accept an invitation from the Cape Girardeau Area Retired Teachers Association to give a toastmasters demonstration meeting on May 7, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau.
-- From staff reports