GFWC Yankton Woman’s Club

The Yankton Chapter of GFWC Yankton Woman’s Club met Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. The business meeting was called to order by President Joan Neubauer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the South Dakota Pledge and the Collect for Women.

Program: Marilyn Huntley introduced Rebecca Schoenfelder, Executive Director of the Yankton Area Literacy Council, who spoke to our members about the many facets of YALC. Free tutoring services are offered in reading, math, and English as a Second Language.

Correspondence: Secretary Arlene Young read a thank you from Rebecca Schoenfelder, Executive Director, and Veronica (Roni) Trezona, Board President, of the Yankton Area Literacy Council. The Council had received many children’s books collected as a book shower conducted by Liz Lynch, Education Chair for GFWC.

Minutes: Loraine McNeely moved the minutes of Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, be approved as written. Cindy Filips seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Denise Erickson gave the financial report which was filed for review and audit in June 2018.

Volunteer Hours: Emily VanDerhule presented sample sheets for members to look over for possible future changes of the present sheets used for reporting volunteer hours.

Leadership: Marilyn Huntley read a list of wishes for the 2018 New Year.

History of GFWC: Maysel Goltz continued her presentation of accomplishments of GFWC through the years.

Bingo: Volunteers for Bingo at Majestic Bluffs on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, will be Anneliese Dehmer, Priscilla Mazourek, Eileen Lesher, Fran Fox, Kathy Harens, and Marge Eddie.

New Business: The slate of new officers will be presented at the March meeting and voting will take place in April. Members agreed that a ‘50s theme for the May meeting would be fun. Committees will be formed to make plans for the program and special decorations for the meeting. Dot Blaha gave members information about the GFWC South Dakota State Convention which is being held in Yankton at Minerva’s on May 18-19, 2018.

Hostesses: Thank you to Kit Westling and Arlene Young for greeting guests and providing door prizes. Winners of the door prizes were Alice Melgaard and Liz Lynch.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Northeast Nebraska RC&D

There was a party atmosphere at the recent meeting of the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council. Twenty-five years ago this RC&D Council was authorized by USDA and became one of 375 in the nation. Trivia questions and treats were provided as a start to a year of celebrating the accomplishments of this RC&D.

President Jim Rabe and Council members welcomed Justin D. Doerr as a new board member representing Pierce County. He replaces Joan Alexander on the board of directors. They also accepted the resignation of Glen Anderson of Coleridge. Two vacancies still exist for Antelope County and one for Dixon County.

Several projects were recognized as being completed and a new budget and plan of work for 2018 were accepted. Board members were provided with the 2017 Annual Report along with a request that they present it to their sponsoring county or NRD.

The Feeder Watch workshop was held Saturday at the Plainview Public Library with 27 in attendance. Jamie Bachmann, Nebraska Game & Parks and Northern Prairie Lands Trust, provided instruction, hands-on activities, birdfeeders and more. It was an informative and fun event for all. The bird feeding station will remain at the Library.

Another Grant Writing Workshop is scheduled for this Friday, February 9th at the Plainview Public Library. Participants will get the benefit of one-on-one grant reviews for proposals they will be writing. Laura Dendinger, Wayne State College Professor and Joan Scheel, USDA Rural Development along with Jan Jorgensen, RC&D Projects Manager will be leading the program.

There will be two Household Hazardous Waste events on a weekend in April with times and specific locations to be announced. These events are funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and hosting communities. The Hub & Spoke Regional Recycling project is making headway. The large recycling carts have been delivered to the mini-hubs in Verdigre, Creighton and Plainview, but the signage for the carts is still being fabricated. More information will be coming on the times and locations for accepting recyclables in those communities.

The RC&D Council looks forward to continuing service to citizens through projects that will make life better for people in Antelope, Cedar, Dixon, Knox, Pierce, and Wayne counties.

 

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