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GFWC Exeter Women's Club

The GFWC Exeter Woman’s Club met April 24, at the home of Sharon Mueller, with 10 members present and one guest.
First vice-president Karen Chapman introduced the guest, Mandy, from the Hope Crisis Center in Fairbury. The HCC is a small non-profit company, which serves seven counties in the area. Their job is to provide help to sexual assault and domestic violence persons. They provide a bridge to get them to a safer place by providing emergency shelters. They have one permanent place and several other locations for safety. They served 1,050 shelter nights last year. Providing personal items and some clothing items, as well as assisting them to get back to normal living, are of utmost importance. The program is funded by grant programs and fundraisers.  
The meeting was called to order by Karen and the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect were recited by the group. Recording secretary Bonnie Cudaback read the minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Sharon Mueller gave her report. It will be filed for audit. Bills were presented and a silent roll taken.
Corresponding secretary Patty DeMoss reported having sent one card this month. Local art and crafts chairman Reba Toothman read the list of state winners, which included one “Best of Show” winner, (sixth grader Malorie Staskal), 12 first place winners and four second place. In the Creative Writing contest, poetry, a first place winner, Natalie Staskal; and a third place; Short Stories, a third place and two honorable mention.
Bonnie made a motion to rescind the motion from last months’ meeting concerning the monetary amount to be spent on shoes being sent to International Convention. It was seconded and passed.
Karen, Kathy Due, Elaine Oldehoeft and Bonnie attended State Convention in Grand Island April 12-13. They told about Moses, the golden retriever “Comfort Dog” program that his handlers presented on Friday morning. Due to bad weather, the four came home on Friday afternoon.
A discussion was held about the District Fine Arts Festival next year.  
Kathy Due told of the items needed for “Storybook Park” that our club may be interested in contributing to. Karen announced workshop will be held in Geneva on July 11.
A free will donation  was taken up for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, NFWC President’s Special Emphasis charity. The meeting was adjourned.
Hostesses Sharon and Karen served a delicious lunch and a time of fellowship followed.
Bonnie J. Cudaback,
Recording Secretary