HJ - Armstrong Hixson Fellow Award

Clarinda Kiwanis Club member Adam Haselhuhn presents a Hixson Fellow Award to Elaine Armstrong. (Clarinda Kiwanis Club photo)

This is the 60th year for the Craft Carnival, Jan Moses told the Clarinda Kiwanis Club Sept. 4. She has been at all of them, acting as organizer for many of them.

The Page County Farm Bureau Women started the event in 1959 and Jan’s friends, Leona Davison and Joan Warner, got her involved. At first, women demonstrated making candles, crocheting, sewing and ceramics. Attendees wanted to buy items, so selling of handmade items began. Jan was 21 at the time and sewed, while Leona’s husband made wood items. Jan brought one of the early homemade posters they used to advertise. Clarinda and Shenandoah alternated hosting it, eventually moving to Clarinda altogether due to large enough available venues.

“Crafts weren’t as commercialized,” Jan said of the early years.

Now exhibitors often reserve more than one table and bring their stock in trailers. Eileen Liljedahl and she began mapping the buildings into booths and Jan continues to do that.

The Craft Carnival has always been on the third Saturday in October and it has been sponsored by the Clarinda Chamber since 1998. Preparation starts months in advance with invitations mailed in February. By Sept. 4 there were 335 booths reserved for Oct. 19 in five buildings: Wibholm Hall, Cow Palace, Clarinda Pavilion, Lied Center and Clarinda Academy. Time is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7, Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Elaine Armstrong was in the Hamburg Popcorn Day Parade at which Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was grand marshal. The day was also member Norma Thomsen’s funeral at Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Diane Ferguson, Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Counselor, was Kiwanis guest speaker Aug. 21. Her office is at Westridge Quality Care and announced the next open enrollment period is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. She would prefer to not schedule appointments until that time, due to getting updated training just before that. After choosing a plan, a person can change once during the year.

SHIIP took on Senior Medicare Patrol, which provides information one needs to protect, detect and report Medicare fraud, errors and abuse. Ferguson has turned in a fraud that was stopped temporarily. Handouts she brought were on brace scams and genetic testing fraud. Most important, she stresses, is never giving out your Medicare number, Social Security, bank or credit card numbers to someone you don’t know or for services not ordered by medical providers you trust. Check over your Medicare Summary Notices for accuracy. Mymedicare.gov website is available for checking anytime.

While it is true supplement plans C and F are no longer offered in January 2020, those who have them to do need to do anything to keep them. An insurance company has received permission to offer F and G innovative plans, but buyers need to check if they will be beneficial for them. SHIIP has saved Iowans millions of dollars, with $430,000 saved out of the Clarinda office. Ferguson has been doing this since 2013, having taken training to conduct Welcome to Medicare sessions, as well as compare supplement and drug plans.

Duane Bentley, Joe Lucas, Rick Finch, Lynn Stamps and Shari Greenwood were honored for August birthdays. The club received a thank you letter from Southwest Iowa Families for our donation toward school supplies to help flood-impacted families.

Paul Rieken presided at the Aug. 14 Clarinda Kiwanis meeting and told about a recent trip to Alaska for his program. He shared facts he learned and experiences he had. The land was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre. Alaska became a state in 1959 and is so large Texas can fit into it 2 and one-half times. He was with his wife’s family and they experienced an earthquake while in Anchorage, took a cruise, saw glaciers “calving” and retreating with climate change, went whale watching and visited a rain forest.

Bobby Burham’s jokes keep getting better. Lynn Stamps had as guests her mother, Erma Fuller, and daughter, Kynlee. When Kynlee was asked to draw numbers, she drew her mother’s to have the joke next week. Paying a dollar to share good news were Elaine Armstrong who safely returned from a Belize mission trip, Rosemary Frampton who got her motorcycle permit and is enjoying riding, Rieken who celebrated his oldest daughter’s 18th birthday with her, and Janet Negley who had a son visit and help on the farm.

The Clarinda Kiwanis Club speaker Aug. 7 at J’s Pizza and Steakhouse was Bethany Muller, Clarinda Regional Health Center Marketing Manager. Another guest was Chris Bergren, Executive Director of Instruction and Finance for the Clarinda Community Schools.  Both told about their early backgrounds in Iowa as well as their previous professional work experience.

Muller grew up in Clarinda and graduated from the Clarinda Community Schools in 2008 followed by a 2011 graduation from Northwest Missouri State University.  Previously she worked at Page County State Bank.  She is married and has a three year old daughter.

Muller joined a staff of approximately 200 at the hospital.  She announced upcoming activities/services in which CRHC is involved, including the establishment of a new clinic in Bedford. The Bedford Family Health Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30-4 p.m..  The medical provider there is Lauren Davison, ARNP. New providers joining the hospital medical staff include Dr. Mahoney, Dr. Clemens, and Brook Martin, N.P.

Good news was shared by President Jean Negley for the acceptance of the treasurer position by Holly Fisher and the Christmas parade chairperson position by Rick Finch.  

Clarinda Kiwanis Club has a mystery, but a pleasant one. When members were going through items former treasurer Dale McAllister had stored for the club, they found a Hixson Fellow Award with Elaine Armstrong’s name on it.

It was presented to her as a surprise during the July 24 meeting at J’s Pizza and Steakhouse. The award is among the highest honors in Kiwanis and follows a $1,000 donation. It was established in honor of the first Kiwanis International president, George F. Hixson. Such contributions are placed in the Kiwanis International Foundation’s endowment fund from which the earnings support youth activities, disaster relief and needs of children around the world. Armstrong will soon start her third year as Southwest Iowa Lieutenant Governor, traveling among clubs in Hamburg, Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Glenwood, Red Oak and Clarinda.

Another organization that does a great deal of good for young people is the Clarinda Foundation and to tell the Kiwanians more about it was Pam Herzberg, Executive Director. She educates about and promotes individual and family philanthropy. Former residents, Robert and Karen Duncan, did a challenge to the community to state the Foundation, which received its non-profit status in 1986.

The Lied Recreational Center was the first big project, accomplished with the help of the Lied Foundation and many other donors. Growth has continued over the years until 2018 ended with $4.5 million in assets. This spring $75,000 was awarded to area high school seniors. Nearly $80,000 has gone into fairgrounds improvements over the years. This year’s $85,000 takes the grant total over the $1 million mark. Donations do not have to be large, as a minimum contribution of $10 can place the name of a person, living or deceased, in the Book of Honor. Herzberg assured those who give their dollars will go to worthy projects that have an impact on the community. The most recent project completed was the playground at the City Park. Also nearing completion are the façade project and green space at the northwest corner of the square.

Adam Haselhuhn was back for the week from his new job in Johnston. He is on a John Deere team working on security vulnerabilities. His son, a first year 4-H’er, got all blues at the county fair, as did granddaughters of Janet Olenius and Elaine Armstrong. Adam’s daughters were named Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Bubbles Tuesday evening.

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