Cosgrove Music Club

The Cosgrove Music Club met on May 6 at the home of Yvonna Pettit in Wymore. The musical theme of the evening was “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The program committee consisted of Joan Davison, Chairperson, Colleen McClelland, Carolyn Pugsley and Yvonna Pettit. The program began with the theme song (mentioned above) by Irving Berlin, sung by Carolyn, Colleen and Joan, accompanied by Yvonna.

Composers featured in the program were Irving Berlin, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. Joan gave background information on the composers. Other music by Berlin was song, “It’s a Lovely Day Today” from the Broadway musical, “Call Me Madam,” performed by the vocal group above; and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” with Edna Schmidt joining Yvonna in a piano duet version of the song. Carolyn sang “Allerseelen” by Strauss accompanied by Yvonna.

The opera, “The Ring of the Nibelungen” by Wagner was reviewed by Joan, explaining the story, the musical themes that Wagner used in composing the orchestration and how he utilized those themes to identify the characters and situations of the opera. The people on the committee played short excerpts of the themes as the story was unfolding. The program ended with all the club members singing “God Bless America,” Berlin’s award winning song.

Following the business meeting during which Zak Moore was named the recipient of the $500 Cosgrove Music Club scholarship, a delicious lime pie dessert was served, provided by Debbie Smith and Kay Miller. Next meeting, a pot-luck supper, will be at Clarice Tegtmeier’s “Jeannie’s Restaurant,” in Lewiston, NE, at 6:30 p.m. on June 3.

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #27 met May 13 at the Veteran’s Club with President Loree Dienstbier presiding over the meeting. Acting Chaplain Verneal Dodge gave the “opening prayer” and led members in reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” and singing our National Anthem.

Chaplain Dodge gave a program on “Gold Star Remembrance.” She shared a reading of “We Remember Them” referring to fallen soldiers and their families. As a “Gold Star” daughter, Sondra Hynek was invited to share her story of losing her father, a bombardier, in 1944 when she was only 10 months old. He is buried in France. Her stepfather was a POW in WW11.

Roll call revealed five officers present and 5 officers absent. Committee reports included a membership of 214 paid to date; one memorial wreath given; cards sent; two funeral luncheons served; chicken supper report and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Chairman Marge Hartig reported on Teacher Appreciation Week. Donuts were delivered to all the Beatrice schools and administration offices.

Poppy Chairman Trudy Spicer reported on poppy posters made by Michael Policky’s 8th grade class. Posters were judged and 1st place winner was Keiera Whitfield whose poster was sent on to Department. Abby Tranthem won 2nd place and Emily Allen, Laney Stevens, Kristen Bonham and Kasha Gartner were honored as well. Poppy Day is Saturday May 25 and members will be in the community distributing poppies for a donation. Wear a poppy to honor those who have worn our nation’s uniform. Taylee Brethouwer is our 2019 Poppy Girl.

Memorial flags will be placed on Auxiliary members graves on May 23 and picked up May 28th.

Girls State is June 3–7 in Lincoln. The Auxiliary will sponsor Holly Fischer and Caleigh Behrens. Chasitey Jade Whitmore is the winner of the Auxiliary’s scholarship.

Donations approved were $100 to VA Volunteer Service for a Veteran’s Appreciation Picnic to be held at the VA homes and hospitals; $50 to Hospice Tree of Life; $100 for bottled water for Mike Policky’s class trip to Washington, D. C.; and $300 to Miracle Miles for Kids Walkathon.

May 18 is Armed Forces Day, a single day that replaced separate Army, Navy, and Air Force Days unifying under one agency, the Department of Defense.

The Miracle Miles for Kids Walkathon is Saturday June 15 from the Veteran’s Club.

The closing prayer was given by chaplain Dodge. The next meeting is June 10 with hostesses Sondra Hynek and Doris Van Winkle. Election and installation of officers will take place.

Torchbearer Beta

Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Thursday evening May 9 at the home of Marilyn Coffin with Marla Weichel as Co-Host.

President Linda Lawler presided over the business with all committees reporting in. Social stated Founders Day 2019 was a rewarding evening. For Service, a monetary donation was sent thru the P.C.D.A. to help those impacted by the spring floods in Nebraska. Ways and Means will consist of chapter dues, service dues and the Holiday Auction held in December in conjunction with the Secret Sister gift exchange and Christmas Supper. A sign-up sheet was available for members to select when they could be hostess and give a program and also what committee they would like to serve on.

A Thank You Card from Linda Lawler was read to the group as Linda was voted Torchbearer Beta's Woman Of The Year at Founders Day.

Lyn Scheiding gave the review of Beta Sigma Phi. Plans for summer day trips are in motion. June 19th members will meet at 10am to car-pool to SE Nebraska where lunch will be enjoyed at 6 Miles café near Humboldt and then going to sites in the surrounding areas with Alnora Daubendiek as hostess.

The final meeting for the sorority year will be at Stone Hollow Brewing Co. Hosting will be Pat Meyer and Linda McCall on May 23 at 6 p.m.

The cultural program for the night was a travel adventure by Marilyn Coffin on Nova Scotia, Canada, Marilyns homeland. Noting Nova Scotia is the birth place of Canada, the flower is the Lady Slipper and 25% of residents farm. She showed many species of birds, the sand dunes, flowers and nature in general. The tourist business is popular with older brick buildings much like those found in downtown Beatrice. There are many light houses to explore now automated and huge ferry boats transporting vehicles, people and supplies run to the mainland. Noting the Titanic's distress signal was intercepted by a lighthouse operator in Nova Scotia. Many people spend summers in cabins by rivers due to the area beautiful and relaxing. All attending the meeting were educated on a life different from ours on the prairie of Nebraska.

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