The July 12 Spoon River Professional Women’s Club (whose mission is encouraging and providing educational opportunities for local young women) meeting was held at Lewistown County Market buffet serving fried chicken, fried catfish filet, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, steamed seasonal vegetables, dinner roll, peach cobbler, angel food cake and drink for $10.

The July 12 Spoon River Professional Women’s Club (whose mission is encouraging and providing educational opportunities for local young women) meeting was held at Lewistown County Market buffet serving fried chicken, fried catfish filet, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, steamed seasonal vegetables, dinner roll, peach cobbler, angel food cake and drink for $10.


Welcome and the meeting call to order was given by President Paula Markley. Prayer was given by Chaplin Lori Munson. Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect were said by all.


Roll call was taken by Secretary Jan Wys by asking the question “How did you celebrate July 4th?” with 15 members answering. Guests were Kayla Curless and her mother, Jennifer, and Mike Osborn. Program was the introduction of the fifth 2017-2018 scholarship winner Kayla Curless, her mother Jennifer. and Mike Osborn of The Flower Post in Lewistown.


Secretary’s minutes for June 14 were read by Secretary Jan Wys. Rita Potter moved to accept the minutes as read. Wendy Whitsitt seconded. All approved.


Treasurer’s report was read by Carol Downing in Treasurer Nadine Groves’s absence. Shirley Irwin moved to accept the report as read. Lori Munson seconded. All approved.


Mike Osborn from The Flower Post in Lewistown presented the program. He and his wife, Jennifer, purchased the former Weirach’s Florist/house/property because she wanted a less stressful career and to be in town to be closer to her kids’ activities. Mike teaches in Lewistown school district and also owns Osborn Photography. Everything was new to them, but with the help of some past Weirach’s Florist employees, they opened November 2017 and have had tremendous support from the Lewistown community and other towns. Jennifer and Nicki Vacca run the business Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon, 309-518-8093. They have updated the shop and driveway and have plans to update flower beds to grow their own cut flowers. They are starting a Forget-Me-Not program for those who sign-up to be reminded of certain important holidays and dates. They have many ideas to improve their business for the community and build on their dreams.


Under old business, Wilma Miller presented a $500 Scholarship check to the fifth scholarship winner, Kayla Curless. Also discussion and sign-up for Fulton County Fair gate coverage was held.


There was no new business.


Correspondence included a thank you letter from scholarship winner Cassidy Barr and her mother and invitations to attend Penny and Tony Smith’s 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 p.m. at Big Horse Vineyards were handed out.


In sickness and distress, Jill Tippett is recuperating at home from her rib removal surgery. Joyce Price has been referred to another eye doctor for treatment with her macular degeneration. Judy Harshbarger needed additional surgery, but is back at Spoon River Towers. Courtney McCombs was involved in a car accident, but was not seriously hurt; some bumps and bruises.


Under announcements, upcoming birthdays are Terry Fanning, July 25; Kathy Bloyd Watson, July 27; Shirley Eskridge, July 29; Carolyn Shutter, Aug. 8 and Ann Lascelles, Aug. 9. Thank you were given to the July hostesses Wendy Whitsitt, Shirley Irwin and Jill Tippett. Lorenda Spilker, Sandy Welker and Norma Starbuck are hostesses for Aug. 9 meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Countryside Restaurant ordering off the menu. Program will be the new owners of The Apple Orchard, Wes and Stephanie Carithers.


Door prizes of the flower arrangements and table decorations were won by Penny Smith, Shirley DeMotte, Paula Markley, Jan Wys, Jeanette Vaultenberg The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.