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The Marathon Book Club will meet Monday, Dec. 9, 5:45 p.m. at the Marathon Branch Public Library to discuss “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly. For more information, call the library at 715-443-2775.
Rib Falls HCE
The Rib Falls HCE met Nov. 13 at the Rib Falls Town Hall with Kelly Scheiderer hosting. Desert and refreshments were served with the fall theme.
The meeting began by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Creed 1. “Shine on Harvest Moon” was sung. Terri Steinke was thanked for making the anniversary cake dor a social.
Roll call was taken with members saying what they’re thankful for. Seven members were present.
Secretary’s report was given and corrected, Marathon County HCE Executive Board meeting minutes were read from October. Thank you cards were read from Mainettes HCE Club, Fifty-Fifty Club, Connie Hamann and Diane Bloodworth with the Circle of Joy.
The treasurer’s report was given and approved as read. Pennies for Friendship were sent in.
The group’s Christmas party will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, with a potluck dinner at the home of Carol Uekert. A snow day is set for Thursday, Dec. 12. Secret pal gifts will be exchanged.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the home of Judy Baeseman.
Creed II was recited. The hostess prize was won by Diane Obermeyer.
Thanksgiving bingo was played with all receiving prizes.
The American Legion Auxiliary of the Alois Dreikosen Unit 469 met at the Marathon Municipal Center on Nov. 14.
The meeting was called to order by the president, Colleen Handrick, at 7 p.m., with 15 members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, followed by singing the National Anthem.
The chaplain, Kathy Grell, read a prayer. The Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary Mission Statement were recited.
Phyllis Kufahl, acting secretary, read the minutes of the October meeting.
Edee Zuleger read the financial report. The updated Fun Days financial report was also given. A motion was made by Marlene Seubert, seconded by Betty Blume, to approve these reports. Motion carried. A mo- tion was made by Annette Southworth, seconded by Jean Braunel, to pay the outstanding bills. Motion carried.
The membership report named several members who have not yet renewed. Reminders will be given to them by phone call. Names of members having birthdays in November were read.
The wording of the preamble has been changed to reflect that veterans from “all” wars are eligible Legion members.
Discussion was held on the Fun Days/Auxiliary Facebook page. It was decided to set up a page just for the auxiliary to avoid confusion. Pictures will be added.
Thank you cards were read for the memorial to the Lorraine Mroczenski family and from the American Legion Riders for the Wreaths Across America program. On Saturday, Dec. 14, wreaths will be placed at the veterans cemetery at King.
Betty Blume and Kathy Grell reported on the recent Fun Days committee meeting.
Southworth reported on the county meeting she attended. The spring district meeting will be on April 4, 2020, and the county meeting will be held on May 17, 2020, in Marathon.
A thank you was expressed for the Auxiliary members who attended the Veterans Day programs at the schools.
In a motion by Betty Blume, seconded by Barb Roeder, a donation will be given to purchase Christmas gifts for families on the “Christmas Giving Tree.”
The Auxiliary Christmas party will be held at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12, at the Marathon Municipal Center. Cost is $5. Junior members will be given a gift from the unit. Anyone wishing to bring a dish to pass may do so.
Kathy Grell announced the Marathon Venture Academy hosted a Celebration of Learning to present veteran biographies to the veterans they interviewed.
Employees of Liberty Mutual are holding a “Letters to Troops” program where people write letters of encouragement to a serviceman, it was reported.
Mana Graveen has extra thank you and greeting cards she will donate to the Junior members.
A motion was made by Joyce Braunel, seconded by Marlene Seubert, to make a donation for postage for care packages being sent to servicemen overseas.
It was suggested to make a calendar of events for our unit. Colleen Handrick will work on this.
The Chaplain read a closing prayer. Meeting adjourned.
The Christmas Committee at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marathon, will decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m.
To help with the decoration, contact either Ken and Kathleen Ahrens or Keith and Julianne Kreager. Removal of the decorations will take place the week of Jan. 6, 2020.
The church Long Range Planing Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Church, Marathon, invites the public to attend a Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 15, at noon. The no-charge performance will last 30 minutes.
Christmas Giving Tree
People’s State Bank, Marathon, will again host a A Circle of Joy Christmas “Giving Tree.”
People wishing to give Christmas presents to needy children can review ornaments on the tree stating children’s ages and wish lists. To give a gift, people need to pick a name. All gifts are to be wrapped and returned to the bank tree no later than Thursday, Dec. 12.
Kurt-n-Jo’s restaurant in Marathon City has offered to host “Washington Wednesdays” in support of a Marathon Venture Academy trip to Washington, D.C. Kurt-n-Jo’s will donate 10 percent of Wednesday sales (dine-in, take-out, and ice cream) from 4-8 p.m. to the student trip. The fundraiser will last through Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.
Watercolor Tile Art
Children can create colorful, one-of- a-kind ceramic coasters during a free drop-in art event on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marathon Branch Public Library. The offering is free. Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
Farm toy show
The 32nd annual Farm Toy and Craft Sale sponsored by the Marathon FFA Alumni will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marathon Area Elementary School. Proceeds from the event will support the Marathon FFA and the Marathon High School agricultural program.
For more information, contact Steve Krautkramer at 715-432-3518 or toyfarm@ hotmail.com.
Small Shop Saturday
Forty small businesses and crafters will gather Nov. 30 for a Small Shop Saturday at Marathon Area Elementary School 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature raffle baskets to benefit Maddy Lang.