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Martha Washington Questers No. 1032 met Sept. 24 at the home of Sally Beezley, Linda Newlon co-hostess. Eight members were in attendance.
President Marilyn Whitenack opened the meeting with an invocation. Roll call was answered by each saying whether or not they had made something with pumpkin yet.
Minutes of the last meeting and treasurer reports were approved by all. Balance of treasury remained the same, with a check for new membership to be deposited.
The group discussed which project it would support monetarily in the coming year, with each looking into what is available to report on.
In new business, it was announced that the International Convention, May 11-15, 2022, will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the theme being NW Logging.
State Day is in Burlington this year. On a motion by Dorothy, we will attend as a group in place of our usual April meeting. Motion was approved.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m., and Sally gave a program on Nomads.
Nomads refers to a group of Texas snowbirds that were somewhat bored at the time and wanted to lend a hand to others in need of repairs to their homes, be it from disasters, disability or poverty.
It started in 1988 with 24 members willing to volunteer their services and the number soon jumped to hundreds.
Though not affiliated with the Methodist Church, the church helps with the applications and paperwork to join the qualified families with the workers.
Nomads are a self-supporting organization and each provide their own RV, camper, living quarters and living expenses. A place to park their RV is guaranteed, as well as the materials to complete the work.
A member can look at the web site to find a project they are willing to help with or what might be of interest, with the site giving an idea of how long it will take to finish and the location.
The program was certainly interesting with insight into this selfless group of individuals.
A delicious pumpkin dessert was served. Member were reminded to meet at 1 p.m., Oct. 22 at Janet’s house to travel to Columbus Junction and the swinging bridge.