Crawfordsville News

Mrs. Betty Lucas returned to her home last week following a month’s visit in Memphis, Tennessee with her granddaughter, Kelly Lucas and grandson, Nick Lucas and family.

Margaret Patterson recently returned to Iowa from being a “Winter Texan” in Mission, TX. While in the Rio Grande Valley, she enjoyed going to various State Parks where there is a wide variety of birds/waterfowl spending their “winter” , Watching “the Wall” being built along the USA/Mexico border captured her attention.”Glad to be back in Iowa” was her greeting to family and friends.

Many of our local people of Welsh descent gathered in Columbus Junction on Saturday, March 7, 2020 for the 8th annual St. David’s Day parade. Nearly 170 people from SE Iowa and beyond marched down Main Street from the viaduct to the American Legion in balmy 60 degree temps. Families carried banners with their family names and waved Welsh flags to brighten the streets and Legion. Lobscow soup and Suet pudding, along with a variety of dishes and desserts were served at the Legion. The gathering honored those who are 100% Welsh (including our locals Duane Davis, Ruth Erwin, Dallas Davis and Margaret Patterson.) The celebration was honoring the life of St. David, the patron saint of Wales who died in 589 AD.

On Sunday, March 8 the Iowa Welsh Society met at the Pella Golf and Country Club for their annual St. David’s Day banquet. Attending from the local area were: Larry Love, Ruth Erwin and Margaret Patterson. Renee Cue (sister to Larry Love) from West Des Moines was the guest speaker with the topic “Digging in to your Welsh roots.”

The Crawfordsville Lions Club met Monday, March 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crawfordsville Community Room with 17 members present. Lion President Larry Swailes called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Gene Miller gave the invocation. Following a delicious meal catered by Alice Hochstetler, the meeting reconvened.

The minutes of the February 10, 2020 meeting were approved as read. Treasurer Randy Finke gave his report and stated the pancake supper was profitable.

Old Business: The Pancake supper was reviewed and it was noted approximately 250 people were served. Lion Gene Miller will take care of donating a portion of the leftover sausage to the Crawfordsville Food Pantry as needed. A donation was made to the Crooked Creek 4-H Club for their help. Lion Adam confirmed that Crawfordsville Day will be July 11. Lion Jennie Greene thanked the club for their donation to offset some of her expenses for her upcoming mission trip to Haiti.

New Business: A thank-you note was read from Clara Schmitz for the second half of her scholarship. Lion President Larry attended the Washington Chamber of Commerce’s gathering of non-profit personnel to brainstorm ideas on what is going on in our community to attract younger members. It was noted that the club could benefit from having a membership drive. It was mentioned that a member of the Crawfordsville community may be in need of a hearing aid or other hearing assistance. Road clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 9 a.m. The club will continue with the WACO scholarship program for a graduating senior. Lion Luetta will be in charge of this.

The being no further business, the meeting adjourned.