Ann Green presided over the March 4, 2021, meeting of P.E.O. Chapter BG, DeWitt. 

The $25 gift sent to Cottey College, the P.E.O. women’s college in Nevada, Missouri, in memory of Shirley Mullen was acknowledged. The chapter sent a March care package to an Iowa student attending Cottey College.

The following new officers for the coming year were elected: president Barb Hanas, vice president Dana Palmer, recording secretary Susan Kruse, corresponding secretary Stacy Bloom, treasurer Jen Walker, chaplain Phyllis Caldwell and guard Brenda Ohnemus. Deb McDermott and Susan Williams were elected as delegate and alternate to the state convention. 

The next meeting will be held virtually April 8, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.


DeWitt EX Chapter of TTT

The regular meeting of the DeWitt EX Chapter of the National TTT Society was held on March 11, 2021, at the home of President Sheryl Souhrada.  Eight members were present.  COVID precautions of masking and social distancing were followed.

Much discussion was held regarding the decision on sending girls to camp.  As sending girls to camp is the sole mission of the National TTT Society, its national and executive boards have been busy working on developing three tiers of camping experiences for the chapters.  

Since the DeWitt EX chapter is geographically close to Camp Wyoming, our chapter decided on sending girls to the camp to experience as much of a traditional camping experience this year that can be done with the camp’s COVID mitigation processes; such as, plexiglass being installed between bunks, scheduling meals in smaller groups, mask mandates and social distancing, etc.   

Due to the pandemic last year, no camps were held. The DeWitt EX chapter decided to send four girls, two fourth graders and two fifth graders, to Camp Wyoming since none were able to be sent  last year.   

It was noted the chapter had a successful fall pecan nut sale even in the midst of the COVID pandemic. However, there are some pecans still available. If any are needed, please contact Sheryl or Vice-President Chris Hunter.  

Discussion also was held regarding DeWitt being an overnight stop for RAGBRAI.  Due to the small number of members in the club, it was decided the club will not participate in any vending opportunities for RAGBRAI.

The next meeting will be held at Robert Hepburn’s on April 8, 2021, with Jan Black as co-hostess. 

The meeting ended with recitation of the Closing Creed. 


Women of Welton

The monthly meeting of the Women of Welton (WOW) was held March 22 at the Welton fire station. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. with eight members present.  

In old business, the WOW Scholarship deadline is April 15. Eligible applicants must demonstrate volunteerism and community involvement, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to residents of the Welton Fire District and financial need will be considered.  

Scholarships are available on the Central DeWitt Community High School Guidance webpage. The scholarship committee will meet April 26to make their selections.

If the Come Home 2020 all-school reunion gets rescheduled for this summer, planning will resume for the Friday, June 18, Welton street dance. The committee will present progress to the group after the April 1 meeting.

In upcoming events, a committee has been formed to plan for WOW’s participation in the Friday, July 30, RAGBRAI overnight stop in DeWitt.  

The WOW Annual Golf Outing will be held Saturday, August 7. Watch the Women Of Welton Facebook page for details.

The firemen will be hosting a dance on Saturday, September 11, at the fire station. A raffle drawing will be held for a 2021 Polaris Ranger Crew 1000 Premium. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100, and you need not be present to win. 

For tickets, contact any Welton Volunteer Fireman, call Buzzy’s Tap at 563-659-5946, email weltonfire@gmtel.net, or go to the Welton Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page for more information. 

The next meeting of WOW will be Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Welton fire station. 

The mission of the Women of Welton is to provide services that support the well-being of the Welton Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding community.