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Reminiscing About Things We Did . . .

2nd Anniversary Dinner Party - July 12, 2010
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Sign at entrance to Wakonda Retreat Center near Griswold, IA

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Bob & Victorine Jensen, Lotus Paulsen. Phyllis Brandes standing.

Barb Butcher shares wedding treasures from 1862
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Tintype of her great grandmother's wedding photo & dangle from earring worn that day.

December 7, 2009 Christmas Party
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Carolyn Hotze, Loree Hamilton, Helen Williams Playing Bingo

Sept. 14, 2009 - Avoca Courthouse
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F: Claire Vance, Lotus Paulsen, Mary Sternberg. B: Helen Williams, Pam Paulson.

"Ties That Bind" Program March 2, 2009
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Susan, Opal, Lotus, Mary, Pam. Back - Joan, Carolyn, Helen.

Celebrating Opal Palmer's 94th Birthday - 02/02/09
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Pam Paulson presents Opal with her cake while Myrna Carley watches.

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Opal, Gladys & Robert in the serving line

June 2, 2008 Outing at Wheeler Grove Cemetery
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Darlene Ross, Mary Sternberg, Loree Hamilton, Helen Williams

Loree Hamilton Greets Members at Santa's Village
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01/06/08 Lloyd Drawbond, Ernest & Myrna Carley, Randall Hotze, John Butcher, Loree, & Carolyn Hotze.

5 June 2006 at Centenniel No. 8 Country School
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BVGS Members Go Back to School . . .

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Helen Williams Becomes a Pupil Again . . .

Hats Program - April 3, 2006
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Helen Williams wears a hat purchased in 1948 for $7.95 from Goldstein Chapman in Omaha, NE.

Christmas Dinner Party 2005
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Nancy Strong shares her washing machine from years past as Lotus Paulsen looks on.

August 1st, 2005 BVGS Open House
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Jennifer & Goldie Drawbond and Roma Smith participate in activities at the Open House.

Aug. 1, 2005 25th Anniversary Open House
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Myrna Carley, Loree Hamilton, and Marcella Caughell show Jack Chaney our compiled Obit Indexes.

April 4th, 2005 Fashion Show
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Opal Palmer gazes tenderly at one of the baby items she made for her sons in the 1930's.

Celebrating our 90s Ladies - February 7, 2005
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Evelyn Hodges, Opal Palmer, & Orpha Hackett

2005 BVGS Officers ready for the January meeting.
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Mary Sternberg, Barbara Butcher, Loree Hamilton, Marcella Caughell

Christmas Party at Jacs in Oakland - Dec. 5, 2004
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Enjoying conversation at the Christmas party were (visible):  Gene & Loree Hamilton, Robert Hotze, Opal Palmer, Carolyn & Randall Hotze, Chris & Mary Sternberg, Marcella Caughell, Lotus Paulsen.

Newtown Country School - August 2, 2004
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Desk Row One:  Jennifer Drawbond, Opal Palmer, Lotus Paulsen.  Row Two:  Goldie Drawbond, Loree Hamilton, Carolyn Hotze, Victorine Jensen, Thurleen Hotze.  Row Three:  Helen Hummel, Mary Sternberg, Sylvia Reddie, Josephine Leslie.  Standing:  Iva Marie Holtz.

Macedonia Cemetery, 7 June 2004
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Victorine Jensen, Loree Hamilton, Mary Sternberg, Helen Williams, and Marcella Caughell get organized for the start of the Cemetery Walk.

Christmas Party, 7 December 2003
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Front:  Garnett & Alex Petersen, Opal Palmer, Lotus Paulsen, Myrna Carley.  Back:  Ernest Carley, Dan Petersen, Helen Williams, Mary Sternberg, Randall Hotze, Loree Hamilton, Carolyn Hotze, Barbara & John Butcher at Grandma's Diner in Avoca.

Honored guests Myrna Carley and Opal Palmer . . .
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Lula Frank, Ernest & Myrna Carley, Opal Palmer, Helen Williams, and Loree Hamilton.

Not shown: Susan Vance and Claire Vance.
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Russ Brandes, Leo & Gayle Stuart. Standing: Mary Sternberg & daughter and Barb Butcher.

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Helen Williams listens as Mary Sternberg tells about her treasures.

Sept. 14, 2009 - Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum
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Lotus P, Pam P, Eleanor/Bob Greenwall, Barb B, Mary S, Helen W, Claire Vance

Sept. 14, 2009 - Avoca Farmall Land Tractor Museum
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F: Audrey Carroll, Gayle/Leo Stuart. B: Helen W, Claire Vance, Barb B, Eleanor/Bob Greenwall.

Apron Program - March 2, 2009
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Helen Williams shows one of her very own Child's Apron.

Christmas Dinner Party - January 4, 2009
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Around table are Myrna, Ernest, Russ, Phyllis, Lula, and Nancy

Everyone enjoys our traditional Genealogy Bingo!
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Goldie & Red with Helen calling the "Numbers"

Youngsters Join Us for June 2, 2008 Outing
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Emily Roskens and Nora & Grace Paulson enjoy their picnic lunch at Wheeler Grove Cemetery.

Christmas Dinner catered by Shirley's of Emerson
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Ernest & Myrna Carley, Mary Sternberg, Lotus Paulsen, Marcella Caughell, & Frances Rollins.

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Orpha Hackett uses the updated reader/printer.

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Barbara Butcher Becomes a Teacher Again . . .

Hats Program - April 3, 2006
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Roma Smith wears her mother's hat purchased in 1943 for $7.65 at Joe Smith & Co. in Council Bluffs.

Members and Guests Enjoy Visiting Before the Meal.
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From left: Loree Hamilton & Frances Rollins; Helen Williams & Phyllis Laber; Evelyn Hodges.

BVGS 25th Anniversary Open House
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Gladys Hotze and Evelyn Hodges checking out some information at the Open House.

Glen Kelley & Dennis Sasse in Civil War attire.
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April 4th, 2005 Fashion Show
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Bring back the hats! Loree Hamilton shared some of her mother's hats from the 1940's!

Lunch ~ the first item on the agenda for the party
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Loree Hamilton, Lotus Paulsen, Orin Hodges, & Nancy Strong behind Evelyn

Waiting for the January 10, 2005 Meeting to Begin
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Lotus Paulsen, Myrna Carley, Helen Williams, & Mary Sternberg

Directions are given for voting . . .
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Myrna Carley goes over the ballot for 2005 officers and 2004 Member of the Year.  Seated are Dan & Garnett Petersen and their granddaughter.

Newtown Country School - Avoca City Park
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Those in attendance enjoyed visiting and a "sack lunch" at noon in the Avoca City Park!!

Macedonia Cemetery, 7 June 2004
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Those helping with the walk included Jennifer & Goldie Drawbond, Marcella Caughell, Lotus Paulsen, Mary Sternberg, Loree Hamilton, Carolyn Hotze; seated Victorine Jensen, Helen Williams; and photographer Barb Butcher.

Christmas Party, 7 December 2003
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Ruth Dawson, Helen Williams, Loree Hamilton, and Randall Hotze enjoying the festivities.

Wheeler Grove Cemetery, 10 June 2003
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Jennifer Drawbond assisted by Marcella Caughell does a tombstone rubbing using crayolas and interfacing material when we walked Wheeler Grove Cemetery.

20th Anniversary Open House, 19 July 2000
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BVGS members Evelyn Hodges, President Goldie Drawbond, Jennifer Drawbond.  Standing:  Helen Williams, Orpha Hackett, Roma Smith, Myrna Carley.  Other room:  Mildred Roy.

Wheeler Grove Cemetery, 10 June 2003
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Jennifer Drawbond, Lotus Paulsen, and Mary Sternberg pose for a picture at Wheeler Grove Cemetery -- windblown, but who cares, as it was a really fun day!

20th Anniversary Open House, 9 July 2000
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Our oldest member (at the time) Mildred Roy shows our youngest member Allen Walker how to run the microfilm reader.