How do you best interact with people who suffer from dementia?  Sally Davies, community relations director at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, answered that question and more for members of the Maquoketa Woman’s Club on Oct. 9.

Davies said dementia is an umbrella term encompassing diseases of the brain which result in loss of memory and thinking abilities severely enough to interfere with daily life.  She provided attendees with a handout entitled “If Alzheimer’s Could Speak...” by Tara Reed. It encouraged people to talk, smile, and touch those with dementia. Hints she gave included listening to them, avoiding sensory overload, using a calming touch or voice, sharing a prop or picture to create a good memory, and not arguing but living in their moment.  

President Nancy Wagoner opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of the Club Collect.  Nineteen members were present and happy to welcome new member Elaine Kahler. 

Congratulatory messages were read from Nancy Tabor, president of Baldwin Woman’s Club, and Betty Wade, district director of GFWC/Iowa N.E.  

Wagoner expanded by presenting to the club the certificates of awards received following virtual Iowa State and North East District Conventions of GFWC.  Those awards included the Silver Award in the area of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. Wagoner showed a large silver tray, a traveling trophy, which will remain with the club for the remainder of the year. This is the first time in memory that Maquoketa Woman’s Club has received such an award.

Other awards earned were first place for Communications and Public Relations Advancement, first place for Education Community Service project, honorable mention for Arts, Conservation, Home Life, Public Issues and Fundraising.  Maquoketa Woman’s Club also received a certificate recognizing its 125th anniversary with GFWC, and a 100% Reading Club award.

Reading Chairperson Kathy Johnston asked members to bring to the next meeting their record of books/magazines/newspapers read since last November.  Johnston also noted that author Louise Penny has released a new book, “All the Devils are Here.”  

MWC History:  In 1903 the club furnished a fireplace mantle to the Maquoketa Public Library. The mantle was purchased from a Cedar Rapids company for the price of $87.50.  This mantle remains over the south fireplace of the library.

In new business it was announced that a photography contest will be held again this year and the theme is “Growing Things.” Lisa Gottschalk and Diane Nie will decorate an entry for the 2020 Ohnward Festival of Trees. Donations for the Star Program should be brought to the next meeting which will be held Nov. 13 at the Maquoketa Area Family YMCA.  Everyone should wear comfy clothing and bring a pair of clean shoes to wear in the gym.

Finally, everyone was encouraged to vote in the upcoming election.  

Roberta Rosheim shared the story of missionary Darlene Deibler who was liberated from a Japanese prison camp at Kampili on Sept. 9, 1945.  She suffered physically and mentally, and both her husband and her mentor died in the prison. As she sailed away, she prayed never to return to the island again.  However, she heard singing on shore from those she had ministered to those long four years.  They sang the hymn, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.”  The words were healing to her.  This hymn was written by Pastor Jeremiah Rankin, president of Howard University, in 1880.  

President Wagoner thanked co-hostesses Barbara Pestka and Sharon Krug.  The meeting was adjourned.