Wayland Area News
Iowa J, T.T.T.
Chapter Iowa J of National T.T.T. Society met Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Wayland Community Center. Hostesses Lori Messer and Cindy Seberg served delicious refreshments.
Sword of Gold was sung and Vice-President Amy McLaughlin presided at the business meeting. She opened with a meditation from the book “Fabulosity.”
Fourteen members answered roll call. Recording Secretary Rachel Meyer read the minutes of the March meeting.
Corresponding Secretary Lori Messer read a thank you from Georgia Fort for the gift when she had her surgery.
Treasurer Linda Messer gave her report and a report on the cheese ball project.
Camp committee reported a change in campers due to another chapter selecting girls from Wayland. Our campers will attend camp June 16-21. Motion carried for Lori Messer to purchase gifts for camp carnival when in Des Moines.
Motion carried for Willa Wilson to purchase gifts for the former campers graduating from high school this year.
Items for the sales table at state convention may be taken to Georgia Fort, Lori Messer, Tracy Hill, Linda Messer or Judy Hueholt by no later than noon on Thursday, April 11.
Mileage for delegates was discussed and the delegate driving to convention declined to receive mileage.
The National Honor Society Tea for WACO will be held Monday evening, May 6. Susan Mast volunteered to coordinate this project as our chapter will be serving the refreshments.
Due to the NHS Tea being held the same night as chapter meeting, the meeting date was changed to Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the community room and our campers will be invited.
McLaughlin thanked Messer and Seberg for the evening refreshments and announced that Susan Mast and Joni Huisenga will be hostesses for the May 14 meeting.
The meeting adjourned with the Closing Creed.
WEDC announces annual Memorial Day Breakfast
The Wayland Economic Development Corporation board of directors have announced their annual Memorial Day Breakfast to begin at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27. Sausage, pancakes and eggs and drinks will be yours for a freewill donation. All proceeds will go toward the new Industrial Park East start-up fund.
Wayland resident Don Rich’s book receives national recognition
In an aritcle published recently by Yahoo! Sports, Wayland resident Don Rich’s book, “Glider Infantryman: Behind Enemy Lines in World War II” is mentioned.
The article features Michigan’s John Beilein, who is noted as being a descendant of soldiers that inspired the movie, “Saving Private Ryan.” Beilein is the men’s basketball coach of the University of Michigan.
“It’s quite a story,” Beilein, 60, told Yahoo! Sports Tuesday morning. “I say to my children all the time, we all know we came from very strong stock, we realize the sacrifices they made and we need to try to carry it on. Because that is one courageous generation.”
The article goes into great length telling stories of World War II and those who served in it. Many stories are shared of the Niland cousins who served.
The article goes on to say:
“They’ve recently been passing around another book – ‘Glider Infantryman: Behind Enemy Lines in World War II’ by Donald Rich, a member of the 101st Airborne that day in Normandy and writer Kevin Brooks. It is full of stories about those days — the tragedy and tension, the heroes and horrors. It features a bunch of the Niland boys. Their kids and nephews and cousin’s sons are continuing to learn more and more about what happened.
“‘It’s a phenomenal book,’ Beilein said. ‘If there is one shared regret of them all, it’s that they didn’t coax more stories out of the survivors while they could. Part of it was a failure of communication. Part, of course, was the sheer unwillingness of that generation to share war stores.’”
Warren and Connie Lewis to celebrate 65th anniversary
“Come anytime” and “Come as you are” for a celebration of fun for the 65th wedding anniversary of Warren and Connie (Stacy) Lewis. Connie is a former resident of Wayland and graduated from Wayland High School.
The Lewis’ celebration will be Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbus Junction Senior Center.
The “Beat for Peace” children’s band will play at 10 a.m. outside, weather permitting.
The Lewises reside at 220 Hilltop Road, Columbus Junction, IA 52738.