Juanita Rothaus
Club reporter
The GFWC Athena Club held their regular meeting on Wed, Feb.20, 2013 at the home of Arlene Thompson of Gardner. Co-hostess was Ms. Doris Smith. We are an active Club doing volunteer service in the Gardner and Edgerton communities for 90 years.
Special guests attending the meeting were Kayla and Stephen Kramer with their Mother Renee Kramer, Cooper Mc Guire with his Mother Robin, Hailee Taylor and Cody Bastion. These students were there for our Fine Arts Emphasis Day. Cooper, Kayla and Stephen shared their musical talents with us doing a couple of pieces each. Cooper will be representing our GFWC Athena Club at the State Contest March 9, 2013 in Lindsborg, Kansas. This is Cooper’s second year to qualify for the State Contest and he has a chance to earn a $500 Scholarship. Gardner-Edgerton Seniors Hailee Taylor and Cody Bastion Art Students shared their beautiful Art pieces. Hailee’s was a pastel chalk piece titled “Love Birds” and Cody’s was a pencil and ink work titled, “Dragon”. Members of the Athena Club asked each of the students several questions regarding their enjoyment of the Fine Arts. We were very thankful these students were able to come and share with us. We also thanked Club member Minnie Ashmore for her contacting them to attend our meeting. After the students and Mothers departed, we began our regular business meeting.
Club members answered the roll call: The Most Amazing thing you have seen in the Night Sky.  Our answers varied from shooting stars, the Northern Lights, the Haley Comet and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
Norma Voigts, Secretary read minutes from the previous monthly meeting. Treasurer Kathy Baker reported on the Club finances. Today’s meeting included a Silent Auction to raise funds for the Scholarship fund. GFWC Athena will be giving away a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior in May. Any student interested in applying for this need to contact the GEHS office for more information.
A report was given by Flo Biehl on Women’s Health. She shared: Twelve Super Foods You Should Eat :
1. Salmon   2. Blueberries  3. Broccoli   4. Eggs  5. Greek Yogurt  6. Beans
7. walnuts    8. Oatmeal    9. Olive oil  10. Green Tea  11. Quinoa  12. Dark
Club member Juanita Rothaus; the Veteran’s Chair shared some information and a photo of our Special Solider Lori Brown Enman. Members were asked to sign a card that will be mailed to her in Afghanistan.
Peggy Deaton Chair of Legislation shared information on current happenings. She had a special event to attend and was unable to stay for the meeting.
We had a break so that members could raise the bids on the Silent Auction items for the Scholarship, and then resumed the meeting with Fern Coffin reporting on the Club Woman magazine.
President, Mary Pritchard gave a report on our total club Volunteer Hours. We had a total of 7, 192 hours. Great job Ladies of donating your time to serve in our communities!
New business discussed was our Educational Tour of Basehor Elementary school with Dan Hermon teacher. Ruth Hermon will contact him and a date will be forthcoming. It was also discussed that members interested in going to see the movie: Safe Haven sign up and a date and time on that will be checked into by Kathy Baker.
Meeting was adjourned and members picked up their Silent Auction items. It was a fun, fun day for everyone that attended. We missed Roberta Knabe, Evelyn Seck, Louise Sawyer, and Jerry Reed who were unable to come.
The GFWC Athena club continues to look for new members and IF you would be interested you may check us out. Our next meeting will be on March 20, 2013 held at the Library. You may contact any club member for more information or contact Juanita Rothaus at JROTHAUS@kc.rr.com for more details.  We would love to have you be our guest.