Juanita  Rothaus
Club Reporter
The GFWC Athena Club met on Wednesday, April 16 at the Johnson County Library with hostesses Roberta Gay and Linda Loyd.  The meeting was called to order by Vice President Peggy Deaton due to President Mary Pritchard’s absence. The Pledge of Allegiance and Collect were given. Ruth Hermon gave a devotional thought, and our roll call was answered by 16 members and one guest. We continued to focus on man-made wonders of the world with the Sydney Opera House our interest.
Some of the interesting facts we learned included:
• The opera house celebrates 40 years in  2014;
• Jon Utzon beat out 232 other entries to become the head architect;
•  It contains the world’s largest concert hall with 2,679 seats;
• The Queen has visited four times. The first was in 1973;
• The building is 185-meters long, 120-meters wide, and it is as tall as a 22-story building;
• The design is to resemble a sailing ship at sea;
• The opera house has three restaurants, a café, and espresso bar and several opera and theatre bars;
• It cost $102 million to construct.
The organization’s special guest was Karen Weber, attorney of the Weber Law Office of Overland Park. She spoke to us concerning the “ABCs of Life Planning.”  Karen shared a wealth of information. Members found the  four basic estate planning documents everyone should have to be very valuable.
1. Durable power of attorney for health care decisions
This is necessary when one is incapacitated or unable to communicate wishes.
2. Durable general power of attorney
This is for business and financial matters.
3. Advance directive or living will
Everyone 18 years and older needs to have one in place. It allows an individual’s wishes to be carried out when he or she can not communicate them.
4. Last will and testament
Every adult should have one. It is a back-up document that does not avoid probate court.
Karen shared much more information with the group and gave each club member a packet in a lovely vinyl brief case. She also covered three ways to avoid probate court, and the basics of life care planning.
The State GFWC Convention was discussed and several members of our club plan on attending who have voting rights so no nominations were made for any club members to be delegates for it. The date convention was May 2-3 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
We took donations for Project Graduation in May. Penny the Pigg was passed to collect our coins and dollars to buy another “pig” through the  Heifer International Program.
Club reports were given by various members.
Our next meeting will be May 21, 2014 with Ruth Hermon as hostess. It will be held at her home with meeting time at 11:30 a.m .This is our annual spring luncheon and officer installation.
The GFWC Athena Club of Gardner is one of the oldest, active, volunteer clubs in Johnson County, and we would like to invite everyone to come be a guest and consider membership in the club. The Athenas support veterans, Safe Home, our local Christmas for Children program, the food pantry, Heifer International and many more things. Those interested attending a meeting, please contact any club member.
Please contact club reporter Juanita Rothaus at [email protected] or call (913)980-4104 for more information about the Athena Club.