Society news

Published 7:27 am Sunday, May 7, 2017

Brownsdale Study Club

The Brownsdale Study Club met on April 19 at the home of Beryl Sprung. President Joyce Juhnke called the meeting to order with the members reading the collect.

Nine members answered roll call with  “Favorite thing about spring.” Mentioned were blooming flowers, smell after a rain and awaiting the blooming lilacs and fruit trees.

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There was no old business. New business was the death of member Sarah Hatten on April 14, 2017. Sarah was a dedicated member since 2008. She will sadly be missed. Her funeral was on April 28 at Queen of Angels in Austin.

Rena Perrigo shared news of Betty Foster, who is at Field Crest Car Center, in Hayfield, Minnesota. Field Crest has their luncheon for all volunteers on May 25 in the chapel and welcomes new activity director Debra Britton of Brownsdale, Minnesota.

Motion by LaVonne Skov and seconded by Beryl to adjourn the business meeting.

Joyce had the main topic, reading  “Someday “ from  “Home “ by Charles Swindoll. Someday when the kids are grown, things are going to be a lot different. Our garage won’t be filled with bikes, electric train tracks on plywood and rabbit cage.

Someday the kitchen will be neat, the sink will be free of dirty, sticky dishes, the refrigerator won’t clogged with nine bottles of milk and we Won’t lose the tops from jelly jars, catsup bottles and the peanut butter. Someday my wife will have time to dress leisurely, time to do her nails and relax without having to answer a dozen questions. Someday the telephone will actually be available. It won’t be growing from a teenage’s ear. Someday when the kids are grown, we Won’t run out of toilet paper. My wife won’t lose her keys. Someday the house will be quiet, calm and always clean, and empty and filled with memories and lonely.


Beryl had the outside reading on  “12 ways to think faster. “

1. Don’t skip Vitamin D

2. Trust your instincts

3 Speed read the right way, focus on reaching comprehension.

4. Say the words:  “I can do better “

5. Go for a drive: changing lanes clears your head.

6. Get physical four hours after learning something new.

7. Never stifle a yawn. It cools down the brain.

8. Pretend you in  “Hamilton. “ A musical or rapping improves your thinking speed.

9. Crack open the classics.

10. Think on your feet.

11. Chew gum. It increases blood flow.

12. Stay curious. It’s never too late to improve your brain, get moving.

Beryl served a delicious stawberry shortcake for lunch.

Duplicate Bridge

Tuesday, April 19, six tables played at the Mower County Senior Center. First place,  John Leisen and Rick Stroup; second place,  Gail Nelson and Sue Mann; third place,  Vandy Newman and Bud Higgins; fourth place, Harriet Oldenberg and Chuck Borneman; fifth place, Larry Crowe and Bill Momsen.

Wednesday, April 20, four tables played at the Mower County Senior Center. First place, Eunice Michaelis and Warren Behrends; second place, Joyce Crowe and Millie Seiver; third place,  Loren Cleland and Bud Higgins; fourth place, Gail and Ray Schmidt; fifth place, Larry Crowe and Jim Fisher; sixth place (tie), Vandy Newman and Ron Peters and Dave Ring and Orrin Roisen

Players were from Austin, Albert Lea, Adams and Rose Creek. All bridge players are encouraged to join us at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and noon on Wednesdays.