By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Kaffee Klatsch, the monthly meeting held the first Wednesday of every month, defined by Websters as "an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation," convened for 35 minutes at the Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum in Centerville Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce president Marcia Bratz introduced various representatives of local government and other organizations to speak. Most of them talked about what has happened and what is coming up.
Lisa Eddy, curator at the museum and host of the Klatsch, opened the meeting by explaining the differences between the Historical Preservation Corporation and the Historical Society. What one does is not what the other does, Eddy said.
The museum has several events and fundraisers planned for this year. On April 13 Eddy and the Appanoose County Historical Society plan the first ever Trivia Night at the Majestic from 7-10 p.m. On June 2 they plan a cruise on Rathbun Lake, on June 9-16 they will participate in Iowa Museum Week with an open house on June 9 and June 16 and during the week day trips to other museums in Appanoose County, in July and August the museum will host a traveling photo exhibit and in October is homecoming open house and the haunted history tours at Oakland Cemetery.
April 22 from 7-9 p.m. is the Appanoose County Historical Society annual meeting at Centerville City Hall. Author Enfys McMurry, of Corydon, is expected to speak about her book, "Centerville: A Mid-American Saga" and the book writing process.
Contact Eddy at (641) 895-6323 for more information.
Centerville Mayor Jim Senior talked briefly about city matters. Senior said the city is in the process of finding a city administrator and the council appointed Jennings Dillard to fill the vacant at-large seat.
"And I just think that he will be a wonderful city council person," Senior said.
Senior encouraged those in attendance to personally meet with the recruitment firm representative to let them know what they think the person hired needs to possess. Contact City Hall at 437-4339 for additional information.
He announced Royal Simmons as the Citizen of the Month and thanked Lisa Eddy for all of the things she has done for Centerville and the museum.
Dean Kaster, chairman of the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors, announced the county is accepting applications until May 1 for the soon to be vacant treasurers position, the Moravia school bond issue was approved and the issues with Sundown Lake are ongoing.
Joyce Bieber, executive director of the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, said she is committed to the get healthy Iowa campaign and plans to be there through the long-term process. Bieber said wellness is good for the people of Centerville and for people looking at Centerville.
Bieber announced the flag fundraiser is one-half way to the goal of purchasing 56 American flags to be installed by Memorial Day.
April 19 from 5-8 p.m. the Chamber plans a Ladies Night Spring Fling shopping event on the Centerville Square and May 10 is the Chamber's annual golf outing at the Appanoose Country Club.
Tod Faris, Appanoose Economic Development Corporation executive director, talked about the AEDC banquet at Honey Creek Resort State Park, the three award winners, Shark Fin Shears, employer interviews and the work being done by Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust on the new home they are helping to construct and the blighted homes they are helping to get torn down.
Phil Brown, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rathbun Lake operations project manager, talked about the lake water level and the effects sequestration will have at the lake.
The next Kaffee Klatsch is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1 at Chariton Valley Planning & Development on the west side of the Centerville Square.