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Cheerful Learners met Jan. 21 at the home of Bonnie Ruppert. Helen Chesnut served as her co hostess.

Club President Barbara Sloan called the meeting to order with the pledge to the flag and the club collect. Minutes of the November and December meetings were approved as read. Roll call was held, with the group deciding to make Virginia Nazarenus an honorary member. The treasurer gave her report.


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At 7 a.m. Dec. 12, the Johnstown/Milliken Rotary Club met in Johnson’s Corner.
Club President Vivian Tapp gave the invocation and led the club in both the Pledge of Allegiance and Four-Way-Test.

Guests included Assistant District Governor Susan Van Deren, Paula Grzenia, Stan Beltz, and Sonia Gonzales and her mother. Guests were welcomed with the singing of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The club also sang “Happy Birthday” to Colleen Flack and Ken Grack.

President Tapp indicated Beltz had submitted an application for membership. She also reported the Black Friday Book Fair at Barnes and Noble brought in $1,110 in register sales. Added to the $265 in cash donations, the one-day event raised $1,375 for the Student of the Month program.

Van Deren presented the club with a check for $985 as part of the district’s Literacy Grant. The money will be used for literacy projects within the community.

Gonzales is the December Student of the Month. She said she plans on attending Colorado State University-Pueblo to study pre-med and was presented a certificate, medal, and $100 gift-card to Barnes and Noble.

The program for the day was an annual favorite – club member Ed Spreng singing Christmas carols and classic cowboy songs and playing his guitar.

Throughout the school year, at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Milliken Police Department, the Johnstown/Milliken Rotary Club hosts the Bedtime Reading Program for pre-school and grade school-aged children. They are read bedtime stories and enjoy making craft activities. Guest readers consist of local policemen, town officials, Santa Claus, Colorado Eagles hockey players, and sometimes even a clown. The program is co-organized with the Community Preschool, and Head Start teachers. Local merchants support the program by supplying milk, cookies, and pizza.

The Johnstown/Milliken Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday in Johnson’s Corner.

The Board of Directors meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Milliken Police Department. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact Jordan Jemiola at (720) 261-0229, or at


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Cheerful Learners met Nov. 19 at the home of Barbara Tregoning. Lyn Russell served as her co-hostess.

Club President Barbara Sloan opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag and the club collect. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given.

Only 10 members answered roll call with their plans for Thanksgiving. Thank yous were read from the Glenn A. Jones Memorial Library for our donation and the Knights of Columbus and the youth of the United Methodist Church for donations toward Thanksgiving Baskets.

Members voted to give $50 to the Calico and Jeans 4-H Club, and to renew our membership in the Johnstown Historical Society along with the usual donation.

The new address for Virginia Nazarenus was given to members to update their program books.

Officers for the group were railroaded to serve another year.

The next meeting will be the Christmas party held at Johnson’s Corner with husbands as our guests. This will be Dec. 17 with supper at 6 p.m. Members are reminded to bring their secret sister gifts.


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Cheerful Learners

The fall meeting of Cheerful Learners was held Oct. 15 at the home of Ruby Spaur. Jean Hoffman served as co hostess.

Barbara Sloan opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag and the club collect. Roll call was answered by Helen Chesnut, Sandra Hays, Jean Hoffman, Ann Hughes, Charlene Nelson, Ruth Nelson, Kelly Portz, Bonnie Ruppert, Lyn Russell, Barbara Sloan, Barbara Tregoning and Johnny Ullmann. They answered with ideas where they thought some of our monies should be donated.

Treasurer gave her report. There were no bills and no correspondence. The group voted to donate $100 to the library and $50 each to the Catholic and Methodist Thanksgiving food baskets.

Ruby Spaur will do some shopping for Milliken Elementary School and present the bill at the next meeting. It was moved to table any more giving until next meeting. The next meeting will be held Nov. 19 at the home of Barbara Tregoning. The answer to roll call will be food donations to the Weld County Food Bank. The next meeting will be time for dues and the election of officers for the coming year.

Meeting adjourned and Jean Hoffman gave a quiz on candidates and officers in local and state and federal offices; as to how many and how they were elected. She then passed out booklets to the members from the League of Women Voters and gave pros and cons on the three state ballot issues. First was the State Personal system, the second on the use and regulations of marijuana, and the third was the proposed amendment to support campaign finance limits. Be sure to get out and vote on Nov. 6.


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Cheerful Learners met Sept. 17 at the home of Barb Sloan. Members present included Sloan, Helen Chesnut, Sandra Hays, Jean Hoffman, Ann Hughes, Ruth Nelson, Kelly Portz, Bonnie Ruppert, Ruby Spaur, Barbara Tregoning, and Johnny Ullman.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and the Club Collect were said, correspondence from the Glenn A. Jones M.D. Memorial Library, League of Women Voters, and Champion Senior Citizen cake decorator Marilyn White was read, thanking the Cheerful Learners for their support. Chesnut followed with the treasurer’s report.

In new business:

– Future monetary donation recipients were discussed. A gift of clothing to the elementary schools was tabled until the next meeting. It was decided before the October meeting is held, members will focus on possible organizations that should be considered as recipients of future donations.

– The Cheerful Learners’ Christmas party will be held at Johnson’s Corner.

In committee reports:

– Ullman, the Sunshine Committee chairman, reported cards were sent to several members over the summer months.
The “home” program was led by Nelson. After joining to recall all phrases which include the word “home,” members immensely enjoyed reminiscing about “homecoming” and all the memories it brought to mind.

The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 15, hosted by Spaur and Hoffman.


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