April 20, 2015


Monsanto Fund

Area farmer directs funds to Friends of Rippey

America's Farmers Grow Communities donation supports local organization.

Monsanto check

 Brian Brenny (Monsanto DSM, far left),  Andy Riley, Monsanto representative from Rippey,  and Ned and Janice Johnston (far right) present Mary Hick and Connie Neese with Friends of Rippey with a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund through America’s Farmers Grow Communities.  

RIPPEY, Iowa (March 31, 2015) – Friends of Rippey has received a $2,500 donation from Greene County farmer Janice Johnston and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization provide repairs and improvements to the Rippey Community Room.

“The Friends of Rippey are thankful to Ned and Janice Johnston for directing this donation to us. We are excited to make improvement to the Rippey Community Room to better serve the more than 600 patrons we expect in the coming year,” said Friends of Rippey President Mary Weaver.

For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase lifesaving fire and EMS equipment, support agriculture youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com. 

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers initiative celebrates U.S. farmers and highlights the importance of agriculture through communications and community outreach programs. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers atwww.americasfarmers.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Rippey United Methodist Church

Rippey United Methodist Church 
PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235
Pastors:  Enna Antunez and Paul Burrow
Phone: 436-7731

Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a. m.
Worship Service is at 10:30 a. m.

Every Tuesday: Quilters 9:00 - Coffee and fellowship 10:00 - everyone welcome.

Wednesday: Choir practice at 7:00

Church News:

Sunday April 26:  “Pancakes and More” from 11:30-1:00.  A free-will offering will be taken for the Women at the Well Congregation.

Nine members of the Rippey Ladies Aid attended the April Breakfast at Ogden Methodist church.  After a delicious brunch the group enjoyed a slide show on Volunteers in Mission given by the Ogden Ladies.  Following the program several of our group stayed to visit with friends and tour the remodeled church.

Rippey Methodist Guest Day will be held on May 7, at 9:30.The invitations have been sent out and the women are busy baking egg muffins for the brunch while the crazy "Rippey Revelers" are practicing a new skit to present for the program.  This year's theme is Angels and of course there will be a little devilment mixed in for good measure! You all come!

Rippey Public Library

Andrea Williams, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714
Website: www.rippey.lib.ia.us
E-mail: rippeyli@windstream.net

Monday 1:00 – 6:00
Tuesday 1:30 - 5:30
Wednesday 3:00 – 8:00
Thursday 12:00 – 6:00

The book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was chosen as the Greene County Reads for 2015. This historical fiction book is about a 17 year old girl named Molly who is trying to stay out of juvenile hall by helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her attic.  By going through Vivian’s possessions, Molly learns of Vivian’s past as a young Irish immigrant who was sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future in the Midwest.  Molly, as a foster child, finds that she and Vivian have a lot in common as they think about their unanswered questions from the past.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015, the libraries of Greene County hosted three book discussions on Orphan Train in Churdan, Rippey, and Scranton which were led by Jan Scharingson.  There were 23 people attending at the Rippey Library and they discussed the book’s characters, themes, symbols, settings, significant quotes, and the author’s writing techniques. The group enjoyed the refreshments provided by the Library Board and the engaging discussion on this important piece of America’s history. 

Greene County Reads is a cooperative project of the Greene County Library Association and the Greene County Board of Supervisors.  Thanks to everyone involved who made this year’s effort another success.

Rippey Lions Club Activities

The Rippey Lions Club held their regular meeting on April 16, 2015 and enjoyed a meal prepared by Phyllis Bardole and DeAnn Thompson. President Nancy Burrow led the business meeting which included a report on the recent Mother-Daughter Banquet shared by Dick Bardole, Chairperson of the event, and Dale Hanaman, Treasurer. A donation was given to the Washington Winners 4-H group for helping serve the meal. The Lions Club also decided to donate in memory of Velda DeMoss for the “Color Out Cancer Walk” on April 25 in Jefferson. Keith Devilbiss shared plans for the Osborn Park and his work on the memorial at the site of the Rippey school building. Following the business meeting, Dale Hanaman presented a program, “Incredible Edibles and Community Gardens.” He included suggestions on possible locations for such garden projects in Rippey. The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 7 with a potluck meal at 7 p.m.

News in and around Rippey

  Dale and Nancy Hanaman traveled to Des Moines on Sunday attend the worship service at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines to share in a memorial anthem, “Roll Down Justice!” written to honor Rev. Robert Crandall.  He served as a pastor in the Iowa United Methodist Church and was also director of the Bidwell-Riverside Community Center in Des Moines for 17 years. The late Rev. Crandall and his wife, Carol, were Simpson College classmates of Dale and Nancy’s.

 Virgene Morse celebrated her birthday with Kevin and Delores Blanshan of Waterloo and Kelsey Blanshan of Ames. She was treated to dinner at Red Lobster in Ames. Regrets were sent by Eric Blanshan of Littleton CO, who called Grandma later in the evening to wish her Happy Birthday!

 Kevin and Delores Blanshan of Waterloo and Kelsey Blanshan of Ames spent Easter weekend in the home of Virgene Morse.Grandma Morse taught Kelsey how to make her mother's apple dumplings.  Diane and Terry Ostendorf, Ben, Michaela an Madelyn of Madrid joined them on Sunday for Easter dinner and everyone had a good time catching up.

 Shirley Estes and her grandson, Troy Lamb, of Virginia, were visiting their Iowa relatives in Boone last week.  Jean Borgeson joined various groups of relatives for lunch and supper on Monday and Tuesday.  Shirley is going to be 89 soon and it was a great trip for her to visit her childhood homes in Boone and Woodward, as well as her nieces and other relatives who made the effort to visit with her.


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