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Russell News December 6, 2016


                Tuesday, December 6, Noon to 8 p.m. Special election at the Community Center for Indian Community College, to contract indebtedness  and issue General Obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $36,000.00.

Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. United Methodist Night Owls Christmas at the home of  Connie Smith

                Tuesday, December 13, 10:15 a.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, everyone welcome

                Thursday, December 15, 5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting

                Saturday, December 24, 6 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

                Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day

                Sunday, December 25, 10:30 a.m. Faith United Methodist Church Christmas Day service.  Everyone is encouraged to come and join in worshiping the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

                Saturday, December 31, New Year's Eve

Around town

                Terry Wilhite is scheduled to take the reigns of pastor of First Baptist Church in Russell on Sunday December 4th.  He and Sharon and  family will be moving into the Parsonage next door to the Church at 206 West Smith Street in Russell sometime during the month of December.  The congregation looks forward to their ministering to the Russell area.
                Terry Wilhite grew up on the farm of his parents Alice and the late Bob Wilhite of rural Russell, Iowa.  He has a sister Cathy, and brothers Jerry and the late Rick Wilhite.  Terry is a 1978 graduate of Russell High School, and has further education from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and Maranatha Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin.  He grew up attending Russell First Baptist Church along with his parents and siblings.  He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior during his college years.  He and his wife Sharon have 7 children, 5 of whom still live with them at home.  His careers have included teaching at a Christian School in Anchorage, Alaska,  an assistant youth minister at Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville, Iowa, Awana Leader at Ankeny, Iowa Baptist Church,  a part time preacher filling pulpits in area churches, being a chimney sweeper, and a general handyman for hire.  Several of his dad's brothers were missionaries and pastors along with Sharon's father being a Pastor.
Russell Sportmen's Club Annual Meeting Report
                The Russell Sportsmen’s Club Annual Meeting was November 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. There were 14 members present and one guest:  Members Stan Steenhoek, Steve Mikesell, Dan Morrett, Curt Catron, Jeff Wesley, Weston Laing, John Laing, Amy Laing, Jim and Janell McIntyre, Jeremy Cochran, Vern Vogel, Tim Stroud, Dan Quillin, and guest Chad Smith. President Stan Steenhoek opened the meeting. Dan noted that the family of Bob Sims gave $1,300 in memorials.
                Members elected the following Officers and Board Members for 2017-President:  Steve Mikesell,Vice-president:  Tim Stroud, Secretary/Treasurer:  Dan Morrett, At-large Board Members: Curt Catron, Jeremy Cochran, Paul Goldsmith, John Laing, Dan Quillin, and Ted Williams.
                Guest Chad Smith talked to the membership about his interest in starting and coaching a high school trap team. The Club would like to see a trap team started and offered the use of the trap range for practices, meets, and related activities, should a team get established.  Some members expressed interest in helping out.  The Club will send Chad a letter of support.
                2016 membership included 149 single or family memberships an improvement from 2015, Installing lights on the pistol range was discussed and tabled. 2016   range/lodge improvements included continued work on new rifle range: target stands are in, 2 of 5 shooting benches are built and delivered.
                Thank you to all volunteers who continued work on this big project.  A special thanks to Stan Steenhoek for overseeing the project and for the use of his heavy equipment.  Please continue to thank Vern Vogel for keeping the grounds mowed and the volunteers who stepped in during his absence.

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