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RMEF banquet Nov. 21

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet is Nov. 21 at the Clarion Inn at Platte River. Doors open at 5 p.m. One big day, one big event. Enjoy fun, great food, great friends and give back to elk country. Single tickets are $75. For more information, email kirsti@bresnan.net or call 267-9196.

No open house at clubhouse

November is National Model Railroad month and the Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association usually holds an Open House during that time. The officers and general membership announce that we will not be doing that this year. We will still open the doors to visits on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. We have large aisle ways and lots of room for social distancing. We can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers as well as foot traffic.

We still offer ideas and helps to modelers of all scales. We accept donations of unneeded equipment and find homes for those items. Bring your camera device and enjoy yourselves. Look at our library of books, VHS tapes and DVDs of railroading. We will be working on getting a display of model railroading at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center during December so please excuse us from being at the Clubhouse at 1356 N. Center Street during that time.

Call Homer at 266-6439, Nathan at 258-7869 or Harry at 235-4950. You may leave a message when you get no immediate answer.

No Democratic women’s forums

Out of courtesy and respect for the health of attendees, Natrona County Democratic Women announce that there will be No November luncheon.

Queen of Hearts for Elks members

Queen of Hearts has started on Mondays at the Casper Elks Lodge at 6 p.m., for members only. Burgers and fries will be available.

Quilts of Valor meets Wednesdays

Crossroads Quilters, the Central Wyoming Chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF), meet at the VFW at 1800 Bryan Stock Trail in Casper every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. to make quilts which are awarded to military service members and veterans touched by war. QOVF is a national nonprofit organization. The Quilts of Valor are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts and are a lifetime award. If you have served, or know someone who has served, please contact Jenny Vass at 259-8321 or Cyndi Adams at 262-2701 to receive a Quilt of Valor.

Thanks for a great Wing Ding

The Casper Shrine Club would like to thank the Casper Community for the overwhelming support and participation in its 2nd Annual Wing Ding held Sept. 12.

The many Casper restaurants and businesses that made this event happen are the true heroes. Without them, we could not have created such a wonderful community event. We look forward to next year, it will be even bigger and better.

Call Greg Breed at 259-5818 with any questions, or to be included in next year’s event.

Please mark your calendars now for the 3rd annual Casper Shrine Club Wing Ding on August 28, 2021.

Toastmaster clubs meeting online

The Casper Toastmasters Clubs have transitioned to ZOOM meetings, and alll are invited. Virtual meetings have proved to be both productive and fun. Let Toastmasters help you give voice to your potential. Toastmasters can give you the skills you need to effectively communicate whether you are a professional, a student, a parent, a retiree or other situation. You can develop your communication and leadership skills and open a world of possibilities. Toastmasters International has helped millions of men and women with their learn-by-doing self-paced program. Go online to learn more at Toastmasters.org.

Local contacts to check out or join a ZOOM Meeting are:

Morning Tour Toastmasters, Mondays, 6:30 to 7:40 a.m. Jennifer, 258-0572

Pioneer Toastmasters, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12:15 to 1 p.m. Angela, 277-2793

Pathfinder Toastmasters, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Tom, 262-3655.

German family history ideas

For now, the Casper German Stammtisch is not meeting due to the current need for social distancing.

Until we can gather together again, there are resources that provide some connection to German culture, history and heritage. Among these are DeutscheWelle (https://www.de.com/en), the Goethe Institut (https://goethe.de/en), Indiana German Heritage Society (https;//ighs.org) and German American Heritage Center & Museum (https://www.gahc.org), to name just a few.

Working on your family history? German is still the largest heritage group in the USA. Many families with German ancestors in Wyoming are “Germans from Russia.” Between 1762 and 1796, Catherine the Great, Tsarina of Russia, invited farmers to immigrate to Russia where they were offered farm land and the assurance that they could pray, educate their children and conduct village business in German. Their sons would not be drafted into the army. Another group are “Volga Germans” who migrated along the Volga River to find better opportunities for farming. There are many related resources online and groups on Facebook.

Did you know that “Pennsylvania Dutch” is actually “Pennsylvania German?” The German word for German is “Deutsch,” which created the confusion. The language they still speak in Pennsylvania today is a very old version of a dialect that was spoken long ago in the Rhineland Palatinate when these ancestors emigrated.

What interesting information can you find to share when the group can meet again?

In the meantime, Alles Gute!

Retired teachers cancel breakfast

The Natrona County High School retired faculty and staff will not be meeting for breakfast at Perkins Restaurant until further notice due to the coronavirus. For more information call 237-1608.

Join Historical Society

If you are one who wants to know more about Wyoming, how the West was settled, why it was settled and all that has happened since, come join the Natrona County Historical Society on the fourth Thursday of the month. Members share a multitude of stories, films, power point presentations and hands-on exhibits about this 150 year history, much of it related to immediate ancestors only three generations past.

The Natrona County chapter is but one of 20 chapters in the state that comprise the Wyoming State Historical Society. Partnering with them, the American Heritage Center, the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources helps to share the fascinating story of Wyoming’s past and preserve her rich historical resources.

For more information about membership and events, please call Larry Steensland at 333-3745 or Kem Nicolaysen at 262-3972.

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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