Mrs. Owens hosts Crystal FCE Club
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 8:01 pm
Mary Lois Owens hosted the June meeting of the Crystal Family and Community Education Club in her beautiful back yard.
Upon arriving, guests were given a lei and a flower to tuck behind their ear. She had seating under shady trees, where Bill Sanderson of Kenton, an avid runner, spoke. He is a marathon runner and one of only 900 members in the 50 States Club, which means he will try to run a marathon in all 50 states.
He told the group some stories about where his running has taken him, such as at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and New York City at the site of the twin towers. He also had some humorous stories about dogs chasing him and someone finding water that he had stashed for a break in his run.
He also told about how to train to run a marathon and the motivation and discipline it takes to do this. His daughter and wife also are runners, he said. Sanderson stayed for the rest of the meeting.
The group continued with roll being answered by members telling of how many pets they have and their names. Foods, cards, visits and volunteer hours were taken. The treasury reports were also given. The minutes were read and approved.
Under old business, the dress review was reported on by Jane Fisher. There were 35 entries, up from recent years, and some new faces as well. First- and second-place winners will be able to compete at the regional competition July 28 at the Jackson office. Registration is from 8:30-9:25 a.m. and entries for cultural arts and dress review will be handled at that time as well. The theme for the conference is Western and those attending are encouraged to wear some type of western clothing.
As lunch was ready to serve, the rest of the meeting was put on hold. Mrs. Owens — with the help of her husband, Leroy, and member Mary Dunavant – served plates loaded with goodies. There was a tuna salad with grapes and apples on a bed of lettuce, some mini homemade muffins, toasted pecans and a fruit cup.
Members also had crushed ice with crushed strawberries to drink and homemade peach ice cream for dessert.
Mrs. Owens’ patio was beautifully-decorated with tables covered with tablecloths. A flower served as a napkin ring. There were plants everywhere and fountains. Hawaiian music played in the background.
After lunch, Obion County University of Tennessee Extension Agent Benita Giffin distributed handouts on mini conference and top health news.
Items collected duriing the meeting will go to the American Red Cross.
Lilly Holzner was a guest.