Mason Hall FCE meets

Mason Hall FCE meets

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:01 pm

Mason Hall Family and Community Education Club met recently with 13 women and five men members present. Visitors were Mary Dunavant, Emily Taylor and Davis Taylor.
President Frances Allen greeted those in attendance and read the thought for the day, “A kind word is never lost. It keeps going on from one person to another until it comes back to you.”
Roll call was answered with members naming something that makes them smile.
Frances Allen served as hostess. The center was decorated with valentines. The minutes were read and approved and the treasurer’s report was given. It was noted some members participated in social services for the family of Nelda Burton.
The late Reba Brinkley was remembered for her devotion to her family and extensive club work.
Betty Luton’s devotional was titled “Keeping Your Promises.” The biblical text was Hebrews 6:18. “Did anyone ever break their promise to you, fail to give you support or tell you a lie? If any of these situations ring a bell with you, you know what it is like to be deceived. When God makes a promise you can count on him to live up to it. Since this is our Valentine month for our sweethearts, ask God what he would like for you to do for this person today,” she said.
Shut-ins were remembered and everyone present repeated the “Home Demonstration” prayer.
Members discussed projects which the group has been supporting and a motion was made to discontinue four of them and to increase donations for the three children’s hospitals. The club will sponsor bake sales when needed.
Achievement Day, which is to be held at Mason Hall on March 7, was discussed. March 14 has been set as the snow date. A potluck lunch will be served. The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Thank You for Being a Friend!” Judy Barker will be the guest speaker.
Jane Fisher will hold a Chicken Scratch workshop on Feb. 22 at the Obion County Farm Bureau building in Union City. Those interested in attending need to call the Obion County University of Tennessee Extension Service office at 885-3742.
Plans are being made for the Mason Hall School Reunion on July 2 at l p.m. at the Mason Hall Community Center.
Extension agent Benita Giffin gave a very informative program from the Top Health Newsletter. In observance of the Valentine season, three ways to say “I Love You” were discussed. They included — a good meal, a nice walk and a good talk. Not everyone is feeling loved this Valentine’s day, she said, while discussing depression and other issues.
Mrs. Giffin talked about what is new when it comes to CPR. She said an untrained person should only do chest compressions, giving no breaths until professional rescuers arrive. She discussed salmon and the need to exercise safety when eating fish. She also said exercise helps older adults be more independent and less likely to die at an early age.
Mrs. Giffin is teaching another set of Tai Chi classes in February. Call her at 885-3742 for more information.
The group discussed recruiting new FCE members. Mrs. Giffin said there were 527 FCE clubs and 4,786 members in Tennessee in 2010. She asked members whey they joined and what keeps them involved in FCE. Many answered FCE improves their home and community life and they have found new talents and ambitions as supporters of this organization. There are a variety of things for the members to do and ways to serve. “It is also a good way to make new friends and meet with old friends and neighbors,” a spokesman said.
Members learned during the meeting that the Obion County Fair was named AA State Champion Fair during the Merit Awards Banquet at the 89th annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs.

Published in The Messenger 2.9.11

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