Three FCE clubs are active in county

Three FCE clubs are active in county

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:01 pm

By BENITA GIFFIN
UT Extension
If you are interested in health issues, nutrition, cultural arts, family economics, crafts, quilting, sewing, essay writing, volunteering in the Women’s Building at the Obion County Fair, raising money for charities and making new friends, then FCE is for you.
By being a member of our local Family and Community Education Clubs you can make a difference in your county, state and nation. The Obion County Family and Community Education Clubs offer you the chance to participate in a wide array of workshops and state and national conferences.
The Obion County Fair Women’s Building gains strong support from the Obion County FCE Club members every year. As you know, our fair won AA State Champion Fair this year. FCE members sell home baked foods at the Old Country Store during the Obion County Fair for their organization. FCE club members volunteer to accept Women’s Building entries, display items and work to see that all items are judged and picked up at the end of fair, too. This past year, the Women’s Building received 1,223 entries and 176 participants were awarded $3,582.50.
In March, all clubs will meet for their annual FCE Spring Achievement Day. This year the event will be held on March 7 at the Mason Hall Community Center and Judy Barker will be the speaker. Also, Reelfoot Regional Library’s Nancy Dunn will award members for literacy accomplishments. Obion County FCE members have read a total of 764 books this year.
Obion County FCE Clubs are always helping someone in need, like Chimes for Charity and Reelfoot Rural Ministries and our military. Assistance from these clubs is delivered in the form of food and clothes collection, lap blankets for nursing homes and monetary donations. These are just a few of the many on-going projects that occur.
Leadership development is another focus of FCE. Every spring FCE officers participate in Leadership in Action. Leadership in Action will be Monday in Jackson. This Western Region event assists in developing and sustaining leadership for FCE members in western region counties.
FCE membership is open to anyone who wishes to join. Currently, Obion County FCE has 60 members and they are very active. Through shared opportunities, participants learn skills and make new friends and this brings growth to community, church, local government, state and family.
Monthly meetings are held by each club. In Obion County, FCE clubs include Pleasant Valley, Crystal and Mason Hall. Program areas such as family life, nutrition, health and money management are discussed each month. All meetings have lunch provided by members.
• Mason Hall FCE meets at the Mason Hall Community Club the first Thursday of each month at 11 a.m.
• Crystal FCE meets at the Obion County Museum in Union City the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
• Pleasant Valley FCE meets at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Union City the third Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m.
To learn more about how to become a member, call the Obion County University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service at 885-3742.

Published in The Messenger 2.24.11

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