FCE members honored for service to community
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 8:01 pm
By DONNA RYDER
Obion County Family and Community Education Club members were showing their appreciation for friends Monday during their annual FCE Achievement Day program.
The event was held at Mason Hall Community Club.
Jane Fisher presided at the meeting. She began with a “Real Friend Test,” asking those in attendance if they knew the difference in a simple friend or a real friend.
“A simple friend when visiting acts like a guest. A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps herself to a Coke™ and doesn’t feel the least bit weird for doing it,” she said, adding several more instances of the differences between the two.
Nadine Killion led the Pledge of Allegiance and Frances Allen led the group in the singing of “God Bless America.” Catharine Williams had the devotional.
County council officers were recognized and include 2010 officers Mrs. Fisher as president, Mrs. Killion as vice president for program, Nita Simpson as vice president for public policy, Sarah Allen as secretary and Susan Holzner as treasurer; and 2011 officers Mrs. Killion as president, Mrs. Fisher as vice president for program, Mrs. Simpson as vice president for public policy, Mrs. Allen as secretary and Diane Johnson as treasurer.
The guest speaker for the day was Judy Barker. She spoke on friendship, saying “you have to look deep in your heart to see your true self. … It is your reflection of your heart that determines what kind of friend you are to one another.”
She said true friends are placed in your lives by God. They are “a part of your heart, a part of your soul.”
Prior to a potluck lunch, the club members spent a moment remembering two cub members who have died since the previous appreciation luncheon. They included Reba Brinkley and Jewel King.
After the meal, the FCE club members learned that they will no longer be working with long-time friend Nancy Dunn of the Reelfoot Regional Library. Mrs. Dunn has helped the ladies with their reading materials throughout the years and has provided them reading certificates each year at the luncheon. She said she is losing her job due to budget cuts. Her last day on the job will be March 31 and the outreach program will be closed. Mrs. Dunn informed the ladies they read 781 books in 2010, with 10 members receiving advanced certificates and three receiving regular certificates.
Ladies who received certificates for perfect attendance included:
• One year — Crystal FCE members June Bennett, Mrs. Johnson and Maurice McKinnis;
• Two years — Crystal FCE member Joyce Taylor;
• Three years — Mason Hall FCE member Mrs. Allen and Crystal FCE members Mary Dunavant and Mrs. Simpson;
• Four years — Crystal FCE member Mary Lois Owens and Mason Hall FCE member Nancy Tankersley.
• Five years — Mason Hall FCE member Mary Louise Davis;
• Six years — Crystal FCE member Rochelle McClain;
• Nine years — Mason Hall FCE member Jeanette Proctor;
• 10 years — Pleasant Valley FCE member Serena Williams;
• 13 years — Pleasant Valley FCE member Barbara Parker;
• 15 years — Crystal FCE member Mrs. Killion;
• 16 years — Crystal FCE member Mrs. Holzner;
• 19 years — Mason Hall FCE member Betty Jo Luton;
• 21 years — Mason Hall FCE member Frances Allen;
• 26 years — Pleasant Valley FCE member Catharine Williams;
• 27 years — Crystal FCE member Frances Parmenter;
• 29 years — Crystal FCE member Mrs. Fisher;
• 36 years — Mason Hall FCE member Nettie B. Moore.
Obion County Fair president Brenda Baker was on hand to present the clubs and individual members with certificates for their serving as superintendents at the fair in 2010. She praised them for the work they do each year and said the Domestic Arts Building never looked better. It was also announced that the FCE clubs purchased 100 chairs for the fairgrounds in memory of long-time fair supporter Raymond Phillips.
Thirteen members reported CVUs — the official designation for credit given for volunteer activities performed by the members. A total of 7,500 hours was reported, with 175,284 people reached. Among those reporting 500 hours were Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Tankersley, Catharine Williams, Mrs. Dunavant, Linda Elam, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Killion, Mrs. McClain, Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Taylor. Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Owens reported 1,000 hours each.
Among the groups reached by the clubs during 2010 were the nursing homes, women’s shelter, Lion Club Telethon, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Feeding of the 5,000, Safeline, shoebox ministries, Obion County Habitat for Humanity, Reading Railroad, Angels in Recovery, Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee, Obion County 4-H Club, Hillcrest and Lake Road elementary schools, Obion County Museum, Obion County Public Library, Westover Center for the Creative Arts, Chimes for Charity, Reelfoot Rural Ministries and Operation Military Soldier. Skills were taught during Ridgemont Spring Heritage Days and through craft workshops and members of the community were visited when they were sick or had lost loved ones.
Special awards were presented to Mrs. Owens, Mrs. Holzner, Sherri Hanna and Mrs. Killion for the work they did on Christmas Express. Mrs. McClain and Mrs. Holzner were also recognized for teaching one of the sessions at the event.
Local winners of the FCE state awards were announced and included:
• Fashion revue — Mrs. Owens, second place in jacket, first place in sewing for an adult and second place in decorative sweat wear; and Mrs. Holzner, third place in children’s casual and better wear.
• Cultural arts — Mrs. Proctor, first place in hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilts and first place in appliquéd specialty quilts; Mrs. Davis, second place in hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilts; Mrs. Luton, first place in embroidered specialty quilts; Mrs. Allen, second place in hand embroidery; Mrs. Simpson, second place in wood carving, second place in pottery and first place in stained glass; and Mrs. Moore, third place in short story.
Upcoming events announced were a basket workshop March 28 at 8:45 a.m. at the Obion County Farm Bureau and cultural arts competition and a county council meeting April 4 at the Obion County Museum.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.9.11