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Crystal FCE Club meets

Crystal FCE Club meets

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 8:00 pm

The Obion County Museum in Union City was the setting for the March Crystal Family and Community Education Club meeting led by president Nadine Killion. She inspired the group by giving the thought for the day, “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.”
Hostess Diane Johnson gave the devotional, “Girls in My Circle.” She reminded everyone there are many benefits received from that special circle called girl friends. “We can cry together, we can fight together and we can walk away together,” she said. These girls can become the wind beneath your wings and are usually your new friends, old friends or even family.  She closed with the Irish Blessing — “Let good luck be your friend.”
The club was reminded to begin working on items for the Obion County Fair to be held in August. There is to be a new contest to select a photo for the front of the fair bulletin. A theme has already been selected for this year — “Planting Seeds for Future Generations.” All categories for the fair entries are listed on the Obion County Fair website. Some of the major changes will include a special category for a decorated glass block in Hobbies/Crafts. In senior citizens, there will be a special category for a decorated picture frame that is no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches. Adult art changes include a rule that all entries must be no larger than 45 inches by 45 inches, with frame included. Also, there will be a special category called farm life. The photography department will include a special category for horses. The adult culinary change will be a special category of a plate of three each of three different kinds of muffins (nine total). No box cake mixes or store bought frosting will be accepted for entry in the adult culinary cake division.
Discussion of some crafts to make in an upcoming meeting included such ideas as a rope basket, constructing a decorative container for house plants or covering a 6- or 8-inch flower pot. Jane Fisher gave a report on the progress of state convention planning. The convention will be in Memphis at the Hilton Hotel Nov. 12-14. There will be six learning sessions and at least 14 mini-workshops led by FCE club members. Mrs. Johnson will lead one of the mini workshops. Entertainment has been selected and includes a “barber shop singing group” and a family group from Lauderdale County who will sing and play. She reminded members to begin constructing craft items to sell at the convention gift shop. Members are asked to price these items before submitting them to the club.
Cultural Arts Day will be held April 2 at the Obion County Farm Bureau building in Union City. Mrs. Johnson and Nita Simpson will register items from 9-10 a.m. Judging will begin at 10, and all items must remain until after the Obion County Council meeting at 1 p.m.  Viewing by the public may begin after noon.
The educational program led by Obion County University of Tennessee Extension agent Benita Giffin was about foot care. She said people must be kind to their feet, for they endure a lifetime of wear and tear. Foot problems are sometimes the first sign of a more serious medical condition such as arthritis, diabetes and nerve or circulatory disorders.      
Everyone should ask their doctors to examine the bottoms of their feet when having a physical since they cannot always see the bottoms of their feet. She also suggested people put their feet up while sitting down when possible, since this aids in circulation; make sure  shoes fit properly, since shoe sizes changes with age; and stand up when trying on shoes to make sure there is one-half inch between the toes and the end of the shoes. She said “up-to-date” styles of high heels are fashionable, but low heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer and less damaging to the body. To prevent foot infection, keep feet clean and dry, change socks or stockings often to help keep feet dry, don’t buy tight shoes and try dusting feet every day with a talc-free foot powder.
Some tips for foot care include: Do not use lotion between the toes.; cut toenails straight across and use clippers designed for toenails; be aware of any tingling, numbness or pain in the ball of the foot and toes, as this can cause loss of balance — low heeled shoes and inserts can often help this condition; and check with a doctor if swollen feet and ankles are experienced after standing for long periods of time. Foot care is very important, Mrs. Giffin said, adding, “If you have scrapes or bruises on your feet that do not heal quickly, check with a doctor.” For more information, check the following websites: American Podiatric Medical Association at or American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society at
After a delicious snack served by Mrs. Johnson, the group constructed an angel scissors holder. There were 16 objects collected for the county school collection.

Published in The Messenger 3.26.12

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