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Crystal FCE Club meets

Crystal FCE Club meets

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:00 pm

The May meeting of the Crystal Family and Community Education Club began on a very cheery note with president Nadine Killion conducting a game of name the picture. Each of the 12 members attending brought a picture from their very “early years” and placed it in a paper bag. At the beginning of the meeting Mrs. Killion held up the pictures individually and the group tried to guess the name of the person. About 50 percent of the pictures were correctly identified.
Devotional for the month was conducted by Jane Fisher and was entitled Parable of the Pencil. There are five things a pencil can do which serve as good lessons for life. 1. Everything you do will leave a mark. 2. One can always correct a mistake. 3. The most important part is inside. 4. In life, one undergoes painful sharpening. 5. The best thing is to allow yourself to be held and guided.
Club members were reminded of the upcoming Chicken Scratch Workshop to be led by Mrs. Fisher. It was be held at the Obion County Museum on Monday. The Fashion Revue will be held June 18 at the Obion County Farm Bureau building. Registration will be from 9-10 a.m., with the revue to begin after lunch.  Members were reminded of the Obion County Fair dates of Aug. 13-18. Mini-conference will be held on July 27 and state convention will be held in Memphis Nov. 12-14. It was announced that members may attend one day of convention or all three, but the price will be the same amount of $25.
Mrs. Fisher presented the program for the month. As May is National Day of the Family, she chose to use the theme of Mother’s Day. The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old and earliest celebration can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods. In the 1600s, early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. By a religious order the day was later expanded to include all mothers, and named as the Mothering Sunday. As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the “Mother Church.” Over time, the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday. With passage of time, the practice ceased slowly. The English colonist settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday. In the USA, Mother’s Day was loosely inspired by the British day and was first suggested after the American Civil War by Julia Ward Howe. She wrote the words to the “Battle Hymn of The Republic.” Her suggestion was a day for women to unite against war. It was due to her efforts that 18 cities held a Mother’s Day for Peace in 1873. On May 10, 1908, in the Andrew Methodist Church in Grafton, W.Va., a mother’s day service was held that is most like the event today. President Woodrow Wilson declared the first Mother’s day in 1914 proclaiming the second Sunday in May as a national holiday as time for Americans to express a public expression of reverence to mothers through the celebration of Mother’s Day. Today, it is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States.
Mrs. Fisher also passed out the Age Page literature for May, which was educational literature concerning the importance of fiber in the diet. The hostess, Mrs. Fisher, served a nutritious snack to the group before the afternoon craft session. The craft for the day was the construction of a cloth monkey with moveable arms and legs. There were 19 items collected for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee.

Published in The Messenger 5.22.12

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