Mason Hall FCE meets

Mason Hall FCE meets

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:00 pm

The Mason Hall Family and Communication Education Club met recently at the Mason Hall Community Center.
The center was decorated with beautiful fall colors and arrangements. Marilee Little and Bennie Patterson hosted the meeting.
President Frances Allen welcomed 18 women members, five men members and Obion County University of Tennessee Extension agent Benita Giffin. After recitation of the club creed and the Pledge of Allegiance, Mrs. Allen read the thought for the day, “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” Roll call was answered with members naming their favorite school teachers.
Betty Luton brought the devotional with three readings and scriptures: Showers of Blessings based on Psalms 103:10, stating God gives out of love not justice; God Cares  based on Hebrews 13:5; and Darkness or Light based on Romans 7:19, which says you can stumble in the dark or walk in the light. She asked if those in attendance should remember anyone in prayer. Requests were made for the Claire McCollum family and family members of the club group. Mrs. Luton closed with prayer.
The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.
Communications included a thank-you from Samantha Davis for supporting her in the Obion County Fair beauty revue.
Social services for Kenton included families of Wayne Grant and Anne Newmon.
Community member Frank Horner purchased a flag for the center. It was noted the floors have been cleaned and waxed and look really good. Thanks was extended to the men who moved the furniture.
It was reported members were really busy with Obion County Fair entries and that everyone cooked for the Country Store, some more than once. Jean Malone won one blue ribbon and one red ribbon; Charlotte Pierce won 33 blue, 22 red and 11 white; Mary Davis won 11 blue, eight red and one white; Jeanette Proctor won five blue, one red and one white; Marilee Little won one blue; Nancy Tankersley won nine blue, 11 red and eight white; Mrs. Luton won one blue, two red and one white; Mrs. Allen won 35 blue, 12 red and 13 white; Linda Holder won two blue, five red and one white; and Frances Williamson’s caramel pie won first place and Best of Show Pie. The quilting group also performed their skill during the week.
After lunch, Mrs. Allen reviewed the club’s many projects. The club’s quilting group will be at Davy Crockett Days in Rutherford on Oct. 13 and at Milan Fall Forklore Day Oct. 20.
Mrs. Giffin told about the Oct. 12 Apron Extrava-ganza, which includes an antique collection from a Mississippi museum.
She also distributed pamphlets showing the farmer’s share of retail food dollar on several foods and drinks, and a very informative and helpful “Top Health Promotion and Wellness Newsletter.”
The “National Institute on Aging Age Page Healthy Eating After 50” she provided told of a wealth of information on two plans for healthy eating. One plan from the USDA Food Guide (also known as MyPyramid) suggests people ages 50 or older choose healthy foods every day from fruits, vegetables, grains, meat/beans and milk.
The second eating plan is called the DASH eating plan. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Following this plan will help a person lower blood pressure, she said. How much they should eat depends on how active they are. Just counting calories is not enough for making healthy choices, she said. Some foods have the same amount of calories but are different in many ways. Reading labels is important, Mrs. Giffin added.
To learn more, go to www.eldercare.gov, www.nutrition.gov or www.mypyramid.gov.

Published in The Messenger 9.18.12

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