FCE members attend conference
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 9:20 pm
The 31st annual Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education (TAFCE) Conference was held recently in Memphis at the Hilton Hotel.
Attending from Obion County were Nadine Killion, Jane Fisher, Alice Fennel, Nita Simpson, Mary Lois Owens and Diane Johnson of the Crystal FCE Club; Frances Allen of Mason Hall FCE Club; and Benita Giffin, Extension agent.
The conference officially began with a Parade of Flags of counties from across the state, with Frances Allen carrying the Obion County flag. RSVP, a 20-member men’s àcapella chorus from the Memphis area, entertained the group with a variety of musical genre.
Conference attendees were offered a choice of 14 different mini-craft classes. Mrs. Johnson conducted one of these sessions. They were also offered educational sessions on gardening, exercise program for arthritics, strength training, social media and the iPad, money management and food.
The guest speaker at the general session on that Tuesday was Darnita Brassel, training administrator for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
Three local tours were available to Graceland, the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange and L’École Culinaire School.
The annual cultural arts exhibit and fashion revue were held with many handmade creations by TAFCE members competing for ribbons and awards. Winners in the cultural arts exhibit from Obion County were Mrs. Killion, first place in crochet and second place in weaving, loom; Mrs. Owens, second place in other handstitching and holiday decoration; Jeanette Proctor of Mason Hall FCE, first place in quilts, machine-pieced, hand quilted; Bettye Jo Luton of Mason Hall FCE, second place in quilts, specialty, embroidered; Mary Louise Davis of Mason Hall FCE, first place in quilts, specialty, pillows; Mrs. Simpson, second place in stained glass and wood carving; and Mrs. Fisher, third place in tatting. Winners from Obion County in the fashion revue were Mrs. Owens, first place in jackets, second place in children’s casual & better wear (ages 12 and younger) and third place in casual and active wear; and Mrs. Killion, third place in children’s active & better wear (ages 12 and younger) and recyled. In creative writing, June Bennett of the Crystal FCE club won first place in poetry. The Best of the Best winners from each region were honored and the state Best of the Best was chosen. The Heart of FCE winner was announced also.
The conference closed with a banquet with entertainment provided by the Reed Family of Lauderdale County, “A Walk Down Memory Lane.”
Jane Fisher served as the conference coordinator and Obion and Weakley counties were in charge of the Hospitality Room.
To find out more about TAFCE, its programs and how to join a local club, contact county University of Tennessee Consumer Sciences Extension agent, Mrs. Giffin at 885-3742 or visit the organization’s website at www.tafce.org.
Published in The Messenger 12.10.12