Club news 4/25/10

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Town & Country FCE

Lois Seabaugh hosted the April 8 meeting of the Town & Country FCE Club held at My Daddy's Cheesecake.

After dinner, Carolyn Thompson called the meeting to order.

Roll call was answered by eight members with their favorite food to barbecue.

Seabaugh read two poems titled "April" and "New again." Doris Wilkinson organized a word search game with the theme of spring flowers.

Bingo prizes were taken to the Lutheran Home on April 9.

The club will be hosting an end-of-school party at Parkview State School in May.

Books purchased with a club grant obtained by Sue Jones and books brought by club members were gathered to be presented to newborns at Southeast Missouri Hospital in May in observance of National Day of the Family.

The club voted to donate $25 to Dortha's Day Camp for 4-H Clover Kids.

Mary Klaproth attended Child Advocacy Day in Jefferson City, Mo., where 268 dolls were presented to legislators.

Members made plans to attend the Spring District meeting in Doniphan, Mo., on May 6.

Jones presented a program on how to barbecue. She also used "Hearthfire series #1 someone's in the kitchen: Cooking for one or two."

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on May 13 at the home of Wilkinson. Darlene McCain will present a program on gardening.

Young Americans 4-H

The Young Americans 4-H Club met April 15 at Grace United Methodist Church. Clair Illers called the meeting to order.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Taylor Bowers and Haley Ehlers led the 4-H Pledge. Alex Eftink and Clayton Kirchdoerfer led the club in singing and Happy Birthday was sung to Tyler Kirchdoerfer and Belinda Strack. There were 18 members and 14 adults attending. We had two visitors, Abby Stovall and Nathan Stovall.

Project reports were made by Tyler Kirchdoefer on dairy and field crops and Gary Schweer on shotgun shooting sports.

Dortha's Day Camp for Clover Kids will be held June 6. The theme is "Pirates of Cape County North." Applications are due by May 1. Anyone wanting to submit a shirt design, please have in to Diane Schweer by May 1.

A bowling party was held at Main Street Lanes on March 21.

Nathan Phelps, dressed as the Easter Bunny, delivered eggs and decorated rabbit spoons to Ratcliff Nursing Center on April 4, with the help of Danielle and Haley Ehlers.

A conservation trip was set for the afternoon of May 22 to visit with John Watkins and some of his animals.

Bowers gave an illustrated talk on "how to raise chickens" and Eftink on the "amazing byproducts of corn."

Anthony Strack and Belinda Strack lead a candy bar word game for the members and then refreshments were enjoyed courtesy of the Ehler and Weber Families.

Lamplighters FCE

Lamplighters FCE met April 15 at the home of Linda Freeman for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting and for a "just for fun" night. Afterward, Karen McLane, president, called the meeting to order. The hostess gave a devotional thought about laughter based on Psalms 1:26. She shared humorous thoughts about the "ramblings of a retired mind."

Eight members attended All Clubs Day on March 22. Six members were recognized for their years of membership in FCE. Jo Ann Hahs and Linda Sebaugh demonstrated how "Storybook Tails" books are presented to elementary school children. Lamplighters FCE was named Cape Girardeau County club of the year. Since then the club has received thank-you notes from the Cape County FCE and Mary Gosche for participating in the program and congratulations from Town and Country and the Oak Ridge FCE's for being club of the year.

Karen Eakers, Freeman, Hahs, and Sebaugh attended the four training sessions at leader training on March 29.

Roberta Seabaugh, Bert Seyer, Gayla Volz and Sebaugh, food committee for the Ludwig farm sale, reported on the success of the food stand. The proceeds will fund club projects, including the County Weighted Blankets for Autism Project.

Five Lamplighters' members and a guest were part of the 21 who participated in the Cape Girardeau County work day for the weighted blanket project. Six weighted blankets, three weighted lap pads, and four weighted shoulder snakes were completed. They were delivered to the TouchPoint Autism Center in Cape Girardeau on April 15.

Members volunteered for the times and dates to read "Storybook Tails" books "Purple Spot Sickness," "Elsie Times Eight," and "The Banshee."

Bev Meyer and McLane will investigate purchasing a camera for club use and then report on the feasibility of purchasing it.

McLane and Hahs will represent Lamplighters FCE at the Spring District meeting to be held May 6 in Doniphan, Mo.

Reminders of upcoming events were announced: Oak Ridge FCE Yard Sale on May 7 and 8; and FCE scholarship deadline is June 30. Also, the following tours were announced: St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on June 30; "Showboat" at The Muny in St. Louis on Aug. 10; "State Fair" at Stages in St. Louis on Sept. 2; and a newly added tour, Mississippi River Cruise on the Tom Sawyer on Sept. 18.

Verla Mangels gave a program on "ways to economize." Also, special guest, Dawn Abney, helped members relax and enjoy the evening with massages.

The hostess served finger foods and flamingo-pink drinks.

The next monthly meeting will be May 20, at the home of Hahs. Eakers will have the program on "how to barbecue" and Hahs will share the book "Show-Me Missouri."

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary met for lunch April 14. Hostesses were Alice Cordia, Muriel Day and Linda Kern. Door prizes were won by Fern Schlimme and Mildred Varvell.

Patsy Kimbrel, president, called the meeting to order following the opening ceremony. The minutes were read by Linda Kern and the treasurer's report by Myrna Powers. A thank-you note was received from the Fisher House Foundation in St. Louis for a donation sent in March.

Poppy Day will be May 14. Powers, chairman, is preparing the schedule for distribution of the poppies to the public. A lunch will be served for all the workers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the post home.

Members will meet Monday at the legion hall to work on the quilts at 9 a.m.

The post is having a fried chicken dinner today.

All members are invited to attend a Citizenship Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse.

Dr. Frank Nickell will be our guest speaker at the May 12 meeting. He will present a program on the churches in our area.

The district meeting will he held at 2 p.m. on May 16 at the Cape Girardeau American Legion Hall. A meal will be served at approximately 4 p.m. for those in attendance.

Cape Girardeau Area CWU

The Cape Girardeau Area Church Women United met for a Bible study and board meeting on April 9 at Chateau Girardeau with Carol Simon as hostess. Simon also led the Bible study which followed Nehemiah 1-6, "And so the wall was built." This study was in preparation for May Friendship Day which will be celebrated May 7.

Joyce King, co-leader, opened the board meeting with prayer. The minutes were read and approved. Copies of the treasurer's report were handed out, and two new memberships were noted.

Blanket collections are still coming in. Dolly Jewel stated that so many blankets have been sent to Haiti and other disaster areas that the warehouse is about empty.

World Day of Prayer that was held in March was discussed. The Jackson celebration had 53 attendees and the one held in Cape Girardeau had 38. Money collected at both celebrations will be used for grants which will focus on indigenous women and children's concerns, as they struggle to cope with changes in their communities.

King attended the state assembly that was held in March in Jefferson City, Mo. She reported there were 39 attending the assembly which was hosted by the Kansas City, Mo., area women. The topic of the assembly was "building a world fit for all God's children," and speakers for the assembly discussed building blocks of health, environmental concerns, peace, and economic justice. Nancy Remmert was installed as the new president and a memorial service was held for deceased members. King then passed around the ecumenical registry from National CWU to be signed by members with a donation of $1 each to help support the 70th anniversary of the organization.

Upcoming events include May Friendship Day at 6 p.m. on May 7, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. King also mentioned May Friendship Day in Dexter, Mo., will be that same day, only at 9 a.m., if anyone would be interested in attending with her. There will also be a mini Festival of Sharing in Dexter on Sept 25.

The annual C.R.O.P. sale and luncheon was discussed and a motion made by Jewel and seconded by Jonell McNeely was passed to donate the monies coming from the event to Mid-America Teen Challenge, Cape Area Family Resource Center, Love, INC., FISH Food Pantry and Jackson Food Pantry, $100 each; Scholarship Fund, $500; and to the Church World Service Heifer Project $500. Carol Simon will look into having signs made up to advertise the event.

A motion was made by Helen Ueleke and seconded by Jewel to make a $25 donation to the Heifer Project in memory of the Rev. J. Joseph Tower who passed away, and had been very active on the Festival of Sharing coordinating committee for many years. The motion passed

Everyone was reminded to think about nominations for the Human Rights Award which need to be in by the end of June.

Simon will write notes to Adopt-A-Leader. Members were reminded to continue to collect Best Choice labels, Box Tops for Education, and Campbell Soup labels.

Festival of Sharing booklets were passed out. Reminder of the UMW Spring Fling today was mentioned.

Shirley Patterson gave the closing prayer.

-- From staff reports

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