The annual Warren County Family and Community Education Achievement/Recognition Day was held April 18 to recognize members for their work and dedication.
Fifty members were in attendance representing the five area clubs, with Hickory Creek serving as the hostess club and Vinson’s Crossroads preparing the meal. Ben Lomand Connect, Security Federal and Homeland Community Bank sponsored the event.
Council president Frances Hobbs welcomed everyone, with Naomi Smith giving the thought of the day. Anamaria Baus and Diana Fults conducted ice breakers for the group.
Alda Bandy presented a candlelight memorial service for FCE members, Beulah McBee, Robbie Prater and Jean Rogers, who passed away over the past year.
President Hobbs conducted a brief county council business meeting discussing financial business, International Day, spring bake sale and June Dairy Day.
Hilda Lytle presented information about the upcoming Arthritis Exercise Program.
The following club and individual awards were presented:
• The prestigious Best of the Best in FCE 2018 honor was bestowed on Hickory Creek member Brenda Clark. She received a vase filled with fresh cut spring flowers.
• Most members present on percentage basis - Bonner
• Most new members award – Midway with eight new members joining in 2018.
• Secretary books awards ‑ Hickory Creek, first; Midway, second and Bonner, third.
• Scrapbook awards – Bonner, first; Vinson’s Crossroads, second and Hickory Creek, third.
• Forty members were presented perfect attendance awards-ranging from 1 to 32 years.
•Certificates were given to members who earned a minimum of 100 Gold Stars. Members earning 200 or more Gold Stars also received Gerber daisies. Gold Stars are earned through participation, community service and member recruitment.
• Regular reading certificates were given to members reading at least 5 books for the year. Advanced reading certificates were presented to members who had received a regular reading certificate for at least three years and read a minimum of 10 books during 2018. A family reading certificate was presented to one club member who read to or had family members read to them.
• The Master reading certificates were given to Hickory Creek and Vinson’s Crossroads. To qualify for this award, 75 percent of the club members must have received reading certificates.
•Master club certificates were given to Bonner, Hickory Creek, Lucky Homemakers, Midway and Vinson’s Crossroads. Clubs receiving this award must have earned a minimum of 300 points in club work and community service.
During the meeting members were given time to place bids on silent auction items which served as a fundraiser for the county council. Door prizes were also awarded during the meeting as provided by Hickory Creek. Members enjoyed the delicious meal and fellowship of the day.