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FCEC News 10-11
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The Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education (FCE) Warren County met for the quarterly county council meeting at the Warren County Administrative Building on Sept. 18.
President Frances Hobbs called the meeting to order. The thought of the day was the FCE club prayer, as read by all. Hobbs led the Pledge of Allegiance, and secretary Irene Fuston called the roll with members present from Hickory Creek, Bonner, Lucky Homemakers, Lucky Northside, Midway and Vinson’s Crossroads. Secretary Fuston read the minutes from the June 19 county council meeting, and these were approved.
Old business items included the discussion of the regional cultural arts/fashion review held in Murfreesboro in September where several members won awards. A review of the Country Store was addressed, with changes suggested, including acquiring a refrigerator for the store, and a ramp to be built to make it more handicap accessible. Club dues need to be submitted to Sandra as soon as possible.
New business discussions included the fact the county council officers will remain the same for 2018. The deadline for registration for the upcoming TAFCE State Convention in Knoxville was Oct. 1, with the convention taking place Nov. 5-8. The annual fall planning meeting has been moved to Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Warren County Administrative Building in the Magnolia Room. Hickory Creek will serve as hostesses, and everyone is encouraged to bring silent auction items.
It was announced the FCE yearbook theme for 2018 will be trees. The wellness leader training was held recently. It was noted Santa’s Workshop will be held Dec. 4. Becky Phillips moved to bring toys for the Rescue Squad and canned goods for the Food Bank at the December meeting.
Program activities included master gardener Tina Smock speaking to the group about fall planting and decorating. She educated the group about when to plant and cut back plants and flowers. We all enjoyed the guest speaker and a lunch of pasta and salads prepared by Vinson’s Crossroads.
The next county council meeting will be held Dec. 4 in the Magnolia Room, with brunch provided by all club members. The creed was read and the meeting was adjourned.

Members of Midway FCEC met recently at the Midway Community Center for their monthly meeting. President Dian Greene conducted the meeting, and recognized guests Sue Adcock, Marsha Dunlap, Samantha Bell and Yalta Dunlap. A devotional was led by Paula Barnes, with the thought for the day being “Percentage of Worrying.” The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Irene Fuston read the minutes of the August meeting, and treasurer Mary Rubley gave the financial report.
Vice president Betty Whitlock asked for reports or demonstrations. Fuston will give her economic report next month, and reported on the member’s participation in the santi-panty project. Elva Dean Bell and Fuston recently attended a workshop on the project.
Whitlock discussed shoulder pain, and weighed our bags and purses stating that can sometimes be the source of problems with ladies.
Members took the opportunity to update their Gold Stars. Sharon Hargrove with the Warren County Middle School plans to attend a meeting to explain more on the resource center and our monthly donations. Our members worked their appointed times at the Country Store during the recent fair. Members also donated items to sell in the store, and organized the educational booth.
We were encouraged to attend the FCE county council meeting, with fall gardening projects being the grab bag activity. Vinson’s Crossroads FCE prepared the meal for the day.
Dian Greene and Irene Fuston celebrated their September birthdays, with attendees enjoying a delicious fried chicken dinner. The October meeting will be held at Southern Charm in Woodbury.

Vinson's Crossroads
Vinson’s Crossroads FCEC met on Sept. 18 in the Magnolia Room after attending the County Council meeting where our club provided the meal.
The meeting was called to order by president Frances Hobbs. Roll call was answered with the naming of a body part of a butterfly, with 14 members present. 
Secretary Lori Yates read the minutes of the Aug. 17 meeting, and these were approved. Treasurer Wilma Davenport gave the financial report. A reading report was given by Yates. Hobbs reported the Fisher House needs are white towels and wash cloths.
The following officers were appointed for 2018:  president, Frances Hobbs; vice president, Susan Driver; treasurer, Becky Phillips; secretary, Lori Yates; reporter, Diane Grove and chaplain, Geneva Tier. 
Our next meeting will be held on Oct. 19 after the fall planning meeting.