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FCEC News 10-18
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Members of Midway FCEC met Oct. 4 at Southern Charm Tea Room for their monthly meeting. President Dian Greene conducted the meeting and welcomed new member Sue Adcock. The group recited the FCE prayer in unison.
Roll call was answered by 12 members with each attendant saying a color seen on butterfly wings. Secretary Irene Fuston read the minutes of the previous meeting, and treasurer Mary Rubley gave the financial report.
Fuston filled in for economics leader Linda Schlimmer, and provided information on security tips while shopping and banking safety online. Reading reports were given by Greene and Fuston. Members also updated their Gold Stars for September.
A thank you card from the Children’s Advocacy Center was received, thanking the group for our monthly donations. The county fall planning meeting has been set for Oct. 19, with the theme of Pumpkin Galore being chosen. Members are encouraged to attend, wear orange, and bring items for a silent auction.
Members each donated $10 toward the no-bake sale benefiting the Meals on Wheels program. The current slate of officers was elected by acclamation for the upcoming year. Fuston is planning to attend the craft day in Franklin County this month.
Paula Barnes and Betty Whitlock celebrated October birthdays. Members enjoyed a delicious lunch at the tea room, sitting outside and visiting some of the area antique shops. The next meeting will be Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at Midway CIC.


Bonner FCE club members met Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. in the 4-H room for a monthly meeting. Teresa Priestley called the meeting to order and welcomed six members and guest county agent Hilda Lytle. She also recognized new member Lisa Keener.
For devotional, members were asked to pray for members who are unable to attend due to medical issues and or difficult times. The group stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Our roll call was conducted by everyone telling a color they have seen on a butterfly’s wings. Minutes for the September meeting were read by Donna Dunlap, and due to the absence of the treasurer, a financial report was not given.
Vice president Vita Gulley took over the meeting. County agent Hilda Lytle gave her report today about Everyday Health-Protecting Your Health. We discussed how to control the stressors in our lives.  We played a game by writing down something that stresses us, and sought advice from our fellow members on how to handle the situation. We decided we need to declutter our lives and set realistic goals. Also we need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We found all this information very informative and will try to use these suggestions.
Fuston and Gulley reported they had read a book since our last meeting.  Lucy Eastman gave us some information about a place to contact about getting healthy meals for $38 per week. It was She has tried these meals and related they were pretty good.
Fuston and Eastman attended the competition at the Regional Cultural Arts in Murfreesboro. They did not place in their category but related they did enjoy the day.
The fall planning meeting will be Oct. 19, with registration to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Magnolia Room. Everyone asked to attend if possible, as plans for next year will be made.
We selected our new officers for next year. They will be Teresa Priestley, president; Linda Gerland, vice president; Donna Dunlap, secretary/reporter; Linda Nixon, treasurer; and Brenda Mitchell, chaplain.
Our next meeting will be at Faye Hickey’s residence on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. We are to bring a covered dish for our noon meal. Members provided items for the Hamilton Street Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center. We closed the meeting by reciting the FCE Creed
Members went to Arby’s for lunch and a time of fellowship before going to McMinnville Boarding Home for cupcakes and ice cream with the residents.