Hickory Creek FCE met for its regular meeting, with president Vicki Gibbs calling the meeting to order and recognizing new member Myra Neeley. Chaplain Ann Whitman read “Recipe for Happiness Cake," and Gibbs led the group in the pledge to the flag. Martha McBride reminded the group we should always place our hand over our heart during the pledge.
Secretary Phyllis Hillis called roll, with the 15 members answering how many species of butterflies exist in the world. There are approximately 17,500 worldwide, with 750 species residing in the United States. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved. Treasurer Marian Jacobs gave the financial report.
Vice president Davis asked for member reports and demonstrations. Special projects leader McBride shared copies of the 2017 events calendar. She reminded everyone to continue accumulating info for CVU’s. Cassie Hillis showed pictures of a chair she is restoring with fabric paint. Tina Ramsey helped the members make sun catchers with CDs and foam sheets.
Fourteen members reported reading since the last meeting, with book reports given by Whitman, Brenda Clark, Irene Fuston and Neely. Gibbs collected the challenge sheets to turn in to agent Hilda Lytle. The February Bingo at Fannie B’s went well, with the next visit coming after our May meeting. Gibbs and Clark judged the 4th grade Cornbread Baking contest.
Plans were made to attend the Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg on April 29. McBride will be accumulating hours spent on TAFCE state projects for the annual report. Final preparations were made for visitation day, with everyone encouraged to attend and bring a guest. March 20 will be the quarterly county council and Grab Bag Day. We are to bring laundry products for the local shelters. The spring bake sale will be May 5 at Foodland.
Awards and Recognition Day will be April 6 at Midway CIC. We are to bring items for the silent auction. Due to the A&R Day, we changed our next meeting to April 13 at Billy’s Restaurant. The club previously voted to give a $100 donation to a community project, with this quarter’s gift going to Morrison Methodist Church’s FUEL Program. Clark suggest the second quarter donation go to the Hamilton Street Project. Fuston suggested inviting director Lisa Harvey to visit our June meeting.
Jacobs announced a Relay for Life fundraiser will be held at the Morrison Ruritan on March 4. Clark will be doing two demonstration classes at the FCE leadership retreat in May. Gibbs announced the Feb. 10 passing of former member Linda Moore.
The highlight of the meeting was the birthday gift presentation to president Gibbs. To show our appreciation for her dedication to the club, the members made an Underground Railroad quilt top for her. Following the meeting, several members went to Billy’s Restaurant for a meal to celebrate.