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FCEC News 5-19
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 Hickory Creek FCE met May 4 for the monthly meeting at the Warren Administration Building. The meeting was called to order by President Vicki Gibbs. She welcomed guests Maggie Hodges and Carolyn Borum.  Chaplain Ann Whitman read “A Good Friend,” which reminded us of how friends can help you develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The scripture reading was Proverbs 17:17. We were led in the pledge to the flag by Gibbs. 
Secretary Phyllis Hillis called the attendance roll. The 15 members and guests answered with if you were a butterfly, where would you want to live. The minutes from the previous meeting were read by Hillis and approved as read. Treasurer Marian Jacobs gave the financial report.   
Vice president Davis asked for member reports and demonstrations. The environmental training given by Hillis was a home security check-up. Also presented were ways to make your house less vulnerable to burglars. Member demonstrations included an alphabet Christmas designed and embroidered by Janis Darnaby, a baby quilt given to member Cassie Hillis and a Christmas apron by Brenda Clark, a hooded baby towel also a gift to Cassie by Hillis, a painted plate for Mother’s Day by Victoria Conley, decorated plates made by grandchildren and decoupage trivets by Gibbs, and a trinket box decorated to look like a hat by Martha McBride.  Fourteen members reported reading since the last meeting. With no other reports or demonstrations Davis turned the meeting over to Gibbs.
Eight members from Hickory Creek, and 11 other FCE members attended the Spring Rally in Grundy County last month. It was a very good trip with several demonstrations and a delicious lunch. Eight members and two guests enjoyed a trip the Cornbread Festival on April 29. 
President Gibbs reminded everyone of the visit after the meeting to Fannie B’s for quarterly Bingo. The residents always enjoy the prizes and refreshments. The spring bake sale was held recently, and was a success. Robbie Prater and Brenda Clark are organizing the luncheon to recognize the city and county law enforcement officers this month. This is a project of the entire County Council. There was a discussion to add a community service project to provide Bingo gifts for the Senior Citizens Center twice a year.
After discussion of places to go for the summer outing on July 6, it was decided to dine at Boskey’s Grille in Summitville and visit Walker Garden Center and Gifts. The menu for the County Council meeting on June 19 was discussed. Please remember to bring bleach and laundry for the women’s shelter. Guest speaker, Lisa Harvey, is from the Hamilton Street Activity Center.
Other upcoming events are International Day, the Leadership Retreat on May 30 – June 1, June Dairy Day on June 8, Cultural Arts Day on July 13 and the Bloodmobile July 12. 
President Gibbs announced the FCE scholarship was awarded to Samantha Bell. Other announcements included the scheduled events at the Senior Citizens Center, Midway CIC Relay for Life breakfast fundraiser, Back to the Strip to benefit Meals on Wheels, Morrison city wide yard sale and Marketville at the Blue Building.  We were reminded to continue logging CVU’s, hours spent on state projects and collecting drink can taps for the state project. 
Our next meeting will be June 5 at Billy’s Restaurant beginning at 9 a.m. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at noon. Several members enjoyed lunch before going to Fannie B’s for Bingo.