The annual Warren County FCE Achievement/Recognition Day was held on April 7 with 43 members representing the six area clubs. There were 43 members present from the six area clubs. Midway was the hostess club, with the meal prepared by members of the Vinson’s Crossroads Club. The day was sponsored by Ben Lomand Connect, Security Federal, and Homeland Community Bank.
Council president Frances Hobbs welcomed everyone, and Phyllis Hillis read an article about Earth Day. Becky Phillips conducted an ice breaker, with everyone answering a question about themselves after providing their name and their club.
Melinda Walling, also known as Mrs. Goof, with the Kids of the Community, gave a presentation about the program which serves approximately 211 children in our community. This goal of the program is to help keep our children out of the judicial system.
President Hobbs conducted a brief county council business meeting. Topics of interest included financial business, spring bake sale, 4-H sponsorship of the “Behind the Scenes” tour, charitable donations to Hamilton Street Activity Center, Kids of the Community, and the Childhood Cancer program.
At our quarterly council meetings we will start bringing donations for the men’s and women’s shelters. At our Fall Planning meeting we will bring books for newborns.
Brenda Clark, county council vice president, conducted the annual memorial service. A brief reading and candle lighting ceremony was conducted in memory of Frances Holcomb, Kathryn Patterson and Eva Taylor.
The following club and individual awards were presented:
Club with the most members present was Hickory Creek with 100 percent of members in attendance.
Most new members award went to Vinson’s Crossroads and Hickory Creek clubs for recruiting members.
Lois Self of the Vinson’s Crossroads Club was recognized as a 50-year member of the FCE organization.
Secretary books awards went to Hickory Creek, Vinson’s Crossroads and Bonner.
Scrapbook awards were presented to Vinson’s Crossroads and Hickory Creek.
Twenty-nine members were awarded perfect attendance awards ranging from one to 29 years.
Certificates were given to members who earned 100-199; 200-299 and 300 plus Gold Stars. Those include Lucy Eastman, Diane Gillespie, Sarah Kell, Janis Darnaby, Clata Groves, Loretta Walker, Jean Cantrell, Melba Watts, Lois Self, Sue Shetley and Violet Turner, 100-199; Irene Fuston, Becky Surles, Crystal Davis, Cassy Hillis, Marian Jacobs, Martha McBride, Robbie Prater, Ann Whitman, Carolyn Womack, Paula Barnes, Sandra Griffith, Linda Schlimmer, Betty Whitlock, Alda Bandy, Sandra Blair, Michelle Bodey, Wilma Davenport, Diane Grove, Becky Phillips, Naomi Smith, Lori Yates, 200-299; Donna Dunlap, Faye Hickey, Vita Gulley, Linda Nixon, Connie York, Brenda Clark, Vicki Gibbs, Phyllis Hillis, Irene Fuston, Sharon Bennett, Irene Fusotn, Dian Greene, Betty Grissom, Mary Rubley and Frances Hobbs, 300 plus.
Regular reading certificates were given to Faye Hickey, Sarah Kell, Janis Darnaby, Crystal Davis, Cassy Hillis, Phyllis Hillis, Martha McBride, Robbie Prater, Ann Whitman, Carolyn Womack, JoAnn Ballard, Billie Ann Foster, Ramona Smith, Mildred Vaughn, Sharon Bennett, Jean McFall, Mary Rubley, Linda Schilmmer, Becky Phillips, Sue Shetley and Lori Yates.
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 the year. Those are Donna Dunlap, Vita Gulley, Becky Surles, Connie York, Brenda Clark, Dima Craddock, Elsie Fugate, Brenda Woodlee, Paula Barnes, Betty Girssom, Sandra Blair, Wilma Davenport, Diane Grove, Frances Hobbs, Lois Self and Naomi Smith.
Family reading certificates were given to Vicki Gibbs and Marian Jacobs.
The Master reading certificates were given to Bonner, Hickory Creek and Lucky Homemakers.
Master club certificates were given to Bonner, Hickory Creek, Lucky Northside, Midway and Vinson’s Crossroads.
Irene Fuston, who attends Bonner, Lucky Northside and Midway clubs, received the prestigious Mrs. Warren County FCE/Best of the Best ward. She will represent Warren County in the state competition later this year.