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FCE Hosts Achievement Luncheon

FCE Weakley County Council officers installed during a recent meeting while wearing St. Patrick’s Day masks were (L to R) Linda Capra, Jerry Seamans, Beverly Shelby, JoAnne Gill and Betty Bequette.

Submitted by JoAnne Gill

The Weakley County Council for Family and Community Education recently met in the Farm Bureau Building in Dresden for its annual Achievement Luncheon for the first time since 2019. The theme for the event was, “See New Growth In 2022.”

The meeting was opened with Council President, Betty Bequette welcoming the 16 members. Sue Stewart gave the devotional, “The Fence Story,” author unknown, about a little boy who learned that things said in anger can leave permanent scars that cannot be removed.

Beverly Shelby, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent, installed the 2022 Weakley County Council officers, cleverly using St. Patrick’s Day as the theme. Officers are Betty Bequette, President; Linda Capra, Vice President; JoAnne Gill, Secretary/Reporter; and Jerry Seamans, Treasurer.

Shelby then gave the program, “A Genealogy Narrative of the Family Robbins,” using a historic family picture showing her mother as a child. From that photo, she was able to find many very interesting facts about her family history. She is currently working on a book with that title.

For grace, the group sang, “Bless This Food” to the tune of “Edelweiss.” The group then enjoyed a delicious luncheon catered by Simply Southern Cafe in Gleason.

President Bequette called the meeting back to order.

Shelby presented the 2021 certificates for reading records to each member who had turned in a list of the books they had read in the past year. Gill presented certificates to those who had perfect attendance to their club meetings. Capra presented certificates for Volunteer Community Value Units to Linda Capra, Elsie Smith, Betty Bequette, Mary Elizabeth Bell and JoAnne Gill.

Bequette presented certificates for 2021 Cultural Arts to Mary Elizabeth Bell, second place for her Sculpture, and JoAnne Gill, for first place for Children’s Casual and Better Wear.

Two members of the council served in the 2021 State Conference as committee chairs. Betty Bequette in the Gift Shop and Linda Capra in the Service Project for the selling the Jazzy Jars. They also were in charge of the clothing that had been donated by state members to be given in support the Mirror Lake Recovery Center for Women.

Special thanks were given to Jerry Seamans, Kathy Simmons and Sue Stewart for managing the Silent Auction for the event.

Winning the 2022 Cultural Arts on that day was: Mary Elizabeth Bell, first for photograph colored; JoAnne Gill, first for photograph black and white and second, photograph other; Jerry Seamans, first for sculpture; JoAnne Gill, first, quilt, machine-stitched and machine-quilted.

The Silent Auction was completed. Those who had purchased items, were able to claim them.

The door prize was won by Sylvia Simmons.

The meeting ended with the group reading the FCE Creed in unison.

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