Pleasant CEOS Club news

The Pleasant CEOS Club met at the court house annex on Feb. Frankie Bumgarner and Linda Craig served lunch.

Clinedda Austin, president, presented January and February hostesses with thank you gifts. Garnet Schwarz and Lorrie Wright were presented birthday gifts.

Mary Sue Kincaid presented the meditations using an excerpt entitled “Science of Gratitude” taken from a book “One Simple Act Discovering the Power of Generosity” by Debbie Macomber. There was also a handout with five things discovered about gratitude—Gratitude defends, Gratitude sharpens, Gratitude calms, Gratitude Strengthens and Gratitude heals. Carolyn Litchfield was given a prize for reading the most books in January of this year.

The lesson entitled “Canning Jars-A Test of Time” written by Jessica Streets, WVU Extension Agent In Training was presented by Catherine Yauger. The lesson stated that Napoleon, in addition to his place in history for his political and military achievements, played a vital role in the development of canning necessitated by the need for food for his armies. Histories of the Mason and Ball families was presented from the lesson and information obtained via the internet. The Alexander H. Kerr Glass Company at one time operated a glass plant in Huntington. This plant was one of seven Kerr Glass plants nationwide. On display at the meeting were three commemorative Ball jars. The lesson leader had two sets of salt and pepper shakers made by the Ball Company in the shape of canning jars which were probably made in the 1950 ‘s These were given as door prizes which were won by Garnet Schwarz and Marcia Nibert.

Canning jars are frequently used for food mixes as a gift. A gift basket containing ingredients for an apple crisp with dry ingredients in a Mason jar was given as a door prize which was won by Marylin Higginbotham.

Marylin Higginbotham presented the Health Motivator lesson entitled “Brainy Choices” written by Gina Taylor WVU Extension Agent in Jackson County. It gave six everyday choices that are the biggest risks and threats to the brain and six brainy choices to keep the brain healthy. More than 16 million U. S.adults are living with cognitive (brain) impairment.

Reports were given by two of the four Educational Committees. The Continuing Education Committee were to meet on Feb. 14 to make plans for the Outdoor Youth Expo which will take place April 12-13 at the National Guard Armory. The Purposeful Reading Committee had four books on display from the CEOS Library to encourage members to read. The chairperson, Mary Sue Kincaid also had a handout with 17 ways to support the local library.

In connection with the NVON Project in Common-Eat Local, Eat Healthy which will continue through 2018, Mrs. Austin urged members to use local food products when possible. She announced a “Winter Blues” Farmers Market which would be held on February 12 at the Charleston Civic Center,

The Mason County Spring meeting will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church on April 27 and the theme will be “Lettuce Turnip the Beat for CEOS,”

A budget was approved for 2017.

Linda Craig was appointed to serve on the county Ways and Means Committee and Mary Sue Kincaid was nominated as Pleasant Club candidate for the 2017 Folk Festival Belle.

Attending the meeting: Catherine Yauger, Frankie Bumgarner, Marylin Higginbotham, Mary Sue Kincaid, Marcia Nibert, Linda Craig, Carolyn Litchfield, Garnet Schwarz, Clinedda Austin and Lorrie Wright, Pleasant Club member and Mason County Extension Agent.

Submitted by Club Reporter Catherine Yauger.