The Camp Conley CEOS Club met at the home of Darlene and Becky Haer for its January meeting. After the Grace Song, refreshments were served. President Becky Haer called the meeting to order by leading the pledges to the American and West Virginia flags. Meditations were given by Phyllis Hesson using the Bulletin leaflet from Focus on the Family. Her first topic was New Year’s Resolutions. She read the short list spoken by author and evangelist Jonathan Edwards back in the 1700s that are so simple, yet so powerful: Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. She also read a couple of funny stories entitled “Retarded Grandparents” and “Never Upset a Nurse.”
There was no secretary’s report due to the Illness of the secretary. Darlene presented the November and December treasurer’s reports and the club budget for 2017. A motion was made and seconded to accept the budget. Motion carried.
Under committee reports, members were reminded to keep track of volunteer house, save medicine bottles and pop tabs. It was reported that people have asked to cut herbs from our herb garden at the West Virginia State Farm Museum. Members said it would be ok to do so.
Old business: Darlene and Phyllis took a ham, personal hygiene items and gently used games to the Homeless Shelter on December 20.
New Business: Darlene reported that there will be an audit of the county club financial records in January. Included in the audit papers are a copy of the Club Constitution. The current club Constitution was reviewed and after some discussion, Phyllis made a motion to accept the proposed changes. Mary Artis seconded the motion and the motion carried. Mary reported on various dates of events planned for the next few months reported at the January County Council meeting. They include County Committee meetings and the next County Council Meeting to be held on March 14 hosted by the Avalanche CEOS Club. Club secretaries were reminded that their reports along with a copy of the Treasurer’s report be sent to the extension office on a monthly basis.
Darlene present the lesson entitled “Canning Jars: The Test of Time.” The idea of preserving food in glass jars was introduced in the early 1800’s by Nicholas Appert. The first cannery in the United States was established in New York in 1812. In 1858, John Mason invented a glass jar that would seal tightly because of a screw-on thread molded into the top. The canning jar today has become useful for crafting and is still used for food preservation. Mason, Ball and Kerr are all household names and will continue to be used for years to come. Darlene displayed canning jars used for decorations. One was a quart jar painted white inside and decorated as a snowman with the lid containing a solar unit. Another was a half-gallon blue jar with the lid turned into a lamp fixture. The jar contained various colored marbles. The last was a gallon jar containing potpourri and clear lights. The top was covered with a lace doily, ribbon and pearls. It was noted that members who attended the Fall County Achievement dinner received Mason Jar Luminaries as individual favors.
Submitted by Club Treasurer and Secretary Darlene Haer.