The Pleasant CEOS Club recently met at the courthouse annex with hostess, Clinedda Austin, serving a luncheon of nine bean soup, cornbread, crackers, drinks and apple pie.
During the lunch, President Austin presented gifts to two members having birthdays in February: Lorrie Wright and Garnet Schwarz and the group sang Happy Birthday.
Garnet just happened to be celebrating her 95th on the day of the meeting. Mary Vickers treated everyone with candy for Valentine’s Day.
Betty Farmer presented the meditations. She read from a book entitled “Glorious Hope – Stories of Life, Faith, and Finishing Well” written by editors of Guidepost magazine. She also read an article from the Huntington Herald Dispatch entitled “Kindness Week.” In this article was the following quote by Julie Tritz, WVU Extension Agent based in Wayne County. “Being kind is a key component in improving social wellness. Kindness helps us interact more peacefully with those around us and maintain or create positive relationships. When our relationships are positive, everyone benefits with less stress and more cheer.” February 16-20 was designated as International Random Acts of Kindness Week. Betty ended the presentation with a humorous story about “sweetheart” love as related to a child and also a senior citizen.
The lesson “Homemade Cleaning Products” written by Lauren Weatherford, WVU Extension Agent in Fayette and Nicholas Counties, was presented by Catherine Yauger. A soap-like material found in clay cylinders during the excavation of ancient Babylon is evidence that soapmaking was known as early as 2800 B.C. Inscriptions say that fats were boiled with ashes, which is a method of making soap. The ashes contain potassium and sodium hydroxide that react with the triglycerides in the fat to form soap. Soapmaking was an established craft in Europe by the seventh century. The chemistry of soapmaking stayed essentially the same until 1916, when the first synthetic detergent was developed in Germany in response to a World War I related shortage of fats for making soap. The lesson gave several recipes for homemade cleaners. The lesson leader had made a recipe for furniture polish and one for glass cleaner. Mary Sue Kincaid and Brenda Schultze participated in an experiment in which these two home made cleaners were used and compared to store-bought cleaners.
Marylin Higginbotham gave the Health Motivator Lesson entitled “Hurry Up Spring.” The lesson was written by Dave Roberts, WVU Extension Agent for Boone and Lincoln Counties and dealt with the days to celebrate in February.
Committee reports were given by two of the four educational committees – Continuing Education and Purposeful Reading. Special reports were given by the “Love Your Heart” task force. They are planning a mother-daughter luncheon which will be open to the public. Some of the members participate in the Cuddlers’s Program at Pleasant Valley Hospital and the group agreed to purchase Dreft detergent for the hospital for use in this program.
A budget was approved for 2016, Members were asked to be thinking of ideas for CEOS Week May 15-21 and for the Pleasant Club visit to Pleasant Valley Nursing/Rehap Center in May.
In attendance: Catherine Yauger, Betty Farmer, Clinedda Austin, Garnet Schwarz, Linda Craig, Mary Sue Kincaid, Linda Critchfield, Leona Stover, Mary Vicers, Regina Johnson, Marylin Higginbotham, Marcia Nibert, Lorrie Wright, Brenda Schultze, Carolyn Litchfield and Donna Hart.
Submitted by Club Reporter Catherine Yauger.