MASON COUNTY — Achievement does not always happen in a day. It is the accumulation of time, energy, focus and application of vision which results in reaching one’s goal.
For those belonging to the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS), achievement can represent holding an office or chairing a committee, picking up litter along the highway, making Boo Boo Bears for children undergoing immunizations, and helping 4-H campers learn a new craft. It can also mean publishing a newsletter, reading aloud to school children, and volunteering at the hospital.
On Oct. 17, 42 CEOS members met at Faith Gospel Church in Gallipolis Ferry and were recognized for their many achievements of the past year. This year’s Fall Achievement was hosted by the Wohelo CEOS Club. The theme was “Achievement — Leaving Your Mark.” The Family Life Center was decorated in fall colors and featured autumn leaves as the main decoration. A mock-up of a country store at harvest time featured fresh eggs and produce, canned fruit and vegetables, and more. A blackboard read “Today’s Special— Achievement. With CEOS you ‘can’ do it.”
County President Clinedda Austin, called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. Standing in for Wohelo’s President Joyce Rosas, and Vice President Sally Darst, who were both unable to attend due to illness, April Pyles welcomed those in attendance. Anna Mae Keefer was introduced as a guest of her grandmother, Jackie Scarberry, of the Leon Club.
General business items were covered and followed with special reports, which included the Fall Leadership Conference held in Jackson’s Mill, the CEOS “Harvest of Quilts,” Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and the upcoming Holiday Workshop, which will be Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Point of Faith Church across from Roosevelt Elementary.
Incoming presidents were recognized: Avalanche-Patty Johnson, Camp Conley-Becky Haer, Leon-Natalie Morgan, Pleasant-Clinedda Austin, and Wohelo-Joyce Rosas. Carolyn Litchfield was recognized as being a 52-year member. Past Council Presidents and Past Folk Festival Belles stood as their names were called, as did members of the CEOS Book Club. New members include Florence Leach of Avalanche Club, Mary Artis and Jane Thompson of Camp Conley Club, and Marie Mayes and Linda Holley of Wohelo Club. Club presidents reported on their club’s activities for the year.
The following were installed as 2016 County Officers by Lorrie Wright, extension educator: Clinedda Austin, president; Frankie Bumgarner, vice president; Sally Darst, secretary; and April Pyles, treasurer.
Lunch followed with a meal catered by the K&D Restaurant in Gallipolis Ferry. Members used their free time to explore the “Country Store” and the scrapbook table.
A memorial service, conducted by Darlene Haer and Phyllis Hesson, was held in memory of six CEOS members who passed away during the last 16 months: Pat Johnson and Jackie Arrington of the Wohelo Club, and Joann Martin, Linda Simpkins, Anna Lee Douglass and Lois Shinn, of the Leon Club.
Certificates were awarded to the four Educational Committees. The Leon Club also received a $25 check for having been the club that read the most books. Total books read by CEOS members county-wide was 2,434.
2015’s Club Presidents were also recognized: Avalanche-Marge Blake, Camp Conley-Becky Haer, Pleasant-Clinedda Austin, Leon-Helen Lyons, and Wohelo-Joyce Rosas. County Council officers for 2015 receiving certificates: President-Clinedda Austin; Vice-President-Joyce Rosas, who resigned her office recently due to illness, and Frankie Bumgarner, who will serve through December in her stead; Secretary-Catherine Yauger; and Treasurer-April Pyles.
Sally Darst was honored as 2015’s Folk Festival Belle, Eleanor Hoffman as County Historian, Carolyn Litchfield as “Club Connections” publisher, Lorrie Wright as Craft Show coordinator, Anne Byus and Yvonne Fetty as PVN&RC coordinators, Catherine Yauger and Carolyn Litchfield as co-chairs for the “Harvest of Quilts,” Darlene Haer as chairing the Memorial Service Committee, and Catherine Yauger and April Pyles as serving on the 4-H Senior Award Committee. Three clubs were shown appreciation for hosting the following county events: Charleston Area Spring Meeting-Camp Conley and County Council, Fall Achievement-Wohelo, and Holiday Workshop-Leon.
Individuals and clubs were presented with certificates for their volunteer hours. Total hours for the county numbered 10,500.
Ending the program, Ms. Keefer assisted with drawing names for the door prizes. Each winner took home a new friend – a scarecrow.
Those members attending the program included Marge Blake, Anne Byus, Audrey Clarke, Sue Darst, Yvonne Fetty, Eleanor Hoffman, Patty Johnson, Catherine Wandling, Mary Artis, Becky Haer, Darlene Haer, Phyllis Hesson, Clinedda Austin, Frankie Bumgarner, Linda Craig, Betty Farmer, Marylin Higginbotham, Regina Johnson, Mary Sue Kincaid, Carolyn Litchfield, Sharon Nibert, Brenda Schultz, Garnet Schwarz, Leona Stover, Mary Vickers, Lorrie Wright, Catherine Yauger, Helen Lyons, Sherry Mayes, Natalie Morgan, Stella Morgan, Jackie Scarberry, Jane Holstein, Beverly Buckle, Judy Chapman, Janelle Erwin, Patricia Flora, Emma Long, Betty Mayes, Desi Mayes, April Pyles, and Letha Rice.
On Saturday, Nov. 21, Mason County CEOS will hold its annual Handmade Holiday Treasures Craft Show at a new locale this year – the First Church of God’s Fellowship Center, 2400 block of Jefferson Ave., Point Pleasant. Visitors will enjoy a day of Holiday shopping fun, complete with homemade soup, fudge, and baked goods.
April Pyles is a member of the CEOS County Council and Wohelo CEOS Club.