The Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) met at the Courthouse Annex on March 14, with the Avalanche Club serving lunch. The room was beautifully decorated with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Favors were Irish hats filled with candy.
Following lunch, members recited the Club Collect and the salute to the United States flag. Phyllis Hesson led the group in an action song. Patsy Keathley presented the meditations entitled “You Are Blest to be You.” Members prayed the Lord’s Prayer and Patsy read an Irish blessing. Lorrie Wright, Mason County Extension Agent installed Sherry Mayes as Vice President for 2017. Other officers were installed at the Fall Achievement Luncheon held in 2016.
Marketing and Membership Committee is planning to observe CEOS Week with a “Taste of CEOS” luncheon and a plant exchange at the Harmon Park Youth Center on May 25. The theme will be “Spring Has Sprung-Planting Has Begun.” Rodney Walbrown will speak on Caring for Garden Plants. This event is open to the public with lots of good food and plants galore.
Continuing Education Committee presented their plans for a booth at the Outdoor Youth Expo held at the National Guard Armory on April 12-13. Mary Sue Kincaid was selected to represent Mason County as Folk Festival Belle at the Folk Festival to be held at Glenville, in June.
The Charleston Area CEOS Spring Luncheon was announced for March 25 at the Union Baptist Church in Milton. The theme will be “Preparing Ourselves for he Rest of Our Lives.” Members were asked to bring new or slightly used shoes which will be given to ECHO (Eastern Cabell Humanities). Marie Mayes, a member of the Wohelo Club has been nominated to serve as Charleston Area Representative for 2018.
The Pleasant Club is planning for the Mason County CEOS Spring Luncheon to be held April 27 at the New Hope Baptist Church in Point Pleasant.
Homemade Holiday Treasures Craft Show has been set for November 4, at the National Guard Armory. An effort is being made to get vendors with some of the traditional crafts as well as newer crafts, an item of great interest brought to this meeting was a 1947 yearbook from the Farm Women’s Club which had belonged to Clara Kay of Southside. One part of this book was “Beatitudes for A Housewife” which was read to the group. The book was placed in the CEOS archives. The CEOS organization began as the Farm Women’s Club.
Some members planned to attend West Virginia University Day at the WV Legislature on March 28. Two state projects which members are urged to participate in are Domestic Violence Awareness and NVON Project in Common “Eat Local-Eat Healthy.”
Submitted by Reporter Catherine Yauger.