The Pleasant Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) recently met at the court house annex with Lorrie Wright and Carolyn Litchfield serving lunch of chicken salad sandwiches, baked potatoes with all the trimmings, cole slaw, drinks and a pumpkin dessert.
Favors were small plastic bags filled with candy pumpkins , tied with an orange ribbon and a tag which read: “From Charlie Brown’s pumpkin patch. The tables were decorated in keeping with the fall season.
Mary Sue Kincaid presented the meditations by reading about an author. Who having arrived in her 70’s suddenly quit writing saying, “Who wants to hear what an old woman has to say?” But she was encouraged to resume her writings by a friend who told her that the hottest trend in home decorating is using wood from old Southern tobacco barns for flooring. This wood is about 200 years old and the original trees a century older than that. The value in age is the character that shows on its weathered surface—-knotholes, scratches and the colorful patterns seared into the wood as a result of the tobacco curing process.
Wright presented the lesson entitled “West Virginia Quilt Trails” written by Julie Tritz, WVU Extension Agent in Wayne County. The creation of barn trails is currently the largest public arts movement in our country. The first quilt trail was started by Donna sue Groves, who was originally from West Virginia but moved to Adams County, Ohio. It all started with Donna”s promise to her mother that she would paint a quilt square on an ugly tobacco barn on the property they shared. Donna’s primary goal was to preserve the stories behind those who built the barns and the family farm using quilts.
Through Donna’s initial effort, barn trails are now found In more than 30 states, as well as Canada. Mason County’s first quilt trail was started in 2004. The most unique trail in our state is in Cabell County.
Marylin Higginbotham presented the Health Motivator Lesson entitled “ Checklist for Better Sleep for a Healthy Brain” written by Gwen Crum, WVU Extension Agent in Wood County and Elaine Bowen, WVU Extension Health Promotion Specialist. The lesson gave eight suggestions to aid in getting a good night’s sleep ending with “Before you turn out the lights, write a list of what you are grateful for.”
In the absence of the president, Litchfield, vice president presided over the business meeting.
Kincaid, purposeful reading chairperson, had on display four books from the CEOS Library to encourage members to read. She raised the challenge to the membership to read 350 books in the 2017-18 reporting year. She also presented members with another four point challenge.
The Little Free Library sponsored by the Pleasant Club has been installed at Krodel Park in front of the clubhouse. The library was constructed by students at the Mason County Career Center.
Some members of the Mason County CEOS planned to teach a craft at the Pioneer Days to be held at the State Farm Museum by one of Point Pleasant’s elementary schools. Mary Sue Kincaid taught chicken scratch embroidery, Anne Byus and Yvonne Fetty, knitting and crochet, Clinedda Austin, quilting and Lorrie Wright, corn husk dolls.
Plans were made for the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness activities, CEOS Fall Achievement and the CEOS sponsored Handmade Holiday Treasures Craft Show.
In attendance: Donna Hart, Catherine Yauger, Linda Craig, Mary Sue Kincaid, Marylin Higginbotham, Lorrie Wright, Brenda Schultz, Garnet Schwarz, Faye Meadows and Carolyn Litchfield.
Submitted by Club Secretary Catherine Yauger.