County CEOS clubs meet

The Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) recently met at the court house annex with Camp Conley CEOS Club as the hosts.

Served was a typical Fourth of July indoor picnic lunch. Favors were pint-size Mason canning jars which had been sterilized and attendees used these for their beverage. Tables were beautifully decorated with United State flags, according to organizers.

Clinedda Austin, president, presided over the afternoon meeting.

Isabelle Yoder presented the meditations entitled “In God We Trust, To God We Pray.” Scripture was Psalm 56:11.

Austin introduced Madison Ranck from Branches Domestic Violence Shelter as the guest speaker. Members learned from this presentation that domestic violence is widespread. It involves isolation, emotional and psychological intimidation, sexual abuse, harming children and stalking. Domestic violence costs are estimated at $8.3 billion per year ($5.8 billion in medical costs and $2.5 billion in lost productivity.) Globally, the costs are estimated at $8 trillion per year – more than war. Branches was established as a non-profit organization in 1980 and works to empower domestic violence victims during and after their journey to escape an abusive relationship. They provide emergency shelter, legal assistance, counseling and case money. All services are free and confidential. Domestic Violence is the main focus of the WVCEOS for 2016.

Roll call revealed the following attendance: Avalanche, 6; Camp Conley, 6; Leon, 5; Pleasant, 6; Wohelo, 6; Members at Large, 1 and one guest for a total of 31.

A thank you card had been received from Alexis Meadows who was the Point Pleasant High School recipient of the outstanding 4-H Senior Award and Alexis also made a short appearance at the meeting to thank the organization for the award which she plans to use toward her further education.

On CEOS Day at the Mason County Fair which will be Tuesday, at 1 p.m., Lorrie Wright, Mason County extension agent, will give a talk on “Fairy Gardening.” Other exhibits will be on display at the Mason County Fair.

A reception honoring Mason County 2016 Folk Festival Belle April Pyles, will be held at the Mason County Library on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.

Club Connections articles are due by July 21 and the theme for this issue is “Back to School Memories.” The Family, Health and Volunteer Hours Committee is responsible for an article .

WVCEOS will be sponsoring a trip to Ireland for August 17-25, 2017. Cost will be $3,000.00 with $1,000.00 due by October, 2016.

Fall Leadership Conference will be held at Jackson’s Mill Oct. 4-6. The Charleston Area will be drawing for a scholarship to this conference. Anyone who has never attended this conference may sign up.

Mason County CEOS Will be responsible for the Culinary Arts Division at the Mason County Fair. The organization also plans to have a float in the fair parade.

Mason County Fall Achievement will be held on Oct. 22, 2016 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Haven with Avalanche Club hosting. Cost of meal is $12.50.

In attendance: Clinedda Austin, Lorrie Wright, Mary Arttis, Isabelle Yoder, Phyllis Hesson, Molly Miller, Becky Haier, Doris Duncan, Betty McCoy, Betsy Cicoff, Marie Mayes, Desire Sparks, Mary Sue Kincaid, Betty Mayes, Marge Blake, Catherine Yauger, Jackie Scarberry, Helen Lyons, Carolyn Litchfield, Natalie Morgan, Anne Byus, Yvonne Fetty, April Pyles, Audrey Clarke, Marylin Higginbotham, Sherry Mayes, Darlene Haer, Eleanor Hoffman, Stella Morgan,and guest speaker, Madison Ranck.

Submitted by Reporter Catherine Yauger.