Greene County Extension Homemakers Achievement Day

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Ladies participating in the style show at the Achievement day were: (L-R) Marge George, Betty Stansfield, Sharon Holtsclaw, Marilyn Wright, Joan Franklin and Dixie Collins.

The annual Greene County Extension Homemakers Achievement Day was held on June 20. Joan Franklin, President, welcomed homemakers from around the county and led the Pledge to the Flag, Annette Daniels led the Homemakers Creed. Joan gave a blessing before the luncheon was served. Furnace Club provided sign in sheets and name tags, while all clubs donated delicious items for the luncheon.

Bri Lindsey, Artistic Director of Shawnee Theater, was the guest speaker and gave a very enlightening presentation of behind the scenes at Shawnee. Shawnee is the oldest operating professional summer theater in the state, celebrating its 58th year. Actors are professionals, coming from across the U.S., and local talents.

The Betty Sullivan Style Show was very interesting, showing both seamstress skills and smart consumer choices. The audience voted for the winners. In the Sewn by Wearer category was Marge George, Champion; Consumer Champion was Sharon Holtsclaw and Reserve Champion Dixie Collins. Additional participants were: Joan Franklin, Marilyn Wright, and Betty Stansfield.

Ruth Goodwin, membership chairperson, presented new member certificates to Audra Graves, Shirley Workman and Kristi Parks.

Special club recognitions were made to Park Sunshine for being an 85-year club; Sew-Sigh-Et-Tea for being a 70-year club; and Home & Family Circle for being a 69-year club. Furnace Club is the oldest club in the county at 92 years.

Special members recognized were: 25-year members, Deloris Newkirk and Ruth Goodwin; 50-year member, Violet Newton; 55-year member, Barbara Calkins; 60-year member, LaVeda Carr; and 65-year members, Grace Davis and Betty Jo Stansfield.

Sharon Holtsclaw and Ardith Scott of the Furnace Club gave the Memorial service in memory of Diane York of Lyons M & M's, Dorothy Beck of Home & Community Circle, and Velma Heaton of Furnace Club. An explanation reading of the 23rd Psalm was presented by Sharon Holtsclaw.

Joan recognized her current officers and chairwomen, while Suzanne Everett presented Joan with a lovely outgoing gift for serving and leading our county as president.

Kelly Gehring of the Lyons M&M's installed the 2017-18 county officers and chairwomen and club leaders. She explained the Homemakers Creed was written in 1913 to unify all members, our colors are Black and Gold and our Flower is the Zinnia. Each installed leader was presented a zinnia as a token of their position.

Special announcements and information were given by Extension Educator Polly Gettinger: Fair opening on July 8; Cooking contest (main ingredient Chocolate) July 10; Fall District Meeting September 6, and Fall Gathering October 10.

Joan concluded the afternoon's program with helpful advice for all.