Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 23, 2014

Club Chatter

Greensburg Daily News

---- — Smyrna Guys and Gals 4-H Club

The April 8 meeting of the Smyrna Guys and Gals 4-H Club was called to order by President Emma Spreckelson at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Smyrna Lutheran Church.

Those in attendance were Alli Norton, Emma, Jane and Claire Spreckelson, Blaine and Kaden Schroeder and Alan Lecher. The pledge to the American flag was led by Alan Lecher and the pledge to the 4-H flag was led by Blaine Schroeder.

Roll call was answered by “your favorite candy.” Last meeting’s minutes were read by club member Alli Norton and approved by the club.

The treasurer’s report was given by club leader Katie Spreckelson. New business included updates found in this month’s Decatur County Extension Newsletter.

A thank you note was signed by all club members for the Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department and their willingness to speak to the club last month. Club leader Katie approached the Smyrna church members about the possibility of helping again this year at the ice cream social.

They will get back with her when and if they decide to plan the social. The club held a discussion about possible field trips with several good ideas shared. All were asked to bring ideas to the next meeting. There was no old business. The meeting continued with Health & Safety given by Alli Norton titled, “Be a Fit Kid.” Devotions were provided by Kaden Schroeder. Jane Spreckelson reported on several Animal Fun Facts. Claire Spreckelson gave a Career Focus report on a masseuse.

Demonstrations were given by Jane Spreckelson on How to Make a Smoothie, Claire Spreckelson on How to Freeze Homemade Applesauce and Emma Spreckelson on Dairy Goat Products and Uses. Jane shared a bit of the smoothie with all club members. The meeting was then adjourned and leader Katie led the group in recreation by having all members unwrap and eat a Hershey’s kiss, with gloves on, as two teams. The members enjoyed the camaraderie. Refreshments were provided by Alli Norton.

The next club meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 13 at St. John’s Smyrna Lutheran Church.

The Fifty Extension Homemakers

The Fifty Extension Homemakers met April 16 at the home of Ruth Smith.

Isabelle Royse called the meeting to order followed by the Creed and Pledge of Allegiance. Ruth gave devotions from Stories for a Woman’s Heart entitled “Let It Shine.” Deloris Tays read the Thought of the Month, and Mary Marsh led in singing “This Little Light of Mine.”

Eleven members answered roll by stating our favorite TV commercial. Juanita Israel read the secretary’s report, and Bertha Head gave the treasurer’s report. For cultural arts, Ruth showed us various Easter items and a framed Lord’s Supper picture from prior to 1918.

Isabelle reported on International Night, and we are pleased that Helen Swango’s purse won first prize and will represent Decatur County at the Home and Family Conference at Purdue.

We decided to retain the same officers for next year with the addition of Mary Alice Smith as Health and Safety leader. A committee of Isabelle, Linda Gommel, and Carol Ayres will meet prior to next meeting to present recommendations for updating our club’s by-laws.

Isabelle noted that we will have our regular meeting in July, but will meet on the fourth Wednesday in September due to Fall Retreat being on our regular meeting date. Bertha is in charge of games for the Retreat and asked for suggestions for the theme, “State Fair.”

We discussed our June outing which we will finalize in May. Juanita, Linda, and Isabelle plan to attend Leader Lesson Day May 8 in Jennings County.

For health and safety, we discussed the perils of recent chuckholes, flat tires, and the use of cell phones requesting AAA help. Following Club Prayer, Linda gave the lesson, “Caring for Your Textile Heirlooms.” Our next meeting will be May 21 at Mary Marsh’s home. Ruth will present the lesson “Live the Power of Ten.”

Ruth served cake, cookies, nuts and other items. Mary and Linda received the door prizes for wearing spring green and purple clothing.

– Daily News