By Estella Minor
The Stonewood CEOS club met at the Congregational Missionary Church on Oct 16 2023. The meeting was called to order by President Deloris Wilson and members welcomed. Present were Ladonna Tucker, Jan Johnson, Estella Farnsworth, Lesita Snider, Eva Summers, Willa Jean Green, Darlene Francis, April Stout, and Deloris Wilson. Absent today were Barbara Graham and Betty Shreves.
Devotions read by Darlene conveyed the message that you are not too young or old for what God asks you to do; and always be kind and let your light shine. She also led members in the salute to the American and WV flags. Willa Jean then led the group in the song Side by Side.
Minutes of last meeting were read by Secretary Estella Farnsworth, there are 2 corrections… Deloris Wilson is still our president and Ladonna Tucker is our vice president. New officers positions will be effective Jan 2024…also the correct total of CVH for Sept is 309…not 290 as stated. Treasurers report given by Treasurer Jan Johnson and was filed.
Darlene had the lesson today entitled Teaching Appalachian Heritage Cooking. In early days people depended on vegetables from their gardens, meat from hogs that they raised, and fruit from their trees. Pork was the most inexpensive source of meat and protein because hogs were easy to feed with grains and plant food from the forests and woods. It was important to teach children heritage cooking as a way of bonding and remains important today. The recipes can be handed down from generation to generation.
Health Motivator Willa Jean Green spoke on healthy soups being easy to make and we should try to have soup at least once a week. Soups are considered a calming comfort food. This is the time of year that hot soup is delicious with our meals. There are hundreds of ingredient combinations to use, many that we already have on hand. She also led the group in an arm exercise of simulating picking vegetables from the garden and putting them in a pot for cooking.
On October 9th Deloris visited the local nursing home to read and have a reminiscing session with the residents; the residents really enjoy those sessions. The next date is tentatively set for Oct 23rd. 20 jars of jelly was collected today for the Mustard Seed donation; also County dues were collected today. Members were reminded of Fun and games day on Nov 3, County Council meeting on Nov 6, which our club will provide snacks and drinks; and Achievement and Demonstration Day on Nov 16. Meeting was adjourned. Books read this month totaled 20 and CVH were 782. Next meeting will be Nov 20.
Just a reminder…Don’t forget to get your annual furnace checkup! Unfortunately, cold weather is coming!! Also…HAPPY HALLOWEEN!