Morgan County HCE Board of Directors
Morgan County’s HCE board members met under a shade tree at Martha Vaché’s on August 21.
Mary Johnson, District 3 director, was our special guest. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our board of directors has not been able to meet in the second week of March since the IAHCE agreement, and our annual meeting has been canceled. The Morgan County Extension Office has closed to the public.
Mary Johnson appointed officers for 2021: Sharon Middendorf, President; Barbara Baptist, second vice president; Linda Settles, Treasurer and CVH / Sales; Anita Ashcroft, Cultural Enrichment and Family / Community Issues; and Martha Vaché, International and Public Relations. The board of directors still has vacancies for a first vice-president and a secretary.
President Sharon Middendorf presented awards from the IAHCE Convention. Anita Ashcroft received an education award for the craft days she organized to prepare the craft for the Pathway Festival of Trees. Morgan County received an award for membership increase, under the direction of Barb Baptist. Barbara Baptist and Marilyn Sorrill received awards for their volunteer hours. Sharon Middendorf received a Leadership Award.
Treasurer Linda Settles mentioned that there is a fee of $ 15. Checks should be sent direct to Linda Settles. She will inform Barb Baptist, Chair of the Membership, of the names of those who have paid.
Instead of our usual HCE meetings in the district, state officials posted videos on the Internet. The videos can be viewed at iahce.org.
Mary Johnson distributed information packs that would normally have been distributed in the county workshops. Members are asked this year not only to keep track of the volunteers’ hours, but also to keep track of how many masks they made and how much time they spent making them. The board decided which lessons to study in 2021.
The following changes have been announced due to the pandemic and the closure of the expansion office. Crafts Day on September 3 has been canceled, as have children’s activities for the Pathway’s Festival of Trees. If we cannot have a face-to-face event for International Day, materials for the study of Uruguay will be made available to the local units.
The next meeting of the Morgan County HCE Board will be on October 1st at 1:30 pm.
– Submitted by Martha Vache
Jacksonville Noon Rotary Club
President Craig Albers called to arrange for the Jacksonville Rotary Club meeting on August 28 at noon.
The promise of loyalty was recited, followed by Lynn Sheaff, who played America on the piano.
Volunteers were thanked, including the greeter Alberta Robinson; Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl, who directed the invocation; Pianist Lynn Sheaff; Note maker Anne Jackson; Todd Evans, who directed recognitions; and Katherine Grady, who handled the delivery of groceries.
The Polio Plus glass is on the front table.
The meeting on September 11th will take place in the square. To purchase a $ 12 packed lunch, contact Sandy Sanders.
The September 4th meeting will be in Hamilton’s Fireside Room.
Daphne Spradlin announced that Rod Buffington and his wife will have an opening reception for their work at the David Strawn Art Gallery on September 12th from 6pm to 8pm.
Cathy Jo Littleton’s Wahl reminded the group of the September 5th parade. We are looking for volunteers who can travel in a flatbed. We need volunteers on the morning of September 2nd to help with the Minnie Barr Park project.
#Trashbag is still looking for volunteers. Contact Brittany Henry if interested.
Visitors were welcomed! Micki Galloway was the guest of Cathy Jo Littleton’s election. The group was excited to hear that Micki had submitted her membership application.
Todd Evan was responsible for the recognition. Rotations were made by Steve Holt, Lynn Sheaff and Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl.
Today’s program, which was attended by several members of the membership committee (Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl, Matt Torres, Lynn Sheaff, and Anne Jackson), was intended to educate the club about the various efforts of this group. August is Rotary membership development month.
Sandy Sanders won the 50/50 drawing.
The four-way test was recited and the session was suspended at 1 p.m.
– Submitted by Anne Jackson
Arenzville UMC UMW night circle
The United Methodist Women’s Night Circle of the Arenzville United Methodist Church met on August 12 in the church’s meeting hall.
The group heard two songs – “It Must Have Been You” and “I Wonder If He Ever Cries” from Jeff and Sheri Oster’s “Eyes Wide Open” CD.
President Lisa Clinton asked Faye Kershaw to open class time with a prayer. Lisa was the instructor for “Prisoner and Preacher” from Ephesians 3.
The appeal was answered with five members present. The minutes of the July meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given with a good balance. There was no correspondence.
The annual lunch and bazaar are canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If everyone could donate what they normally spend on lunch and the bazaar, the county should have enough money to continue funding all of its missions.
The meeting on September 9th will take place in the church’s parish hall. Sue Farmer will be the “Unity and Uniqueness” teacher at Ephesians 4: 1-16.
The prayer list has been updated and the prayer meeting has been completed.
– Submitted by Sue Farmer
Jacksonville’s Kiwanis Club
Many thanks to Roger Deem for a very nice invitation to the opening of the Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville on August 27th.
Thanks also to Terry Maggart for filling out Jared and hosting Good News.
Thank you to Melissa Hall, Kelsey Hall and Christy Martin at Jacksonville Food Bank and the Take it to the Streets Lunch Program for sharing the wonderful job they have done on the Lunch program this year and for sharing what’s going on in the Food Bank. Note: Christy mentioned that she was in dire need of macaroni and cheese, a favorite of families in the area. Luke Worrell’s wife, Allison, picked up 56 boxes of macaroni and cheese Friday night for Kiwanis to donate to the grocery bank! Thanks, Luke and Allison!
More funny events from the meeting on Thursday:
We have several people who signed up for the Minnie Barr Park project this Wednesday. The coordinator of this project is Lori Hartz. According to Lori, we only have to show up on Wednesday. Lunch is served at noon, so both shifts have lunch – the 8am to 12pm shift and the 12pm to 5pm shift. Please bring a mask and gloves.
The Jacksonville Litter Pickup Relay will be held on September 12th.
We had two special guests this Thursday, District Gov. Charles Smith and Lt. Gov. Lee Bevill.
– Submitted by Brad Probst
Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club
On a drizzly Tuesday morning on September 1, eight Rotarians and one guest gathered in the boardroom at the Holiday Inn Express in South Jacksonville. Everyone in attendance was relived to learn that Sonie Smith had safely climbed off the countertop after changing the battery in the clock before anyone arrived.
When the conversation subsided, President Jay Jamison called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. Linda Meece led the pledge of allegiance, Gordon Jumper led the reciting of the four-way test, and Pat Pennell made the invocation.
Announcements were made. Sonie Smith said the stone and plaque had arrived at Play-4-All Park and that both he and the bench would be placed near the pavilion. A dedication is planned for a later date. Sarah Edmiston collects plastic lids for future benches and gives them to Bailey Brammeier when Green Tree Plastics is back up and running. Jane Becker collects Prairie Farms hats; The money collected from the codes on them will be used for Ag in the classroom. Arrangements have been made for multiple members to participate in the Rotary Parade on Labor Day weekend. The next week’s meeting will take place in the Community Park. Participants must bring deck chairs.
Rotations were made by Jay, Jane, Linda, Sonie and Pat. Once again, Jane didn’t disappoint with recognitions and offered each member the opportunity to donate to the Scholarship Fund. Pat led the belated celebration of Sarah Robinson’s birthday by reading the description of the birthday and inviting Sarah to choose a wrapped present from the birthday bag. The box with Kleenex is practical and well attached to the horoscope.
After the excitement everyone settled on an informative program given by the local director of the U of I expansion, Aaron Dufelmeier. Using numerous handouts, Aaron described the services available in his five-county area, what 4-H is like, what has changed in recent months, how services are provided, and plans for the future.
After appreciative applause, Jay closed the meeting at 7:40 am and everyone headed out into the rainy morning.
– Submitted by Sarah Edmiston
Jacksonville Christian Women Connection
Jacksonville Christian Women Connection has gathered for monthly grants and support for the past 39 years. This was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But CWC is now considering converting its monthly meetings to a Zoom video conferencing format and is soliciting input from those interested.
Those who wish to participate in such a program are asked to check whether they have a computer, laptop, iPad or smartphone with a camera and audio function. Access to wi-fi; and the ability to download the free Zoom app.
Anyone interested in attending a free CWC Zoom meeting scheduled for September 15 at 1:30 pm should register by emailing Becky Cline at [email protected] Those who don’t have access to the technology but are still interested should also reach out to Becky to discuss other options for accessing the event.
– Submitted by Becky Cline