Pringle Tree CEOS Club hosts meeting

Submitted photo Eight members of the Pringle Tree CEOS Club attended the regular monthly meeting April 3 at the home of Rosemary Simons.

Eight members of the Pringle Tree CEOS Club attended the regular monthly meeting April 3 at the home of Rosemary Simons.

Members met at noon and Barbara Byrd opened with a prayer and a blessing on the food. A luncheon featuring a variety of finger foods provided by the members was enjoyed along with fellowship and friendship. Following the meal, Barbara Byrd, president, called the meeting to order and asked Iris McLain to lead members with the flag salute a Pledge to the flag. Members then recited in unison the Club Collect which Byrd received at the Weston Area Council Meeting. Members stated that this needed to be included in the WV CEOS Yearbook. Members also received a copy of “True Crowning Moments,” the things that matter in life are the jewels that will last into eternity.

Byrd presented the club with awards given at the Achievement and Awards Banquet March 25. Pringle Tree received a certificate for 4,500 volunteer hours performed during the 2018 year. a certificate for reading the most books, club gaining the most new members and also a blue ribbon for being a Blur Ribbon Club, in addition to other awards and achievements. The club contributed hats and gloves to Head Start and Blankets of Hope to different places of need.

Member Jeanie Claypool received many awards and gift cards. She is a valued member who volunteers her time to the club and also to the Upshur County CEOS. She has contributed so much down through the years to promote Community Education Outreach Service and is always ready to help in any way. For her service, she was chosen to receive the “Tip of the Hat” award from our club.

Due to the absence of the secretary, we did not have a business report from our last meeting, which was at the home of Sharon Stackpole. Izola Marple was taking notes from the meeting. Treasurer Claypool gave the treasury report, stating we had $349.25 total deposits and $269.17 in total expenditures.

The upcoming Strawberry Festival was discussed. Rosemary Simons and Sharon Stackpole have volunteered to make the club strawberry basket. Claypool is in charge of the Upshur County Recipe Contest and urged members to make their favorite recipe and enter. Members sang “Happy Birthday” to Katrina Harris for April 2 and Simons April 19.

Simons, the hostess for this month, presented the lesson titled “West Virginia State Folk Festival and the History of the County Belle.” This was very appropriate since “Rosie” represented Upshur County and was the County Belle last year at Glenville State College.

This event is the oldest celebration of the state’s Appalachian roots. The two-and-a-half day event consists of old-time folk music, a parade, spelling bee, heritage crafts, heritage demonstrations, square dancing, good food and much more. The festival began in 1950 and the dedication of the countless volunteers has kept the event traditional to this day. In 1957, the Belles became a part of the traditional festival. Women are selected locally to represent counties of West Virginia. Over the years, almost every West Virginia County has sent a Belle to represent the county. Glenville State College rolls out the red carpet for their Belles.

The next meeting will be at the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church at Hackers Creek. Izola Marple and Luella Cvechko will host the next meeting. Club members invite neighbors and friends to attend. The meeting will begin at noon May 1. Those present were Sharon Stackpole, Rosemary Simons, Carol McPherson, Iris McLain, Izola Marple, Luella Cvechko, Jeanie Claypool and Barbara Byrd.

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