Eleven members of the Pringle Tree CEOS Club held their regular monthly meeting on Sept. 4 in the fellowship hall of the Pleasant Valley Church at Hacker's Creek. Two guests, Barbara Day and Doris Greene, were present, Day stating she would like to become a member, and Greene saying she might also join.
The meeting was called to order by President Julia Marple with members reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and giving the flag salute. Devotions were held by Izola Marple with scripture from the 23rd Psalm, and love and fellowship in the club was addressed as she ended with prayer. The roll call was given by club secretary Barbara Byrd, and the minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved.
In the absence of club treasurer, there was no treasurer's report given. Sherry Gibbs presented the club lesson "What to Eat: Food, Allergies" for lesson leader Patty Simons, who was absent.
Members completed a word scramble of eight foods that are responsible for 90 percent of all food allergies: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. Millions of Americans each year have allergic reactions to the foods they eat. Some reactions are mild, but some can be life-threatening.
Food allergies have no cure and can be controlled only by avoidance. Club members were given several recipes suitable for serving to friends and family with food allergies. The Upshur County CEOS Mini-Fair, which took place in front of the courthouse on Sept. 6, was discussed with members deciding to sell chili soup, potato soup, vegetable beef soup and broccoli soup, sandwiches, desserts, pies and other items. Julia, Katrina, Rosie, Sherry, Jeanie, Iris and Barbara volunteered to help with the sale.
Members were notified during the Mini-Fair that Pringle Tree had won the blue ribbon for the window they decorated at Whimsical Treasures on Main Street. Their theme was "CEOS Angels Among Us, Celebrate the Harvest." The decorating committee was Sherry, Rosie, Jeanie and Barbara. Pringle Tree's tent won second place for its set-up. October will be "Ladies Day Out" month. A trip to the Gandy Dancers Theatre and dinner in Elkins was discussed.
Julia will be in further contact with members concerning the trip.
The meeting hostess was supposed to be Patty Simons, however, she had taken a trip to Myrtle Beach, and asked Sherry and Rosie to be hostesses in her place.
A delicious assortment of finger foods were served to guests Day and Greene, along with members Katrina Harris, Deloris Smith, Rosemary Simons, Carol McPherson, Iris McLain, Iris McLain, Izola Marple, Julia Marple, Barbara Harvey, Sherry Gibbs, Jeanie Claypool and Barbara Byrd.