The Tacy Community Educational Outreach Service met at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 with Mrs. Violet Mouser, president, bringing the meeting to order. The flag salute ceremony was led by Chylene Shaw followed by the prayer, which was led by Violet Mouser. Jeanny Mozley presented a reading of "The Secret" about the fall and different colors by Junior CEOS. Business was presented by President Violet, and she introduced the new officer that will take charge in January 2014. Other issues that were discussed were the presentation of a poem for creative writing by the Family Life Chairman; Craft Day, which is to be attended by all; and electing educational programs and topics, which will be presented to members and teachers.
Reading of minutes was performed by Jeanny Mozley, who also accepted roll call. Communication included a question about what heritage skills members would like to learn about along with get well cards. The cards were to be sent to Duane Poling, who is in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown along with Jim Stemple. Volunteer hours were accounted for by Jeanny Mozley, and then she reported on the Heart and the Hand volunteer hours. She said that she had enjoyed helping as it was a benefit for all who are in need.
WVU Program Assistant Barbara L. Wolfe introduced the speaker for the afternoon, Karen Vuranch. Karen stated that she was discussing the Red Cross founder, Clara Barton. Barton was a nurse during the Civil War. Soldiers met Barton three times, including the Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Fredricksburg and the Battle of Petersburg. One soldier named his daughter after Barton. She volunteered to teach in New Jersey to give every child the opportunity to come to school. She also worked in the patent office until she was hired for her first job with the federal government, where she became the first female government employee. She was opposed to slavery which caused her to later lose her job.
There was no ambulance service and women were not permitted on the battlefield, but Barton worked scrubbing and cleaning. She was forced to beg the government for medicines and cleaning supplies. Dr. Dunn later reported Barton and she became famous. She went to President Lincoln to request to help with correspondence with soldiers and spent her own money to do so. Later, Florence Nightingale was the head of nursing and taught them the correct way to clean and teach others to be nurses. In 1910, Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, passed away.