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Thanksgiving Blessings 2013
Viewing the photos on my camera and computer of past meetings, events, etc., I can count blessings not only in out lives, but in the lives of others. The Golden Years Thanksgiving dinner meeting yielded glimpses of blessings: John and Carolyn Grames were holding their new great-grandbaby, Richie Feltner, and we took a five-generation picture of Richie and his family; John was also caught on camera as he held little Richie tenderly in his arms; new guests were present for the dinner-Pearl and Joann Simmons, and we hope to see them at future meetings; and the potluck table is always full of foods that the members and leaders share with one another;
The club members have been blessed by the support of the community at their fundraiser soup dinners and bazaars, ham and beans dinners, and the more recent pancake and sausage breakfast … and the blessings provided abundantly by Brownstown’s special friends and former neighbors, Bill and Barbra Voisin; and, most importantly, the support and caring among each other!
The Golden Years members and leaders work together, share the words of prayer before each potluck meal, enjoy visiting with one another, laugh together and also share concern for each others illnesses, misfortunes, etc.
The word “Golden” means not only the “years,” but also describes the warm and lasting friendships that have formed over those years.
And More Blessings for Brownstown, including …
Our Brownstown elementary and high schools, with the caring and competent staffs, including the custodians and all who serve and/or have contact with the children; our village officials, government; the local law enforcement; our local VFW Post #9770, which always provides a wonderful Memorial Day Presentation, which is always well-attended and appreciated; the citizens who participate in that program; our children, families, friends … and our precious memories; our churches (town and rural) and the pastors who serve; the businesses and, of course, our veterans, who have made our freedom and our safe and homey little hometowns possible … and the people, who are the heart of the little towns and villages.
No doubt, some have been overlooked unintentionally, but just a reminder that we do have so many blessings, and many more we probably don’t recognize.
We hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Food Pantry Items for November
One package of taco seasoning; two cans chili beans; one can of tomato sauce; one package of rice. Anything would be appreciated.
Note from Brownstown VFW Post 9770
The veterans winter clothing drive ended Nov. 20 and was very successful, thanks to the response of caring people. Your donations are very much appreciated.
Purses! Purses! Purses! & Bake Sale …
… to benefit the Brownstown Branch Library went very well Saturday and support of the community is appreciated by the Friends of the Library.
Coming Up in Our Community
Caring & Sharing ….
… is once again preparing Christmas baskets for the Brownstown community. Needed are non-perishable food items, new toys, puzzles, games, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, teen items, Christmas decorations, disposable dinnerware and monetary gifts to purchase perishable foods.
All items are needed before Dec. 12. If you take them to church, have them there by Dec. 8.
Sefton HCE Christmas Party
The December meeting will be their Christmas gathering at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 12 at The Hitching Post in Brownstown. Instead of bringing a $5 gift, the unit voted that each member could donate the $5 to the local food pantry. Members and guests are encouraged to call and make reservations for this Christmas party, and can call club Secretary Elizabeth Kasten by Dec. 8.
Golden Years Potluck Christmas Dinner & a $5 Gift Exchange …
… will be held Dec.10.
For those who wish to participate in the gift exchange, women will bring a woman’s gift and men will bring a man’s gift. Pastor Don Thomas volunteered to bring a ham for the dinner, and members will bring side dishes.
Golden Years Club Reminders
As is the custom, in November and December, there will be only one Golden Years meeting.
Pastor Don Thomas reminded members that the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Fundraiser Bazaar & Bake Sale, set for Dec. 16, needs items and baked goods.
Fayette County HCE Board Meeting
Eleven members were in attendance for the Fayette County Home and Community Education monthly meeting on Nov. 25 at the Extension Office in Vandalia.
Club President Flo Allen opened the meeting with all joining in the pledge to the American flag.
Joyce Mueller, club secretary, took roll call and read the October minutes, which stood as read.
Dorothy Harpster, treasurer, gave the financial report and gave a copy of the report to each one present.
Phyllis Pryor, first vice president, had no report for the meeting.
Anna Jean Rhodes, second vice, reported the membership still remained at 113.
Anita Smith, community outreach officer, has endeavored to deliver shoes collected for the shoe ministry, as there was no deposit container available at the site last month.
Shirley Klitzing, international officer, reported she had contacted “The Scarf Lady” (Glenna Taylor) and arranged an appearance at the club’s fundraiser, Get Acquainted Day, in April.
Panzi Blackwell, public relations officer, reported the Fayette County HCE baby quilt Award article had appeared in two newspapers and would check with a third newspaper regarding running the article. She also praised the newspapers for their coverage of the Fayette County HCE news and events.
Debbie Segrest, family issues officer, reported on the nominations for The Great American Family.
At Allen’s request, the date for the Christmas party was changed to Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. in the smaller room at Ponderosa in Vandalia.
In lieu of $5.00 grab bag gifts, a collection will be taken as each member donates $5 to the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia.
Recently retired officers Mary Smith and Debbie Swain, and the staff of the Vandalia Extension office will be invited as guests, with their meals covered by the club.
Blackwell called Ponderosa and made the reservation of the room during the meeting.
Present were: Allen, Klitzing, Harpster, Rhodes, Smith, Blackwell, Segrest, Mueller, Pryor, Joyce Moore and member-at-large Evelyn Probst.
Following the Fayette County HCE monthly meeting on Nov. 25, some of the members went to Denny’s for lunch.