The Sefton Unit HCE held its regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 8, but their guests made it something special. Club Chairman Flo Allen welcomed all and opened the meeting and led the pledge to the American flag. Fourteen Sefton members were present to answer the roll call asked by secretary, Elizabeth Kasten with the question, “Do you like picnics?”
Guests present were Phyllis Sarver, Wilma Kruger, Anna Jean Rhodes, Anita Smith and Debbie Segrest.
Allen read the board notes, reminding members of the upcoming events and dates. Kasten read the minutes of the July meeting, which was the outing to the Mennonite community stores. Treasurer Shirley Klitzing gave the financial report.
Allen reminded the Sefton members of the Hobo Stew Day at the Sept. 12 meeting. Each member is to take two cans of vegetables (one for the Hobo Stew and one for the food pantry).
It is also customary, but not mandatory, to dress as a hobo.
The October meeting will be the Halloween costume (costume customary, but not mandatory) party and the baby shower for the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia.
Following the business, Kasten presented the guests, Phyllis Sarver and Wilma Kruger, who had shared information about the early days of the local 4-H Clubs. Kasten gave a presentation based on the material provided by Sarver and Kruger.
Sefton member Normalee Terry also shared information about her memories of 4-H. Sarver, daughter of the late Ruby Goldsborough, a pioneer in the early 4-H, displayed scrapbooks from the days when her mother served as a leader and of her own days as a Busybody 4-H member.
The old scrapbooks revealed some of the handicrafts and accomplishments by past 4-H members.
Kruger displayed several certificates and awards from her service as a 4-H leader for several years.
Some of the discussion among the ladies was of their experiences going to the fairs, the number of entries in different categories, some of which have declined in number greatly.
A case in point was the sewing competitions, which used to yield more than a hundred entries at the Fayette County Fair. Now, there are just a few entered.
A point of interest was the change in record-keeping. The ladies evoked many memories as they talked.
Kasten read a poem written by Ruby Goldsborough in which the names of the Sefton Busybodies 4-H Club members of that time were mentioned, along with some of the events happening at the time.
The poem gave a picture of the activities of the club members of that time.
Many of the names were remembered by those present.
Kasten went on to read of the early club, while Sarver, Kruger and Normalee Terry commented from time to time.
Following the program, cookies, tea, lemonade and coffee were served, with more sharing of memories and visiting.
In keeping with this year’s IAHCE theme, “The Many Hats of the IAHCE (woman), a hat of red, white, and blue, patriotic beads, napkins and candies were the centerpiece of the serving table,
The Sefton Unit members present were LaVonne Kramer, Allen, Klitzing, Panzi Blackwell, Phyllis Pryor, Shirley Mattes, Marilyn Yakel, Carol Oldham, Lora Foutch, Kasten, Phyllis Bruno, Normalee Terry, DeeDee Dively and Lois Jackson,
Guests were Phyllis Sarver, Wilma Kruger and FCHCE members Anna Jean Rhodes from St. Elmo Unit, and Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit.