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Teter CEOS learns about artisan crafts

July 9, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Teter CEOS club members met June 21 at the home of Justine Woody for lunch and the regular monthly meeting.

Following a meal, Woody called the meeting to order and introduced health motivator Janet Smith. She told members how to prepare for the summer heat and summer emergencies. She cautioned members about leaving foods out when it is hot, and if there is any doubt, throw it out.

Smith also gave members stretching exercises to do before starting their workouts. She said stretching should be a part of their routine, and she told members how to keep their skin beautiful.

Shelia Dowell gave devotions on Christian things to take to the beach when you go on your summer vacation.

Betty Oldaker led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Minutes of the May meeting and treasurer's report were given. Woody recognized four new members - Judy Beer, Joyce Hoover, Debbie Kittle and Caroline Carpenter.

It was announced that Joyce DeBarr, Burl, Smith and Woody picked up the trash at the recycle center in May. Carol Biser, Vonnie Hager and Jerry Stankus visited residents on the third floor of St. Joseph's Hospital. Standing committee reports were given.

Pat Strader reported on families and asked for members to bring pictures of themselves with their families.

The club voted to have a picnic at 5 p.m. July 19 with pizza, salads and dessert at the Mount Carmel Church pavilion.

The county council will meet July 12.

The August meeting will be at the home of Dale Ann Curry at noon Aug. 23. The club voted to have each member bring a nonperishable food item to each meeting starting in August to be given to the Parish House.

The lesson "Artisan Crafts" was taught by Woody. She showed a wall hanging made in Mexico; handmade necklaces and bracelets made and sold by women in Uganda to have money to feed their families. She also showed hand-crocheted doilies made in Kosovo. She then introduced Kittle, who showed some of the beautiful crafts she has made over the years. She also showed a quilt she made for a granddaughter, her embroidery which is displayed and sold at Tamarack in Beckley, and card making and scrapbooking.

Over time, her arthritis has gotten worse and she has had to find a new craft, but she is determined to not stop because she says everyone can do something.

There are many artisans in Upshur County and surrounding area. Young people need to be encouraged to continue to learn these crafts and pass them down to future generations to make sure they won't be lost.

The hostess gave each member a small quilt square made by Mary Alice Poling, and also gave each member a stuffed animal she had purchased to help Relay For Life.

Members present were Judy Beer, Carol Biser, Annette Brake, Dale Ann Curry, Shelia Dowell, Vonnie Hager, Milie Hornbeck, Joyce Hoover, Debbie Kittle, Betty Oldaker, Janet Smith, Pat Strader, Iris Mae Swecker, Barbara White, Justine Woody and Caroline Carpenter.



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