Priscilla Book Club
The February meeting of the Priscilla Book Club was held at the Timberlane Drive home of Sarah Lantz. Twelve members attending and the guest speaker were served fresh coconut cake, heart-shaped cheese straws, strawberries, wafers, Valentine mints and coffee.
After Kay Barefoot, president, opened the meeting, members shared news and upcoming events, including: the Rotary Club Gala April 13 and 20th Rotary Auction April 18, 19 and 20. Judy Holland shared that her daughter, Jennifer, was recognized by N. C. State University during the 125th-year anniversary celebration for being the only female drum major during the 125 years.
President Barefoot’s literary moment came from Dan Barefoot’s book, “Touring the Backroads of North Carolina’s Lower Coast.” The tragic, true-life story of star-crossed lovers, Nancy Manney and Charles French, occurred in Beaufort. Nancy’s father and the postmaster conspired to keep the two apart by not delivering Charles’ letters to Nancy. During their old age, the two were reunited and married for only a few days before Nancy died.
Becky Burke, treasurer, reported a balance of $216.04. Nelva Goodson, acting as recording secretary for this meeting, read the minutes for the January meeting, and they were approved as presented.
Kay Barefoot introduced Jennifer Sackett as the guest speaker for the program portion of the meeting. Ms. Sackett became director of the Lincoln County Library in 2009. Ms. Sackett has concentrated on meeting the needs and interests of Lincoln County citizens since the Lincoln County Library has transitioned from being part of the regional library system and is now an independent library. She described her goal to establish an upscale library that is user-friendly. Members were brought up-to-date about renovations and technology upgrades. Our Lincoln County Library received recognition from the state for Outstanding Renovated Library of 2012. Information about events sponsored by the library were distributed, including a program by the North Carolina Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti; a presentation by Dr. Sharon Raynor about the oral histories of Vietnam War Veterans of North Carolina; and Tamra Wilson’s discussion of the essentials that define Southern fiction. A Dr.Seuss program for children and the children’s summer reading program were shared.
President Barefoot closed the meeting in keeping with her Valentine theme by reading a poignant love poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How Do I Love Thee?”.
Kay Marks is host of the March meeting, and Libby Mize is the program leader.
Delta Kappa Gamma
The Delta Sigma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators, met Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at Kiser Elementary School for refreshments and information.
Words of greeting were offered to members by Linda Yoder. Linda read inspirational sayings to the group that encouraged members to take care of things that are really important and let the small things take care of themselves. The invocation was delivered by Tanya Belvin. She shared a personal story to inspire members to get rid of the excess baggage in their lives and focus on doing the job God designed for us.
Members of Delta Sigma were introduced to the speaker for the meeting, Ann D. Elrod RN BSN. Elrod is an oncology nurse navigator at CMC-Lincoln. She shared with the members what is going on in Lincoln County in oncology care and hematology services. Members were informed about the evolution of the Levine Cancer Institute and services that are now being offered there.
Delta Sigma sister, Renee Smith, shared with the group a PowerPoint on Schools in Africa. Schools in Africa are an international project supported by Delta Kappa Gamma and other organizations. The project has benefited over five million children by building and rehabilitating almost one thousand schools in the past few years.
Dr. Elaine Jenkins, president, opened the business portion of the meeting with the approval of the minutes from the November meeting and treasurer’s report. Various committees reported. Members were educated on state and federal legislation that affects local schools. Plans were discussed to recognize a beginning teacher by awarding the Delta Kappa Gamma Most Promising Female Educator Award to a first-year teacher. Delta Kappa Gamma announced that it will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding high school senior planning on pursuing a career in education. Plans were finalized for the DKG fashion show on March 23 at the First Baptist Church. Proceeds from the fashion show will support the scholarships provided by the organization. Tickets for the fashion show are available from DKG members.
The next meeting for Delta Kappa Gamma will be April 18 at the First Baptist Church.
North Brook #2 Extension and Community Association
The North Brook #2 Extension and Community Association held a meeting in February at the North Brook Community Center with 13 members present.
The welcome and devotional was given by President Lucille Johnson. A meal was enjoyed and “Happy Birthday” was sung to Debbie Keziah.
In old business, everyone was thanked for making pies for National Pie Day and working to serve the pies.
The president reported that a few plans have been made for the District Day, to be conducted on April 23.
The program, “My Plate,” was given by Lucille Johnson, stressing that the largest portion on people’s plates should be fruits and vegetables. A recipe for “Herbed Green Beans,” prepared without salt but with plenty of spices, was served to those present.
The agenda and directory for 2013 was distributed, a door prize was given and the “collect” repeated in unison ended the meeting.