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Chatham County Extension and Community Association looks to the future

By Phyllis Smith
Posted Saturday, October 22, 2005

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Pittsboro - Chatham County Extension and Community Association celebrated their Annual Achievement Day banquet on Thursday, October 20, 2005. The banquet theme, “Look to the Future” was a celebration of the association’s 70th year. Their guest speakers were Lynn Glasser, Phar.D, with Siler City Pharmacy discussing Food and Drug Interaction and Evelyn White, S.H.I.P.P. Coordinator for the Council on Aging –Medicare Supplement. Chatham County Extension & Community Association, whose mission is to strengthen families, brings its members together once a year to recognize the accomplishments and goals achieved by all its members. Various awards were given during the program. Mitchell Chapel received the award for Outstanding Club of the Year plus the Outstanding Club Project award. Awards for reading more than 10 books during the year went to Catherine Alston, Janice Campbell, Irene Gray, Gloria Kolpack, Betty McLawhorn, Ruth Morrow, Maxine Nunn, Ernestine Reaves, Helen Roberts, Jane Smith, Ruby Smith, Virginia Thompson, and Louise Womble. Awards were also given for Perfect Attendance in the individual clubs. Chatham County ECA welcomed three new members, Nancy Allen, Loretta Badgett and Beverly McCrimmon. A remembrance was presented for two former members, Mrs. Inez Mann and Rev. Annie B. Dark

Throughout 2005 Chatham County ECA groups participated in a wide range of activities both educational and community service oriented. Ruth Morrow presented the annual report discussing the events for the year of 2005. Chatham County Extension and Community Association (ECA) provided over 13,500 hours of community service at their churches, the ECA, schools, hospitals, various agencies and organizations. The year starting off with Christmas Stockings, the holiday theme program where member displayed and shared their Christmas stockings all personally handcrafted. Chatham County ECA members attended two major trainings bringing back projects and ideas for the local clubs. South Central District Day held March 13 provided attending members with educational materials to bring back to their communities. In addition the activities included a Cultural Arts Competition where various members received awards most notably Ida DeGraffenreidt who’s basket entry received not only a Blue Ribbon but was judged Best In Show. Ruth Morrow, Margie Alston, and Phyllis Smith attended the North Carolina Extension and Community Association annual meeting in Asheville. They took 25 Christmas shoe boxes and medicine bottles for the Samaritan’s Purse.

Clubs individually sponsored programs which included Safety Tips for Seniors by the Pittsboro Sheriff’s Department, Legal Documents for Seniors, and Bereavement and Insurance. They also provided hygiene baskets for individuals, goody bags for the Council on Aging, favors for the Meals on Wheels, and a trip to the Women’s Correction Facility in Raleigh with personal items for the inmates. The County Council fed the Silk Hope Ruritan Club, which also served as a club fund-raiser. Chatham County sponsored trips to Liberty for a holiday showcase and the North Carolina Museum of Art. During the summer, several members volunteered at the “Life-Style Day Camp for ‘Fit’-ter Kids” offered by Phyllis Smith, FCE, Chatham County Cooperative Extension Service.

At the conclusion of the program, a challenge was given to each of the members – “To leave this year with a positive attitude, think not of getting older and being unable to do things. But to realize that there is always something that can be accomplished to help not only the clubs but also the community to improve the organization. That all need to be willing to do whatever we are able to do and be ready to do our part to make this a good and solid organization.”

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For information regarding the Chatham County Extension and Community Association, please contact Phyllis Smith, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent with the Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at 919.542.8202.

 
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