Starlite F.C.E., lesson on reading to children

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Starlite F.C.E. met June 19, at the home of Betty Johnson. Co-hosting were Sandra Haimeri and LeLola Martin. After cooling refreshments, Vice-President, Sandra Haimeri, opened the meeting leading with the Flag Salute and the Club Collect.

Nine ladies answered the roll call by naming their favorite children's book. Clarice Russell added a special interest by reciting a poem from her favorite childhood book.

There were 99 volunteer hours reported this month. The volunteer hours which are reported represent work which has been donated to better our community. Some of the projects include: supplying cookies or other baked goods for Blood drives, the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Relay for Life, HPA's Holiday Homes tour or helping a neighbor in time of need. Members also volunteer at the hospital, the Genealogical Library, the Pioneer Harvest, the County Fair, and other community events.

The Secretary's minutes for the last meeting were read and approved. Several letters were read. Most were thank-you notes for the clubs participation in providing funds for a scholarship, donating funds for a high school trip, and for providing home-baked cookies for an event. The Treasurer's report was given. The Council report was given. It included a plea for more home-baked pies to be entered in the Open Class Department at the County Fair and to be used in the baked sale. Baked goods may be entered during the evening of July 21 or prior to 10 a.m. on July 22.

The club discussed the opportunity to provide refreshments for the Neighborhood Blitz program which the Presbyterian Church is conducting in July. The club decided to assist with this project.

Jackie Warren volunteered to assist in putting fliers in store windows promoting the Health Screening that will be conducted during the County Fair. There will be screenings for blood pressure and diabetes risk assessments. These will be done in the Merchants Building between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23.

Doris Ericson presented the lesson, "Books, the Other Channel." It is important to read to infants and toddlers. It helps them to create an interest in books and it is a mechanism for bonding. It builds a foundation for learning to read. Reading to children, even after children learn to read, helps spark interest in new subjects that can be discussed and it broadens the child's horizons. It is also important to let children read to you. By so doing, they learn to use voice inflections as they become the characters they are reading about. A regular schedule of reading time also becomes a discipline that can be a life-time habit.

Those present worked on a schedule for helping at the Fair. More help is needed, so those not attending this meeting may be called upon. Volunteer work at the Fair will substitute for our July FCE meeting. The August meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on August 21. It will be at the Allen County courthouse meeting room. The lesson will be on "Bullying." The September meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on September 18. It will be held in the meeting room of the High Rise Apartment Complex. The public is invited to attend any of the F.C.E meetings. For more information call (620) 223-3720 or (620) 223-2216.

-- Submitted by

Betty Johnson