POINT PLEASANT — Fifty years is a milestone for anyone or anything.
Recently, the Pleasant Community Educational Outreach Service Club (CEOS) members celebrated 50 years with family, friends and club members of the four other CEOS clubs. The event was held at the Nazarene Fellowship Center which had been decorated by the members to welcome everyone for an afternoon of remembering and enjoying the food, also prepared by the members.
Club President Catherine Yauger welcomed everyone and introduced the guests. Following was group singing of the organizations present and former anthems, “People of West Virginia” and “Onward Ever Onward.” Isabel Yoder and Phyllis Hesson of the Camp Conley Club were pianists and Koneda Devrick led the singing.
Linda Craig presented the meditations, “Coats Off to the Future” that was a revised version that was given by Virginia Blessing at the 25th anniversary.
This club’s members say they always enjoy a good time and wanted to share that with everyone else at the event. Betty Farmer performed a skit, “What Kind of Member are You?” Described by members as always entertaining, Farmer put on different neck scarves and used different voices when answering her cell phone with a different tone at each call. Several kinds of members were on the phones with all kinds of excuses but one was willing to do whatever the club needed when asked.
Carolyn Litchfield introduced the club’s past Folk Festival Belles Rae Mitchell from 1995, Farmer from 2000, Marylin Higginbotham from 2005 and this year’s Heritage Queen Sharon Nibert. Dressed in their “Belle” dresses, each was given a gold rose and a certificate.
Devrick read a poem, “Pleasant CEOS 50 Years” that was written by Belinda Vance to honor her mother, Litchfield, who is a charter member and the club’s only 50-year member. President Yauger followed the poem with presenting her a certificate and Devrick pinned a corsage on her.
Faye Meadows was given a certificate recognizing her 45 years in the club. Meadows is the club’s second longest member and has held an office many times as well as serving on committees.
A memorial service was held to honor the eleven club members who had passed away while a member. Devrick lit a candle for each member. Members from previous years were the first president, Opal Plants, Abigail Thompson, Dr. Edna Gettles, Edith Fox, Virginia Blessing, Annis Blessing, Anna Eloyse Conley, Viola Escue, Mazie Durst, and the passing this year of Lucille Fowler and Dolores Wilhelm. Pictures of all were on the table. The club presents a book to the member’s family after the passing of each member. Wilhelm’s family was present to accept a book recognizing her love of gardening, “A Complete Guide to Gardening.” Fowler was remembered with the book “Visions of America.”
Beth Litchfield read a revised poem, “A Husband’s Viewpoint.” She was standing in for her grandfather, Otis Litchfield. This poem had been read at Jackson’s Mill by another husband and tells how wives are so busy that the husband has a hard time during the lifetime of being a husband of a CEOS member.
Wanda Stemple Melton was the Extension Agent when the club was organized. She was introduced and reminisced about some of the early things that happened during her time in Mason County.
To conclude the program, Carolyn gave a talk titled “Remembering 50 Years.” She reminisced about the early years and what the club has meant to her. She explained how the club began in 1963 when Hazel Roush held an interest meeting in her home. Roush had moved to Bellemead from the country and had been active in a club there. In October an organizational meeting was held at the Bellemead Church. The first years the clubs were know as Home Demonstration Clubs and then they became Extension Homemakers. Carolyn told of many activities that the club had been involved in over the years. Many things have changed over the years but the club’s focus remains basically the same. The friends that have been made over the 50 years were very special to her. She concluded by thanking everyone who had come to celebrate the anniversary with the club.
Phyllis Hesson was the winner of the door prize.
Information for this article submitted by Carolyn Litchfield.