The GFWC Friday Club met Oct. 16 at the Madison County Historical Society building for its Missouri Day Program. The meeting began with President Margaret Miller leading the eight members present in the pledges to the U.S. and Missouri flags.
Guests Shirley Boland and Diana Thompson from the Quest Club gave an update on the upcoming GFWC District Conference the two clubs were planning to co-host Oct. 24 at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. Doris Firebaugh gave the devotional entitled “Choose Love” which came from the book “Misfits Welcome.”
The minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved as given. The club received correspondence from local community members gathering support for Compassion Cafe, a free food program focusing on children which is in the early planning stages. Plans are to provide a meal on one Saturday a month at the Fredericktown Elementary Cafeteria with take home meals also provided for Sunday. The vision of the program is to provide food on weekends to children who are more likely to experience food crisis on weekends when they do not have access to school food. Kristen Starkey and Jenny Sikes are the contacts to learn more about this planned program. Correspondence was also received from the Salvation Army and the club voted to give them a donation. Committee reports were given followed by a discussion about the Azalea Prince and Princess Pageant sponsored by the club.
Margaret Miller gave the program on Missouri Day. She presented a very informative overview of the Madison County Historical Society building which is the old Madison County Jail building. Members enjoyed looking at all the wonderful historical displays and touring the old jail facilities. The building is open to the public on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. A visit there is a wonderful way to learn about Madison County history. The new display devoted to the area’s former mines was a favorite of many club members as well as the many artifacts displayed dating all the way back to 700 A.D.
Janet Ward and Carolyn Kegley provided the members with delicious refreshments. The meeting ended with a reminder of the Nov. 20 meeting to be held at the Presbyterian Church.