The GFWC Friday Club met at Ozark Regional Library February 16. After the pledges to the flags, Nenita Talaban gave a devotional on "Kindness and Love."
President Doris Firebaugh, introduced our speaker, Chad Follis. Follis is an agriculture teacher at Mineral Area College. He teaches plant classes at MAC and is also the son of club member Conita Follis.
Follis spoke to the club on the "Moles and Mole Control." This is the rutting season for moles and they can tunnel 18 feet an hour. Their diet is 85 percent earthworms. They feed for two hours, rest for two hours and continue this schedule for 24 hours each day. The females have two to five young at a time. The average population of moles is one to two an acre, but in wooden areas and fertile soil with large population of earthworms, more can be found. Follis demonstrated examples of mole traps and poison baits that seem to be the more proven methodology to kill moles.
Chad also announced that MAC's public plant sale will be April 30 through May 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of those days. This year they will have proven winner plants in both annuals and perennials.
Hostesses Talaban and Emelita Bentinganan provided delicious refreshments while President Firebaugh led the business meeting. With election of new officers on the agenda, members voted to retain all the present officers. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were approved and read. Thank yous were read from Madison County Food Pantry and Missouri Girls Town for the clubs recent donations.
It was announced Friday Clubs 2018 Sophomore Pilgrimage recipient will be Elizabeth Mooney. The Mina Sauk Club in Ironton invited the Friday Club to a dinner meeting March 8. The GFWC District meeting will be April 4 in Ironton. The club will be paying tribute to the late Ilerea Hamilton for all her service to GFWC.
The next meeting will be March 16 at Follis Place.