April 22, 2010

Hospital to Celebrate 40th Year With $10 Million Expansion Project

by Robbie Lewis and Chris Feeney

The traditional gift for a 40th anniversary celebration is ruby. Scotland County Hospital will be celebrating its 40th year in business with something closer to a ruby mine.

On April 16th, hospital CEO Marcia Dial announced at a press conference held at the hospitals south entrance, that the community healthcare provider has been approved for a $10 million package of grants and low-interest loans through the United States Agriculture Department (USDA). The funding paves the way for an enormous expansion and renovation project at the 40-year old facility.

Word was received on April 15th that the USDA had approved funding for a five-phase hospital expansion and renovation in Memphis as part of President Obamas American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Scotland County Hospital is the recipient of nine million dollars in loans from the USDA and one million dollars in grants.

Phases I through IV of the project will add 18,926 square feet of new building addition and 13,468 square feet of renovated space at the hospital. Phase V adds 7,300 new square feet.

Phase I provides two new modern and energy efficient boilers that will replace the existing old and failing hospital boiler system. Additionally, Phase I will provide for a new emergency suite with triage exam and support space. The project will include new front entrance for the facility, a new drive under canopy, new central reception, admitting and registration areas, new main lobby and waiting room as well as vending and public restrooms. New parking and circle drives with a closed, painted helipad and site utilities are also included in Phase I.

We are going to have a state of the art emergency facility when it is done, said Elliott Hix, D.O., FACEP, Chief of Emergency Medicine at SCH. We get the job done with what we have here now, but this is going to be much better for all parties involved.



DR. Elliott Hix, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Scotland County Hospital and Marcia Dial, hospital CEO address a press conference on Friday regarding a $10 millionexpansion at SCH.

Phase II provides for a new out-patient and in-patient surgery center with a separate entrance and discharge exit. This includes a new operating room, endoscopy minor room, stage I and stage II recovery, dressing areas, new central sterile supply, support and storage. This area will be attached to the existing Womens Center for operating room access to the existing c-section surgery suite.

Our existing rooms are a bit antiquated, with not a lot of space, said Celeste Miller-Parish, DO, surgeon at SCH. The hospital was built in 1970, when a lot less equipment was available. The renovations will mean much more needed space in patient rooms and other areas.

Dr. Miller-Parish also noted that the new OR suite will all be located in one unit, meaning patients will not be intermixing with the rest of the hospital.

This should make for a more pleasant experience for the patient, she said.

Phase III provides for a new critical bed nursing unit of 20 beds with new or renovated patient rooms. The new and renovated patient rooms include handicapped toilets and showers in each room. Two of the new patient rooms are set up for special care, two more for isolation and two rooms for meeting the needs of the obese patient.

The hospital will maintain its 25-bed status, but the project will ultimately double the patients room size.

A new nursing station includes a medicine room, dictation area, nursing report room, lockers, administration areas and support, as well as a family waiting area with toilets, a consultation room and chapel.

The old nursing unit renovation, which is part of Phase IV will house I.V. and oncology therapy, pharmacy expansion, waiting and consultation rooms, physicians lounge, physicians on-call area and conference and education space.

Phase IV provides for renovations of the old surgery space into a consolidated radiology imaging suite. The remainder of the old surgery holding area and imaging space will be utilized for a new outpatient service center with a waiting area and toilets, consultation rooms, non-invasive cardiology testing and two sleep labs. The old emergency department will be renovated into an addition to the purchasing department and support services.

This project will make us more efficient and will improve privacy for patients while simply generating a much better flow of services for all parties involved, said Randy Tobler, MD, Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology. It will create proximity of the care givers to those receiving the care and produce a much improved comfort level.

Phase V will provide for a library within the hospital and expands to a collaborative arrangement with the Scotland County Public Library. Through a lending agreement, the hospital would have on hand a diverse library available from novels and light reading to consumer health, music on CD, audio books and classic movies. These would be seen as a welcome activity for those confined to the hospital.

The prospect of a library within the hospital opens great opportunities for the communities to access computers, community meeting rooms, website education and other educational opportunities, said Dial.

Scotland County Hospitals mission is to improve the healthcare of our communities with services close to home.

The hospitals Board of Directors, Administration, Medical Staff and employees are committed to improving the health of the communities they serve, said Dial. Due to the hospitals rural location, many resources are not available. The staff at Scotland County Hospital does not believe that just because of its rural location, that essential basic medical services should not be provided. And for that reason, the hospital board and administration sought out this funding opportunity with the USDA to expand and renovate the hospital facilities to better serve the residents of the area.

This is just one more commitment we are making to the communities we serve, in aiming to improve their health, their access to exceptional medical services & facilities, and their quality of life. We are humbled and grateful to have been approved for this funding and we are excited to add and expand services that will really address this areas healthcare needs and improve the communitys well being well into the future.

Dial praised the progressive efforts of the hospital board, which she said had been considering this project for approximately three years. The plan started coming together in November of 2009 when the board authorized completion of the master facility plan by Murray Company of St. Louis. The plan highlighted the hospital staffs stability and positive financial strength of the public entity.

Financial feasibility studies were positive and private consultant reviews of the hospital verified the need for the proposed improvements.

They came back saying exactly what we already knew, that we really needed to make these upgrades, Dial said of the independent studies.

Construction is slated to begin this summer with a completion date of December 2011. The project will invovle construction of the four separate phases simultaneously, involving relocating some of the existing services and adjustments to public traffic patterns and access to the hospital.

This is a very aggressive schedule, and we will be working diligently with the public to keep them informed over the next 18 to 20 months of how the work will impact public access to the hospital, Dial said.

The latest in a series of upgrades and additions at the hospital will obviously be the most significant. In 1995 the Outpatient Center was constructed. In 1998 the physicians medical clinic building was added. In 2006 the Womens Center was constructed and the following year additions were made to the clinic building and the cardiac rehab facility.

Weve done five building projects and weve done it out of our own resources or with grant money, Dial said. Weve been really fortunate with our ability to get grants for good projects that are recognized as good projects.

SCR-I Swats Hornets 12-0 to Stay Unbeaten

Grant Campbell cracks a double versus Atlanta.

Two Scotland County hurlers limited Atlanta to just one hit while the offense produced 12 runs on Monday night in Memphis as Scotland County stung the Hornets 12-0 in five innings to improve to 9-0 on the season.

Jacob McDaniel limited Atlanta to just one run in three hits as he picked up his second victory of the season. The lefty struck out five and walked one. Justin McKee notched his first save of the year, tossing two scoreless innings of relief, striking out five of the six hitters he faced.

Aaron Buford walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning. He stole second base and came in to score on a single by Will Fromm. He came in to score on a base hit by Lane Pence. An RBI single by McKee made it 3-0.

In the second inning, Will Pickerell reached on an error and then scored when Buford smashed his second homer of the season to make the score 5-0.

Grant Campbell led off the third inning with a double. McKee walked in front of an RBI hit by Elijah Cooley. After a pair of Atlanta errors, Buford and Fromm delivered RBI singles that extended the lead to 12-0.

Buford went 2-2 with a walk, a home run and three runs scored to pace the offense. The senior is a perfect 10-10 at the plate over his last three games. Fromm went 2-3 with three RBIs and Blessing went 1-2 while driving in a pair of runs.

Plants and Natural Remedies Used to Repel Insects

by Andrea Brassfield

With threats of a buggy spring and summer, enjoying the great outdoors might be a little trickier, especially if you aren’t a fan of chemical pesticides and bug sprays.  Fortunately, some selective planting in your landscape can also help with pesky, unwanted guests who want to crash your party.

Many decorative flowers and herbs offer natural insect-repelling qualities.  Marigolds and Chrysanthemums contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.   Petunias are brightly colored and planted to repel squash bugs, beetles, and aphids.  Basil contains an oil that kills mosquito eggs. Lemongrass contains citronella oil and lemon balm has a calming, strong lemon scent that many undesirable insects find incredibly unpleasant. On the upside, bees, butterflies, and humans seem to love the fragrance!

Rosemary is another fantastic mosquito repellent.  You can keep it indoors or out, making sure it gets full sun.  Rosemary is also great when you want to gather around a fire without battling mosquitoes.  Just toss some in and the incense it gives off when it’s burned adds a nice smell, but it’s strong and unpleasant enough to keep mosquitoes and other types of insects away.

Bugs and rodents hate mint, especially peppermint.  Its essential oil has also been shown to kill larvae of many bug species and repel adults.  Since mint is an aggressive growing plant, some suggest growing it in containers and placing them around your patio or garden.

Another popular plant used to repel mosquitoes is catnip.  The plant contains an essential oil called nepetalactone. Eucalyptus, similar to citronella, also has a powerful smell that interferes with mosquitoes’ senses and makes it difficult for them to locate their food sources.

Other natural insect repellents commonly found around the home include vanilla extract and white vinegar.

For more information about natural insect repelling remedies check out these websites: www.mnn.com, www.bestplants.com, www.motherearthnews.com, and www.gardendesign.com.

 

McKee Tosses Shutout as Tigers Rout Raiders 17-0

Justin McKee tossed a complete game shutout versus North Shelby on April 11th in Shelbyville as the Tigers dominated their former conference foe in a 17-0 victory.

Justin McKee scattered three hits over five innings en route to a shutout victory in his starting debut for the Scotland County baseball team, which blanked North Shelby 17-0 on April 11th in Shelbyville.

SCR-I jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Gage Dodge led off with a double. Aaron Buford singled and Will Fromm was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Lane Pence who delivered a two-run double. Parker Triplett added an RBI single and pinch runner Jacob Buford scored on an error to put the Tigers on top 4-0.

That was more than enough offense for McKee, who limited North Shelby’s scoring opportunities. He pitched out a jam in the second inning after hitting a batter and giving up a base hit.

The Tigers plated four runs in the third before adding another four spot to the scoreboard in the fourth.

McKee led off the third inning with a base on balls. After a walk to Elijah Cooley, Aaron Blessing plated both runs with a base hit. Buford and Fromm added RBI singles to make the score 8-0.

The fourth inning started the same as McKee walked. Parker Triplett plated courtesy runner Anthony Whitaker with an RBI single. After a base hit Cooley, Blessing added another two-run single and Buford had another RBI hit to extend the lead to 12-0.

McKee again led off the fifth inning and singled to start another rally. A base hit by Triplett and a walk to Cooley loaded the bases. Dodge plated two runs with a base hit. Fromm, McKee and Pence worked bases-loaded walks to force in the final three runs.

McKee scattered three hits over five innings and worked around some control problems in his first start of the year. He shutout the Raiders over five innings, striking out five while walking two and hitting three batters.

Buford was a perfect 5-5 at the plate with two RBI s and two runs scored. Triplett was 3-5 with a pair of RBIs in his first varsity start. Blessing went 2-4 with four RBIs.

The Tigers improved to 7-0 with the victory.

Tigers Finish Fourth at Putnam County Junior High Relays

Kaden Anders sprints out of the blocks to start the 200 meter dash at a recent event in Clark County. Photo courtesy of the Hometown Journal.

The Scotland County junior high boys finished in fourth place at the Putnam County Junior High relays held in Unionville on April 13th while the Lady Tigers brought home sixth place.

Kaden Anders led the Tigers. He took top honors in the long jump while finishing second in the high jump and the 200 meter dash and third in the 400 meter dash.

Teammate Alex Long took second place in the long jump and was runner up in the 100-meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash as well while earning fourth place in the 200 meter dash.

Hayden Long finished third in the 400 meter dash and was fifth in the 100 meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash.

Hunter Cook finished fifth in the shot put.

The 4×200 relay team of Kade Richmond, Austin Holtke, Kale Creek and Hayden Long took fifth place. The 4×800 team of Levi Briggs, Caden Goldstein, Brant Frederick and Kabe Hamlin also took fifth place while the 4×400 relay team of Richmond, Brady Curry, Corbyn Spurgeon and Creek finished seventh.

Milan took first place with 112 points ahead of Kirksville (104), Brookfield (98) and the Tigers (91).

The Lady Tigers finished with 49 team points.

Aayla Humphrey finished third in the 100 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

Haylee McMinn was fifth in the shot put while Shantel Small was sixth in the long jump and Hailey Kraus finished seventh in the high jump. Brook Samuelson was seventh in the 400 meter dash.

The 800 meter sprint medley relay team of Humphrey, Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Bobbi Darcy and Morgan Blessing earned first place.

The 4×800 relay team of Emiley Dial, Kraus, Emily Terrill and Hannah Feeney took third place.

The relay team of Darcy, Bradley-Robinson, Jenna Blessing and Morgan Blessing finished fifth in both the 4×200 relay and the 4×100 relay while the 4×400 relay team of Small, Feeney, Terrill and Kraus finished sixth.

School Board Approves Roof Repairs, Building Trades Proposal at April Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order.

The board voted 7-0 to certify the April 4th election results: For Proposition 2 – Yes 422; No 443 Scotland County; Yes 1; No 5 Clark County.

The board elected new officers as follows: President – Trinity Davis; Vice President – Christy Aylward; Secretary – Cole Tippett; Treasurer – Jamie Triplett.

Financial Update

The fiscal year is 75% complete.  We have received 87% of our budgeted revenues year to date and have expended 69% of the budgeted expenses. At this point, we are operating with a fiscal year surplus of $1,168,290.11.  This surplus will begin to offset as revenue will begin to slow down and many budgeted expenditures remain as we near the end of the fiscal year.

Bond Issue

The board of education discussed the election results and feedback from the public.  The board and administration thanked everyone in attendance for their feedback and ideas.

Repair Bids

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from Joel Kapfer of $20,394.85 for the Elementary and Jr/Sr. High School roof repair project.

The board voted 7-0 to re-bid the HVAC project with bids due at 2:00 p.m. on April 27th and to hold a special board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017 to approve the sealed bids.

Salary Committee

President Trinity Davis appointed Christy Aylward, Rhonda McBee, and Trinity Davis to the salary committee.

Resignation

The board voted 7-0 to accept the resignation from Brad Doster as district transportation director.

Parking Lot

The board voted 7-0 to advertise for bid the maintenance of the High School and Elementary parking lots.

Fund 4 Transfer

The board voted 7-0 to accept the following transfer resolution:  Be it resolved that the SCR-I School District transfer $262,137.00 of the allowable funds by law from the Incidental Fund to the Capital Projects Fund in order to build a balance in the Capital Projects Fund. These transfer monies will be used for technology enhancement, building and grounds repairs, maintenance projects, athletic facility upgrades, purchasing of new equipment for the elementary and secondary schools, transportation department and lawn equipment. The aforementioned projects are to be completed on or before June 30, 2018.

Technology Proposal

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid for the Firewall/Security of $7,291.20 and the Off Lease Dell Optiplex 990 (I5 3.1 Ghz, 8GB, 3 yr) (Teacher Machines) of $7,155.00 from Quality Network Solutions as provided in Quote 13182.

Building Trades

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from Glen and Susan Miller of $19,000 for the Building Trades program to perform contractual labor and mileage for the 2017-18 school year, pending liability insurance approval and preparation of the construction site by them.

May Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to set May 15th at 6:30 as the May regular session meeting due to scheduling conflicts.

Executive Session   

In closed session the following items were approved:

March 13, 2017 closed session meeting. 7-0

Offer Contract to Emilee Cramsey as an Elementary Teacher 7-0

Offer Contract to Miller Bowles for JH Social Studies 7-0

Offer Extra Duty Contracts for following list of coaches/sponsors 7-0

9-12 Chorus Activities – Nathaniel Orr; Assistant Basketball boys – Kyle Ellison; Assistant Football- Rod Sears; Assistant Football (Coordinator) – Kyle Ellison; Assistant Softball    – Michael Moore; Asst. Marching Band -Chanel Oliver; Athletic Director – Lance Campbell; Band Activities – Nathaniel Orr; Drama – Dane Riggenbach; Elementary Music     – Chanel Oliver; FBLA   – Jenna Ward; FCCLA    – Jenna Ketchum; FFA Sponsor – Waltedda Blessing; Flags            – Schelle Cooley; Freshmen Class -Ryan Anderson; JH  8th girls basketball – Lauren Ewing; JH 7th boys basketball         – Nathan Pippert; JH 8th boys basketball – Michael Moore; Jr High  Track – Lance Campbell; Jr. High  Track -Kimberly Small; Jr. High Cheerleaders FB      – Tia Hamilton; Jr. High Football – Nathan Pippert; Jr High Football      – Kody McCluskey; Jr High Softball – Kimberly Small; Jr. High 7th girls basketball – Megan Creek; Junior Class Sponsors – Kody McCluskey, Jenna Ward; National Honor Society – Terri Slaughter, Kara Wickert; Pom Pom Sponsor – Shelby McAfee; Senior Class – Terri Slaughter; Sophomore Class – Marc Colvin; Student Council- Jenna Ketchum; V/JH Campus Bowl -Dane Riggenbach; Varsity Basketball boys – Lance Campbell; Varsity  Track -Troy Carper, Lauren Ewing.

Hire Allen Garrett as 2017-18 Bus Driver 6-1. Gary Miller voted No

Hire following non – certified staff for 2017-18 7-0: Teresa Creek, Michella Hull, Judy Thomas, Denny Ward, Stephanie Shalley, Janie Parton, Linda Hervey, Kathy Dickerson, Lisa Humes, Hannah Bishop, Shirley Green, Penny Holt, Jana Muntz, Danny Norton, Jon Wullbrandt, Alan Adams, Brian Chance, Allen Garrett, Bobbie Anderson, Kim Campbell, Schelle Cooley, Serena Stott, Jane Gelbach, Andrea Hunt, Faith Ann Miller, Angie Ward, Debbie Sears, Pat Arnold, Linda Clark, Vickie Mauck,  Pam Chance, Jennifer Tinkle, Amanda Mohr, Rob Egenberger, Chris Parsons, Danielle Eddleman, Kristen Moore, Hilary Rader, Lydia Clatt, Shellie Jackson, Don Ryland.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

Area Youth to Compete in Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit and Run Competition

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Presented by Scotts is the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball. Boys and girls, ages 7 to 14 are given the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

Memphis Parks and Recreation will host a free Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit and Run Competition for area youth on Saturday, April 29, 207 at 9:00 a.m.  The competition will take place at Johnson Park ball field.

Pitch Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.  This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the 2017 MLB All-Star Week.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each division age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of Competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition.

For questions concerning the competition, please contact Memphis City Hall at 660-465-7285.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, April 20 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, French Fries, Pea Salad, Pineapple, Brownies

Friday, April 21 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Monday, April 24 – Sausage/Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce, Cookie

Tuesday, April 25 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wednesday, April 26 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, April 27 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Bread, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Pudding

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, April 20 – Blood Pressure checks here by Health Department from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 24 – AAA and Care Meeting in Shelbina at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, April 20 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, April 21 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, April 24 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, April 25 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, April 26 – Sausage/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, April 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, April 20 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 21 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Peas/Carrots, Strawberries, Ice Cream, Fresh Fruit

Monday, April 24 – Submarine Sandwich, Hot Dog/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Potato Chips, Pork and Beans, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, April 25 – Pepperoni Pizza, Meatballs/Sauce, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, April 26 – Meatloaf, Beef and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Mixed Vegetables, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, April 27 – Goulash, Chicken Stir Fry, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Makes Plan for Fair at April Meeting

by Sadie Davis

Vice President Morgan Blessing called the April meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H club to order at 2:00 on April 9th, 2017 at Gorin Christian Church. Pledges were led by Anna Triplett and Will Montgomery. Joanie Baker called roll by asking each member what they liked best about living in Scotland County.

Before starting the meeting business, Luke Triplett and Carter Clatt gave demonstrations and Sadie Davis gave a speech.

Treasurer Jessica Huff reported that the club had a current balance of $3,588.22.

Amy Talbert announced that the next 4-H Council meeting would be on May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Scotland County Courthouse.

The program committee reported on the livestock and art hall requirements for the fair. Chris Montgomery said that 32 hogs were weighed in at the swine weigh-in. Amy Talbert reported that 42 lambs were weighed in at the sheep weigh-in.

Joanie announced that there would be a Poultry Day in Columbia on June 17th for the Poultry project group.

Vanessa Triplett reported the fair show dates that were decided at the Superintendents’ Meeting. She asked that if anyone had suggestions for improvements to the barns that they tell a superintendent.

The club decided to have the May meeting on Wednesday, May 17th at 5:30 at the hospital library. Joanie asked members to stay after the meeting to help with the trash pick-up. She also asked that members check their meeting attendance. She reminded members that they must have attended six meetings to show or sell at the fair. She announced that Scotland County 4-H sold 201 items in the cookie dough fundraiser and raised $3,216. She asked that members pay $25 if they did not sell any cookie dough in order to receive premiums at the fair. Joanie told members to let her know if they did not want to be in the Junior Super Farmer contest at the fair so they wouldn’t be put in the drawing to be a contestant at the next meeting. She announced that 4-H Day with the Cardinals is May 20. She also asked that members sign up at the May meeting to raise and lower the flags at the Gorin Cemetery for Memorial Day.

Morgan Blessing announced that April 22 is safety training for Shooting Sports. She reminded the club that at the May meeting, the Davis and Jamie Triplett families would be in charge of refreshments and Holly Mauck, Alex Long, and Hayden Long would be giving demonstrations. She also announced that the goat weigh-in is May 7 from 2:00-3:00 and that the Cattle Fitting Clinic is May 12-14.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed snacks and picked up trash in Gorin.

Sew & Go Quilt Guild Hosts April Meeting

The Sew & Go Quilt Guild met Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Memphis, MO.  Delicious refreshments were served by Virginia Mullenix and Marilyn Blessing.

Treva Wittstock brought the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Virginia Hoyal won the “April Fool” raffle bag. Thanks so much, Angela Neese! The minutes were read, corrected and approved as corrected.  Motion was made by Linda Marlow and 2nd by Betty Duncan. Treasurer’s report was given and approved.  Roll Call was answered by “your favorite color”.

Correspondence:  Karen Farnsworth announced that she had been contacted about being a presenter at the First Missouri Star Academy by the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton.  It is May 23/24 and is their first ever.  The price is minimal for one or two and will feature many of the top-notch fabric makers and pattern makers.

Activities:  We are still asking questions about making the tie-quilts for Virginia’s sister.  More questions are being asked and we will schedule a work day when all our ducks are in a row!

Challenges:  Keep working on your “All Creatures Great & Small” with embellishments.  This is due in June.

Program Committee had no report.

Retreat:  17 people came to the spring retreat and it was VERY well-received. Several people have already made items using techniques they were taught at the retreat!

Old Business:  Joyce Startt announced that she had a large stock-pile of the pellets used in weighted blankets.  She is willing to donate them for use in the making of the weighted blankets for charity. Thanks so much, Joyce!

New Business:  Nothing to report.

Troubleshooting:  Sarah gave two tips that should make things easier when making circles and also when using tearaway.

Show & Tell:  Pretty items were displayed by Sarah Myers, JoAnn Schultz, Joyce Startt, Joyce McGoldrick, Betty Duncan, Susan Chidester, Michelle Drummond and Jeanie Childress.

Susan moved and Debbie K. 2nd that we adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Betty Duncan

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