January 26, 2012

Group Seeking to Return One of Only Three Remaining Pheasant Airplanes to Birthplace



Dr. Harlo Donelson stands in front of a H-10 Pheasant biplane that is housed in New York. Efforts are underway to buy the plane and return it to Memphis, where it was originally manufactured.


More than 80 years ago, a group of area residents joined forces to help the community take flight, literally. Now, numerous community boosters with similar vision are making every effort to land a piece of this town's history back home for good.

In the late 1920's Memphis was home to the Pheasant Airplane Company. An untimely accident and a financial downturn that devastated the entire nation, made the venture short lived. Despite its brief tenure as the community's top manufacturer, the airplane builders put Memphis on the map.

On a recent trip to New York, a local dentist discovered that a big piece of this local history could be had for the right price.

Dr. Harlo Donelson took time out his Christmas trip to visit his son, to do some special sight-seeing. Doc had learned of a fully-functional Pheasant airplane, which was on display at the Bayport Aerodrome Museum.

"There are only three of these planes still in existence as far as anyone can tell," said Donelson. "One is in Wisconsin, one in Canada and this one in New York. Not only did I get to see her, but I got to touch her and boy is she a beauty."

As his words demonstrate, Donelson quickly fell in love with the plane. Anyone that knows Doc, knows he is not shy when it comes to promoting his community. Before he had departed the hangar, the plan had been hatched to return the plane to its birthplace.

"Somehow, some way, we are going to get that gal back to Memphis," Donelson stated.

Just weeks after returning to Memphis, the tales of the plane and its availability had led to the formation of a committee to make the dream come true.

Local pilot Fred Clapp is heading up the group that consists of numerous other flyers and community boosters.

The first task at hand will be raising the estimated $75,000 it will take to purchase the plane from owner Tim Dahlen of Vintage Aero Collection.

The plane was originally restored by Bill Schwenk of Southampton, NY. According to a November 22, 2007 article in the Southampton Press, the then 94-year-old sold the plane to Dahlen and his partner, Ed Katzen. As part of the transaction, Dahlen concluded the 77-year journey for the former owner, by taking Schwenk for a flight in the 1927 biplane.

Schwenk reportedly had purchased the plane back in 1930 from a Southampton junkyard for the price of $50. Over the years, the new owner worked to restore the plane, ultimately completing the task, but not before his age prevented him from flying it himself.

The news article indicated the plane had been owned by an East Hampton family, but following a crash, was sold to the junkyard, where it was reclaimed by Schwenk in 1930.

While it took nearly 80 years for the plane to change ownership for the third time in its life, local boosters are hoping the fourth transaction occurs much more rapidly.

At a January 14 meeting of interested parties, a steering committee was formed with Clapp, Fred Cordray, Jason Glass and Stan Myers charged with organizing a governing board and seeking 501c3 IRS status as a tax exempt entity.

A fund raising committee was also established with members Ronnie Brown, H Middleton, Peggy Brown and Laura Schenk. A checking account has been established for the group and donations are already pouring in.

Another key task for the group will be transportation and storage if the plane's purchase can be secured. Glass and Larry Wiggins were assigned the duty of identifying suitable temporary storage as well as determining requirements for a permanent display location.

The group will meet again on January 27 at the Scotland County Rotary Building at 6 p.m. New members and prospective donors are encouraged to attend.

Airplane Builder Plays Big, Albeit Brief, Part in Memphis History



A local pilot's teaching abilities at the outset of our nation's aeronautical era likely were at the root of one of the area's historical highlights.

In the 1920s, prospective flyers from across the nation were traveling to Memphis to study under the tutelage of pilot Lee R. Briggs, who opened a flight school in 1925. The pages of the Memphis Democrat and the Memphis Reveille, the region's two newspapers at that time, are filled with stories of reports of Briggs's exploits as a flyer and a teacher of the skill with students coming from as far away as Canada.

Once trained in the art of flying, the new pilots offered a captive market for airplane sales. Early on, the news stories indicate Briggs filled the needs by buying and selling the vehicles, but ultimately the idea was born to build a better plane right here in Memphis.

News broke in the June 6, 1927 edition of the Memphis Democrat of plans to form the Pheasant Airplane Corporation to build a new biplane designed by Orville Hickman of Lomax, IL.

The new business was housed in the garage of the Briggs & Son Ford dealership on the northeast corner of the Memphis square (the current Payne Funeral Chapel property).

The first model H-10 biplane "rolled off the assembly line" in August and pilot Harold Phillips was the first to take a Memphis-made plane airborne, as reported in the August 18, 1927 Memphis Reveille. Shortly after, well-known local pilot Leslie Smith, put the plane to a full test of stunts, "pronouncing the Pheasant as superior to any plane in its class."

A full-page ad in Aviation magazine resulted in hundreds of inquiries about the plane, and within months a number of contracts were arranged for salesmen to handle dealership rights in states across the Midwest.

By October 1927, the newspaper reported seven planes had been contracted for construction, and by November of that year the workforce at the plant had more than doubled to 25 employees, with projected output of a plane per week.

Tragedy struck the company in December, when founder Lee Briggs and a student, Otis Oliver, of Versailles, OH, were killed when they fell an estimated 1000 feet from a plane, that later crash landed.

A December 8, 1927 article in the Memphis Democrat indicated that Oliver was piloting the plane, and reportedly banked the plane too sharply, causing it to overturn and ejecting the two pilots.

Inspections by the U.S. Army and the Commerce Department ruled the accident was no fault of the plane, and manufacturing continued despite the resignation of Hickman. W. H. Raines was elected the new board president.

The company became bogged down awaiting official approval from the federal government's aviation department to certify and approve the planes design, which finally was received in April of 1928.

While waiting, in March of 1928, the company relocated to the O.O. North Building (the current Tri-State Used Furniture building) west of the southwest corner of the square.



Craftsmen work on wing assembly for a Pheasant H-10 bi-plane being constructed in Memphis. This photo was taken in the new workshop, located on the second floor of what is now the Tri-State Used Furniture Store.


Well known Wisconsin pilot, S. J. Wittman, arrived in Memphis in April and quickly became a champion of the Memphis-built planes. He became one of the company's leading salesman, as more than half a dozen Pheasants were flown home to Wisconsin buyers. Other planes were sold, including one that ultimately landed in Prince Alberta-Saskatoon, Canada.

Despite the solid sale numbers, the company fell into a capital crunch, and investors decided to offer the corporation for sale as opposed to extending further local investments. In July of 1928, a call was made for added stock sales to raise the capital investments from $10,000 to $40,000.

Meanwhile Wittman was gaining national notoriety for the Pheasant. He entered his plane in a trans-continental race from Long Island to Los Angeles, and finished ninth, despite featuring one of the race's smaller horse-powered motor.

Despite some limited initial success in reorganizing the company under local stockholders, the Pheasant Airplane Company was ultimately sold to T.W. Meiklejohn of Fondulac, Wisconsin, an associate of Wittman. The plant was relocated to Fondulac in May of 1929, but reportedly no planes were ever built there following the stock market crash later that year that took its toll on commerce across the nation and the Great Depression began.

Leo Brown of Memphis reported in documentation on file with the Scotland County Library, that a total of 37 Pheasant bi-planes were built in Memphis.

Similar history provided by former plant worker Herb Prather, seems to affirm those numbers, as his documented estimates were 30-36 planes built in Memphis. Correspondence from Wittman to Prather in April of 1980, did dispute the fact that no planes were built in Wisconsin, as the former test pilot, informed Prather that he believed three new ships were built in Wisconsin. Further investigation may have revealed that these were the new monoplane version, whose prototype was developed in Memphis.

Of the estimated three dozen H-10's built in Memphis, only three are believed to remain. One is on display at the EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, near the site of the transplanted factory. The second is on display at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, Canada. The third, currently in New York, hopefully will be on display in Memphis in the not-too-distant future.

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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