The February meeting was held the 15th at Linda Cooper's home. President Peggy Dixon opened with the reciting of the flag salutes and the creed. Devotions were given by Cheryl Douglas reading Ephesians 2:8-9. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Songleader, Marcia Neel, led everyone in "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." The Secretary and Treasury reports were read and approved. Health and Safety Reporter, Sue Foy, stated that when your body tells you to rest, then rest. You can also slow down your mental decline by playing cards, reading or even playing games on the computer. Anything that can keep your mind busy is good.
Guest speaker, Suzi Baldwin, educated us on genealogy. She gave us steps to get started on our own genealogy journey. Many resources are available. There is a genealogy club of Montgomery County. To get started, she recommended looking in the attic and basement for records and photos. Write down everything you or your family know about your relatives. Start with your parents and their parents and so on . The more generations you identify, the easier the tracing back will be. Interesting tidbit-Suzi said that at one time, Montgomery County had a gourd museum-who knew?! Until 1880s, records were not kept well. After the census was taken, it was easier to find leads to people. Wedding pictures are a good source of information. Correct spelling of the people is not essential in finding people in your family tree search because early on, women’s names were not often mentioned. If you find a document, record where you found it. That makes it easier on you to go back to it. Going online can, but not always, be an easy way to discover relatives. Social Security numbers can help find people. At the library, along with the librarians to assist you, there are ways such as ancestry/heritage quest, local history database, cemetery database dated back to 1800s, census records, city directory, naturalization database, marriage database, guardian database and even a "Find Your Grave" source to help you.
Adopted patients were given fun balloons, stuffed animals and books for Valentine Day. Guest Day will be March 15 at the Methodist Church . Meal at 11:30 a.m. will be $10. The committee will call to confirm the week before. Dixon passed around items from the council meeting. Sixteen members and guest, Sue Caldwell, responded to roll call by answering questions about the Dubble Duzzen Club. Neel presented the slate of officers for 2017-2018. President -Judy Tulley, Vice-President-Dixon, Secretary-Neel, Treasurer- Marilyn Lewis, Songleader- Douglas, Health and Safety-Foy, Membership-Pat Hall and Eulah Jaynes, Public Relations-Neel, Advisor-Patsy Stephens. The slate was approved. Achievement Night is May 16. Tulley reported with hopes of getting more participation, cultural arts will be more of a display than a judged event.
Dixon reminded members of the secret pal birthdays next month and then closed the meeting with the club prayer. From a beautifully Valentine decorated table, all were served the most decadent chocolate cake ever and other sweet treats. There was a tasty snack that caused much attention - especially after finding out it was okra!! Cooper gave each person a favor of conversation hearts candy and a heart shaped notepad. A fun day was experienced by all!
President Peggy Dixon and Secretary Becky Thompson