United Methodist Women
The Washington United Methodist Women met at the United Methodist Church for a potluck dinner at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Twenty-four members and two guests, Vickie Patterson and Sally Beasley, were present. Hostesses were Martha Hahn and Ilene Schnicker. Prayer was given by Ilene Schnicker, vice president.
President Mary Dawson opened the meeting at 12:40 p.m. with the Purpose of the United Methodist Women read in unison. She then read a reflection on the celebration of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 22, with our many blessings from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Secretary’s report for the October meeting was read and approved. Shirley Pfeifer gave the treasurer’s report. It will be filed.
Kay Bennett, Membership, announced that a former member, Helen Carson, had recently passed away.
Virginia Tschantz, Education and Interpretation, reported on an article from the November Response magazine on Hershey’s Fair Trade. It states approximately 70 percent of the world’s cocoa is grown in the west African countries, where child labor is a well-documented concern. It is estimated that 1 million to 2 million children are affected. The United Methodist Church speaks out against child labor in Resolution 3083, “Eradicating Abusive Child Labor,” which declares, “the protection of childhood [is] among our most sacred human responsibilities” and calls upon United Methodists to protect the human rights of children. These children in the cocoa industry work long hours in unsafe conditions using machetes, carrying heavy loads and being exposed to pesticides. It is a very interesting article.
Jan Stiles spoke on the upcoming Heifer Project.
Marilyn Whitenack requested that members bring items they would like to donate for Granny’s Attic. It will be held during the UMW Country Fair Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Linda Brown offered to help Marilyn on this project. Also, there will be a soup supper that evening from 5 until 7 p.m. as a fundraiser to aid in scholarships for the 2013 women’s retreat to be held in February.
Pat Minneman, Supportive Community, mentioned a happy birthday for Marion Turnipseed coming up on Dec. 14.
Shirley Pfeifer presented a Pledge Service Litany. She opened her program with prayer and the pleasures of November with its colors, smells, harvest, fresh air and the time to enjoy visits with family and friends. Bible verses were read from the book of Genesis. Pledge cards were collected.
The meeting ended at 1:45 p.m. The next meeting will be the Christmas Party on Dec. 14 at the United Methodist Church.