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The 76th Missouri Association for Family and Community Education, Inc. Annual Conference was held Oct. 3-5 at the Quality Inn in Hannibal.
Dorothy Maffitt, Nellie Ogan and Mary Martens of Ray County Early Birds FCE were part of those in attendance. The theme for the conference was: “Changing Times With FCE”
The following awards were presented to the ray County group: Wilma Carter received a first place award for report on Home and Community Environment and a third place award for Public Policy report. A third place award was picked up for Youth Education report prepared by June Sharp. Another first place award was picked up for a Community Successful report prepared by Martha Balman.
The following educational workshops were presented: Leadership Training – Volunteering “How Big is Your Heart?” presented by Betty Schalk, NAFCE National Vice President of Public Policy, and Dana Harris.
The health topic chosen was aphasia. the inability to talk. Part of the approach is to include baby sign language, which is used with some of the autism training programs. It is also taught to very young children and used in some nursing home facilities with people who have lost their ability to talk.
This workshop was taught by Courtney Fish, who is with TouchPoint Autism. One of the points she made was to start with signs that are needed the most – drink, potty and food. Young children and adults will pick up needed signs much faster than “please” and “thank you”.
Nellie Ogan prepared a grant application on behalf of Ray County Early Bird Club from the Missouri Foundation for Family and Community Education. It was to benefit the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency for school supplies, a project the club worked on before school started with Michelle Zwiers. Zwiers’ agency received the Joni Kottman Award in the amount of $110.
– Submitted report