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News and Upcoming Events

updated June 20, 2013

Scholarship Deadline Extended to August 30: A $600 scholarship provided by the Lancaster County FCE Council is available for a graduate of a high school in Lancaster County or a permanent resident of Lancaster County majoring in Family and Consumer Science or a health occupation. This is open to full-time students beginning their sophomore, junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2013 or who have completed two quarters of study in a vocational school. Application. Deadline is August 30.

Sizzling Summer Sampler! Wednesday, July 10 • 6 to 9 p.m. Light Supper at 6 p.m. Lancaster Extension Education Center
444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Guest Welcome! Details

2012 Achievement Day

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2011 Statewide FCE Convention Hosted by Lancaster County FCE Council a Success

Lorene Bartos, UNL Extension Educator

Photos from the Statewide FCE Convention

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A “Galaxy of Stars” shone as 77 FCE members from across the state met for its 75th Annual Leadership Conference. The Lancaster County FCE Council and members hosted the event September 22-24, 2011. The conference began with a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion and then a tour of the State Capitol or the UNL Quilt Museum, Tractor Museum, and Dairy Store.

Thursday evening members were welcomed to a Tailgate Party at the Lancaster Extension Education Center. Conference Chairman Joy Kruse welcomed everyone to Lancaster County. Jeff Maul, of the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed the group to Lincoln. Diane Mendenhall, Executive Director of the Nebraska Alumni Association, gave the keynote address, “Believing in Star Power.”

Marge Dudley, State FCE President introduced the State Board. A video of the 2010 Conference in Grand Island brought back memories of last year’s event. The business meeting was held Friday morning. Officers for the new year were elected: President, Cathy McKown; Vice President, Verda Umland; Secretary, Diane Smutny and Treasurer, Patricia Fear.

The Hearth Fire Lesson, Paper, Plastic or Neither was presented.

The Awards luncheon recognized FCE members for years of service. Six members were recognized for 50 years. Beth Birnstihl, UNL Extension FCE liaison spoke about “YOUTH are Our Future STARS.” Sue and Arlen Brown, co-owners of Calico Cottage in Hastings gave a fun presentation, “When My Husband Takes Over My Sewing Room.” They showed many of their quilts they have both made.

Participants took part in a workshop of their choice including: Jelly Rolls, Cakes and Donuts - No Recipes Needed” by Sue Brown; Candy Bar Bouquets, by Sara Jane Schroeder; and No Sew Fleece Scarf by Jan Rullifson and Marian Storm, Lancaster County FCE members.

The FCL lesson presented by Marge Dudley and Sherri Adams was “Love is – Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.”

The evening banquet was decorated with stars and recognized the State Board Alumni and First-Time attendees. The Heart of FCE awards was presented. Tracy Foreman, CHE/PT, Aging Partners Health and Wellness, encouraged everyone to “laugh” with her presentation “Laughing Matter.”

The memorial service Saturday morning remembered the deceased members from the past year. Marge Dudley and Patricia Fear presented a lovely memorial service. A 75th Anniversary skit was presented by the State Board. Everyone enjoyed seeing how FCE and its members have changed through the years.

Fayrene Hamouz, Associate Professor Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, involved members in her presentation, “Layers, Construction, and Destruction.” Everyone enjoyed sampling the appetizers that were constructed.

The Conference concluded with lunch on Saturday. Dylan & Company, three students entertained with a variety of songs remembered by many of the members. Marcela Lopez, National Make It with Wool Winner attending UNL shared “What 4-H Has Done for Me.” Installation of officer concluded the conference. Seventy members and quests enjoyed seeing old friends and reminiscing.

Each meal featured special favors. Thanks to all who provided these fun remembrances of the 2011 “Galaxy of Stars” Conference. North Platte members invited everyone to Ride the Rails and come to North Platte in 2012.

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Contact Information

Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lancaster County
Web site: lancaster.unl.edu
444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68528
| 402-441-7180



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