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GFWC District IV holds spring convention March 8

GFWC District officers installed during the IV Spring Convention on March 8 were, pictured from left is President elect, Sandi Tarter of the Carlisle Altruistic club; President, Jan Pasley, of the Carlisle Altruistic Club; Installing Officer, Judy Foot, president of the GFWC-AR ; Secretary, Chris Weems of the Elsie McCain Club in Hazen; and Treasurer, Pat Aycock of the Carlisle Progressive club. (submitted photo)
GFWC District officers installed during the IV Spring Convention on March 8 were, pictured from left is President elect, Sandi Tarter of the Carlisle Altruistic club; President, Jan Pasley, of the Carlisle Altruistic Club; Installing Officer, Judy Foot, president of the GFWC-AR ; Secretary, Chris Weems of the Elsie McCain Club in Hazen; and Treasurer, Pat Aycock of the Carlisle Progressive club. (submitted photo)

The GFWC District IV met in Carlisle for the 2014 Spring Convention at the First Baptist Church.

Jan Pasley, president-elect, presided over the meeting in the place of Hazel Swilley, who had hip surgery two weeks ago. The three General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Carlisle hosted the meeting. The executive council met at 9:30 a.m. with the officers and representatives of each club president.

The secretary reported that the minutes have been approved by the committee and the treasurer gave the financial report. A list of officers to be elected was read: Jan Pasley, president, Sandi Tarter, president-elect, Chris Weems, secretary and Pat Aycock, treasurer. Appointed officers are Chris Weems, reporter and Hazel Swilley, parliamentarian.

Judy Foot, state GFWC president, told the group what she will need from the district for the State Convention on May 2-4 at Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock.

The executive council meeting as adjourned and Jan Pasley called the general session to order.

Carolyn Martin, president of the Altruistic Club gave the welcome. Special guests and members introduced were Judy Foot, GFWC-AR president and Linda McCourt, GFWC-AR president-elect, a member of the Prairie Grove Club in Fort Smith, District V

Charlotte Bennett gave the credentials report showing 24 members and one visitor registered with including two club chairmen, 11 club officers and eight district chairmen, four district officers, one state chairman and who state officers.

Department chairmen or a spokesman presented awards. Pat Aycock, chairman of the Arts department, awarded the first place certificate to the Carlisle Progressive Club.

Rita Farris, Conservation department, awarded first place to the Carlisle Altruistic Club, second place to the Carlisle Progressive Club and third to the Elsie McCain Club of Hazen.

Education department awards were made by Mary Frances Perkins. Partnership first place went to the Altruistic Club and second to the Elsie McCain Club. Community Service first place award went to the Altruistic Club.

Sue Carter, chairman for Home Life Department sent her report. First place in partnership went to the Elsie McCain club. In Community service, first place went to the Altruistic Club, second to the Elsie McCain Club and third to the Progressive Club.

International Outreach awards were made by Thelma Shook. First place went to the Altruistic Club, second to the Progressive Club and third to the Elsie McCain Club.

Public Issues awards were presented by Sandi Tarter. First place in partnership was the Progressive Club and First place in Community Projects went to the Ruth Barrett Fox Club of Hazen.

Pat Hogan gave the invocation for the lunch.

Scrapbook winners were announced by Kathy Williams. First place went to the Progressive Club and second to the Altruistic Club.

During lunch, Alicia Pasley announced the winners of the Ten Penny Art contest. In Class I, ninth and tenth grade students, in drawing, pen and ink, first place went to Desarae Hampton, sponsored by the Altruistic Club and second went to Tyler Teel, sponsored by the Progressive Club. In II, junior and senior students: Paint, oils and acrylics; first place went to Alexis Miller, sponsored by the Progressive Club; Drawing, first place went to Landon Sage, sponsored by the Altruistic club; Charcoal and scratch art, first place went to Jessica Ellis, sponsored by the Progressive club. First place winners will be taken to the State Convention in May for more judging and awards.

Kathy Williams, a member of the Progressive Club was introduces as an adviser on the state Executive Committee for the next two years.

Judy Foot, state president, installed the District IV officers for the next two years. Jan Pasley, president; Sandi Tarter, president-elect; Chris Weems, secretary; Pat Aycock, treasurer. Appointed officers are Chris Weems, reporter and Hazel Swilley, parliamentarian.

Foot also announced the State Fall Board meeting for Aug. 1-3 at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock.

Linda McCourt, president-elect spoke of her plans for the upcoming year. She said the South Central Regional meeting will be in Rodgers, Arkansas on Oct. 2-5. There will be a tour of the Crystal Bridge Museum planned for the group.

The next District IV meeting will be the Fall Board meeting when the Blue Books and new Club manuals will be distributed. It will be at the Swilley Lodge at a date to be announced.

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