Family and Community Education (FCE)
Webster County Association for Family and Community Education (FCE) is an organization of volunteers who have been a strong voice in promoting a healthier and better life for individuals, families and communities. Building on the strength of the family as the center of a strong citizenry, FCE has a rich history of accomplishments.
Bowen Happy Hour meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month.
Jane Hamilton-Smith, President
Community Sunshine meets at noon the second Thursday of every month.
Dorene Yearian, President
Friendship Extension Homemakers meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.
Jeannie Moreno, President
If you would like to know more about FCE and its local clubs, contact the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield, Mo. at 417-859-2044 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping pace with the evolving needs of society, FCE focuses today on the following major concerns:
Family Life/Children and TV
TV Tune Out Violence Day is April 5. We collect signed pledges from families asking them to honor this day and not watch any TV programs with violence.
Child Advocacy Day — In January, our members go to Jefferson City, Mo., taking with them as many cuddly dolls as we’ve collected and made during the year. These dolls are given to our state legislators, who in turn find children with special needs for these dolls. Some of our dolls have found their way to young children who’ve been severely abused. We feel good that in a small way we’ve helped to give them some comfort. These dolls also help remind our legislators that children are to be considered when they are making decisions for our state.
Reading Buddy Programs — Members volunteer to go into our local elementary school and read with the children.
Essay contest — FCE sponsors an essay contest for all Webster County schools. All fourth graders are encouraged to participate in an essay entitled “What A Family Means To Me.” These essays are judged on the county level and the winners are forwarded to be judged on the state level. Prizes are awarded to the winners.
Young Authors — Students are encouraged to write stories on things they see, live or imagine.
Golden Books — FCE provided the opportunity to purchase the Golden Books at a substantially reduced price. We have given these out to families who can’t afford to purchase them. This encourages young children to have an interest in reading at a preschool level.
Environmental and global
Our focus is on clean water, clean air and household dangers. We believe in being prepared for emergency responses.
Pennies for Friendship — ACWW, an affiliate of FCE, is a down-to-earth approach to promoting international goodwill. Its aims are to improve the standard of living for families. FCE members from all over the world are asked to donate their lowest coin of their country to help continue this worthwhile cause. We also study the customs of various countries. This year India is the chosen country, and we are collecting through various means to pay for the services of a doctor in India for one year.
Through workshops and programs, we promote good family health habits, learn about aspects of home based health care and study health care plans and changes in health insurance.
Times change, but the needs of people remain the same. The strength of the National Association for Family and Community Education is the commitment of its membership in caring for and sharing with others.