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The University of Missouri Extension Center in Webster County relies on volunteers to multiply its educational efforts and improve the quality of life for youth, families and communities. You are invited to participate and share your talents!

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FCE Clubs

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.  Keeping pace with the evolving needs of society, FCE focuses today on the following major concerns:

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TV Tune Out Violence Day is April 5th.  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, Missouri, 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 childlren 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.


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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 4th 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 pre-school level.


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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.


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Family Health

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.

If you would like to know more about FCE and its local clubs, contact the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield, Missouri at 417-859-2044 or by e-mail at

Webster County Family & Community Education Association Clubs (FCE)
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Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.
Minnie Woodworth, President
184 State Highway MM
Niangua, MO 65713
Phone: 417-473-6492
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Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 12 p.m.
Kathy Haymes, President
1248 Beach Road
Conway, MO  65632
Phone: 417-859-4349
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Meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.
Melinda S. Leonard, President
1831 Big Timber Rd.
Marshfield, MO  65706
Phone: 417-859-5575
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Meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
Frances Delly, President
446 State Hwy AA
Elkland, MO  65644
Phone: 417-933-5449
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Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.
C. T. Johnson, President
Marshfield, MO 65706
Phone: 417-859-0538

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A club is an organized group of youngsters between ages 8 and 18 in a certain geographic area of the county. The 4-H program year runs from September 1st through August 31st.  Business meetings are usually held monthly.  The members run the club, elect officers, and develop their own programs and goals.  Adults assist as volunteers by teaching one or more of the 150 individual projects available. 4-H Clubs also hold recreational activities and community projects where the whole family is involved.

A club called 4-H Clover Kids Program is also available to introduce 5, 6 and 7-year-olds to a wide variety of 4-H experiences. 

Webster County 4-H Clubs
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Meeting time is 1st Thursday at 7 p.m. at the
   Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield, Missouri 
Attn: Melinda Leonard
1831 Big Timber Road
Marshfield, MO  65706
Phone: 417-859-5575
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Heartbeat of the Ozarks 4-H Club 
Attn: Melinda Leonard
1831 Big Timber Road
Marshfield, MO  65706
Phone: 417-859-5575
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Mid-Americans 4-H Club
Attn: Betty Jo Funk
350 Flint Rock Road
Strafford, MO  65757
Phone: 417-859-6365
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Webster County Trailblazers 4-H Club
Attn: Robin L. Long
85 Sunny Hill Drive
Seymour, MO  65746
Phone: 417-767-4698

If you would like to know more about 4-H and how to join, contact the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield, Missouri at 417-859-2044, or e-mail Jeannie Moreno at

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