The Farmer Farmerette Club held heir monthly meeting Saturday, August 6 at the Pike County Home Health and Hospice Building.
Dr. Mark Quintonilla, a professor of history at Hannibal LaGrange University, his wife Lisa, sons Lucas, Christian, Joshua, and Timmy were their special guests. Other guests were Dawn Glover and Paula Sites, daughters of club member Claudine Lybarger and one surprise guest Wanda Hanson, a former club member.
President Kay Reading led the pledge to the American flag and said grace before a delicious meal was enjoyed by all.
Roll call was to tell something about a child of a president and was answered by Keri Reading, Pauline Keithley, Kay Reading, Claudine Lybarger, Pauline Oberman, Jeannie Smith, and Clara Shaver.
Dr. Quintanilla and his family told of their experience while living on St. Vincent Island in the Carribean. They stated that the area is not as people think of it, but is more like a third world country and very rugged. The island is only 18 miles long and it takes many hours to cross it. The islanders taught them much more than they ever dreamed of. They have no appreciation of their history.
Dr. Quintanilla was awarded the prestigious Fullbright Scholarhsip in 2012. In 2016, he was awarded full fellowship on Revolutionary America which allowed him to do research at Clemen Library at the University of Michigan.
They stated there were KFC restaurants but they’re different form ours. Also, they can only eat what is in season. The employment rate is 15-20% and the cost of food is high. They are a very “Jesus loving” people. They don’t trust the government, so therefore go to the church when they need anything.
After the Quintanilla’s talked, the Farmerettes got on with their meeting.
In lieu of a devotional, the Lord’s Prayer was said. Song leader Oberman led the singing of “God Bless America.” The mystery gift donated by Kay was won by Keri.
Shaver read the treasurer’s report and Smith read the minutes of the last meeting.
The next meeting will be held at the home of Kay Reading on Saturday, September 3.