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New officers elected to Twentieth Century Club of Prentiss

The GFWC/MFWC Twentieth Century Club of Prentiss held its monthly meeting at the Prentiss United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall April 15, 2014, with 14 members present. President Deborah Dickens called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. Tina McPhail gave the devotion on “The marks we leave behind” using two very interesting stories about Al Capone’s attorney “Easy Eddie” and his son Edward (Butch) O’Hare. She followed with prayer.

THE PRENTISS HEADLIGHT / Anne Eleise Langley and her mother Doreen who spoke to club members about home schooling. Young Langley played the violin at the closing of the meeting.

THE PRENTISS HEADLIGHT / Anne Eleise Langley and her mother Doreen who spoke to club members about home schooling. Young Langley played the violin at the closing of the meeting.

After the pledge of allegiance, we adjourned for refreshments. Our hostesses were Diane Hollingshead and Katrina Magee.  The tables were colorfully decorated with Easter grass centered with azaleas.

Betty Berry introduced our guest speaker, Doreen Langley. Doreen graduated from Clinton High School, attended Hinds Community College. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Math and a Masters in Educational Psychology from Ole Miss. She is married to Clint Langley, Jeff Davis Co. Circuit Clerk. They have four children: Emily 20, Anne Eleise 17, Bethany 15 and Stephen 13.

Doreen presented a very interesting and enlightening program on home schooling. She has been home schooling for 13 years and now home schools six other children with her own. More than 1.5 million children are being home schooled. Some of the reasons parents choose home schooling are religious, family, poor learning environment or have a child with a disability. Most feel they can give a better education at home. You have to look at what is best for your situation.

Doreen stated that the goal of home schooling is “to develop independent learning.” Most go to school year round. The social issue can be met by field trips, organized sports, youth loop, church, and music. The curriculum is monitored by the State of Mississippi. Most home schooled children make no lower than 26 on the ACT. Doreen’s daughter Anne Eleise ended the program by playing a beautiful rendition of “Be Still My Soul” on the violin.

Deborah Dickens called the business meeting to order. The minutes were read and approved. Connie Bayles gave the treasurer’s report. Amy Berry read the correspondence.

We received a letter of appreciation from the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar for our support. There was also a letter from the Ellisville State School thanking the club for the donations of time and money. Laura Leigh James thanked all who helped with the Run for the Roses.

The nominating committee handed out ballots for the upcoming year. The following were nominated and approved: president – Becky Williamson, vice president – Missy Jones, recording secretary – Tina McPhail, corresponding secretary – Marie McNease, treasurer – Connie Bayles, parliamentarian – Diane Hollingshead, reporter – Gaye Ann Davies, historian – Amy Berry. These officers will be installed at the May meeting, which was changed to May 13th.

It was announced that volunteers were needed for Teachers Appreciation Week. Betty Berry and Connie Bayles will make sure the donuts are bought and delivered. Connie Bayles gave the door prize to Lorene Everitt.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned after the reading of the Collect.