This will be the final post from Town and Country CFEL, in support of South Dakota Community and Family Extension Leaders’ week, May 4 -10, 2014. Thank you to those who have read our posts this week and especially to Brandi Baysinger for helping to get them on this website and on Facebook. We hope that you’ve learned a little bit about our organization, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in September, 2014.
Today, we’d like to highlight two big events that we sponsor each year – the Bison Christmas Fair and the Parade of Trees at the courthouse:
We’ve hosted the Annual Bison Christmas Fair for more than 30 consecutive years on the first Saturday in November at the BentleyBuilding. We invite vendors to sell their homemade (non-commercial) crafts and have room for about 40 booths. A committee meets to measure booth spaces and to greet our visitors as they arrive early on Saturday morning. We sell rolls and coffee from the kitchen in the morning and then switch to a noon menu of hot sandwiches, beans, chips and homemade pies. (Those pies are always a hit!) Even people who don’t wish to shop come to eat a delicious lunch and to enjoy the fellowship of other diners! As we mentioned yesterday, our proceeds from the Christmas Fair are used to fund two $500 college scholarships each year.
The Annual Parade of Trees is held in the courthouse each December with various civic groups and organizations decorating trees for the public’s enjoyment. A panel of three anonymous judges is selected to choose the best decorated trees – one for a lighted tree and another for unlighted trees. Cash prizes are awarded.
Town and Country always sponsors a tree for Community Against Violence and Abuse, which is a safe house in Lemmon. Gifts are placed by many caring, community individuals, which are then donated to CAVA. Their staff wraps all of the gifts and distributes them to everybody who has stayed in their facility during the past year.
During the year, Town and Country also makes several monetary donations. Recent recipients have been the Bison Post Prom party, Jr Jr winners at the Perkins County Fair and Bison Public Library, to help support the summer reading program.
“I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and state of South Dakota,
land of sunshine, land of infinite variety.”
The pledge to our state flag is recited at every meeting, as are the Pledge of Allegiance and our own mission statement and club creed.
Won’t you join us? We would really like to welcome others to our club! We meet the fourth Thursday of the month and take turns hosting.
Please call Carolyn Hendricks, 244-7488 or Beth Hulm, 244-5231
to visit and/or join Town and Country CFEL Club.