Pleasant CEOS club hits half-century

PPR News

October 17, 2013

POINT PLEASANT —This year marks half a century in the life of a local club.

The Pleasant Community Educational Outreach Service will celebrate 50 years of service to the community with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Nazarene Fellowship Hall on Jefferson Avenue.

Lorrie Wright, extension agent and member of the Pleasant CEOS said that members will have activities and presentations relating to different eras in the CEOS’ existence.

“They’re going back to the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s,” Wright said.

Wright said that the primary goal of the CEOS has been to to serve and help educate the local community.

The Pleasant CEOS began as the Pleasant Homemakers on September 24, 1963, when a group of women met at the home of Hazel Roush. The group got together to discuss the possibility of beginning a home demonstration club.

Wanda Stemple, county home demonstration agent, attended the meeting to provide guidance in the formation of the club. An organizational meeting was held the following month. Helena Gregory suggested the name Pleasant Homemakers for the club. The first officers were: president, Opal Plants; vice-president, Pauline Fowler; secretary, Martha Rhodes; treasurer, Laura Gaskins.

CEOS clubs, which are sponsored by West Viriginia University, have tried to cultivate an interest in living well and being productive members of society. The club as a whole has emphasized a focus on good nutrition, family life, reading, education, and encourage members to act as involved citizens of their communities.

The 1964 year book listed 25 original members. Two of those members, Carolyn Litchfield and Garnet Schwarz are still members of the CEOS club. The club immediately became active in the Mason County Homemakers group and are still very active today in county affairs. This Saturday’s reception is open to the public.