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Wit & Wisdom Club, Fairfield Women's Club, Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women

Nov 14, 2012


Wit & Wisdom Club’s 107th program year got off to a start in the lobby of the Jefferson County Courthouse at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7. The assembled members were welcomed by President Sheri Neff who announced the program for the afternoon was a tour of the interior of the courthouse in order to see what remodeling had been completed and what was planned for the future.

Jefferson County Supervisor Dick Reed was introduced as the guide for the tour.

Reed explained the building has been in continual use for more than a century and that, if it was to serve another century, it needed some upkeep. Moreover, because there was no other place to put the county government while the remodeling was going on, the work had to be done one office at a time and moving people and file cabinets around.

The assessor’s office has been moved from its long-time home in the basement to brighter more attractive quarters on the third floor.

The space that drew the most “oohs” and “ahs” from the members was the completely renovated court room on the third floor. Even the old portraits of judges who presided there in years gone by have been cleaned and restored. In addition to the courtroom, there are a new judge’s chamber, a conference room for lawyer and client, other offices for court officials and a meeting room for the jury. Other offices and rooms are in development on the third and fourth floors. Reed explained the law library, which is no longer used because everything is on computer, was cleared out, yielding usable space. Also, the fourth floor had been used as just an attic. Several years ago when the elevator was installed, it was put in to run from basement to the fourth floor.

From the fourth floor up into the clock tower, ladders are in place.

Following the tour, the officers, including Neff, Vice President Ray Woody, Secretary Sue Long, Treasurer Jerry Long and Historian Dot Hellkamp hosted light refreshments in the courthouse lobby.

Wit & Wisdom members assembled Friday in the meeting room of the Fairfield Public Library. Host for the evening was Karin Hauring, assisted by Larry and Janet Nash and Martha Flinspach.

Neff called the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m. The roll was called and the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer reported the club was in good financial shape with the new dues for the current year added to the carryover from the preceding year.

Neff introduced the program for the evening — “Batman” Kathy Tollenaere and “Robin” Dorothy Bell had arrived in the “Batmobile,” with a sack full of gardening tips — at least Batman had the tips and Robin, as usual, had many cliches with which to punctuate Batman’s pronouncements. About the only cliche not used by Robin was “Holy Toledo!”

After some discussion of gardening matters, Batman and Robin departed.

At this point, Neff stood up and held aloft a birthday cake. She announced it was her husband Dave’s birthday, and the cake was being added to the refreshment table.

The next meeting will be Dec. 14 at the Fairfield Golf & Country Club.



Fairfield Women’s Club will meet for lunch at noon Nov. 21 at the McElhinny House.

Reservations are required, Call Lou Snead at 469-6619 by 4 p.m. Monday. Area women are invited.

Judith Hall and Barb Smith will conduct a business meeting. Janet Roberts will present the program “Vintage Clothing.”

Donna Clark will be hostess, with assistants LaVon Hostetler, Deb Johnson and Sharyn Workman.

Members are preparing for “Christmas at the McElhinny House” set for Dec. 8. Donations are being accepted for assembleing Christmas baskets for adults, children and shut-ins. Donations can be brought to the meeting Nov. 21 or called to Hall at 472-2473 or Smith at 472-3861.



Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women held its Nov. 6 meeting at SunnyBrook Living Care Center.

Ten members and one guest were present.

Wilma Lewis Whitham introduced beekeepers Vern and Doris Ramsey. The couple have helped educate more than 2,000 children about bees through programs at Jefferson County Park and local schools. They stressed the importance of bees for plant pollination. They also discussed the two main reasons for the decline in bee numbers: mites and Colony Collapse.

Shirley Stanley opened the business meeting with a reading called “Six Gifts That Don’t Cost Anything to Give.”

Roll call was answered to “natural resources and manufacturing of Canada.”

Minutes of the October meeting were read and approved.

Stanley thanked those who helped with the Halloween trunk-or-treat night at Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Stanley also reported the Farm Bureau board decided not to participate in the 1st Fridays Art Walk.

Ideas to “spread the word” about the organization during the coming year were sought. The group voted to study India during the next year.

The next meeting will be a potluck Dec. 4 at the home of Mary Carol Fish. In place of cards, each member is asked to bring a nonperishable item for the food bank.

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