Edgar County HCE news
In This Issue
- Unit Meetings
- SPECIAL NOTE
- Newsletter Articles:
- WORDS FROM PRESIDENT MARGE HOUGHLAND........
- Words from Secretary Beth Sablotny............
- Words from Treasurer, Dana Stites...............
- REQUEST FROM REBECCA SCHIVER:
- Minor Lesson-Feb. 2017
- 2 more recipes from International Night held in October, 2016
- Did you make a New Year's Resolution?
- Abraham Lincoln and George Washington have birthdays in February.
- Words from State IAHCE….
- Annual Conference
- HCE Donates to County Schools
DATE TIME UNIT HOSTESS
Feb. 2 1:00 pm Redmon Nite Cindy Muchow
Feb. 13 7:00 pm Happy Homemakers
Feb. 14 Lunch out BellRidge Polly Lucas
Feb. 23 ? (Potluck) Chrisman Nite ??
Feb. 28 1:30 pm Stratton Pat Brazelton
March 14-16 11:30 am IAHCE Annual Conference Peoria
April 11 5:30 pm Annual Meeting 4-H building
July 17-20 6:30 pm NVON Conference Raleigh, NC
Please send list of members and officers to President Marge Houghland, 221 Clark, Paris, IL 61944 ASAP and a second list including meeting dates/times/hostess to Marilyn Daughhetee (see address below).
***Edgar County H.C.E. Board Members***
President – Marge Houghland, 463-7610..................……….email@example.com
First Vice – Paula Coombes, 465-4057……………..……...
Second Vice – Please Volunteer……………………………………….
Secretary – Beth Sablotny 822-3883……………………… firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Dana Stites, 251-9297…………………………. email@example.com
Int'l/Family Issues-Martha Fox, 217-822-0115…………….
Public Information –Please Volunteer………………………………….
Cultural Enrichment/Community Outreach -- Peggy Cline.... 463-4685
Ways & Means – Please Volunteer…………………………………….
If you see an article you would like to share with the membership at large, please send to Marilyn Daughhetee, 1205 Claytonia Terrace St., St. Louis, MO 63117. Or firstname.lastname@example.org (P.S. Unit news should be sent to the same address.) Due date is still the 12th of each month. Thanks for your cooperation in making HCE the best it can be!
All memberships of $12 should be sent to Dana Stites, 2038 E 900th Rd, Kansas IL 61933. Thank you for your help in keeping the membership and officers list correct. (For memberships running from January until May 1st, only $6 should be collected.
WORDS FROM PRESIDENT MARGE HOUGHLAND........
What crazy weather we have been having! No wonder there is so much sickness. I am enjoying these 40 and 50 degree days.
We are delivering the school supplies on January 19. We received donations from Happy Homemakers, Bell Ridge, Stratton and Rebecca Schiver and Cheryl Funkhouser of Edgar County Extension that I know . If you took your donation to the office and are not listed here, let me know. We appreciate what we received.
The Board Members are busy filling out their reports for all the end-of-year summaries that are due.
The Annual meeting will be on April 11 at the 4-H Building. Martha Fox will be the speaker to tell us about her experience working on the Rose Bowl Parade. Mark your calendars, plan to attend and bring guests.
Marge Houghland, County President
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller
Words from Secretary Beth Sablotny............
Thank you to the members that turned in their Volunteer Hours. For each member who turned in volunteer hours, the county receives 20 points on the County of the Year application. This is based on the number of members not hours. Thanks for your help.
Words from Treasurer, Dana Stites...............
Just an early reminder that membership dues are coming up. Please send the unit dues by May 1, 2017 to Dana Stites, 2038 E 900th Rd., Kansas, IL 61933.
REQUEST FROM REBECCA SCHIVER:
Dear HCE members,
Would you please provide me with an email address in order to keep you updated on the latest happenings in Edgar County HCE and University of Illinois Extension? I promise not to fill your inboxes but at times an email is all I need to let you know of changes with lessons, meetings dates or even upcoming events that might be of interest to you. Please send your address to: email@example.com As always, if there is anything I can do to help you or your HCE unit, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a safe & healthy winter. Thank you.
Office Support Associate
University of Illinois Extension, Edgar County
Minor Lesson-Feb. 2017
6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine
A man named Valentinus was martyred on February 14 late in the third century A.D.—this much we know. But when it comes to details about the life of St. Valentine, legend often supersedes fact. As you celebrate this Valentine's Day, find out the truth about the man for whom the day is named, as well as some other intriguing facts about history's most romantic holiday.
The St. Valentine who inspired the holiday may have been two different men.
Officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, St. Valentine is known to be a real person who died around A.D. 270. However, his true identity was questioned as early as A.D. 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to the martyr and his acts as "being known only to God." One account from the 1400s describes Valentine as a temple priest who was beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed. A different account claims Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, also martyred by Claudius II on the outskirts of Rome. Because of the similarities of these accounts, it's thought they may refer to the same person. Enough confusion surrounds the true identity of St. Valentine that the Catholic Church discontinued liturgical veneration of him in 1969, though his name remains on its list of officially recognized saints.
In all, there are about a dozen St. Valentines, plus a pope.
The saint we celebrate on Valentine's Day is known officially as St. Valentine of Rome in order to differentiate him from the dozen or so other Valentines on the list. Because "Valentinus"—from the Latin word for worthy, strong or powerful—was a popular moniker between the second and eighth centuries A.D., several martyrs over the centuries have carried this name. The official Roman Catholic roster of saints shows about a dozen who were named Valentine or some variation thereof. The most recently beatified Valentine is St. Valentine Berrio-Ochoa, a Spaniard of the Dominican order who traveled to Vietnam, where he served as bishop until his beheading in 1861. Pope John Paul II canonized Berrio-Ochoa in 1988. There was even a Pope Valentine, though little is known about him except that he served a mere 40 days around A.D. 827.
Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers and epilepsy, among many other
Saints are certainly expected to keep busy in the afterlife. Their holy duties include interceding in earthly affairs and entertaining petitions from living souls. In this respect, St. Valentine has wide-ranging spiritual responsibilities. People call on him to watch over the lives of lovers, of course, but also for interventions regarding beekeeping and epilepsy, as well as the plague, fainting and traveling. As you might expect, he's also the patron saint of engaged couples and happy marriages.
You can find Valentine's skull in Rome.
The flower-adorned skull of St. Valentine is on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. In the early 1800s, the excavation of a catacomb near Rome yielded skeletal remains and other relics now associated with St. Valentine. As is customary, these bits and pieces of the late saint's body have subsequently been distributed to reliquaries around the world. You'll find other bits of St. Valentine's skeleton on display in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, England and France.
Chaucer may have invented Valentine's Day.
The medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real. No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine's Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375. In his work "Parliament of Foules," he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine's feast day–an association that didn't exist until after his poem received widespread attention. The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, "For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate," he may have invented the holiday we know today.
You can celebrate Valentine's Day several times a year.
Because of the abundance of St. Valentines on the Roman Catholic roster, you can choose to celebrate the saint multiple times each year. Besides February 14, you might decide to celebrate St. Valentine of Viterbo on November 3. Or maybe you want to get a jump on the traditional Valentine celebration by feting St. Valentine of Raetia on January 7. Women might choose to honor the only female St. Valentine (Valentina), a virgin martyred in Palestine on July 25, A.D. 308. The Eastern Orthodox Church officially celebrates St. Valentine twice, once as an elder of the church on July 6 and once as a martyr on July 30.
2 more recipes from International Night held in October, 2016
Tomato Soup with Bananas
8 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 onions, diced
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. coconut, grated
In a large saucepan, combine tomatoes, stock and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat. Let cook until tomatoes are soft.
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add onions and sauté, until transparent. Peel, then slice bananas. Add banana slices to sautéed onions. Sauté, mashing gently. Puree tomato pulp. Stir puree into onion mixture.
In separate mixing bowl, combine cornstarch and half-and-half. Stir in about 1/4 cup of the hot tomato soup. Stir cornstarch mixture into the rest of the soup. Stir constantly over low heat until soup thickens slightly. Season with white pepper. Garnish soup with coconut. (Serves 4)
South America today - Ecuador, by Colleen Madonna Flood Williams, Mason Crest Publishers, 2009
Ensalada Mixta (Mixed Salad)
European influences are more obvious in Ecuadorian salads, which are generally simple combinations of vegetables and vinaigrette that accompany a meal. Recipe Servings: 4
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 onion, chopped
Mint or parsley to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine the cucumber, tomato and onion.
2. Mix the lemon juice, mint or parsley, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Dress the salad just before serving.
Mixed vegetables salads are common in Ecuador and sometimes include cold, cooked vegetables like peas, beets, cauliflower, string beans, or corn, as well as other fresh vegetables like carrots or lettuce.
When a salad has many ingredients, the vegetables are often arranged in rings around the plate.
Ecuadorian salads are almost always dressed with a very simple lemon or vinegar and oil dressing.
A to Z World Culture Online Editions, 2015
Did you make a New Year's Resolution?
Here are the top 10 resolutions made for 2017.
1. Lose Weight/Healthier Eating
2. Life/Self Improvements
3. Better Financial Decisions
4. Quit Smoking
5. Do more exciting things
6. Spend More Time with Family/Close Friends
7. Work out more often
8. Learn something new on my own
9. Do more good deeds for others
10. Find the love of my life
Next question: Are you still working on the above resolutions?
Abraham Lincoln and George Washington have birthdays in February.
Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in 1863 and they are still relevant 152 years later:
"We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!"
Thanks to Crawford County and Clark County for the above quote.
Words from State IAHCE….
The State IAHCE newsletter can be read for free online at IAHCE.org. However, if you would like a copy mailed to you, please send a $9.00 check, payable to IAHCE. Newsletters are mailed in May – August – December. Mail to: Pat Hildebrand, 302 N. Hutton Drive, Newton, IL 62448
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Annual ConferenceWhat: IAHCE Annual Conference
When: March 14-16, 2017
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, East Peoria
Menu: Share shops, Friends, Make it-Take it, District Meetings, Vendors, Fun, Business Meeting, Elsie Mies Banquet, Pins, Tote Bags, Fun Walk, Silent Auction