Wilson County Family and Community Education members were honored at the 32nd annual TAFCE conference in Franklin. The conference was held on Nov. 10-13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Wilson County fce began 100 years ago in the Oakland community in 1913. Through a partnership with the University of Tennessee Extension, fce has grown into a statewide organization that strengthens individuals, families and communities through education, service and community action. Over the years, these clubs have been referred to as Home Demonstration Clubs and Extension Homemakers.
The Cultural Arts competition places emphasis on the heritage skills of Tennessee including 42 categories ranging from basket weaving to quilting to bead work.
In the Cultural Arts competition, Jeanie B. Such of Carroll Club won 1st place for her basket. Shirley Mossburg of Carroll Club won 1st place for her machine pieced and machine quilted quilt. Caryn Crowston of Leeville Club won 3rd place for her Counted Cross Stitch. Cultural arts entries from across Tennessee were on display during the contest.
The Fashion Revue Competition highlights sewing skills with nine categories and two additional categories focusing on consumer decision making related to purchasing clothing. In the Fashion Revue Competition, Penny West from Tuckers Crossroads Club won 1st place in adult casual wear category. Competitors in the Fashion Revue modeled their garments in the fashion show that was enjoyed by conference attendees.
Wanda Briddelle of Greenhill Club was honored as the Central Region Heart of fce award winner. The Heart of fce award is awarded annually in each of the three grand division of Tennessee. Wilson County is part of the Central Region. The Heart of fce award pays special tribute to the unsung grassroots members who have made a difference in their communities through their fce work.
Briddelle's most significant work includes teaching diabetes and chronic conditions educational series to community members, crocheting caps for premature newborns and cancer patients, volunteering for the University of Tennessee Extension in family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and volunteering numerous hours to the Wilson County Fair. She is also the 2013 President of Wilson County fce and the newly elected Atlantic Region Vice President of Public Policy for the National Association of Family and Community Education.
Wilson County fce Clubs are a valued part of the University of Tennessee Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program.