Clubs and organizations: 4-H group staying busy

Clubs and organizations: 4-H group staying busy

Updated: 2 months, 13 days, 15 hours, 9 minutes, 40 seconds ago

Aug. 29

East Side Juniors 4-H club met Aug. 29 at the Extension office at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ryker Meyer and the 4-H pledge was led by Riley White. 

Officers for the 2022-2023 4-H year were elected. Bella Evans was elected president, Claire Bonjean was elected vice president, Emma Taylor was elected secretary, Alex Dufelmeier was elected treasurer, and Madi Maro was elected reporter. The calendar of events was set for the upcoming year. 

Oct. 2

East Side Juniors 4-H club met Oct. 2, 2022 at Wes White’s farm for a weiner roast. 

Window display items were brought,  4-H week pictures were taken, and videos were made.

Nov. 7

East Side Juniors 4-H club met Nov. 7 at the Morgan County Fair 4-H building. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Raelyn Ruyle and the 4-H pledge was led by Brooke White.

Talks were given by Claire Bonjean, John Beeley, Anthony Clinton, Bella Evans, Emma Taylor and Alex Dufelmeier.

Guest speaker Sean Middleton, president and CEO at Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative in Auburn, gave an electric safety talk and provided a demonstration for all the kids to make extension cords.

Members were asked to bring a new or used coat to donate. Each member of the club brought food items for a Thanksgiving food basket to be donated to the food pantry.

Comments and updates were shared by club leader Carolyn Bartz.

The next meeting will be Dec. 4.

— Submitted by Madison Maro

Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club

On a beautiful, unseasonably warm, late autumn morning, 12 Rotarians, one baby and one guest speaker were greeted by the club’s namesake on their way to the Holiday Inn Express meeting room in South Jacksonville, one of the joys of the time change.

It also was Election Day. Several visited their polling place on their way to the meeting (then had to pay for it as part of Recognitions; Pat was very thorough). As if to add to the morning’s festivities, early morning voters also witnessed the lunar eclipse. There was plenty to discuss as Dr. Bernd Estabrook, the guest speaker, set up his (working!) projector and Sonie passed the sturdy opaque Polio Plus jar.

Those in attendance were Don Pigg; President Linda Meece; Brittany Nickel with son, Adler; Sarah Edmiston; Pat Pennell; Jay Jamison; Sarah Robinson; Ella Scaggs; Sonie Smith; Jane Becker; Gordon Jumper; Cindy Boehlke; and guest Dr. Bernd Estabrook.

President Linda Meece rang the Nov. 8 meeting to order at 6:59 a.m., followed by Cindy leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Sarah Robinson leading the recitation of the Four-Way Test. Pat gave an appropriate prayer. Rotations were made by Jay, Don, Cindy, Jane and Sarah Edmiston. Pat encouraged all members to donate to the scholarship fun with numerous Recognitions.

Linda passed around a thank-you note from Spirit of Faith soup kitchen for the club’s donation of the Joint Club donation project funds of $137 (which includes individual donations). The president reviewed her experience with the district conference (the joys of Zoom meetings). Then we learned about the Emblem book donation project to the Quincy Veterans Home. Club members have been donated gently used books to the project for about a month. Linda announced that more than 300 items — books, DVDs and puzzle books — were donated. Ella explained about the library rotation system in the veterans homes. Once our donated items spend time at each veteran home’s library in Illinois, they will be swapped with veteran home’s libraries in Missouri. Show Me our books.

Jane reviewed the Coupon Troop-on numbers through October. The numbers are jaw-dropping. People have donated more than $597,000 in total coupon savings to troops at commissaries around the world. Please keep donating your current or expired manufacturers’ coupons in the clearly marked Rotary boxes or with friendly Rotarians found around town.

Dr. Estabrook gave a riveting program on the war in Ukraine. Using maps to keep the group's attention, he described the history behind the conflict, what parts of Ukraine Russia targeted, what happened each day during the start of the conflict, how Ukraine has responded, the casualties of war, and the propaganda that we are hearing from Russia. Young Adler let out a well-timed hungry wail during an especially shocking statistic. After Dr. Estabrook wrapped up his remarks, the club gave an appreciative round of applause.

This was an abbreviation of Dr. Estabrook’s recent lecture at Jacksonville Public Library. Though Don missed that program, our program-planner extraordinaire contacted Heidi Estabrook at the library and arranged for this excellent lecture. We may have Dr. Estabrook back to speak on another topic soon, perhaps persuade him to join us every Tuesday morning.

President Linda rang the meeting to a close at 7:58 a.m. Our next meeting is Nov. 15. It is a business meeting. We will meet at 7 a.m. in the Holiday Inn Express meeting room. All Rotarians and guests are welcome.

— Submitted by Sarah Edmiston

Jacksonville Area Landlord Association

Jacksonville Fire Chief Doug Sills was the guest speaker during the Nov. 8 meeting of Jacksonville Area Landlord Association.

Chief Sills discussed the new codes involved with smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in single-family homes and multi-family units. New smoke detectors are required to have a 10-year sealed battery. Smoke detectors should be on every level of a home and in every bedroom. JALA members also had a question-and-answer session with Chief Sills.

The meeting allowed JALA members to meet Jacksonville’s fire chief and provided updated information on smoke detectors.

Our next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. A social time will start at 5:30 p.m. New members are encouraged to attend. Meetings cover discussion of topics involved in property rentals, repairs and real estate investing. For more information, visit the JALA website at

— Submitted by Richard Vollmer

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