A great New Year's Resolution for the ladies of DeKalb County is to be a part of the Smithville Family and Community Education Club which meets the second Thursday of each month at the UT Extension section of the County Complex. Refreshments and fellowship begin at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. The program include speakers that contribute their time to the community through their arts and talents, work expertise, or special interests.
In the year 2012, the FCE club donated time or money for the Lighthouse Children's Camp, Children's advocacy Center, Genesis House, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, the Prison ministries, and the Joe Black Project. Monies for the various projects come from the annual yard sale. The club has developed "Hands-On" books for children with learning disabilities and has done a couple of projects with the Headstart Program.
The club usually takes day trips throughout the year besides the monthly meeting date. The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show and a train ride were enjoyed in 2012. The FCE Club was originally the Home Demonstration Club and the interest in arts and crafts are still a part of the yearly agenda.
One goal for the new year is to compile a cookbook of favorite foods in DeKalb County. Each month the refreshments will consist of samples of a cookbook section; appetizers having been selected for the January meeting. Each entry is expected to be a delight.
The guest speaker for the ucpoming meeting will be Kathy Hendrixson from Justin Potter Library. She began working part-time at the library in 2000 and is now Head Librarian. The library is continually using developing computer technology and offers a variety of services for the community. The January program will be both educational and enjoyable.