Highland News Leader

HCE elects new officers, honors longtime members

HCE OFFICERS: Marilyn Schaefer, District 6 director from Effingham, poses with officers of the Madison County HCE group. From left are Schaefer, Gloria Hartmann, Madison County HCE retiring public relations; Eleanor Gregory, international director; Vi Huebner, family issues/community outreach director; Beth James, “Buzz” editor/special activities; Maureen Betts, treasurer; Connie Grapperhaus, new secretary; Priscilla Plocher, second vice president; Carol Chappell, first vice president; Kathy Staroba, new president; and Claudia Harju, cultural enrichment, who will assume office in June.
HCE OFFICERS: Marilyn Schaefer, District 6 director from Effingham, poses with officers of the Madison County HCE group. From left are Schaefer, Gloria Hartmann, Madison County HCE retiring public relations; Eleanor Gregory, international director; Vi Huebner, family issues/community outreach director; Beth James, “Buzz” editor/special activities; Maureen Betts, treasurer; Connie Grapperhaus, new secretary; Priscilla Plocher, second vice president; Carol Chappell, first vice president; Kathy Staroba, new president; and Claudia Harju, cultural enrichment, who will assume office in June.

The Madison County Association for Home and Community Education held its 80th Annual Achievement Meeting with the theme “Rollin’ on the River with HCE” on April 25.

The business meeting was conducted with the election of officers. After the meeting, a special meeting was called to order to elect Candy Huckleberry and Emily McDowell as the new public relations officers.

Membership awards were presented to five through 65-plus years of membership with Orlean Hosto, Alhambra/Leef; Shirley Drexelius, Edwardsville B; and Aneda Rutz of Highland, at-large, who passed away in April; were recognized for more than 65 years in the organization.

MCAHCE presented two $500 scholarships. One went to Monica Fevers and the other to Gabriel Jackson, who both are grandchildren of HCE members.

The group heard from Pam Jacobs from University of Illinois Extension and Chip Shaffer, Midwest coordinator Hope for Heroes.

After lunch, the group was entertained by The 60s Chicks of the Edwardsville YMCA and a silent auction completed the afternoon.  

If anyone would like to be put in contact with a local HCE (formerly Home Bureau or Home Extension), call Priscilla at 654-3627.  

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