Food for Thought: Family and Community Education Clubs

September 23, 2022

Smith County Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs are a non-profit organization made up of local men and women who meet monthly. They work to improve home life, their community, and learn leadership skills. Smith County currently has eight clubs and a mailbox membership with 150 members!

The clubs do a lot of noteworthy projects in the community. Some of the projects clubs are involved in include the following:

They partnered with the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club at Gordonsville High School to provide hygiene products for students aged 12-17 in state custody. All the clubs have donated and volunteered to help with the Jamie Evitts Scholarship benefit. Throughout the pandemic, club members made thousands of face masks for not only Smith County but also surrounding counties in need. The Smith County Fair also benefits greatly from FCE volunteers, who help with set up and taking entries before the fair, watch exhibits during the fair, and assist with returning entries after the fair. Most recently, Smith County FCE donated over $400 to Smith County Health and Rehabilitation for residents to be able to do fun activities, such as bingo.

We invite everyone to join one of the eight FCE clubs around the county or become a mailbox member. The University of Tennessee Extension of Smith County offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or veteran status and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, contact Mary Parker Draper at the UT Extension Office at (615) 735-2900.

Coconut Macaroons

2 1/2 cups coconut

1/3 cup flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine coconut, flour, and salt. Add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Mix well. Batter will be stiff. Drop by tablespoonful 1 inch apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Submitted by Lisa Harville, Night Owls FCE Club.

Pictured Left to Right: Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Activities Assistant Director, Rhonda Garrett; Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Activities Director, Ashley Young; Smith County FCE County Council President, Anne Waggoner; Smith County FCE Agent Advisor, Mary Parker Draper.