TETER — The Teter Community Educational Outreach Services (CEOS) met July 16, 2020 at noon in the Buckhannon City Park Pavilion to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Club with pizza and cake.
Before changing their name in 1998, the group went by “Teter Extension Homemakers Farm Women Club,” who met for the first time on July 20, 1920 in the home of Mrs. Ralph Teter. Extension Home Demonstration Agent Marjorie Eastman was present to help form the club.
Members included President Mrs. G.W. Hartman, Vice President Mrs. Clyde Cool, Secretary Mrs. Ralph Teter, as well as charter members Mrs. Erwin Teter, Mrs. Lewis Hinkle, and Mrs. Icy Hinkle.
Club lessons started in October of 1920 and monthly dues were only five cents. In the beginning, members met in homes to make comforters, quilts, dresses and aprons to sell to raise money for projects in the community. They also raised money by having ice cream socials at the Sunday School Conventions. In 1923, the club paid $25 to help build the Upshur County Cottage and loaned the Upshur County 4-H Club another $20.
Secretary and Historian Vonnie Hager explained, “It has changed a lot in the last 100 years. We still have lessons but back then, they did more for the community and raised money, like making quilts and home canning. Now this past year, we raised $1,000 and donated to the Salvation Army in December… We donate to Relay for Life, the Cancer Society, and American Red Cross. We also donated 50 sets of hats and gloves, as well as snuggle and read blankets to Head Start. We also gave 16 lab robes for the patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital.”
The three aspects of the CEOS mission are to strengthen the home, influence the community through leadership and volunteer programs, and to work together to improve the quality of life.
The Teter CEOS next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at noon in the Upshur County WVU Extension Office, but it may be postponed due to the coronavirus. For more information or to join, call the Upshur County Extension Office at (304) 473-4208.