The theme seems appropriate. Based on the accomplishments of the organization's members that led to awards, the local program has really produced "treasures" in the community.
Bladen County ECA President Dianna Roberts welcomed members and guests to the program; Sandra Kelly, the Bladen Family & Consumer Sciences ECA Liaison agent, introduced guests and gave extension updates; Virginia Gause, a member of the Bladen Springs club, gave the devotion and invocation; and Wesley Hollis, 2005 4-H County Council President, led the group in the pledge of allegiance.
County Extension Director Kent Wooten and Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Greg Taylor welcomed the group, bringing greetings from their respective organizations. New Bladen County doctors Martyn Woleben and Anthony Clary gave remarks about what they have brought to Bladen County.
Individuals selected from each of the ECA clubs as Outstanding Member of the Year were: Dianna Roberts of Bethel; Annie McKee of Brown Marsh; Joyce Gillespie of Colly; Virginia Gause of Bladen Springs; and Judy Elkins of Tomorrow's.
Mrs. Gause was presented the organization's top award-the Outstanding Volunteer Award. She was had 2,393 hours of volunteer service in her community, church, ECA and other organizations of which she is a member.
The Bladen Springs Club was named the winner of the Robert W. Marion Award as the Outstanding ECA Club. Tomorrow's was named the second place winner, and Bethel was named the third place winner.
The Tomorrow's was named the winner of the 2004 Jane Ross Community Service Award.
Club Presidents were recognized. They are: Mrs. Roberts of Bethel; Shirley Croom of Bladen Belles; Margene Lockamy of Bladen Springs; Vera Royal of Brown Marsh; Dorothy McKoy of Colly; and Judy Elkins of Tomorrow's.
Officers were installed for the coming year. They are, Judy Elkins, president; Linda Rivenbark, vice president; Margene Lockamy, treasurer; Shirley White, recording secretary; and past president, Dianna Roberts.