FARMINGTON – The March meeting of Farmington Emblem Club 460 was called to order by President Rebecca Powell. There were 40 members present, 87 absent and one deceased, for a total of 128.

Americanism Chairwoman Lois Barker read an article to members and guests about women for Women’s History Month.

Quinnale Kinsey, first vice president, presented a plaque to President Rebecca Powell from Farmington Elks Exalted Ruler Dick Bragg, thanking the club for all they do to help the Elks each year. Kinsey accepted the plaque at the “Elk of the Year” award night.

Nancy Chase, in charge of community service, reported on the donation of stuffed animals made to the Franklin Memorial Hospital X-ray Department recently. Members brought some of the toys to the February meeting and several animals were purchased by Chase with club funds. The toys will be given to small children who are at the hospital for X-rays and feeling nervous about their visit.

Drug Awareness Chairwoman, Kathy Palmer, has arranged for a Cascade Brook School class to do some essays, which will be judged by a panel of Emblem members. Awards will be given to the winning writers at a later date.

Literacy Co-Chairwoman Diana Oliver told members that the children’s books have been purchased for a local day care center with Oliver’s help.

Jean Corcoran, head of Farmington Emblem Club scholarships, said $2,950 has been given this year in scholarships. A committee has come up with some new guidelines to be used in selecting winners starting in 2005.

Shannon Smith reported that on March 8, a cheerleader banquet will be held at Mt. Blue High School. The February Emblem-sponsored Valentine dance and supper went well.

A donation was made to the Wilton American Legion Auxiliary to send a girl to Girls State. A cooler blanket will be purchased to be given by the Farmington Horsemen’s Association in September at Farmington Fair.

The mystery gift was won by Terry Fletcher and the 50-50 raffle by Claudette Merchant. The names of the secret pals will be revealed to those participating at the club’s April meeting.

Guest Linda Littlefield, state Emblem Club president and past president of Augusta Emblem Club 233, spoke before the close of the meeting.

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