2009-05-07 / Local & State

Fulton Co. Farm Women Celebrate 50 Years

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Marie Richards, county president of Fulton County Society of Farm Women, holds a citation from the House of Representatives, presented Saturday by Rep. Dick L. Hess, honoring the 50th anniversary of the local group. Marie Richards, county president of Fulton County Society of Farm Women, holds a citation from the House of Representatives, presented Saturday by Rep. Dick L. Hess, honoring the 50th anniversary of the local group. Fulton County Society of Farm Women was formed in October 1959 by Lois Gordon. The group marked its 50th year by hosting a convention on Saturday, May 2, at McConnellsburg firehall.

The program was attended by 60 members and guests. Society of Farm Women includes chapters in 14 counties of southern Pennsylvania.

Rep. Dick L. Hess made a surprise appearance, and presented a citation from the House of Representatives, honoring the group for reaching its 50th anniversary.

The citatation notes that the organization "strives to contribute to the power and influence of the farm home and to the community of farm women, to develop leadership and to promote better living and working conditions in the farm homes of this Commonwealth."

"Now therefore, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania salutes the Fulton County Society of Farm Women as it recommits itself to the ideals and standards which have sustained it for fifty years; offers best wishes for continued growth and success in the years to come; And directs that a copy of this citation, sponsored by the Honorable Dick L. Hess on March 24, 2009, be transmitted to the Fulton County Society of Farm Women."

A copy of the citation was presented to county president Marie Richards, at the request of state Farm Women President Lorraine Royer of Lebanon County.

The program for the convention was full of laughs and memories.

Vivian Reilly read an essay on "Why the Plants Didn't Get Watered." Brenda Palmer joked about the aging process and noted details about some of her audience; Michaela Rosenberry briefly described her current 4-H project; and Helen Overly played her ukulele and remembered the starts of both Overly-Raker and the Fulton Fall Folk Festival.

Former members of Fulton County Farm Women were invited to participate in the convention. Visitors also enjoyed a display of 50 years of local Farm Women programs and lunch by the fire company.

For more details about the county group, contact Betty Daniels at 485-4508 or Mary Culler at 485-3275.

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