Topic “West Virginia Covered Bridges” at Straight Fork Meeting | Lifestyles
The Straight Fork Education Awareness Community Service Club met in September, but plans have been changed due to concerns over COVID-19. Refreshments are not allowed until the sanitary situation has changed. For several years, the locals have been our hosts in September. The women liked this because they were always tired of cooking for the country kitchen at Stonewall Jackson Jubilee. It was canceled, so that was another change.
As a result, no host or hostess was needed.
The educational lesson, “Covered Bridges of West Virginia,” was presented by Connie Cutright. The objectives of the lesson were to raise awareness about the preservation of these historic structures, to educate people about their history and to promote tourism.
A question that people often ask is, “Why are covered bridges covered?” A popular belief is that cattle are afraid to cross when they see the water gushing out, but the main reason was to protect decking and farms from the elements.
There are 17 covered bridges in West Virginia. The most historic and oldest structure in the state is the Philippi Covered Bridge.
The Walkersville Bridge, which spans the right fork of the West Fork River, is located on US 19 in Lewis County. The 40-foot bridge is always open to vehicular traffic.
Each covered bridge uses one of the seven wooden truss systems or a variation thereof. The Queen-post system, which has a horizontal span between the triangles, was used on the Walkersville Bridge.
As the meeting continued, the activity cards were filled out and the thought cards of yours signed.
Cathy Evans shared a meditation and Sandy Shingleton led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Fern Watson, Secretary, read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Treasurer Jane Metzgar presented the financial report. Both have been accepted.
A communication was shared by Extension Officer Meagan Midcap thanking us for our contribution to Lewis County 4-H Camp in 2021.
Health Motivator Miral Gibson touched on the topic “Boost Your Immunity to Stay Healthy”.
She discussed 10 different ways to do it. Some examples she gave were avoiding infections, eating right (rainbow foods), staying hydrated, talking to a doctor about preventative care measures, and getting rid of all bad habits.
She ended her report by stating that our body has a built-in system for staying healthy and fighting disease. The best way to stay healthy is to live healthy.
Imogene Wimer shared 4 statements titled “A Thought of the Day”. One of them was – You can’t control the weather but you can control the atmosphere of your mind.
Connie Cuthright, Marketing and Membership Manager, shared the Collection in a different way. As she read it, she often stopped so the members could finish the sentence.
She led the group by playing a game called “Never Have I Ever” to have fun and learn interesting things about each other.
She concluded her report by having a design for an autumn tea towel. The winner was Cathy Evans.
Family Committee Chair Fern Watson gave each member Grandparent Day materials and a page on how to preserve family memories.
In 1973, West Virginia launched a campaign to set aside a special day for grandparents. The first was set by Governor Arch Moore.
The family memories sheet lists 16 sample questions that can be used when talking to a parent or grandparent.
The last point of discussion was Remembrance of September 11th.
Chair of Voluntary Reading, Ruth Hissam reminded members to keep reading and report the number of books read.
She also reminded them that they could hand in book reviews at the monthly meeting.
Continuing Education President Velva Walton’s report centered on information she received from the West Virginia attorney general’s office.
She discussed several ways to protect your personal information. Some examples include shredding personal documents containing all of your personal information; do not give out personal information to strangers; never use obvious passwords like your date of birth, your mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of your social security number.
Remember to beware of identity theft and check your credit report.
She shared several important phone numbers.
During the business session, the President reminded members to read all of their newsletters carefully.
A motion was put forward to continue the library book project. The motion was carried and the chair chosen was Debbie McCabe. She will give us detailed information at the October meeting.
We had a pleasant and informative meeting.