Exeter-Milligan second graders wrote and performed an informative presentation on Arbor at the Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club Arbor Day Baby Celebration.
Exeter G.F.W.C. member, Suzanne Johnson, presents gifts to Brenson Brandt from the club. Brenson is held by his mother, Morgan who was honored at the first Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club Arbor Day Baby Celebration.
Honorees at the annual Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club Arbor Day Baby Celebration are pictured from the left T.J. Mueller holding son Gavin Mueller, Shelli Mueller holding son Adrian Mueller, Morgan Brandt holding son Brenson Brandt and Kay Due holding granddaughter Tylie Due. Other grandmothers attending are pictured in the back row, Donna Mark (left) and Lori Brandt (right).
Every year the Exeter G.F.W.C. welcomes the babies in the old Exeter School district to the community. This year was their 26th annual Arbor Day Program.
Each year the Woman's club contacts the families of all new babies born in the old school district and welcomes them to the community. The event combines the welcome with a celebration of the Nebraska-born holiday, Arbor Day.
Attendees were welcomed by the Exeter Club President, Karen Chapman followed by a welcome from the Exeter Mayor, Alan Michl. Michl read an Arbor Day Observation Proclamation he had signed.
Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield also participated in the event bringing gifts from the district and welcoming the families to "the wolfpack family."
Sheffield emphasized to the families that the district "is available to provide services for your children from birth to age 21. Please come anytime to visit and take a tour. It's your school, it's all of our school."
Following Sheffield were the committee members of the Exeter G.F.W.C. who originated the event 26 years ago. They shared how the event began and how it has been funded and continued. They presented books, certificates, a copy of the Mayor's proclamation, seedling trees with planting instructions, flowers for the moms and "our best wishes."
Jill Schmidt of Fillmore County Good Beginnings shared about the WHALE project co-sponsored by the Geneva Rotary and Good Beginnings to place vital information on children's car seats.
This event marked the first time that the group has seen a second generation in a family honored. This year Morgan Brandt, who was welcomed to the community in 1985, had a son welcomed. This year the Exeter G.F.W.C. welcomed these four babies: Xander Thomas Whitford, son of Shane and Deena Whitford, Gavin William Mueller, son of T.J. and Shelli Mueller, Brenson Keith Brandt, son of Morgan Brandt and Tylie Marie Due, son of Anthony Due and Jordin Stride.
After presenting the gifts to the families, the Women's Club members and families planted a flowering crabapple tree with a jar containing the names of the babies.