Palekas share mission tales at KAFCE annual Achievement Day luncheon

The Kauai Association for Family and Community Education held its annual Achievement Day Luncheon recently at the Kauai Beach Resort, according to a press release.

Highlights of the luncheon included installation of the 2006 KAFCE officers and guest speakers Herman and Joan Paleka, who recently served on an 18-month mission of community service in Nigeria’s churches and schools.

Laurie Ho and Suzanne Yokoyama welcomed 88 members and guests to the event, which also featured a Chinese Auction. Most of the items auctioned off were made by KAFCE members, according to the release.

President Sanae Morita shared a message which included “10 Tips For Staying Young.” In her speech, she suggested members: throw out nonessential numbers like age, weight and height; keep only cheerful friends; keep learning; enjoy the simple things; laugh often, long and loud; let tears happen; endure, grieve and move on; surround yourself with what you love: family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, etc.; cherish your health; don’t take guilt trips; take a trip to the mall, the next county or foreign country instead; and tell the people you love that you love them at every opportunity.

The title of the Palekas’ speech was “Lessons Learned.” With the help of a slide show, they shared experiences in Nigeria and shared interesting facts about the country. Members and guests learned that religion, trickery or fraud and oil are the top three facets of Nigeria’s economy.

Education in Nigeria for children is not free, they said, noting that tuition must be paid for each child entering school.

Dr. Terry Sekioka, Interim County Administrator, conducted the installation of new officers.

Installed were: Sanae Morita, president; Suzanne Yokoyama, vice president; Margo Hashimoto, secretary; Susan Hamada, treasurer; and Gladys Horner, historian.

FCE pins were presented to the following members for years of service: 10 years: Tammy Quinlan, Pam Crawford and Eleanor McGill; 20 years: Marti McHenry and Joanne Ahana; 40 years: Sanae Morita and Haruko Otsubo; 50 years: Shizue Shibao.

KAFCE, originally known as the University Extension Club or UE, has been in existence since 1946.


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