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Hancock County Family & Community Development

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About Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

All About Community Educational Outreach Service

Members of WVCEOS are people like you!

Together, members conduct and participate in motivating educational activities that help members continue education, serve their community and socialize. Join the CEOS organization by calling your local WVU Extension office and start making a difference today.

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A statewide club supporting West Virginia since 1914

WVCEOS is a voluntary, nonprofit organization functioning in cooperation with West Virginia University Extension. It is one of the largest educational organizations in the nation.

Over the past decade, West Virginia CEOS members performed more than 5.6 million hours of service for communities in need.

CEOS program areas of emphasis include preserving the environment, building family strengths, and increasing awareness of our global interdependence.

Through dedicated service and continued education, CEOS members strengthen individuals, families and communities across West Virginia.

In West Virginia, the first club (then a Farm Women’s Club) was established on December 14, 1914. Today, approximately 2,000 members participate in this outstanding program, available in all 55 counties.

CEOS in Hancock County

Hancock County has one CEOS club, the Newview Club, formed when the New Manchester and Fairview clubs merged. The group holds its meetings on the first Thursday of each month at the Hancock County Senior Services Center, at 11 a.m. A light lunch is followed by a business meeting and monthly lesson. The public is always cordially invited to attend the meeting and lesson and, also, to join the group for lunch.*

*If having lunch, the usual Senior Center fee applies.

Learn about the Newview CEOS Club 2018 CEOS Educational Topics

Five Newview members at the WVCEOS Conference at Jackson's Mill pose with a banner reading, "Hancock County CEOS."

Above, representatives of the Newview CEOS club at the 2017 West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service Conference at Jackson's Mill.

2024 CEOS Lessons

Features eleven topics to explore.

Lessons are provided to CEOS Clubs and made available for download as 508 accessible PDFs for two years following publication. Then they are archived as a group Zip file by their year of publication. 

Teaching Appalachian Heritage Cooking to Children II

Part two: A fun way to teach children about our Appalachian heritage is to make traditional recipes together and talk about the connection with history, family and the community.

Bridging the Gap – Involving Younger Generations in Service

This lesson will explore generational differences and the potential barriers faced by the younger generations to volunteer and get involved! Additionally, it will provide best practices related to recruiting new members and engaging them in both community and service!

Dancing for the Health of It,

Dancing is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. Learn dance moves from the decades and how the movements help with heart health, diabetes, weight control. Learn dance moves to improve balance & mobility, for all ages! Learn how dancing will improve mental health and brain activity Learn how dancing can add FUN to your daily life!

The Art of Afternoon Tea

Learn about the history behind afternoon tea, the traditional foods that accompany a tea meal, and how to serve simple or elaborate afternoon tea party. Recipes for scones, tea sandwiches and cookies will be shared.

Preventing Suicide in our WV Communities

This lesson will focus on raising awareness of suicide prevalence and learning ways to recognize warning signs of suicide. Often times people feel that they aren't equipped or trained to help in a crisis situation but the reality is anyone can help in a crisis situation. We will detail steps everyone can and should take to help prevent suicide.

Take Me Home, Country Roads

The popular John Denver song, "Country Roads," has been around for 50 years and has become a staple of West Virginia culture. This lesson will trace the origins of the song and how it has grown in popularity over the last 50 years.

Beverly, WV: Small Town, Big History

First known as Edmundton, Beverly is a small rural town in Randolph County, West Virginia. Learn the big history of this small town.

The Bloom Room: Floral Design Basics

Floral design is the art of creating arrangements that convey meaning and emotion with flowers, leaves, ornaments and other objects using design principles.

Home Grown: Appalachian Crafts from the Past

In Appalachia, crafts were created for necessity. Handmade quilts, coverlets, pottery, wood carvings, and woven baskets were beautiful and supported the region's self-sufficient people. This lesson explores Appalachian craft history and ways individuals can preserve and teach the next generation.

Jackson's Mill at 100: A Century of Growing Forward

Participants will learn the history of Jackson's Mill from plantation home of the Jackson family; to its foundation at the nation's first state 4-H camp; to how it  has come to hold a unique place in the history and furthering the mission of West Virginia University Extension.

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Restoring and Refinishing Furniture

In this lesson you will explore a few different levels of ease in restoring furniture. From a quick clean up to make it usable, but "antique"; to chalk paint; to full on restoration.

2023 CEOS Lessons

Features thirteen topics to explore.

Lessons are provided to CEOS Clubs and made available for download as 508 accessible PDFs for two years following publication. Then they are archived as a group Zip file by their year of publication. 

Download all 2023 lessons in one ZIP file

Teaching Appalachian Heritage Cooking to Children

A fun way to teach children about our Appalachian heritage is to make traditional recipes together and talk about the connection with history, family and the community.

Home Grown – Appalachian Folklore

In this Lesson you will learn some Appalachian Language, Folklore, Storytelling and Keeping Folklore Alive.

Crazy Quilts

Crazy quilts are one-of-a-kind treasures representing a historically significant quilt-making style.

Clutter Clean Up

In this Lesson you will learn some of How do we get started cleaning up your clutter?; Emotions and Decluttering; and then What to do with the clutter.

Coal Town to Tourist Town: West Virginia's Elk River Trail System

Learn benefits of a tourist-based economy; Activities and amenities along the Elk River Trail System; and become familiar with the Elk River Trail System locations, access points and communities.

Floriography: The Language of Flowers

Understand a brief history of Floriography; Increase your knowledge species and colors of flowers; and create a unique bouquets of flowers with a special message.

Getting Organized: Personal Health Records

In this Lesson your will learn some of What is a personal health record; Why is it important to keep a personal health record?; Three Steps tp Building a Personal Health Record; and Where you should look for health information.

Managing Your Money - The Basics

In this Lesson your will learn some of How we think and feel about money; Wants and Needs; Where does the money go?; How to make a plan; Learn about Credit; And learn about what your Credit Score means.

Personal Planning for Today and Beyond

In this lesson you will learn some of How to make a "My Life Binder" for important documents; What information is needed to plan for the future; and Gain understanding of estate planning and legal documents.

The Possibilities of Plants

In this lesson you will learn some of How to use plants beyond consumption and decoration; The history of alternative uses for plants; and Native American cultural significance of certain plants.

Point Pleasant: Land of History and Mystery

In this Lesson you will learn some of the history of Point Pleasant, West Virginia; Be able to explain the timeline of the area's historic and mysterious events; and Become familiar with the ways the town of Point Pleasant celebrates and honors these stories and legends today.


In this Lesson you will gain an understanding of the importance of pollinators; and you will learn some practices that support pollination.

The Life of West Virginia’s Wild and Wonderful Serena Katherine Dandridge

In this Lesson you will learn who Serena Dandridge was and be introduced to her scientific contributions; You will become familiar with her involvement in the Women's Suffrage Movement; and you will be encouraged to think about gender and racial inequality in the early 1900s.

Join the Newview CEOS Club or Start a Club

For information on how to become a member of the Newview CEOS club, or to start a CEOS group of your own, contact the Hancock County Extension Office at 304-564-3805, or County Council President Janet Keller at 304-387-0354.