Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Dec. 13 at Marnette Reed’s new guest house for the annual Christmas Meeting/Party.
“A Christmas tree on the front porch welcomed everyone as they arrived. Another tree welcomed everyone inside along with lovely decorations over the windows and throughout the house,” according to a news release.
In the absence of President Karen Needler, Vice President Sarah Payton welcomed members and guests. Guests were Kay Cromwell, and Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Science agent.
Secretary Peggie Barbaree read the Thought of the Month: “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand to hand.”
Barbaree led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Jo Ann Carr read the Handy Hint:
“When you take down your Christmas lights, instead of dumping them in a box, wrap them around a coat hanger.”
Kizer read the Inspiration from Matthew 1:21. Barbaree called the roll with members answering the question, “How many Christmas trees do you put up?” Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Catherine Atkinson, Barbaree, Carr, Dee Kindrick, Malinda Traweek, Payton, Reed, Kathy and Jim Wilson and Elizabeth Wall.
Payton reported she and Kindrick had delivered 155 caps and 100 teaching dolls to Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Festival of Stars Day. She and Carr had delivered 30
Christmas knitted baby caps to Jefferson Regional Medical Center the end of November for babies born during December.
Kizer reported she delivered 68 throw blankets to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in December for the club. Barbaree, community service chairwoman, reported she has provided several caps for cancer patients and would be delivering 35 to the Arkansas Cancer Institute soon. Members will continue working on them and will deliver more later, she said.
Atkinson, nursing home door wreath chairwoman, reported she delivered 35 Christmas stockings to the White Hall Nursing Home for doors.
Reed served a meal of chicken spaghetti, mixed green salad, green bean casserole, corn casserole, sausages, garlic bread, cookies and candy.
Favors of Christmas cookies from Reed and a bell necklace from President Karen Needler were on the tables as favors.
The club collected $110 for the White Hall Food Pantry as the club’s Christmas project and Barbaree was the winner of the afghan donated by Mary Bowerman.
For the Christmas exchange this year, everyone brought a pair of crazy or Christmas socks stuffed with miscellaneous items and candy.
Carr read “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer.” Wall and Cromwell were the winners of a game Payton had brought. She gathered everyone around a table to see who could open a package wearing cooking mitts. The package was passed quickly around the table.
“Good food and a good time was had by all,” according to the release. “If you are interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers, you can call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033.”