Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club welcomed Kathy and Jim Wilson as new members April 24 in the meeting room of the White Hall Library.


Prior to the meeting, members boxed up cookies they to be delivered to the newspaper office, The Jefferson County Extension Office, local police department, fire department, city hall and library.


President Karen Needler welcomed everyone to the meeting. Malinda Traweek read the Thought of the month: “To succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”


Vice President Sarah Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Elizabeth Wall read the Handy Hint: “Soak wooden kabob skewers in water at least 30 minutes before using — they won’t burn or stick.”


Donna Stevenson read the inspiration from I Samuel 8:13. Peggie Barbaree, secretary, called the roll with members answering the question “Do you use a gas or charcoal grill?” Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Needler, Payton, Dee Kindrick, Catherine Atkinson, Jo Ann Carr, Barbaree, Stevenson, Traweek, Kathy and Jim Wilson and Wall.


Traweek presented the program on “Healthy Grilling.” She said when grilling burgers, to make an indention in the middle of the burger so it will get done. She said to trim visible fat from meat to avoid flare-ups. Always marinate foods in the refrigerator — never leave them on the kitchen counter. Never serve cooked meat on the unwashed platter on which raw meat was carried to the grill.


She also said to consume perishable food within two hours; one hour if the outside temperature is above 90 degrees F. Parboiling or partially cooking meat in the microwave or oven to reduce grilling time is safe only if the food then goes immediately onto the grill.


“You can sprinkle some orange, lemon, or grapefruit peels over hot coals in the last few minutes of grilling to add zesty flavor to chicken, ham, fish, pork, or beef,” she said.


Traweek passed out a “Healthy Grilling” handout which included several recipes for cooking on the grill.


Payton, recreation leader, suggested an outing to see the banding process of hummingbirds on May 19. Several members were interested in taking this trip.


Atkinson, nursing home chairwoman, reported she had taken Easter decorations off the doors at White Hall Nursing and Rehab Center and put up flags. She will be working on more wreaths soon.


Barbaree, Community service chairwoman, reported that the club has 100 dolls ready for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and encouraged members to begin working on turbans which will be needed this fall at the Arkansas Cancer Institute at Pine Bluff and also caps for Arkansas Children’s Hospital will be needed in November.


The March craft class at Trinity was a flower pen and was taught by Traweek, Stevenson and Barbaree.


Kendrick, education chairwoman, reported on the personal live of Ida Mae Gandy through the eyes of her two sons, Rudolph and William, better known as Rudy and Bill, from the Sept. 8, 2004, edition of the White Hall Journal newspaper.


Needler reminded members of the club’s time to work at Kids Fest at White Hall City Park and she presented each one with a bag for recycling plastic items in recognition of Earth Day.


Aronowitz, leadership development leader, reminded members of upcoming spring council and county workshop.


Refreshments of chicken spaghetti, salad, cheese, crackers, chocolate cake and red velvet cake were furnished by Aronowitz, Payton and Kendrick.


For details on Extension homemakers, call any member or contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at 870-534-1033.