Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club awarded a 25 year pin, observed a program on disaster preparedness and heard about White Hall City Park at its meeting May 22 at the White Hall Library.


President Karen Needler asked Malinda Traweek to read the Thought of the Month “You can’t prepare for the details of every possible thing that may come your way in the future, because the future is uncertain. ”


Vice President Sarah Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Needler read the Handy Hint “In the aftermath of a disaster it is important to remember that it will take time to heal and recover. ”


Donna Stephenson read the Inspiration from Psalms 91:4. Secretary Peggie Barbaree called the roll with members answering the question “Does your family have a meeting place for after a fire or tornado?” Members present were: Needler, Payton, Stephenson, Barbaree, Traweek, Marnette Reed, Dee Kindrick, Cheri Aronowitz, Kathy Wilson, Jim Wilson and Jo Ann Carr. Jay Needler was a guest.


Needler presented Dee Kindrick with a Years of Service pin and certificate in honor of her being a member of the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers and the Willing Workers of White Hall Extension Club for 25 years.


The program for the month was “After a Disaster…What is Next?” Payton presented the program and passed out a handout on “Planning for Food After a Disaster.”


“Member Marnette Reed, who recently survived a devastating fire where she, her husband and son barely got out of their burning home, went through some of the experiences she has had to deal with after losing everything,” a spokeswoman said in a news release.


She said people can obtain a birth certificate at the health department in Pine Bluff and she also recommended they keep all important papers in a safe deposit box. She said they had kept their personal papers in a gun safe and they did not survive the fire. Reed thanked members for all the pantry items they had brought her after the fire. Some members had brought Crock Pot recipes and presented them to Reed at the meeting.


Barbaree, community service chairwoman, reported the club is working on turbans for the Arkansas Cancer Institute and will need them by this fall. Dolls will be ready to be delivered to Arkansas’s Children Hospital at Festival of Stars later this year. Cereal was collected for White Hall Food Pantry.


Payton reported that she and Catherine Atkinson had put flags on the doors at White Hall Nursing and Rehab recently and they would stay up until after July 4. She also reported the White Hall Library is interested in having a “Paint with a Twist” class if the club is interested in it. Payton will advise members if this is scheduled.


Kindrick gave her History moment on White Hall City Park.


“The White Hall Lion’s Club was instrumental in creating the White Hall City Park. In 1966, several acres were bought for the park due to suggestions of the Lion’s Club. The following year members of the Lion’s Club began clearing six acres. A partial list of those members are: Earl Aryes, B. Ashcraft, Vernon Gray, Miles Culp, Fred Jansonan, Jack Moody, Tom Ashcraft, Dan Carter, Joe Grisham and Gene Welchel,” according to the presentation.


“The first area of focus was the picnic tables and swing sets, which were built by Joe Carter or donated. He was one of White Hall’s first alderman. Several of the swings and big slide were donated from the Plainview School when it closed. Tennis courts were opened in early 1970’s in the corner of the big parking lot now. Area needed for future baseball fields were cleared next. This was a thick wooded area on the back side,” according to the presentation.


“Originally, a swimming pool was proposed, but at the time the city was unable to build one big enough for the city’s needs. The old tennis courts were located where the big parking lot is now. New tennis courts were added on the north side of the road with the softball fields just in the last 10 years. Numerous jungle gyms and play areas have been built. A children’s play area has replaced an exercise area and more and more modern things have been added,” according to the presentation.


During the meeting, Willing Workers members had refreshments of shrimp toast, beef stroganoff, green bean bundles, salad, bread, pound cake, strawberries and whipped cream furnished by Carr, Reed and Elizabeth Wall.


Those interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers should call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 870-534-1033.