Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met June 26 at the White Hall Library.
President Karen Needler welcomed everyone and also presented the program on “Family Disaster Kits.” She distributed a handout and reviewed the items needed in different kinds of kits.
A basic kit would need water, food, flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs, battery-operated or hand-crank radio, first aid kit and manual and 7-day supply of medications and medical items, according to the presentation.
Other supplies would be a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, cell phone with an extra battery and charger, family and friends’ emergency contact information, cash and coins.
“If you have pets, you would need pet supplies, including food, water and vaccination records. If someone in your family has a chronic disease you would need to have a supply of all their medical needs. It was suggested you make your kits and have them close to the exit you would most likely use in case of a disaster,” according to the presentation.
Needler passed out disaster kits that had been filled at the leader training session.
Also during the meeting, Malinda Traweek read the Thought of the Month, “Because you never know when the day before…is the day before. Prepare for tomorrow.”
Vice President Sarah Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed.
Cheri Aronowitz read the Handy Hint “One way to prepare ahead of time for a disaster, is to assemble a family disaster kit. Kit should contain six basics — water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and special items.”
Donna Stephenson read the Inspiration from Proverbs 3:5.
Jo Ann Carr, in the absence of Secretary Peggie Barbaree, called the roll with members naming one item needed in a disaster. Members present were: Aronowitz, Needler, Payton, Traweek, Stephenson, Marnette Reed, Dee Kindrick, Carr, Catherine Atkinson, Sharon Estes, Kathy Wilson and Jim Wilson.
Carr, team captain of the club’s Walk Across Arkansas Spring Team, reported that the 10-member team had walked 39,716 minutes during the eight-week period, for an estimated 1,986 miles and $3,972 estimated healthcare savings.
Atkinson, chairwoman of the Door Decoration Committee for the White Hall Nursing Home, reported flags were up on the doors and members would be working on fall wreaths soon. Thirteen new grapevine wreaths had been purchased and would be decorated with flowers and bows at a workshop.
Aronowitz, leadership leader, reported the county Christmas in July would be on July 26 at the Extension Office and everyone needed to bring a dish and recipes for the Holiday Foods Cookbook. She also reminded members of the June smorgasbord county workshop.
Carr and Reed reported on a recent county fellowship trip to Graceland at Memphis, which they said they enjoyed.
Kindrick, educational history leader, reported on important facts about the Declaration of Independence.. She said this is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. It was an official act taken by all 13 colonies declaring their independence from Britain.
The club planned a birthday dinner July 19 at El Parian at White Hall for Aronowitz, Kindrick, Estes, Sue Medlock, Needler and Reed.
Cereal was collected for the White Hall Food Pantry.
Refreshments of chicken salad, crackers, fruit salad, green salad, sliced tomatoes, brownies and turtle pie were finished by Atkinson and Payton.
People who details on disaster kits, a copy of the “Family Disaster Kits” handout or details on extension homemakers may contact Mary Ann Kizer, family and consumer sciences agent at the Jefferson County Extension Office, at 534-1033.