Bettye Johnson presented the program, "Home Maintenance and Repair Tips," at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers.

Bettye Johnson presented the program, “Home Maintenance and Repair Tips,” at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers.

The meeting and potluck luncheon, hosted by Carolyn Harness, Doris Turbeville and Barbara Stone, were held at the Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall.

Johnson opened her program by stating that home maintenance is a crucial part of home ownership. It keeps the value of your property up. Regular, routine maintenance enhances curb appeal, ensures safety and prevents neglected upkeeping from turning into costly major repairs. If you have the time, knowledge, and skill needed you can save a lot of money by doing some of the repairs yourself. It is important to recognize which repairs you are capable of doing. If you need a contractor, get a written estimate from several contractors. Get your agreement in writing. Keep copies of everything you sign. Never pay in full before the work is finished. Most financial experts recommend that you budget to spend 1 to 3 percent of your home’s value for annual repairs and maintenance.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session of the meeting. The Tiered Serving Dishes Workshop taught by Brenda Robinson was enjoyed by all who attended. Everyone’s tiered dishes were different, some more formal than others. The following members attended the County Fabric Flower Workshop at the Extension Office: James, Connie Herrin, Marjorie Zuber, Johnson, Dixie Fritz, Kaye Richardson, Nancy Rosen and Betty Lacy.

Community service was discussed. Richardson thanked everyone who brought coats for the Transformation Project’s Coat Drive. She said that the coats will mainly be given to underprivileged children. The club collected approximately 15 coats mostly in children’s sizes.

Grace Willing Workers was well-represented at the Home and Garden Show. Lynda Toler, Stone, Verdell Baker, Richardson, James, Linda Murray, Rosen, Brenda Robinson, Liz Crosby, and Herrin worked the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers booth. Verneita Self worked the Red Cross booth. Delores Kelley worked for the Master Gardeners. Johnson worked for the Master Gardeners as well as working the Red Cross booth.

Upcoming events discussed were the Fellowship Tour to see “Love Letters” at the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas as well as Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council Workshop in Ferndale.

After the luncheon, the club enjoyed a Valentine party. Members exchanged Valentines and candy. Fritz led the group in playing Bingo.

Special guests at the meeting and party were Joyce Johnson, Becky Sanders Odenburg, Annette Rushing, Ruth L. Chatman, and Mary Ann Kizer, family and consumer science agent for Southeast Arkansas. Dorothy Bland and Joyce Johnson were welcomed as new members.