Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Sept. 24 at the White Hall Library.


President Karen Needler welcomed everyone and asked Donna Stevenson to read the Thought of the Month “Accept Responsibilities for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”


Vice President Sarah Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Sue Medlock read the Handy Hint “Cinnamon is known to improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar level, and control weight.”


Malinda Traweek read the Inspiration from Luke 5:31. Secretary Peggie Barbaree called the roll with members answering the question “Are you a diabetic?” Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Needler, Payton, Jo Ann Carr, Dee Kindrick, Barbaree, Catherine Atkinson, Medlock, Stevenson, Traweek and Elizabeth Wall.


Barbaree, Community Service Chairwoman, reported members would go to Trinity Village to teach a craft class and encouraged members to help with this project.


Stevenson, Medlock, Payton and Barbaree helped with the August workshop. She asked members to continue to make caps for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and for the Arkansas Cancer Institute. Cereal was collected for White Hall Food Pantry.


Atkinson, nursing home project chairwoman, announced some of the fall wreaths have been put on doors and a workshop would be held to complete more.


Kindrick, continuing education chairwoman, gave history information on White Hall’s Bellingrath House. It is located on the historic Dollarway Road and is a two-and-one-half story, reinforced concrete/brick and stone veneer residence designed in the English Revival style.


The Bellingrath House was designed by the Pine Bluff architect Mitchell Seligman in 1932. The house and outbuildings were completed in 1935. A man-made pond, which was formed in the shape of the United States, is also included. The house is named for Ferdinand M. and Catherine Oudin Bellingrath, the young couple who commissioned this design. The Bellingrath House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Payton, education fellowship chairwoman, reported that the trip to the Cheese Factory in Little Rock would be held Nov. 18.


Aronowitz, Leadership Development Chairwoman, announced dates of upcoming events including Fall Council in October, at which we are responsible for name tags and registration; County craft workshop on Oct. 19; District Rally at Stuttgart, Oct. 24; and County Smorgasbord Workshop on Nov. 30.


Barbaree presented the program on “Could You Have Prediabetes?” She explained that prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar level in the body is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes.


Diabetes occurs when the body has too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. She said a normal blood sugar reading is 70 to 110 mg/dL.


A person who has a fasting blood sugar (FBS) of 126 mg/dL or higher is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. A person whose FBS is between 100 and 125 mg/dL is considered to have prediabetes. The good news is that research has shown that lifestyle changes can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in persons who have prediabetes.


Being overweight and inactive are strong predictors for acquiring Type 2 diabetes. If you would like more information or a copy of the “Could YOU Have Prediabetes” hand out, contact Mary Ann Kizer, FCS Agent at 534-1033.


Fall Walk Across Arkansas was discussed and new members were added to team. Certificates from the Spring Walk Across Arkansas were presented to members present: Wall, Payton, Kindrick and Carr. Other members of the team were: Dale Payton, Helen DuHart and Lynn Carr.


Refreshments were furnished by Barbaree, Medlock and Atkinson and enjoyed by all.