Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met April 23 at White Hall Library. President Karen Needler welcomed everyone. Malinda Traweek read the Thought of the Month “Dinner tonight can be go out, take out, or thaw out.”

Vice President Sarah Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Needler read the Handy Hint “Lettuce leaves absorb fat. Place a few into the pot and watch fat cling to them.”

Kathy Wilson read the inspiration from Proverbs 16:36. Secretary Peggie Barbaree called the roll with members naming something that reduces the risk of diabetes. Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Needler, Jo Ann Carr, Payton, Ellen Bauer, Dee Kindrick, Barbaree, Marnette Reed, Wilson, Donna Stephenson, and Traweek. Guests were Jay Needler and Mary Ann Kizer, family consumer science agent with the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service.

Kindrick reported on the nursing home project and said patients were excited about the Easter decorations on the doors and that spring decorations would be put up soon.

Barbaree, community service chairwoman, reported caps for cancer patients are being worked on and Willing Workers EHC has material, furnished by the County Council, to make dolls for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Kizer asked for additional volunteers to work at the district fair which starts with check-in on Sept. 29. She also reminded members to sign up for the state meeting by May 7. The next Mediterranean Cooking Class would be May 14. The 2019 Holiday Foods Event will be Nov. 8.

Due to a change in the program for next month, members decided to have a pot luck meal.

A slate of new officers to be installed in June was presented and elected: President Sarah Payton; Vice President Karen Needler; Secretary Jo Ann Carr; Treasurer Marnette Reed and Parliamentarian Cheri Aronowitz.

A birthday dinner was scheduled for May 2 at Sam’s Restaurant at White Hall for the following: Stephenson, Barbaree, Elizabeth Wall, Traweek, Penny Scholes, Catherine Atkinson and Jim Wilson.

Members were asked to bake cookies and help serve them at the Memorial Day Celebration at the White Hall Museum at 10 a.m. May 27.

Aronowitz, leadership development leader, reminded members of upcoming events and club duties.

Barbaree presented the program on “Prevent Type 2 is for you.” She congratulated everyone for being familiar with this by giving such good answers to roll call. Barbaree said everyone needs to cut down on sugar.

“You need to maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, drink non-calorie beverages and modify recipes,” she said.

She said stress impacts everyone. People need to participate in at least 30 minutes per day of physical activity. Some suggestions were to march in place while on the phone, and park further away from a store, be active, think outside the box.

When cooking, try this system with a favorite recipe: List the ingredients in the far left column. List the amount of each ingredient in the original recipe in the middle column. In the far right column, try reducing the fat, sugar and salt in the original recipe by 1/4 to 1/2 of the original amounts. In general, overall quality of the recipe will be maintained following this rule of thumb, although some adjustments may be needed for personal preference. A hand out on this subject was given to everyone and if anyone is interested in learning more about this or to get a copy of the handout, you can contact Mary Ann Kizer, at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 870-534-1033.

Refreshments of spaghetti, egg salad sandwiches, chicken salad, crackers, red velvet cake, snack cakes and pecan bars were furnished by Payton, Aronowitz and Kindrick.

“If you are interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers, you can call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033,” according to the release.