Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club installed new officers at their meeting June 25 at White Hall Library, according to a news release.

Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences installed the new officers for 2019-2021 using a Rosemary theme and presented each with a Rosemary plant. New officers are Sarah Payton, president; Karen Needler, vice president; Marnette Reed, treasurer; Jo Ann Carr, secretary; and Cheri Aronowitz, parliamentarian.

Jim Wilson read the Thought of the Month from Julia Child: “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Aronowitz read the Handy Hint “Protect olive oil from light and heat. Light and heat destroys olive oil. Keep in cool, dark place.”

Reed read the Inspiration from Psalms 23:5. Peggie Barbaree called the roll with members answering the question “Do you cook with olive oil?”

Members present were: Catherine Atkinson, Aronowitz, Needler, Jo Ann Carr, Payton, Ellen Bauer, Dee Kindrick, Barbaree, Reed, Kathy Wilson, Jim Wilson, Elizabeth Wall, and Penny Scholes.

New member Jay Needler, husband of Karen Needler, was welcomed as a new member. Kizer was a guest.

Needler announced the club was organized in June 1989 and was celebrating its 30th anniversary. She presented everyone with a gift and recognized three members who were charter members: Barbaree, Reed and Carr.

Carr presented the program on The Mind Diet. She said the brain-healthy (and fittingly named) MIND diet - which stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” is effective even if it is not followed rigorously, according to a new study from Rush University.

“According to the lead scientist for the study, the MIND diet brought about significant reduction in dementia risk even among people who moderately followed the diet during the study. The diet is based on sound diet research and includes food shown to improve or maintain cognitive function — in other words, foods that support a healthy brain,” according to the release. “Leader Training information she provided showed 10 ‘Brain Healthy’ foods and five foods that are recommended to limit.”

A sample meal plan for one week was included in the handout along with a couple of recipes. For more information on the MIND diet or for a copy of the handout, contact Kizer at 870-534-1033.

Atkinson, nursing home chairwoman, reported that she, Reed, Carr, Bauer, Kathy Wilson and Barbaree completed 20 wreaths at the recent workshop at her home and that she and Payton had delivered them to the nursing home.

“Patients were real excited to get them on their doors,” according to the release.

Barbaree, community service chairwoman, reported that the club has 100 dolls ready to be delivered to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Payton, Reed and Reed’s granddaughter, Madison, met at Barbaree’s home recently to work on the dolls. Payton will deliver them soon to the hospital.

Payton reported she, Wall, Kindrick, Bauer, Aronowitz, Scholes and some family members attended the recent County Hummingbird Educational Fellowship Trip.

Aronowitz informed members of upcoming events:

Christmas in July on July 25 at the Extension Office. Members are asked to bring recipes for Holiday Foods.

County Picnic on Aug. 31 at the Extension Office.

Club Picnic on Aug. 27 at Carr’s home.

Birthday Dinner was scheduled for Kindrick and Aronowitz on July 13 at Black Bear Diner at Little Rock.

Kizer announced the next Mediterranean Cooking Class will be July 16.

Also at the meeting, Kindrick gave a report on Flag Day and 4th of July and Needler presented gifts to her officers for all their help for the past two years.

Refreshments of Easy Walnut Hummus, pita bread, crackers, mixed green salad, company chicken, turkey meatballs, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and Greek Lemon Cake were furnished by Reed, Carr and Wall.

For details on Extension Homemakers, call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870—534-1033.