Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Oct. 22 at the White Hall Museum.


Kathy Wilson presented the program on “Breast Cancer Awareness,” according to a news release.


Wilson explained that it’s possible for a woman of average risk to reduce her risk of developing the disease. She said lifestyle factors, such as reducing alcohol use, breast-feeding, engaging in regular physical activity and staying at a healthy weight are all associated with lower risk.


She said some risk factors can’t be changed such as age, race, family history of disease and reproductive history. Wilson also said the earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances for successful treatment.


A mammogram can often show breast changes that may be cancer before physical symptoms develop. Members were furnished a “Breast Cancer Awareness” handout that explains the seven things to know about getting a mammogram. People who want a copy of this handout or more information, should contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at the Cooperative Extension Service, at 870-534-1033.


Meanwhile at the Willing Workers EHC meeting, several members arrived early and worked on caps for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. These included President Sarah Payton, Community Service Chairwoman Kathy Wilson, and members Cheri Aronowitz, Jo Ann Carr, Jim Wilson, Peggie Barbaree and Ellen Bauer.


The caps are the club’s main community service project for the year. Thirty-two completed caps were brought to the meeting and members will continue to work on them during the year.


Wilson reported that some dolls were cut out while members were working at the fair and approximately 30 will be completed in time to be taken to Festival of Stars at Arkansas Children’s hospital this year. Barbaree reported that the club has 75 caps for cancer patients completed and will complete 25 more before delivering them to Arkansas Cancer Institute at Pine Bluff.


Payton asked Penny Scholes to read the Thought of the Month, “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” Vice President Karen Needler led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Bauer read the Handy Hint: “If you are at a higher risk for breast cancer, you may need more screenings along with a mammogram.”


Barbaree read the inspiration from Proverbs 15:30. Carr called the roll with members answering the question: When was your last mammogram? Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Sarah Payton, Karen and Jay Needler, Ellen Bauer, Marnette Reed, Dee Kindrick, Jo Ann Carr, Peggie Barbaree, Penny Scholes, Kathy and Jim Wilson and Elizabeth Wall. Lynda Toler, a member of Heart N Hands EHC, was a guest.


Bauer, leadership development chairwoman, reported that the remodeling construction at the White Hall Library will be starting soon.


Kindrick, educational leader, told of upcoming events including Trunk or Treat at White Hall Methodist Church on Oct. 31, and the Folk Festival Nov. 6-10 at Eureka Springs. Members were also reminded of the pecan and peanut sale, order forms are due by Oct 31; Holiday Foods is set Nov. 8; county workshop for University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Kids First cot sheets is Nov 18; Christmas Council is Dec. 3; and the Salvation Army luncheon is Dec. 6.


A birthday dinner was scheduled for Oct. 29 at El Parian restaurant in White Hall. Birthday honorees are Payton, Carr, Bauer and Kathy Wilson.


Aronowitz, Bauer and Scholes provided refreshments at the meeting. These included homemade soup, ham, turkey and cheese sandwiches, crackers and cheese, German chocolate cake and chocolate brownies.


Food items were also collected for the White Hall Food Pantry.


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


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.