Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Dec. 16 at the new home of Marnette Reed for their annual Christmas Meeting/Party. Her home was decorated with a nine foot Christmas tree in the center of the room.

Everyone toured the home and enjoyed the Christmas decorations throughout the home, according to a news release.

President Sarah Payton welcomed members and guests. Members present were Cheri Aronowitz, Peggie Barbaree, Ellen Bauer, JoAnn Carr, Dee Kendricks, Jay and Karen Needler, Payton, Reed, Penny Scholes, Donna Stephenson, Malinda Traweek, Elizabeth Wall and Jim and Kathy Wilson.

Guests present were Mary Wall, Kay Cromwell, Sarah Kendricks, Johnny Reed, Dale Payton and Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Science Agent.

A Christmas dinner consisting of chicken and dressing, meat balls, corn casserole, green bean casserole, sweet potato crunch and other dishes were served.

During the business meeting, Dee Kindrick read the Thought of the Month “Christmas is the season of joy, gift giving, and family unity. Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.”

Vice President Karen Needler led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Kathy Wilson read the Handy Hint: “Disposable grocery containers (such as empty egg cartons or drink containers) are excellent for storing holiday ornaments.”

Barbaree read the Inspiration from Luke 2:11. Secretary Jo Ann Carr called the roll with members answering the question, “Do you re-gift?” Kizer passed out a handout with information on her programs for 2020 and discussed them.

She also told members about a trip to the State Capitol on March 10. Members were reminded of Leader Training and Board Meeting on Jan. 7 and a county workshop on Jan. 23.

Payton reported for community service that 100 caps for cancer patients had been delivered to the Arkansas Cancer Institute at Pine Bluff on Dec. 6 and that 29 dolls and 60 knitted caps for Arkansas Children’s Hospital were delivered to the Festival of Stars booth at Tractor Supply Co. on Dec. 6.

Also, 37 throws were delivered to the State Extension Office on Dec. 10 for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to be given to patients during the holiday season.

Dee Kindricks read three Christmas readings: Senior Care, 12 Days of Christmas and a Christmas Letter. Members donated to the club’s Christmas Food Pantry Project and $80 was collected for the White Hall Food Pantry. Aronowitz won the drawing for a throw. Members exchanged crazy socks stuffed with Christmas surprises, then played two games to see who should get presents unwrapped wearing cooking mitts. Cromwell and Kizer were the two winners.

Those who are interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers should call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033.