Extension Homemakers celebrate the holidays with annual event

Among elegant decorations, poinsettias and lights, Jefferson County Extension Homemakers held their annual Christmas Council event at the Jefferson County Extension conference room.

Jefferson County Council President Bettye Johnson opened the meeting with welcoming all members, members at large and invited guests. Johnson expressed her best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and blessed new year. Plans for upcoming workshops and meetings were announced. She thanked Willing Workers of White Hall for decorations, Camden Road for registration, Lunch Bunch for hostess and Grace Willing Workers for cleanup in planning the meeting. Each attendee was asked to stand and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance led by Johnson.

Judy Cox, president-elect, was asked to lead all in the Extension Homemakers Creed from the club yearbook.

Introduction of guests was made by Jo Ann Carr, vice president. She introduced Joel Foster, mayor of White Hall, and the Heavenly Harmony Trio.

Elizabeth Crosby, county council secretary, asked for the roll call of clubs attending. Grace Willing Workers achieved the club with the most members in attendance.

Sharron Boaitey, inspiration chairman, gave a most meaningful seasonal reading. She stressed love to all and good cheer during the holidays.

The Heavenly Harmony Trio group, consisting of Meredith Casada, Carole McCarroll and Tina Armstrong, entertained with several Christmas songs and led a sing-a-long. Gifts from the Council were presented to the group for their kindness in giving such a special and enjoyable program for the group.

Longtime member Vernita Self read one of her customary Christmas stories to the group. Self presented “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from her collection through the years.

Christmas gifts of appreciation were given to the EHC agent, Mary Ann Kizer, and her office staff from the clubs. Door prizes were given out to lucky winners. An ornament exchange was held with many delighted recipients.

Cox led the group in the Homemakers Prayer. Johnson adjourned the meeting for the members and guests to enjoy the Christmas potluck meal.

Anyone interested in joining an Extension Homemakers Club or being informed of events, should contact the Extension Office at 870-534-1033. The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers clubs are open to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.