Grace Willing Workers get tips on planning ahead

Members and guests of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers met recently at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall for their monthly meeting and potluck luncheon.

Dixie Fritz presented the program, “Planning Ahead”. Fritz opened her program by asking what would happen if you were suddenly unable to make decisions for yourself. She presented a list of items that need to be considered.

• Gather information. Decisions should reflect ones personal values and beliefs.

• Establish advance directives which includes living wills and durable power of attorney for health care.

• Store documents in a safe location such as a safe deposit box or fire box.

• Share copies with your doctor and family members.

• Prepare a financial inventory which will help others make sure that bills are paid and assets are protected if you are ever unable to make decisions.

• Determine your net worth which lists all your assets and liabilities.

• Make financial decisions. In the event of death, does someone know your wishes for funeral arrangements and distribution of property.

• Write an ethical will which tells your life stories.

Fritz noted that if you move to another state, you need another living will. Laws of each state differ. She closed her program by stating that advance planning can ensure that your health care wishes are followed.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session of the meeting. Participants in the spring wreath workshop had a choice whether to make a mesh wreath, a grapevine wreath or an Easter egg wreath. Those attending the workshop were James, instructor, Patsy Brown, Nancy Rosen, Betty Lacy, Brenda Robinson, Carolyn Harness, Sandy Smith, Kaye Richardson, Vester Grandy, Juanita Cook, Marjorie Zuber and Connie Herrin.

Community service projects were discussed. Barbara Stone encouraged the club members to continue making loom hats for the Children’s Hospital. James reminded everyone to bring diapers for the Salvation Army and pasta and spaghetti sauce for the Transformation Project’s Food Pantry. The Red Cross is still in need of travel-size items.

Rosen, Walk Across Arkansas chairman for Grace Willing Workers, discussed the program and its benefits. The following members signed up to participate: Lacy, Liz Crosby, Brown, Grandy, Margaret Thomas, Verdell Baker, Tamieka Shelby, Sandy Smith, Sabrina Self-Gwin, Delores Kelley, Fritz, Cook, Juanita Mitchell, Bettye Johnson, James, Herrin, Zuber, and Mary Smith.

Robinson, Kelley, Rosen, James, Richardson, Herrin, Harness and Johnson attended the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council Spring Officer Training at the 4-H Center in Ferndale. The group learned a lot of information and enjoyed the fellowship.

Mitchell made an announcement about a fundraiser to raise money for “Meals on Wheels.” James told the group that everyone who attended the club fellowship tour to the Camden Daffodil Festival really enjoyed themselves.

The hostesses for the luncheon were Cathy Lewis, Dot Hart and Lynda Toler. Guests at the meeting were Christina Brown, Gabriella Flores and Mary Ann Kizer, family and consumer science agent for Jefferson County.