Willing Workers of White Hall EHC gets tips on organizing family history

The Willing Workers of White Hall Extension Homemakers Club met recently in the meeting room of the White Hall Library for its regular meeting.

President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed members and read the Thought for the Month — Watch your thoughts, they become words. Vice president Karen Needler led the members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Aronowitz read the Handy Hint — Do you have streaks and lint on your windows after washing them? Stop using paper towels – try newspaper. It’s cheap, easy and green.

Members answered roll call by relating an event in their own “history” that has caused “excitement” in your family. Members present were Aronowitz, Needler, Jo Ann Carr, Marnette Reed, Peggie Barbaree, Brynn Koschel, Sarah Payton and Shelia Childers.

Needler presented the program on “Excitement of Family History.” She recommended you talk to family members, get as much information as you can and check correct spelling of names. It helps to have birthdates. She said to organize all papers and put them in a binder and recommended several websites to use. Some are free for 30 days, so have all your information ready when you start. She passed our copies of a Family Tree Chart for members to get started working on their family history. Members shared old family pictures.

Aronowitz announced that Achievement Forms are due at the Extension Office on Aug. 26 and members went over the Achievement Guidelines.

Barbaree, community service chairman, announced two workshops had been held cutting out and sewing dolls for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a third workshop was set to stuff them.

Koschel, education chairman, reported the Heber Springs Christmas Open House will be on the first weekend in November. More details will be announced later.

Aronowitz announced the following upcoming events:

• Christmas in July

• Club picnic will be held on the regular meeting day, Aug. 26 at Carr’s home and everyone is to wear a hat.

• County Fellowship Tour to Rice Expo at Stuttgart

• County picnic will be on Aug. 9 at the Extension office.

Needler won a door prize donated by Aronowitz.

Refreshments of ham and cheese sandwiches, potato salad, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, tuna salad, spinach dip, watermelon and orange cake was furnished by Barbaree and Reed.

Those interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers, should call any member or the Extension Office at 870-534-1033.