Grace Willing Workers hear program on discovering strengths


Delores Kelley presented the program, “Discovering Your Signature Strengths,” at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers.

The meeting and potluck luncheon hosted by Marynell Cardin, Sandy Smith and Joyce Johnson were held at the Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall.

Kelley opened her program by saying that one of the keys to our success is knowing and using our strengths. If someone were to tell all the things that are wrong with you, it would not motivate you to improve. It would make you feel tired and discouraged, she said. She said, when someone can describe one of your greatest strengths to you, you feel encouraged and energized. Confidence comes from knowing your own strengths. She went on to say that many of us have the problem of focusing on our weaknesses and underappreciating our strengths. Psychologists say that most of us will never overcome all our weaknesses, but our happiness and productivity depend more on knowing and using our strengths. Kelley concluded her program by distributing a handout which upon completing would help identify one’s strengths.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session. She reported that the first Crafts for Kids Summer Workshop went very well. Fourteen children ranging from 6 to 12 years old made five crafts some of which were kept to enter in the Southeast Arkansas District Fair. The Stretch Bracelet and Drop Earring Workshop taught by Lynda Toler was a success. Those attending were Brenda Robinson, Cathy Lewis, Kaye Richardson, Nancy Rosen, Smith, Eva Marie Pearson, Carolyn Harness, Doris Turbeville, Lucy Meeks, Linda Murray, Johnson, Liz Crosby and Verdell Baker.

Community service projects were discussed. Kelley, chairman of the main community service project (Transformation Project) urged everyone to continue participating in the cereal drive for children. Barbara Stone, community service chairman, encouraged everyone to work on loom hats for Children’s Hospital. She also encouraged everyone to start saving Red Cross items, coke tabs, plastic and paper bags, soup labels and box tops. Dixie Fritz reported on her visit to the Arkansas Convalescent Center.

Upcoming events that were discussed included “Oliver!”, a play at the Arts & Science for Southeast Arkansas, Christmas in July at the Extension Office, Rice Expo in Stuttgart, and the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council Family Picnic.

In other business, James reminded everyone to turn in achievement points by the August meeting. Bettye Johnson, president- elect, presented James with an engraved gavel. Helen Majewski showed the club several plastic canvas Christmas trees that she had completed after the Jefferson County EHC workshop. She also showed a couple of crocheted Christmas trees she had recently completed.

Kay Cromwell , RSVP volunteer coordinator, was a special guest. She thanked Grace Willing Workers for all they do for the community. Grace Willing Workers welcomed Elisabeth Miller and Majewski as new members.