Jefferson County EHC members attend state meeting

The Arkansas State Meeting of the Extension Homemakers Association was held recently in the Hot Springs Convention Center recently.

It was well-attended with 19 Jefferson County members as well as the county agent. Those attending were Judy Cox, Kathy Rogers, Bettye Johnson, Connie Herrin, Debbie James, Elizabeth Crosby, Jo Ann Carr, Marnette Reed, Janette Banks, Nancy Rosen, Bithe Vickers, Eva Marie Pearson, Alice Morrow, Sarah Payton, Kaye Richardson, Brenda Robinson, Delores Kelley, Patsy Glover and agent, Mary Ann Kizer.

The attendees enjoyed a huge craft show with vendors from all over the state. Tuesday was “Red Shirt Day” and the members were very visible wearing their EHC shirts all day. The Tuesday luncheon was well-attended with entertainment by the Sweet Adeline’s from Hot Springs Village. Tony Windham, associate vice president for agriculture-Extension, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension, was the special guest speaker. Windham spoke on the status of EHC and plans for the future. He complimented the members for all they do for the state.

Wednesday began with several classes, including some taught by Jefferson County residents — Juanita Tompkins and Diamond Dancers of Pine Bluff taught two line dancing classes on Wednesday morning. Wednesday night they had a “Line Dancing Extravaganza” which was well-attended and enjoyed.

Anthony Whittington and Lee Anderson, Jefferson County agriculture agents, taught two classes on “Learning to Use You iPad, iPods and Smart Phones”. Bettye Johnson, president-elect of Jefferson County, was in charge of getting all seven of the speakers for the classes for Wednesday morning, which included speakers from the Attorney General’s office on “Identity Theft” and “Consumer Fraud.” All seven classes were well-attended.

At the awards luncheon, Jefferson County received awards for their Project Books. They were: Willing Workers of White Hall entered “Stroke Vests for Jefferson Regional Medical Center Rehabilitation Center; Grace Willing Workers submitted Helping Transformation Project Food Pantry; and Camden Road Homemakers won for Christmas Hats for Babies.

Plans are being made for the state meeting for 2014 and all members are invited to attend.

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.