Progressive ABWA hears program on history of Extension Homemakers


The Progressive Chapter American Business Women’s Association met recently at the Pine Bluff National Bank, White Hall branch for its monthly meeting and potluck luncheon.

The decorations featured fall centerpieces placed on golden tablecloths. Nancy Rosen was the chairman of the food committee. The main dish was roast beef, which was brought by Rosen. Other members of the food committee were Linda Hurd, Linda Eifling, Jean Upshaw and Ann Douthit.

Rosen presented the program, “The History of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers-100 Years of Service.” She stated that a teacher in the Mabelvale School started the first canning club in 1912. The canning clubs spearheaded women getting together to learn homemaking practices. Home Demonstration Clubs were formed, and agents taught women how to make things such as mattresses and petticoats. Extension Homemakers Clubs replaced the Home Demonstration Clubs. Teaching is done through leadership. Extension personnel teaches club leaders to present the programs. The programs have changed with the times. Some recent programs include estate planning, time management and physical fitness. Community service is also a big emphasis of Extension Homemakers.

Eifling, chapter president, conducted the business session. Floretta Scott, Community Service chair, delegated Laura Hopson to search for a family for the chapter’s Thanksgiving basket. Members will bring non-perishable food items to go along with the meal.

Jan Adam, travel chairman, talked about the trip to two Civil War battlefields — Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park and Pea Ridge National Military Park. The group enjoyed lunch at a charming deli outside of Prairie Grove, the Briar Rose, and dinner at a Cracker Barrel. Those making the trip were Eifling, Adam and Rosen.

Door prizes were won by Scott, Hurd, Laura Hopson and Adam. Upshaw won the dollar pot and donated it back to the chapter.

October is the birthday month of Alice Erwin and Bette Taylor. Tere Batt, daughter of member Douthit, was a special guest at the meeting.