Willing Workers of White Hall met in the meeting room of White Hall Library for their regular March meeting. President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed everyone and read the Thought of the Month and the Handy Hint. Vice President Patsy Johnson led the members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Sue Medlock gave the Inspiration from Proverbs 18:15. Members answered roll call by answering the question “Have you ever had a hearing test?”. Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Catherine Atkinson, Patsy Johnson, Jo Ann Carr, Sarah Payton, Dee Kindrick, Karen Needler, Sue Medlock, Sue Heinze, Marnette Reed, Shannon Keele, Haley Blevins and Elizabeth Wall. Sue Heinze’s grandson, Charlie, was a special guest.
Sue Heinze presented the program on “Can you Hear Me? She explained that sound is measured in units called decibels which begin at zero, which is near total silence and the weakest sound our ears can hear. A whisper is 30 decibels and normal conversation is 60 decibels. Hearing protectors are recommended when noise levels exceed a certain level. This level in the workplace has been set at 85 decibels for exposures longer than eight continuous hours. The louder the sound, the shorter the time before damage can occur. Your ears can warn you for potentially dangerous noises. The noise is too loud when:
• You have to raise your voice to be understood by someone standing nearby.
• The noise hurts your ears.
• You develop a buzzing or ringing sound in your ears, even temporarily.
• You don’t hear as well as you normally do until several hours after you get away from the noise. If you are around noises at this level, take protective action such as: Block the noise (wear earplugs or earmuffs); Avoid the noise (walk away); Turn down the sound.
A chain saw operating for 1 hour or more at 110 decibels can cause permanent damage and you need to protect your ears. She explained the different types of ear protection available and gave each member present a pair of earplugs. She said the style best for you is one you will actually use.
For more information on this subject, you can go to www.uaex.edu or call Mary Ann Kizer, Family and Consumer Science Agent at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 870-534-1033.
Community Service – Atkinson reported Peggie Barbaree, Community service Chairman, has 31 sheets ready to be delivered to UAMS Kids First.
Leadership – Johnson reported she has several dresses that will be sent to girls in the Philippines.
Education — Carr reported the county smorgasbord workshop will be April 18. The following crafts will be made: Snap Happy Bag — cost $1; Note holder — $1.50; Yo Yo Angel — $1; Beaded Appetizer Picks — $1; Ruching — Items needed, 1 yard grosgrain ribbon, 2 needles, thread and pencil — no charge for this. If interested in attending, please call Extension Office at 523-1033 to sign up. Workshop starts at 9:00 a.m.
County workshop for May will be on the 16 and will be a paper necklace. Kits will be furnished and the cost will be $2.00. A club trip will be planned for May to visit Conway.
Wreath Committee — Atkinson reported she and Payton had changed the decorations on the wreaths at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from Shamrocks to Butterflies and still need six wreaths to have enough for each door.
Aronowitz announced upcoming events include a Kid’s Fest on April 20 at White Hall City Park; Spring Council May 7 – members are to bring items for CASA and potluck items.Relay for Life was discussed and members will decide at next meeting if we will participate. County fellowship event April 25 will be to attend play at the Arts and Science Center. Members need to get their tickets now if interested. April 30 Dutch Oven Cooking at the Extension Office.
Refreshments of Chicken Spaghetti, Green Salad, French Bread, Fruit Salad, and Dump Cake were furnished by Catherine and Sue Medlock.
The club meets on the fourth Tuesday Night of each month and the April program will be on Flag Etiquette. If you are interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers, you can call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033.