Willing workers at White Hall learn about flag etiquette

Willing Workers of White Hall met April 23 in the meeting room of White Hall Library for their regular April meeting. President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed everyone and read the Thought of the Month “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”

She also led the Homemaker’s Creed and read the Handy Hint. Sue Medlock gave the Inspiration from Psalm 20:5. Members answered roll call by answering the question “Do you fly the American flag?” Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Peggie Barbaree, Jo Ann Carr, Sarah Payton, Dee Kindrick, Karen Needler, Sue Medlock, Marnette Reed, and Elizabeth Wall. Mary Ann Kizer, family and consumer science agent, was a guest.

Kindrick presented the program on “Flag Etiquette? The American Flag should be flown at the highest point when flying with other flags. She said the United States flag is considered to be a living symbol representing our country. In addition, the flag represents the many freedoms, rights and responsibilities entrusted to citizens of this country.

Therefore, the proper display and use of the American Flag is the responsibility of every American. 1. Display the flag from sunrise to sunset. If displayed after sunset, the flag should be illuminated. 2. Raise the flag briskly and lower the flag slowly. 3. Fly an all-weather flag, if the weather is bad. 4. Fly the flag on all designated days, like the Fourth of July. There are suggested days of historic meaning. You can fly it every day of the year. 5. Fly the flag every day at public buildings. 6. Fly the flag where people vote on election day. 7. Fly the flag at every school when school is in session. 8. Destroy a soiled, faded or badly torn flag in a dignified way, preferably by burning. (She said you can also call the Boys Scouts and they will pick the flag up and dispose of it.)

Much more information was provided along with a list of dates to display the flag and a handout on Proper Care and Treatment of the American Flag. If you would like more information on this subject, you can contact Kizer at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service at 534-1033.

Leader Reports:

Community Service – Peggie Barbaree, Community Service Chairman, reported we need to work on more sheets for UAMS Kids First. Workshops were scheduled at Barbaree’s home on April 29 and May 9 to work on the sheets. Barbaree showed a flower she had made at a recent workshop using the sewing technique Ruching. Pennies for Friendship were collected and members were reminded to continue to save coke tabs.

Education – Jo Ann Carr reported good turnout on recent county smorgasbord workshop and said May workshop will be paper necklace on May 16 at the Extension office. Kits will be furnished and the cost will be $ 2 and reminded members to call in and sign up for this.

Members decided to buy three grapevine wreaths to add to the wreaths for the doors at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and also to bring cereal to each meeting for the White Hall Food Pantry. Barbaree will bring kits for members and guests to make a Snap Happy Bag after the May meeting.

A nominating committee consisting of Barbaree, Payton and Carr was appointed to come up with a slate of officers to be voted on at the May meeting.

Aronowitz announced upcoming events including Spring Council May 7, where our club was to serve as hostesses.

Refreshments of barbeque sandwiches, chicken salad, pimento salad, dips and dessert were furnished by Reed and Barbaree.

The club meets at 7 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday night of each month at the White Hall Library and the May program will be on Emotional Aspects of Caregiving. If you are interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers, you can call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033.