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Presidents Days provide insights

by Eva Marie Pearson - February 22, 2017

Extension Homemakers gathered for district rallies and met Dr. Laura Hendrix, the new liaison between the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, learned about the upcoming state meeting and shared a meal.

Amid falling mist and autumn leaves and with above-average

lunch at district meeting
Extension Homemakers from the Delta District help themselves to fried catfish with all the trimmings during the Presidents Day held at Stuttgart.

temperatures, the Delta District of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council held its biennial Presidents Day on October 20 at the Grand Prairie Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas Phillips Community College at Stuttgart.

The Ouachita District Presidents Day was held October 25 at Hope and Ozark District Presidents Day on October 27 at Russellville.

According to the printed programs, the major presenters were the same and since I could only attend one, I am sharing information from the Delta District meeting. I am, however, aware that the program was adapted as needed.

Tables were centered with fall arrangements provided by the county councils and given as centerpieces; there was a silent auction; and lunch was served.

District Director Nominees Sought

Johnette Johnson of Montgomery County, state Council president, challenged all counties to organize councils. She noted that nominee are sought for district directors who will be elected at the state meeting in June. Nomination forms and job descriptions are on the website.

Project Books

Cheryl Stewart of Crawford County, state Council vice president, spoke about project books, which were due to the state office by December 1. She noted that information necessary to prepare a project book is available on the website. This includes judging score sheet, project designation sheet and instructions for putting together a project book.

Cultural Arts

Table runners of any size, style and type of material are sought for the cultural arts display at the 2017 state meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council on June 6-8 at Hot Springs.

Ruth Hall
Ruth Hall of Yell County, chairman of cultural arts for the state meeting scheduled in June at Hot Springs, displays samples of table runners. Each county council is requested to bring one table runner to the state meeting.


Ruth Hall of Yell County, Ozark District director and cultural arts chairman, has shown a variety of examples at the state planning committee meeting and at the Delta District, Ouachita District and Ozark District Presidents Days.

The table runners can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, quilted, embroidered, embellished or appliqued, Ruth said. They can even be bought ready made.Each county is asked to bring one table runner, she added.

Volunteering – That's What We Do

An emphasis on doing for others will take the spotlight when the 2017 state meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council get under way at Hot Springs on June 6-8.

Karen Bell Fox, state Council president-elect and chairman of the state meeting planning committee, announced the theme, Volunteering – That's What We Do, and briefly outlined the activities

June 6

Opening luncheon with keynote speaker; presentation of county council presidents and membership awards; how-to classes and creative skills; and Bingo.

June 7

Board meeting – made up of elected state Council officers and county council presidents – elect district directors, end-of-year reports and proposed 2018 budget; subject matter classes; awards luncheon for project books and scholarships and grants; and talent night.

June 8

Closing session with speaker or entertainment; installation of newly elected district directors; and memorials.

In addition, there is a silent auction for which each county is asked to bring to two items; Curtain Calls, a booklet filled with crafts ideas and directions; and the Crafts Show for which Extension Homemakers pay only one-half the vendor's fee for a booth.