The Meridian Star
Members of the Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers Club were presented facts about the nation's independence at the July meeting.
Nancy Cook, vice president, began her presentation by informing the 16 members present that there were 56 signers of The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The population of the United States in 1776 was 2.5 million, compared to today's 316.2 million.
Statistics were quoted on items gathered by the United States Census Bureau. A vital tool for measuring people, places and economy, the census has charted the nation's growth and composition. Today the 10-year census, the economic census and the American Community Survey provide Congress and community leaders information necessary to make informed decisions which shape the United State's democracy.
"These statistics are how we know how our country is doing," Cook said.
"Fourth of July: A day of 'Devotion to God Almighty'” was presented by hostess Mechelle Moseley. Quotes by John Adams and Chris Wire were shared.
The Home and Family Report was presented by Robin Doerner, secretary, and included the following facts:
• 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
• 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes.
• 80 percent of rapist with anger problems come from fatherless homes.
• 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
• Children with fathers who are involved are 40 percent less likely to repeat a grade in school.
During the business session, Doerner presented the minutes and conducted roll call.
Eight members visited the Mississippi Welcome Center and shared 62 dozen cookies with travelers.
The following Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers Club members were among winners in the June Dairy Contest:
• Sweets: Lou Limerick, first place; Mechelle Moseley, third place.
• Non-sweet: Robin Doerner, first place; Katherine Daniels, third place.
After the pledge to the United States flag, refreshments were served by hostesses Virginia White and Moseley.
The next meeting of the Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers Club will be Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., and will be the club's summer picnic.
• Submitted by Elouise Ethridge.