The Mississippi State Homemaker Convention was most interesting and informative for veteran homemaker volunteer Rea Clarke, as reported to the June meeting of the Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers.
Clarke renewed old acquaintances and made new ones as she received her 45-year service pin at the awards banquet. Arriving on Sunday, Clarke said she was very pleased with the motel-like accommodations – much different to her memory of old dormitory fair, with a bathroom down the hall.
Various workshops were available: ribbon angels, beaded angels, line dancing, sashay scarves, painting party, and most impressive to Clarke was a painted crow on canvas.
A silent auction was held, and an exhibit hall featured cultural arts from all counties in Mississippi. Obadiah Club had nine exhibitors who won blue ribbons. Clarke toured the cheese factory and the rose garden.
MHV volunteer hours for Lauderdale County was 6,800, valued at $150,552.
Hostess Caroline Wilson brought the devotional from “Sterling as Silver” by Billy Sunday titled ”The Holy Bible:”
"With the Holy Spirit as my guide, I entered the temple of Christianity. There were portraits of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Isaac, Jacob and Daniel. I entered the chamber of Ecclesiastes then the business office of Proverbs. Then came the Prophets, I caught a vision of glory from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Then, in the correspondence room Paul, Peter, James, and John writing their epistles. Then, I stepped into the throne room of Revelations."
Wilson called on Robin Doerner for prayer for the sick blessing for the food.
Club president Nancy Cook called for business of the night. Lou Limerick, treasurer, presented the financial report. Robin Doerner, secretary, read minutes for the May meeting and counted recycle. Doerner also reported on Child and Family noting, "Beware of children and adults on roadways with 4-wheelers and golf carts."
Elouise Ethridge reported on the recent council meeting, which she noted was well attended by members (13 from Obadiah Club) and the area's elected officials. Lunch was provided by all MHV members of the council.
The next council meeting will be June 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the East Mississippi Electric Power Association (EMEPA) auditorium. “Dairy Packs Power” is the theme for June's observance of Dairy Month. Dairy dishes will be prepared, judged,and served by members. Each dish – sweet and non-sweet – must contain one cup of dairy.
Welcome Center Hospitality Week is scheduled. Volunteers from each club will choose a day to bake and serve homemade cookies to guests from throughout the United States and world who stop at the welcome center.
A workshop is planned to make centerpieces for the Fourth of July celebration.
Virginia White, parliamentarian, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and refreshments were served.
• Submitted by Elouise Ethridge.