Meridian Star


February 23, 2014

Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers Club

MERIDIAN —     The Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers started off the new year by reviewing the club booklet at the February meeting – making changes and updating member information.  

    Devotion was presented by President Nancy Cook, who read some quips and quotes from "Look At It This Way," described as a collection of sayings that offer an easy-to-understand message, as well good insights and truths for everyday life.

    Brother Wallace Terry led members in opening prayer and blessed refreshments provided by Nancy Cook and Doreen Daniels.

    Virginia White, health and nutrition chairperson, discussed a time when she refused a prescription for medicine because the price was too high. After a phone call to her physician, she received a different brand of the same medication at a much cheaper price. White advised members to always check on their medications.  

    "Should you find that a medication is more than you can afford or want to pay, check it out," she said. "Often, there is another brand name or generic that will work just as well, but at a more affordable cost."

    Cook announced Obadiah Homemakers Club's recognitions at the recent Awards Banquet held at the East Mississippi Electric Power Association (EMEPA) auditorium. Obadiah was recognized as Outstanding Homemakers Club and Eloise Ethride was the 2013 Outstanding Homemaker Volunteer of the Year.

    Also recognized:

    • Christmas Ornament Contest winners: Caroline Wilson, Barbara Stinson, Katherine Daniels and Eloise Ethridge.

    • Cultural Arts Contest: Caroline Wilson, Lyda Tingle and Elouise Ethridge.

    • Creative Writing: Robin Doerner, Poetry Division; Doerner and Caroline Wilson, Short Story Division.

    • Secretary's Book: Doerner.

    • Outstanding Homemakers Club: Obadiah

    • Outstanding

    Cook announced the next council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28 and will feature the annual Dress Revue. Information and enrollment sheets were mailed to members from the Lauderdale County

    Members were reminded that the due date for the Creative Writing contest is Feb. 24. Two entries may be submitted for each division, which include: poems, short stories, essays and plays. Entries must be original works by the member and written in the last year.

    Doerner mentioned other categories for members to enter, including feature articles such as newspaper reports submitted by the club reporter, and community beautification records such as the post office project.

    With Easter on the horizon, Cook suggested that Michelle Mosley, chairperson, consider planning a workshop in March to make happies for the club's organizations.

    Vice President and Program Chairman Elaine Herber presented the program. Herber read "Alexey's Red Wagon from the free small town publication 'The Fishwrapper' ( It is the story of a young boy and his parents – Soviets from Russia – who were sent to live in New York, yet not free of the oppression of Russia and the part of the gift of a bright, red wagon by their American neighbor.

    Herber asked for members' input on programs for upcoming meetings.

    Fifteen members were present at the Feb. 13, 2014, meeting. Virginia White led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the meeting was adjourned.

• Submitted by Eloise Ethridge, reporter.

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