The Meridian Star
Members of the Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers Club were inspired to "Keep on Keeping On" during an devotional presentation by Wallace Terry at the club's March meeting.
"To get where you are going, you must keep on keeping on," Terry said. "The struggles in life’s problems and reaching goals are sometimes like a mountain climber you can’t quit you must keep on. When I am facing a problem, dreading, doubting, doing nothing, just standing still that little hill gets higher and higher."
Terry advised members to remember the words of the Little Engine That Could: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
"When I remember this, this is what I must say:
'I think I can take the first step — but not alone.
I think I can reach for your hand, Lord.
I think I can trust you, Lord, to hold on to me if I start to fall.
I think I can keep moving and climbing.
I think I can take one more step, one more step — one more.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.'”
The meeting was called to order by club president
Elaine Herber, vice president, presented the program, “Never Miss a Chance to Shut Up.”
"How do you get critical information? By listening, not talking," Herber said. "Words are powerful, but so is knowledge. When you tell people what you are thinking or doing, you are making a decision to empower them with information. And you may be unintentionally giving them ammunition they can use to exploit you, compete with you or somehow get in your way.
"Do I think everyone is out to take advantage of you? Absolutely not. But, I do believe that people need to earn your trust from the get-go," she said. "I’m not saying you have to give up friendly chitchat or meaningful talks with people you know well. There are healthy reasons to converse , and there are unhealthy ones. Think about this: How often do you hear yourself talking just to fill the silence? I want you to know that it is perfectly okay to be quiet."
Before talking about your feelings, plans, values, priorities — anything at all of substance — ask yourself: Whom am I sharing this information with, and do they deserve it? Why are we having this conversation?
"Engage your brain before you put your mouth in gear and never “miss a chance to shut up!,” Herber said.
Cook called for reports:
Cathy Clearmon, who was standing in for the secretary, called roll, read minutes for February’s meeting and counted recycled items.
Caroline Wilson reported on February's Council Fashion Revue. Obadiah had three winners: Rae Clark, sports fishing outfit; Robin Doerner, dress pants outfit; and Lou Limerick, dress suit outfit.
Limerick presented the treasurer’s report.
It was noted that Catherine Daniels had a birthday in March.
Rae Clark reported on a successful shred day at Wal-Mart. More than 200 people brought bags of items to shred.
Nancy Cook donated to Care Lodge, and Limerick donated items to the Meridian Little Theatre's rummage sale.
Elouise Ethridge reported that the pansies and daffodils are blooming at the Bailey Post Office.
Caroline Wilson, past president, presented Elouise Ethridge a plaque for the "2013 Woman of the Year” at the awards luncheon for the Lauderdale County MHV Council.
The meeting closed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Fourteen members and two guests attended. Refreshments were provided by hostesses Georgia Snowden and Wallace Terry.
The club's next meeting is scheduled for April 7 at 7 p.m. at Center Hill Community Club House on Gum Log Road in Bailey. Hostesses will be Rae Clark and Norma Pace. An invitation is extended to interested persons.
• Submitted by Elouise Ethridge.