At 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, the Webster Homemakers Council Inc. met at the AgCenter in Minden for our quarterly meeting with Sanders Road Homemakers Club as hostesses and Shongaloo Homemakers Club in charge of raffle and silent auction items.
Following the call to order by President Elizabeth W. Tripp of Springhill, Barbara Harper of Springhill led the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag followed by an inspirational devotional, "Six Boys and 13 Hands," by Christine Snider of Springhill.
Prayer needs included Carol's husband; Charlotte Martin's husband, A.D.; Allen Myers family; and the Riley Tyson family.
Since our secretary was absent, Treasurer Idelle Simms of Shongaloo read her reports on scholarship balances, etc. Snider gave an audit report, which was good.
A report on the 4-H Banquet held April 30 stated that 4-H Camp scholarships were given to Annie Tucker and Abby Guin. Martin made her 4-H cakes for the event, funded by the Council. The Anne Harper Scholarship of $500 for continuing education went to Kayla Hardy; and the Eunice F. Smithey Scholarship for $500 was split between twins Colby and Conner Williams of Shongaloo.
This was the last year two quilts were presented to honor senior 4-H students. Heflin delegated to give $100 with a 4-H ordered throw instead of making a quilt; the North Webster Parish Homemakers Clubs of Shongaloo, Evergreen and Sanders Road will continue this time-honored tradition each year and look forward to it.
Old business included bringing back the cookbooks for reprint and selling as a fund-raiser for the Homemakers Council. This is anticipated by many of the Homemakers who did not get a copy when they were published several years ago!
The 4-H report by Lisa Holmes included a new program, "Power of Choice," and that there is a new range near the landfield for the shooters club, which has about 60 members. She also stated that forms to enter canned goods, crafts, photography, sewing, etc. to La. State Fair are in her office and available now for the State Fair beginning Oct. 22. Entry of items will be Oct. 21, so get those forms now and be ready for Webster Parish to finally have representation at the Exhibit Center at the Fair!! The Webster Parish Fair will be held the first week of October.
Holmes also stated that about 85 campers attended 4-H Camp this year from Webster Parish and that there were eight blue ribbons won at 4-H University this year by our Webster Parish 4-H'ers!!
The guest speaker before lunch was served was Minden local John Agan, historian and author. He spoke about the Minden Cemetery - then and now.
Club representatives included the following:
Evergreen had none; Heflin had 2 - Diane Beaty and Marylane Gray; Sanders Road of Springhill had 5 - Tripp, Snider, Harper, Ruby Wise and Janis Hare; Shongaloo had 5 - Simms, Virginia Benson, Cindy K. Richardson, Cheryl M. Hudec and Robbie C. Swain and two guests - Kim Fitzgerald and Neda McGlamery; and two staff members - Joan Almond and Holmes; making a total present 17.
Richardson brought fresh eggplants and peppers/pole beans from her and her husband's garden for the silent auction and Simms brought four plants as well as many other things.
All enjoyed the event except many did not get to win a raffle item, door prize, or auction item and the food was less than usual. Next meeting will be in October! See you then and join your local Homemakers Club or start your own!!