The first meeting of the Poplar Creek Homemakers Club was hosted by Katie Burns, on January 10, 2018. Seven members, Katie Burns, Joanne Pace, Ruby Eunice Grant, Frances Jenkins, Virginia Pace, Lesa Bingham, and Becky Wilson were present.
Katie Burns, president, opened the meeting with our thought for the day, "Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life," a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.
The call to Order was the Pledge to the Mississippi Flag.
Burns' devotion was taken from Acts 9:36-43, a story of Dorcas, who has been an inspiration to many. She was not a talker but always doing good works.
Lesa Bingham read a story that has been circulated on the internet about Teddy Stoddard and his fifth-grade teacher, showing the impact a person can make on another. Teddy goes on to become a doctor and even has a cancer wing at an Iowa hospital named after him. Whether fact or fiction, it is a very touching story. Burns then read a poem, “Encouragement for the Older Christian.”
Becky Wilson, secretary, read the minutes from the December meeting, and they stood approved as read.
Ruby Eunice Grant, treasurer, had our treasurer’s report.
Katie had $1 bills for each to look at while reading facts about it. Very interesting information that many may not be aware of.
The club had a rather long business session;
1. Members updated information
2. Burns had 2018 booklets for each member
3. Officers will remain the same
4. Programs for 2018 were discussed. Some of these include attending the Winona Friends of the Library Taster's Luncheon and Tyler Holmes Health Fair, continuing Operation Christmas Child boxes, Community Christmas cards, cards and happies for nursing homes, making drain tube pouches, hats, scarves for St. Dominic Hospital Volunteers, and others, and hopefully visiting with their group. Also, members plan to visit a volunteer group in Carrollton.
5. Members decided on hostesses for each month.
6. Jenkins had information on tickets for us to attend Friends of Carrollton Library's "Taste of Soup" in February.
7. Members had Thank You notes/cards from Margaret Jenkins, Hurschel Braswell, Gene and Madolyn Gibson, and the volunteer group at St Dominic Hospital. That group sent each of the members a beautiful pottery cross.
7. Wilson brought 71 drain tube pouches, and we finished bagging them for Burns and husband, Thomas, to take to St Dominic Hospital, as well as six hats for the Chemo Department. She also had some fabric that had been donated for projects. Ruby Eunice will use some to make walker caddies, and Frances Jenkins took some for a group in Carrollton to use in their projects.
8. Members continue throughout the year to pick up items for the Operation Christmas Child boxes, and Burns had bells to "add to our container.”
9. Bingham shared instructions for a cross she made for our cards, and plans to have enough cut for each of us to make one at our next meeting.
Joanne Pace won the door prize.
The meeting adjourned, and members enjoyed delicious refreshments and a good time of fellowship.
Becky Wilson will host the February meeting, which will be a workday to work on pouches and crosses.