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Mississippi County Holds Fall Council Meeting

March 8, 2014

Submitted by:  Pam Pruett, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Miss. Co.

Mississippi County Extension Homemakers observed their annual fall county council meeting with a celebration featuring Elizabeth Hill, the author of A Splendid Piece of Work: 1912-2012, One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Clubs.  Last year  the county council presented an autographed copy of the book to Jay Ziolko, Mississippi County Library Systems Director, to be placed in the Arkansas room.

The author shared her journey of researching and writing her book while a student in a Master’s Degree program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mrs. Hill based her book on historical documents written primarily by county extension agents found in historical archives.

Mississippi County Extension Homemakers are continuing to carry out the rich tradition of making their community a better place in which to live through developing their own personal leadership skills and participating in community volunteer activities. The four Mississippi County Extension Homemakers Clubs are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. The Mississippi County Clubs with their meeting information are as follows:  Dogwood Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at Dixie Pig in Blytheville at 1:00p.m., Cotton Belles Club meets the second Monday of the month in the homes of members at 5:00p.m., Gosnell Club meets the fourth Saturday of the month at the Gosnell Community Center in Gosnell at 9:00-11:00a.m., and Manila Club meets the second Thursday of the month in the homes of members at noon.

“Extension Homemakers Clubs have always been a part of my life,” stated Lorelei Boyd, a member of the Gosnell EHC since 1969. “I grew up with my mother and aunts being actively involved in the educational, leadership, and community volunteer activities promoted through Extension Homemakers Clubs in MississippiCounty and Arkansas. My daughter was a member until she moved to another state,” continued Boyd. She shared that her club members encouraged her to overcome her tendency to be shy and to develop her personal leadership skills on the local, regional, and state levels of EHC. Her active participation in EHC also facilitated her passion for helping others through the workplace and involvement in community volunteerism activities Boyd encourages others to consider joining Mississippi County Extension Homemakers Clubs.

For more information on the Mississippi County Extension Homemakers program, please contact Pam Pruett, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at 870-762-2075 or

Miss. Co. EHC Fall 2013 Meeting-E. Hill (2)

Elizabeth Hill (behind podium), Author of A Splendid Piece of Work: 1912-2012, One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Clubs, was the guest speaker at the Fall Mississippi County Extension Homemakers County Council Meeting. Also pictured are Miss. Co. EHC  County Council  officers (from left to right): Lou Conley, Frances Ivy, Marilyn Shearin and Carolyn Smallwood.

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