Meeting: Friends and Neighbors Extension Homemakers Club

Friends and Neighbors Extension Homemakers Club of Jackson County met Aug. 23 for lunch and a meeting at D’s Diner at Freeman Field in Seymour.

Thirteen members and one guest were in attendance.

The guest, Dr. Kenneth Bobb, former Jackson County public health officer, gave a presentation about his endeavor to make Seymour a smoke-free city by urging the Seymour City Council to enact an ordinance that addresses that issue.

He is seeking commitments from Jackson County residents to support that effort by spreading the word and attending council meetings when the new ordinance is presented, discussed and voted upon. He was thanked and invited to join the club.

President Ruby Niccum distributed the new yearbooks, and members filled in information pertaining to the club. She then led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting of the club creed. She then called the meeting to order.

Joann Davidson gave a devotional thought. Secretary Ruth Bateman did the roll call with members responding to the question, “What would you do with an extra hour each day?”

The report from the previous meeting was read and approved. Treasurer Donna Patterson reported the balance of funds. Shirley Sears led the group in a song she chose, “Tomorrow,” a tune best remembered from the musical “Annie.”

Thank-you notes from 4-H members who benefited from the club’s donation to the 4-H program were shared by the president.

Continuing education chairwoman Louise Cox gave information on honey bees. Aug. 20 had been designated as National Honey Bee Day. Cox related examples of the importance of the busy insects, especially in the production of the world’s food crops through their role as pollinators. People can encourage the thriving of bees by planting flowering plants and using the byproduct, honey.

Commitment to attend the district extension homemakers meeting Sept. 16 at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown was encouraged, and several made reservations.

Discussion was renewed from the July meeting about where to meet in September and October. It was decided to go to Stream Cliff Farm for September and take a trip to Loogootee in October. The group will meet at the Big Lots parking lot at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 27.

The meeting was closed by reading in unison the club collect.

Those attending were Donna Abner, Bateman, Carol Bobb, Judy Carter, Cox, Davidson, Joan Hines, Rhonda Kidwell, Helen Lutes, Niccum, Patterson, Vera Robbins and Sears.