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Homemakers report on activities for '07

01/11/2008 - RED BUSH — The Red Bush Busy Bees Homemakers have been busy at work this past year in their homes and community. They have shared their time, knowledge, and skills with each other and with neighbors and friends.

The homemakers meet once a month for the regularly scheduled meetings, usually at the Red Bush Community Center. Special meetings are also called for the purpose of a work day at the center or for other special activities. Around 10 members are maintained at all times. Occasionally, a member is lost for various reasons, but new members are gained. This year, the homemakers received two new members, Debbie Stambaugh and Nicola Liebach.

Each monthly meeting begins with an inspirational message and prayer. The business session always consists of reading the minutes of the last monthly meeting by the secretary and also a report from the treasurer. A lesson of interest, provided by the Johnson County Extension Service, is usually taught each month by one of the members. Each person brings a dish of food for lunch at each meeting and sometimes certain foods are planned, usually potluck. At every meeting there is a social hour for catching up on community news and to plan parties and upcoming events. Members also play Bingo at each meeting with prizes given to winners. Also, there is always a drawing for a door prize.

January through May in 2007, meetings were all held at the community center. Some of the lessons members learned were "Women and Heart Disease" and "Running Away From Alzheimers." In February, some of the members attended the international meeting at Paintsville Recreation Center, learning about the country of Iraq. The Busy Bees observed Valentine's Day in February by having a candy exchange. Some meetings are celebrated with a surprise birthday party for one of the members. A club picnic is always held in June. In 2007, it was held at Paintsville Lake State Park. Members enjoyed a nice sunny day eating fried chicken and watching the boats on the water. The homemaker members and other community members spent many hours this past summer and fall at the center working, remodeling and cleaning. When all the work was finished, members bought a grill and cooked on the grill at some of the meetings. In August, members learned a lesson about "The Apron" and in September the monthly lesson was entitled "Spice up your Health."

The Busy Bees hosted a Halloween party. Several community children and parents attended for an evening of fun, games and food. The ladies enjoyed their Thanksgiving meeting and dinner last year at the Ramada in Paintsville. The club's Christmas party was held at the community center. Members exchanged gifts, cards, ornaments and candy. Names were drawn for a secret friend for the year 2008. Two members, Sue Smith and Phyllis Mullins, took presents to residents of Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Seven members attended the county annual Christmas party in December at the Recreation Center in Paintsville.

Anyone in the area is welcome to attend any meeting. You may just come and sit in on a meeting to learn, fellowship, observe or join the group as a new member. Club meetings are always a learning experience of some sort, but also a relaxing and enjoyable time with friends.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, usually at the community center. For more information about the club, contact any member. Some officers of the club and their phone numbers are Debbie Stambaugh, (606) 265-5206; Sue Smith, (606) 265-4884; and Lorraine Harris, (606) 265-3237.

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