Sewing machines were buzzing and conversation was flowing at the Oklahoma Home and Community Education Woodall Club’s quarterly workshop last week.
The group assembled was working on placemat notebook organizers, made from regular table placemats.
“Some women were making Nook holders or organizers for their crochet needles,” said Fran Ridenhour, president. “Purses were also an item designed using the placemat.
Ridenhour said the organization is one of three of its kind in Cherokee County, which include the Woodall group, Park Hill group and Aprons and Lace.
The Woodall group has existed since the 1930s.
“We are adult 4-H’ers,” said Glenda McCollum, a 41-year member of the organization. “We are part of the OSU Extension Service, and we concentrate on home and community.”
The group meets monthly for business and provides a public workshop four times a year. Members also attend annual district and state meetings. There are 400 members statewide.
Group members like the workshops and get ideas from district and state meetings.
“We also get ideas from magazines and Pinterest,” said Ridenhour. “It is nice to learn new things and help the community with projects.”
McCollum said the group provides community service to nearly all the nonprofit organizations in town, plus it sends care packages to troops and helps students at the School for the Blind in Muskogee.
“We recently made hats for patients at the infusion clinic at the hospital,” she said.
The group will hold a food preservation workshop in July.
“We will demonstrate drying, bathing and finally, pressure cooking,” said McCollum.
The biggest projects the group takes on each year are the county fair in September and two flea markets. The members act as superintendents to each project taking place at the fair.
“The flea market has an open kitchen, with items for sale, and a person can find about anything in the market,” said McCollum.
The group uses any money earned for the projects in which members are involved, and to attend district and state meetings.
Sherry Daniels was a visitor at the workshop this week, and said she enjoyed the experience.
“This was my first day, but I will come back,” she said.
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For more information on any of the area groups, call the OSU Extension office at 918-456-6163.