Pauline Jones recognized for 54 years with EHC
Pauline Jones, 94, of Black Oak, was honored by a reception on Saturday, Sept. 6, to commemorate her 54 years with the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council.
During Jones' years of service she worked 30 years for the Criaighead County Extension Service with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Educational Program. She served as the Black Oak 4-H leader and is currently a member of the Black Oak-Lake City Extension Homemakers Club.
Black Oak-Lake City EHC President Marie George presented Jones with a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capital, along with certificates of appreciation from U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman. She also presented her with a 50 year AEHC service pin
"I started going to Black Oak EHC meetings with my mother, Annie Earnhart, when I was just a teenager," Jones said. "I loved the fellowship and friendships they shared each month. When I grew up and married I became a member there myself. It never gets old, as there is always something interesting to do and learn."
"Pauline always instilled the service initiative in EHC members as well as her 4-H children," George said. "She makes sure we are sensitive to the needs in our community and area, and goes a step further by encouraging us to do something to help. She has taught me so much."
The Black Oak-Lake City EHC meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the Lake City city hall building.
They have actively helped in many benevolent activities, which include making afghans and lap quilts for male service veterans, Teaching Dolls, hats and mini pillows for the Arkansas Children's Hospital, collecting items for KidSpot Educational Service, and spearheaded local blood drives and the installation of a kitchen at the Black Oak City Hall.
The EHC is currently working on an educational fair booth for the Northeast District Fair in Jonesboro about their work with the Beck PRIDE Center for America's wounded veterans at Arkansas State University.
Jones' reception was held at the Black Oak Baptist Church fellowship hall, with her daughter Sherri DeFries, son Tim Jones and a host of friends in attendance.
The reception was hosted by the Black Oak-Lake City EHC. Cake and punch were served following the presentations, and guests were encouraged to review the EHC memorabilia displays depicting Jones' many years of service.