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KEHA Celebrates Homemakers Week – October 12-18

 Arrah Wanna was recognized at the Annual Butler County Homemaker dinner/meeting. She received a beautiful music box for being the oldest member. It pays to be a homemaker and almost 96 years old!

We are your friends and neighbors who have joined together to invest in building a better tomorrow for our families and our communities.  Extension Homemakers is for everyone.  Most members meet in groups know as Extension Homemaker Clubs.  These clubs are organized around convenient meeting times - evenings, lunchtime, days - whatever is best for the members of the group.  Mailbox memberships and special interest clubs are alternative types of memberships that may meet your needs.

Butler County Homemakers Officers
 
    Extension Homemakers activities focus on four things:  Learning, Leading, Serving, and Supporting
 
    As a member of the Butler County Extension Homemaker Association, which is part of the Kentucky Extension Homemaker Association (KEHA), you will have the opportunity to learn more about issues that concern today's families.  The family is the most effective and economical unit for rearing children and nurturing adults.  Yet the incidence of infant mortality, household bankruptcy, child abuse and neglect, and nutritional inadequacy threatens families and communities throughout our state and nation.  Monthly lessons help members explore these issues.  We learn skills and receive up-to-date information in nutrition and health, financial management, environmental stewardship, youth development, personal and family living, and global and international concerns.
 
    Extension Homemakers offers members the opportunity to develop leadership skills.  Leadership training workshops give you the tools you need to be an effective leader.  Serving on a committee or holding an office at the club or county level develops self-confidence.  Through the organization, you gain skills in setting goals, developing a plan of action, and working with others.  Homemakers all across the area put these skills to use by implementing projects that address local needs such as child safety, recycling, and health services.
 
    Extension Homemakers are great community volunteers.  Through local clubs or county projects, members volunteer their time and give money to help our community.  In fact, last year the members in this area donated over 100,000 hours of time worth over $1.5 million to community service projects.  In addition, they gave over $70,000 in goods or money to support projects such as the UK Ovarian Cancer Research Center, college scholarships, 4-H scholarships, food banks, blanket and coat collections, beautification projects, and foster care children.
 
    Joining Extension Homemakers gives you an instant support group.  As you meet together at club meetings or work on projects, you will develop important friendships.  The fellowship with other members will lift your spirits and provide laughter or comfort when needed.
 
    Celebrate KEHA’s Homemakers Week by finding out what the Butler County Homemaker Association and its clubs can do for you!  If you are interested in learning, leading, serving or supporting, the Extension Homemaker Association is the organization for you.  It all begins with just a step - getting involved with a great organization.  For more information, contact the Butler Cooperative Extension Service at 112 E GL Smith Street, Morgantown or call 270-526-3767.

    Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. 

HOMEMAKERS – Find Something You Care About and Live a Life that Shows It

Butler County Homemakers believe you should find something you care about and live a life that shows it. Extension programs and educational materials offered through the monthly trainings can assist you in this endeavor.
   
 For more information, contact the Butler Cooperative Extension Service at 112 E GL Smith Street, Morgantown or call 270-526-3767.

    Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. 

In this photo, Carolyn French is showing  Elaine Daugherty and Charlotte Hunt how to do Swedish weaving.

 By: Tracy M. Cowles, Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences

Homemakers Luau
The Homemakers of Butler County were swept away to Hawaii while attending a Luau themed exchange meeting, hosted by the Logan County Homemakers. Held on Tuesday at the Logan County Extension Office located in Russellville, KY, the event featured an abundance of food, fun, and fellowship between members of the various clubs from both counties in attendance.
The Butler County Homemakers were welcomed to this festive event with a traditional Lei gift, followed by a brief history of Hawaiian Lei culture from Rachel Hance. The afternoon’s entertainment was provided by Sharon Travis and Sandra Lennon in the form of tropical themed trivia, and a Paddle Ball competition which was dominated by Butler County Midway Club President Mary Joe Franklin, as the 1961 classic Gidget Goes Hawaiian played in the background. Guests were also invited to have their picture taken in front of a tropical island backdrop to commemorate the fun event.
 After all of the pictures were posed for and the final banana prize had been awarded, guests were invited to help themselves to an open tropical buffet served with spiced fruit tea, and following lunch, each guest was offered a slice of their choice of blackberry or coconut cake with ice cream as they chatted. When all of the plates were stacked, and all food was cleared from the tables, each guest was presented with a stunning one of a kind quilted box, made by Logan County Homemaker Sandra Lennon. Following the event, all in attendance were invited to stay and tour the UK Extension facility if they wished. Finally the goodbyes were said, and all left the event full of good food and friendly conversation.
This event follows a High Tea themed exchange with the Logan County Homemakers, hosted this past spring by the Butler County Homemakers. Guests at this event enjoyed several courses of hors d'oeuvres, each served with a complimenting tea, and a history of the tea’s origin by Midway Homemakers Club’s own teas expert, Barbara Gabbard.
Kentucky Homemakers will also be having their Area Annual Meeting next Thursday on the 16th in Mammoth Cave. For more information on the Homemakers and this event, contact the Butler County Extension Office by phone at (270) 526-3767 or visit their website at www.butler.ca.uky.edu/ExtensionHomemakers .

Homemakers 61st Annual Meeting

The Butler County Extension Homemaker Association held their 61st Annual Meeting recently. The meeting, which was held in the Raburn and Lucile Hood Meeting Room at the Butler County Extension Office in Morgantown, served as both a business meeting to elect new Butler County Homemakers Advisory Council officers, and a time of fellowship and reflection for Homemakers both new and old. The sentimental atmosphere was reflected in this year’s theme, “Serving the Future by Remembering the Past”. 
A welcoming statement was given by President Mary Joe Franklin, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Charlene Cook, secretary. Following the opening remarks, attendees were invited to enjoy an open buffet provided by the Green River Caterers, as the First Baptist Church Bell Ringers prepared to entertain. The Bell Ringers gave unique and visually entertaining renditions of several patriotic favorites and classical medleys, as well as a few well known church hymns.  A silent auction fundraiser was held for the duration of the event, with several items to bid on such as jewelry, décor and homemade fudge, all donated by Butler County Homemakers. Voting for officers commenced, and Tammy Alford was elected Vice President of the Butler County Homemakers Advisory Council by club members in a unanimous vote.
There were several guests in attendance with homemakers, and guests were cheerfully invited to join by Midway Club president Mary Joe Franklin. Several door prizes were given out by the Americana Club at the end of the meeting, and awards were presented to clubs and members with exceptional merits such as 100% attendance, Club Gaining the Most Members (Midway) and several awards to honor the oldest members of each club. Betty Daugherty was also presented an Outstanding Service award for her exemplary work with Homemakers. 
In 1932 the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) began its work to educate community and club members on topics such as health, finances, and leadership, and continues to encourage and educate its members today. As of 2009, members had already donated more than $1 million dollars to the University of Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and continue to donate over $40,000 on average each year. Members have also donated over 600,000 hours of volunteer time to various organizations in the state, valued at more than $10 million dollars, according to KEHA.
The KEHA has seen declines in membership in recent years, with the current total reaching only 16,000 members compared to a previous count of nearly 30,000 members.

Story by J. Harris, Beech Tree News

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