The Richmond Register

April 30, 2013

Extension Homemakers Celebrate Accomplishments

By Gina Noe
Extension Agent

MADISON COUNTY — This year marked the 83rd annual meeting of Extension Homemakers in Madison County.

Although the organization has evolved over the years, there are a few attributes of the group that have not changed. Extension Homemakers are an active, engaged group dedicated to community service, leadership and education.

Last week’s meeting was a testimony to the value of the Extension Homemaker Association in Madison County.

One of the first items on the agenda was the presentation of the Homemaker of the Year Award. The winner, Sarah Hart, is a member of the Lancaster Pike club. She is a Certified Master Clothing Volunteer and teaches several sewing classes, and regularly offers a beginning sewing class and fun classes such as Christmas in July. She also has been very involved in the Quilt Trail in Madison County. Sarah is a great ambassador and recruiter for Extension Homemakers.

Also on the agenda was recognition for Volunteer Service hours.

Although only a few Homemakers completed the paperwork, they logged over 6,000 hours. According to Independentsector.org, the estimated value of volunteer time in Kentucky is $17.91/per hour. A check was presented to the Madison County Judge Executive in the amount of $89,550 symbolizing the value of this volunteer time to the county.

Awards also were presented to participants in the Get Moving, Get Healthy, Get Points contest. This contest encourages homemakers to be physically active, proactive regarding health care, and to continue to learn about health issues. The winner in the individual contest was Earlene Nichols, a member of the 31st Club. The 31st Club also took home the award for the most active club.

The Cultural Arts exhibits were a showcase for many of the beautiful crafts made by members. Handmade jewelry, quilts, baskets and more were on display. There were over 100 exhibits, 48 were blue ribbon winners that will be eligible to complete in the Bluegrass area contest.

Congratulations to all Extension Homemakers in Madison County. You make a difference!

If you are interested in more information about Extension Homemakers in Madison County or becoming a member, call 859-623-4072 or visit our website at http://madison.ca.uky.edu/FamilyConsumerSciences.

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