By Gina Noe
MADISON COUNTY —
In our ever changing world, celebrating the 100th birthday of an individual is becoming more common, but it’s still a milestone to be recognized and applauded.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of an organization or institution occurs less often. Few organizations remain vital and relevant in today’s fast-paced world for 100 years.
This year, the Cooperative Extension Service will celebrate the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, the legislation that provided federal funding for extension and outreach by our nation’s land-grant universities.
The Smith-Lever Act is particularly pertinent to Family and Consumer Sciences Extension because it was the first legislation allowing the expenditure of federal funds on extension programs focusing on domestic science/home economics.
For the past 100 years, the mission of FCS Extension has been to improve individual and family life across the lifespan.
One of the main focal points has been to help families take control of their lives through educational programs in financial management.
Beginning in 1914, home demonstration agents taught homemaking, resource management and food preservation. In the 1940s, agents had a tremendous impact on family economics, helping people save on home food production, food preservation, repurposing of clothing and reconditioning of furnishings.
Just as extension agents responded to economic needs of the past, the Cooperative Extension Service continues to provide programs to help families recover from another period of recession.
February is Kentucky Saves month. Several programs and opportunities will be available for Madison County families to help them manage money, avoid scams and conserve resources.
Mark your calendars for:
• Financial and Relationship Peace: Foundation Skills, Mondays, Feb. 3 to March 17.
The program will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 3, and from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning Feb. 10. This program, which is part of the Kentucky River Foothills Healthy Marriage and Relationship Project, is for all married or engaged couples, or single men and women who want to learn more about money, budgeting and relationship skills.
The program is free. To register, call 859-624-2046, Ext. 379. The program covers savings, collections, consumer awareness, debt and relationship strategies.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon, the Extension Homemakers will host a lunch and learn on financial and local scams and personal safety. Con artists are always coming up with schemes to take advantage of the unaware. Join us for lunch and listen to experts discuss tips to help you defend yourself against scams.
Jennifer Doom from the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions will discuss financial fraud. Deputy Willard Reardon of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office will talk about local scams and personal safety. The program is free, and lunch will be provided for all who pre-register by Feb. 14. Call 859-623-4072.
A class on putting together and maintaining a rain barrel will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A rain barrel constructed during the class will be given away as a door prize. Rain barrels are a great way to conserve a natural resource — water — and to save money on watering costs. Call 859-623-4072 to reserve your seat.
See you in February.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.