Next week is National Extension Homemaker Week. We have a lot to celebrate in Madison County, as we have one of the largest and most active associations in the state.
With more than 500 members and 27 clubs and groups, Madison County Extension Homemakers have a lot to offer.
For many, the word “homemaker” conjures up visions of someone who wears an apron, spends their time cooking and cleaning, then sews and makes crafts in their spare time.
Well, times have changed and extension homemakers are involved in so much more. Although some do enjoy crafts, food preparation and sewing, they also list networking, community service, education and leadership opportunities as benefits of being members.
Our 17 traditional clubs meet monthly in homes, churches, restaurants or community centers. Some meet during the day, others in the evening.
Meetings are informal with time for discussion, idea sharing, demonstrations, and fellowship. A lesson is shared each month.
Upcoming lessons include: Vitamins and Supplements, Preparing for Later Life, Super Foods for Super You, Managing Creepy Crawlies, and Home Energy Management.
We also have specialty clubs that focus on specific topics. If your interest is in gardening, basketry, quilting, fiber arts, cooking and baking, sewing, or paper crafts, there is a club for you.
Most of the established clubs welcome new members, but neighborhoods or communities may also want to start a new club. Experienced extension homemakers are available to serve as mentors to get those groups started.
If your schedule does not allow you to be a club member, you can still join as a mailbox member and receive the monthly newsletter listing all upcoming events and workshops. Monthly lessons can also be mailed to you upon request.
Extension homemakers are very involved in community service. A traditional project that takes place in the fall is making stuffed animals for the children who visit the emergency rooms at Baptist Health Richmond and St. Joseph Berea.
For several years, the Madison County Extension Homemakers have made a Christmas gift of over 1,000 stuffed animals to these hospitals.
The first work day for this project will be Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond. A light lunch will be served or you may bring your own.
Even if you don稚 sew, you can still help. Animals need to be cut from patterns, stuffed with fiberfill, hand sewn closed, and the faces embroidered. Take this opportunity to enjoy fun and fellowship, meet some extension homemakers and possibly learn a new skill.
For more details on extension homemakers or to enroll, visit the Madison County Extension Website at madison.ca.uky.edu/FamilyConsumerSciences or call 623-4072.
You may also follow some of the events and projects on the Madison County Extension Office Facebook page – from Facebook, search Madison County Extension Office KY.
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