The Washington Times-Herald

March 12, 2013

Extension celebrates 100 years

By Nate Smith
Washington Times Herald

WASHINGTON — Statewide, the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is celebrating 100 years in 2013 and Washington will host the local celebration of the state anniversary next week.

The Eastside Park Community Building will be themed with birthday decorations as three state officers and more than100 extension members from

10 counties will come Wednesday take part for the Evansville District meeting.

Purdue Extension Consumer and Family Sciences Agent Jennifer Stefancik said many current and past local presidents are expected to attend.

It was just a matter of luck that Daviess County was selected to host the meeting, Stefancik said.

"Those homemakers meet twice a year, once in the spring and in the fall," Stefancik said. "Those counties take turn hosting the meeting. This time, it was Daviess County's turn and it just happened to be the 100th anniversary celebration.

"We're trying to reach out to past members and past presidents so we have a good turnout for the meeting." Debbie Hamden, secretary for the county-wide organization, said about 145 members are planning to attend from the region.

"We've done quite a bit to put it together," Hamden said.

Locally, the Daviess County Extension Homemakers started in March 1924 by Mrs. Hugh Lett in the old Daviess County Courthouse. When it began,16 clubs had 216 members. Throughout the years, the numbers have ebbed and flowed.

Currently, according to Stefancik, there are six clubs ‹ Sugarland, April Debs, Encore, Hoosier Gals, March Beginnings, Think Young - and 70 members locally. Every other month, the presidents from the clubs meet for a county-wide homemakers meeting. There are also district and state opportunities as well. Former homemakers and those interested in homemaking clubs are invited, Stefancik said. The program will consist of regular business, including a message from IEHA's state president. Also, a master gardener from Pike County will be the keynote speaker.

"There will also be a silent auction that is popular every year," Stefancik said. The centennial celebration will continue all year.