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Homemakers ‘roll out red carpet’

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By Camille McClanahan

The Grant County Extension Homemakers held their 64th Annual Meeting on April 28.

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The Red Carpet Night included yearly awards, a visit from Abraham (Nelson Doyle) and Mary Todd Lincoln (Joyce Doyle, extension agent for 4-H and youth development) and a spoof spring fashion show.

“Many volunteers teach quilting, sewing, cooking or help out with a variety of community organizations,” said Patty Poor, extension agent for family and consumer sciences. “Some even reach around the world with such projects as making dresses for kids in Africa or supporting the military troops and their families.”

Grant County Extension Homemakers is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service and education, Poor said.
Grant County has more than 218 members with nine clubs. If someone is interested in receiving the educational opportunities, but for whatever reason, does not want to be part of a club, they can join as a mailbox member.

“Each year members are recognized for the number of volunteer hours given to various projects during the year,” Poor said. “This past year, Grant County Extension Homemakers gave over 10,000 hours of service. According to the Independent Sector, volunteers hours are worth over $17 per hour for a value of $170,000.”

Outstanding Extension Homemaker
Margaret Poor, was awarded Outstanding Extension Homemaker for numerous hours devoted to preparation of the monthly Grant County Chamber of Commerce breakfasts prepared by the homemakers, attendance at a myriad of meetings on club, county, area and state levels. She was commended for her achievements with county fair entries and in cultural arts.

New Homemaker of the Year
Dorothea Caldwell was named New Homemaker of the Year. She is a member of the Madd Hatters Club and has consistently volunteered to help with the chamber breakfast program and her willingness to do any chore.

Volunteer of the Year
Barbara Faulkner, a member of the Dry Ridge Homemakers Club, works on an on-going project to making quilts for Grant County children who are in foster care and for the American Red Cross. She has also made dresses, delivered by missionaries, for children in India.

Homemaker clubs are not just for full-time homemakers, but offer programs of interest to professional women and women from all age groups. Each club has its own emphasis and style to meet the needs of a diverse community. For more information about extension programs, call 859-824-3355.