The Grayson County Extension Homemaker Association would like to invite you to celebrate Kentucky Extension Homemaker Association (KEHA) week with them in October.
Grayson County Judge Executive Gary Logsdon signed a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 5-9 as Kentucky Extension Homemaker Association week in Grayson County, and calls upon all citizens to recognize the achievements and contributions of this valuable organization.
The Extension Homemaker Association was first formed in 1932, through cooperation with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and became a state organization. The Extension Homemaker Association is the largest educational organization of women in the state of Kentucky, with nearly 30,000 members. Homemaker education took the form of clubs, where women came together to learn better methods of homemaking. At one time, Grayson County had 17 active Homemaker Clubs. The first club in Grayson County was the Leitchfield Homemaker Club, followed closely by the Thomas Club. Some of the Homemakers first became acquainted with Extension as 4-H Club members.
The Extension Homemaker Association is neither a civic organization, nor a philanthropic group; although they often do things of this nature. The Association is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through education and leadership, and teaches Home Economic topics to the people of Grayson County.
For many years, the Homemaker Association has been responsible for the Women’s Building at the Grayson County Fair. They clean the building, take in entries, attach ribbons after judging, award winner’s certificates, and supervise the building and entries each night of the fair. They are compensated by the Fair Board for this service each year.
Other projects the Homemakers have been involved in throughout the years include building the fountain at the Grayson Judicial Building. The fountain was in memoriam of one of their dear extension agents, Guynd Lyons, as well as for past and future Homemakers. They have purchased “Books for Babies” for infants born at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center; hosted a Lunch and Silent Auction to benefit the Grayson County Alliance Food Pantry; produced and sold two versions of cookbooks; made a sleigh to enter in the Christmas Parade; and hosted the Senior Tea & Social for high school seniors in the spring. The Grayson County Homemakers have made donations to Camp Courageous for special needs children; awarded multiple $500 scholarships to Grayson County High School Seniors to further their education; made donations to Ovarian Cancer Research; purchased a water purifier for a third world country, and have made monetary donations to the 4-H Council for youth to attend 4-H Camp.
There are currently 57 Extension Homemaker members in four active clubs in Grayson County, which includes Mailbox members. Club members attend monthly meetings, attend educational programs and training sessions relating to current subjects of interest, go on trips, organize and conduct programs for the community, host fund raising events and attend meetings on the County and Area level with other Extension Homemakers. Mailbox members don’t attend club meetings, but they have the option to attend any of the county or area meetings and activities as well as the monthly educational lessons. All members receive the monthly Extension Homemaker Newsletter, as well as the State KEHA Newsletter. Membership to the Extension Homemaker Association is open to the public, both as a regular club or Mailbox member. Annual membership dues are only $6.00. Membership dues can be paid at the Grayson County Extension Office or through a current Extension Homemaker club member.
Grayson County clubs and their presidents are as follows:
Ø Short Creek Club – Jo Escue, President – (270) 879-8000
Ø Sunshine Club – Kristin Mattingly, President – (270) 200-0698
Ø Thomas Club – Deloris Seaton, President – (270) 879-8970
Ø Young Club – Betty Miller, President – (270) 259-3303
Community events for the Grayson County Homemakers include a Halloween Party on Oct. 30 from 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. at the Extension Office. There will be a pumpkin decorating contest and a contest for the scariest/most unusual Halloween food, games, activities, fellowship and lots of fun and good food. There will be a Christmas Social and party on Dec. 3 at the Extension Office from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., which will include a pot luck meal. After the first of the year, the Homemakers will host their annual Luncheon Fundraiser that has benefited numerous charities in Grayson County. An International Day Program will be held in February and will highlight a featured country, and there will be a Health Day in March. There is a summer picnic and Recipe Exchange in June, held at the Leitchfield City Park. Additionally, each club will be planning events and activities at their individual club meetings throughout the year.
The Extension Homemaker Organization and KEHA have a lot to offer in Grayson County, and they would like to invite you to join this busy group of ladies for fun and fellowship and to join in the many rewarding activities in which they participate. To join a club or become a Mailbox member, or for more information, contact any club president or Natalie Taul, advisor for the Homemaker Association at the Grayson County Extension Office at (270) 259-3492.