The Clay County Extension Homemakers held their fall dinner Monday, Oct. 23 at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Pictured from left are: Georgia Hunt - Terre Haute district representative, Bobbi Cayton - committee chairman, Glenna Ogborn - committee member, Sue Conder - committee member, Brenda Hawkins - committee member and Linda Gause - state president of Indiana Extension Homemakers Association.
By DIANE DIERKS
Close to 100 Clay County Extension Homemakers gathered together at the Clay County Fairgrounds on Monday, Oct. 23 to hear Linda Gause, state president of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, spoke about the group's history and plans for the future.
According to Peggy Davis, Clay and Owen County Extension Educator, there are 13 Extension Homemakers Clubs in Clay County. The clubs meet together monthly to learn about the latest consumer and family science education from the Purdue University research data base.
Homemakers club members attend classes through Purdue Extension services, which focus on human development, foods, nutrition, health and family resource management. Club members are then available to teach classes to different community groups.
Peggy Davis said the Extension Homemakers are one of the best kept secrets because many people are unaware of the services available through the organization. The Extension Homemakers have partnered with Purdue University Extension services for 75 years to disperse valuable information to the community
There are currently 135 members in the Clay County Extension Homemakers. The Extension Homemakers offer educational and career enrichment scholarships to the local community and members participate in service projects, such as making stuffed animals for hospitals and children in need.
The Extension Homemakers will be presenting a holiday diabetic education class, featuring a foods tasting, on November 7, at the Owen County YMCA. To register for the class, contact Peggy Davis, Clay and Owen County Extension Coordinator at 448-9043. Registration must be completed by October 30.