The 2011-12 State President, Jan Harlow, chaired the conference with the theme "Treasure Our Past--Embrace Our Future". In addition to participating in the business meeting, those attending the conference heard many interesting speakers, including syndicated newspaper columnist Lori Borgman, award-winning editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel, and author and associate professor of English at DePauw University, Greg Schwipps.
Schwipps shared stories of his life and read from his first novel "What This River Keeps." Conference attendees also attended the annual Choral Concert by the Melody Makers of Indiana and participated in a wide variety of trainings and breakout sessions.
Meegan Ebacher served as a presenter during the conference when she shared "An Extension Homemakers' Experience in the United Kingdom. During the session Ebacher shared her experiences with the Women's Institute (a sister organization to Extension Homemakers) during the two years she and her husband Jon and two young sons lived in England.
Sharon Baldwin attended a pre-conference session on heritage skills and took part in Level I of the association's I-LEaD leadership program. Bonnie Bryan completed her two-year term as the Terre Haute District Representative. Bryan helped with much of the planning for the conference and was in charge of both the Window Displays and the celebration and culmination of the association's year long membership contest, which was won by Putnam County.
As the conference concluded new state president, Cricket Brown, assumed the reins of the organization. Brown chose the logo "Our Journey Continues" as the theme for the coming year, leading up to the 100th Anniversary of Indiana Extension Homemakers, which will be celebrated at the 2013 Home and Family Conference next June.
Members of the Putnam County Extension Homemakers Association are looking forward to and planning a number of fun and helpful projects throughout the coming year to commemorate and celebrate the organization's milestone anniversary.
Persons interested in learning more about the organization can find out more by contacting the Putnam County office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service (653-8411) or by contacting Membership Chair, Dorothy Wells (653-3586) or any of the county officers.
Visit our website at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding this week's column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.
June 26 -- 4-H Summer Judging, Extension Office, 7 p.m.
June 27 -- 4-H Cake Decorating Workshop, Fairgrounds CBE, 7 p.m.
June 27 -- 4-H Electricity Workshop, Extension Office, 6:30 p.m.
June 28 -- 4-H Electricity Workshop, Extension Office, 9 a.m.
June 28 -- Youth PQA Test 5 PM, Class 6 p.m., Fairgrounds
June 28 -- 4-H Junior Leader Meeting, 7 p.m., Fairgrounds
June 29 -- Beginning Meat Goat Workshop -- Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center
July 1 -- Putnam County Fair Kickoff (performance by "Overtones" & Ice Cream Social), Fairgrounds, 2-4 p.m.
July 1 -- Indiana State Fair 4-H Animal Registration Forms Due
July 10 -- Consumer Clothing Workshop, Mill Pond, 5:30 p.m.
July 11 -- Wood Science/Wood Craft Workshop, Steve Lien Shop, 6:30 p.m.
July 12 -- Exploring 4-H Field Day, Fairgrounds, 1 p.m.
July 20-27 Putnam County Fair