Although the actual 100th anniversary will officially be celebrated statewide during the 2013 Home and Family Conference at Purdue University next June; local IEHA members wanted to capitalize on this special time by celebrating throughout the 100th year.
A special 100th Anniversary Committee, headed by Bonnie Bryan, has been appointed to come up with ideas to help local members find ways to celebrate throughout the year. Members of the committee are working on plans for a large 100th Anniversary Party to be held at the Fairgrounds in June, and a special historic exhibit to be on display at the Putnam County Museum next spring.
The committee is also encouraging individual clubs and members to join in different challenges each month that are fun and serve the community.
Challenges that members have been doing since July include collecting books and school supplies; donating toward Coats for Kids and the Community Halloween Party; doing random acts of kindness and collecting canned goods for local food pantries. So far hundreds of items have been collected to benefit these and other causes in the community.
Indiana Extension Homemakers Association currently has more than 10,000 active members in 90 counties. Putnam County's membership is approximately 250 active members.
A century after Indiana Extension Homemakers came into being, the objectives of the organization continue to be:
* To coordinate and motivate the membership of the Extension Homemakers Clubs in building educational programs relevant to the needs and interests of Indiana Homemakers;
* To study and work in programs and activities which pertain to the development of family, home and community;
* To cooperate in programs which benefit people worldwide;
* To strengthen and develop the organizational leadership at county, district and state levels;
* To encourage Extension Homemakers and their related fields in educational institutions.
Another focus of Extension Homemakers is to encourage and assist the County and State 4-H programs.
The Mission of Extension Homemakers is to strengthen families through continuing education, leadership development and volunteer community support.
Anyone who would like to join or have more information about this history rich organization which provides educational programs and opportunities to be involved in and contribute to the community can contact Bonnie Bryan at 739-6101), membership chair Dorothy Wells 653-3586 or the Putnam County Office of the Purdue Extension Service at 653-8411.
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Oct 23 -- 4-H Junior Leader Meeting, Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 -- Coats for Kids distribution and Community Halloween Festival, Fairgrounds
Oct. 30 -- 4-H Volunteer Meeting, Putnam County Museum, 6 p.m.
Nov. 2 & 3 -- Extension Homemakers Past Presidents' Arts and Crafts Show at Fairgrounds
Nov. 5 -- Ext. Homemakers County Council meeting 7 p.m. at Extension Office
Nov. 4 -- 4-H Member Achievement and Volunteer Recognition Program, Fairgrounds, 2 p.m.
Nov. 9 -- Deadline to register for Cooking 101
Nov. 12 -- Extension Office Closed, Veterans Day
Nov. 13 -- Putnam County Health Coalition 10 a.m. at Extension Office
Nov. 14 -- Cooking 101-Appetizers 10 a.m. at Area 30 Career Center