The Indiana Extension Homemakers Association had its fall district meeting Aug. 25 at the Purdue Extension Office Conference Room in Corydon with Carolyn Beanblossom, president of the Harrison County Homemakers, welcoming 32 attendees. Orelyn Hallows represented Clark County by leading the group in the pledge of allegiance and the IEHA mission statement. After an explanation of what the homemakers creed means for the members, she led the group in a more meaningful recitation of it.
Tammy Hall from Scott County read Psalm 18 for the inspirational portion of the meeting. She also conducted roll call by county. The traveling rock, denoting the county with the most attendees, was awarded to Harrison County.
In the absence of Jan Gogel, the state IEHA president, Michelle Roberts, president-elect, was introduced to the group and led most of the program. She introduced Robin Boyd, who was a first-time Family Conference attendee. Boyd expressed her pleasure at being selected to attend and told how much she enjoyed the conference.
It was announced that the 2022 Home and Family Conference will be June 6 to 8 in Noblesville. Roberts said Gogel would be promoting the message theme of Honoring Our Heritage during the year ahead.
Roberts also highlighted the National Volunteer Outreach Network Conference that took place in Owensboro, Ky. This group is made up of nine member states whose members meet and are encouraged to reach out to the needs of their communities. The next conference will be July 25 to 27 in Evansville.
Roberts also discussed the three-year project to reach out and educate groups regarding the need for pollinators with “Bee Cause Pollinators Feed the World.” Information can be found at links online under NVON.org.
Audra Deaton, Harrison County Homemakers’ vice president, shared the history of aprons. Most think of an apron as just to keep splatters from special garments, but, as Deaton, explained, aprons can serve many uses.
Thirteen members took part in a parade explaining the importance of the apron they wore from weddings to canning and more.
The i-LEaD program centered on the word and need of “perseverance”: a person’s persistence in doing something despite obstacles that make success difficult in achieving goals. Ways to increase perseverance in this changing world were given, and members were encouraged to never stop trying to do what they are passionate about.
All attendees agreed that after dealing with COVID-19 for more than a year, it was wonderful to gather again and they are looking forward to the spring district meeting tentatively set for March 9 in Salem, hosted by the Washington County Homemakers.
This year’s International Day was canceled for this year.
As the meeting was adjourned, everyone was encouraged to stay connected with one another during these trying times.