Have you ever heard of Homemakers? What generally comes to mind when referring to a homemaker is the traditional vision of someone clad in an apron, spatula in hand with just-baked cookies ready to serve — but that’s only a small part of making a home. Regardless of age, gender, marital or parental status or living situation in a rural or urban setting, most of us “make” a home somewhere. In fact, most adults are homemakers unless we’re fortunate to have someone who manages that aspect of living for us. So it is with the Homemakers/Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association membership profile, which includes young adults to retirees and senior citizens who are in entirely different stages of their lives but all make a home.

Affiliated with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Homemakers/KEHA clubs typically work with county family and consumer science agents to coordinate program areas. These are food, nutrition and health; management and safety; family and individual development; environment, housing and energy; leadership development; cultural arts and heritage; and international.

Local clubs meet monthly in homes, churches, restaurants or community centers at a time convenient to the membership. Each club has its own set of officers and bylaws.

Each month clubs have a program of interest for their members. These programs are taught by members on a rotating basis.

The programs the Extension Homemakers of Christian, Todd and Trigg counties will be studying this year are: Appetizers, Making Your Charitable Giving Go Farther, Organic and Natural Foods, Don’t Let Falls Get You Down, Travel Safety, and Buying, Storing & Cooking Fish.

Members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and events throughout the year, including trips, programs and seminars.

You can organize a new club in your community, join an existing club or become a mailbox member (you receive information in the mail instead of at the club meeting). Dues are $8 per year. Dues cover county, area, and state membership. For more information contact a local Extension Homemaker or call 270-886-6328, 270-265-5659 or 270-522-3269.

Come join the Christian County Homemakers on Nov. 15 at the Pennyroyal Area Museum and Books on Main. They are hosting Progressive Sampling with Winners at both places of business. Hors d’oeuvre will be served at the museum, and desserts will be served at Books on Main.  All of the dishes will be from recipes in the Homemakers’ cookbook “Cooking with Winners.” The sampling will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a display of the history of the Christian County Homemakers at the museum during that time.

During the months of November and December, the cookbook will be on sale for $10. They can be purchased at the Pennyroyal Area Museum, Books on Main, Christian Way Farms and the Christian County Extension Office at 2850 Pembroke Road.

These cookbooks make great Christmas and wedding gifts. Now is the time to purchase several.

MARSHA O. PARKER is the Christian County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She can be reached at 270-886-6328.

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