Whitesburg KY

Letcher Co. Extension Homemaker activities

Members of Letcher County Extension Homemaker clubs have had a very busy spring, having been involved in a wide variety of activities in their communities.

During the year, the Cowan Community Club gave donations to the Food Pantry and Cowan School and helped Cowan Community Center with a spaghetti dinner. Crafty Cut-Ups Club made 25 Care Bears and 23 blankets for little ones at the hospital. They are very proud of their barn quilt square of the “Bear Paw” pattern in downtown Whitesburg.

The Letcher Area Club now has 34 members and enjoys getting together to tack quilts for families whose homes have burned. They also helped the Food Pantry, made Care Bears and donated stuffed animals for nursing home residents at Christmas. Cowan, Gordon and Linefork Homemaker Clubs have also done many worthwhile projects to help people in their communities, including helping with the painted barn quilt squares.

Ruth Shackleford and Lois Shortt represented Letcher County at the Kentucky Extension Homemakers’ annual meeting in Lexington in May. While there. they attended workshops, officer training, and business meetings and enjoyed a banquet and brunch. At the meeting, Letcher County Homemakers received several for their support of the Ovarian Cancer Screening Program. They won first place with largest donation per member; they were one of only eight counties giving over $1,000 and won second place in largest overall county donations by giving $5,298.57. To raise the funds they held a bake sale at Wal- Mart, sponsored an Old Fashion Soup Bean Dinner on Whitesburg Day, hosted a Spring Fling Bazaar and took donations on a handmade afghan and basket.

There are now approximately 200 Letcher County women participating in the free annual screening for ovarian cancer at the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. Transportation is provided to the screening through the Letcher County Extension Office. You may call 633- 2362 for more information.

The Homemakers held their county annual meeting at the Extension Office on May 26. Sixty Homemakers and guests enjoyed the cultural arts exhibit, club reports, an auction for the scholarship and a delicious potluck lunch. This was the largest attendance at the annual meeting.

A special prayer was read and thoughts shared for members who had died during the year: Ruby June Caudill, Madge Combs, Jenny DePew, Billie Ann Gilley, who was County Homemaker President, and Madonna Pennington.

To learn more about Letcher County Extension Homemakers, call 633-2362, or to find out more about the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, visit its website at www. keha.org.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

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