Area Extension Homemakers elected to state leadership roles

Eight Cleveland County Extension Homemakers recently attended the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council State meeting at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Celebrating Our Members”. The organization currently has more than 4,500 members and is known as a premier volunteer leader organization in the state. Last year, AEHC volunteers completed over 556,700 hours of volunteer service in their communities. These hours translate into almost $13 million in added value to counties across the state.

Kaye Green completed her two-year term as AEHC president at the close of this year’s meeting. Karen Bell Fox was elected vice president of AEHC during the annual board meeting. At the awards luncheon, both Rison EH Club and Cleveland County EH Council received project book awards.

Charlene Dixon, Cleveland County EH Council president, represented the Cleveland County EH Council at the opening luncheon, awards luncheon, AEHC board of directors meeting, and provided the floral arrangement from the county for the luncheon table decor. Martha Caldwell, Cleveland County EH Council treasurer, presented the inspiration at the opening luncheon. Three former Extension Homemaker Club members were honored during the memorial ceremony — Marie Brown, Sandra McRae and Reba Rhoads.

The new AEHC state officers were installed by Anne Sortor, associate director-family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research and Extension. Fox was installed as vice president and still serves as state EIN representative. Green was also installed as immediate past president. The Cleveland County Extension Service is proud of these Extension Homemakers and the level of leadership they have achieved in the Arkansas Extension Homemakers organization.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.