Arkansas Extension Homemakers headed to Hot Springs

LITTLE ROCK – Hundreds of members of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council from throughout the state will gather in Hot Springs on Tuesday through Thursday for the EHC’s annual state meeting, “The Next 100 Years.”

EHC is a volunteer organization associated with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. The Extension Homemakers organization offers its members opportunities for education, leadership development and service.

“The next 100 years will be exciting for Extension Homemakers in Arkansas, and that is the theme for this year’s program,” said Betty Oliver, AEHC volunteer coordinator. “Last year we celebrated the first 100 years and this year’s program is filled with new classes and events that demonstrate the creativity of the state planning committee’s work.”

Tony Windham, associate vice president for agriculture-Extension and director of the Cooperative Extension Service, will be the speaker at the opening session, a noon luncheon Tuesday in Horner Hall of the Convention Center.

During the luncheon, milestone members — 50-, 60- and 70-and-above-year members — will be recognized and the 100-Carat Award will be presented. This one-time award that will recognize the outstanding project in 2012, during EHC’s centennial year.

The concluding general session will be held Thursday and feature Phyllis Speer, who, for 20 years hosted “Arkansas Outdoors,” a program on the Arkansas Educational Television Network. She is also former Pulaski County Extension Homemakers member.

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The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and 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 Opportunity Employer.