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Jefferson County Extension Homemakers win record book awards

HOT SPRINGS — Providing stoke vests, non-perishable foods and knitted caps for newborns were among the outstanding record book projects recognized during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council on June 5.

Three Jefferson County Extension Homemakers club and the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council were among the 83 local clubs and county councils honored during the awards ceremony held at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The 5,000-member state Council is a volunteer organization associated with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. During 2012, the members contributed 600,000 hours of volunteer service statewide for an estimated value of more than $13,000,000. The Extension Homemakers organization offers its members opportunities for education, leadership development and service.

The theme for the annual meeting is “The Next 100 Years.” During 2012, the Council celebrated the 100th year of Home Demonstration/Extension Homemakers work in Arkansas.

Those honored from Jefferson County and their projects are:

Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council — How to Judge at the County Fair – The Council became aware that there had not been a Fair Judging School in Jefferson county or the surrounding counties in several years. Several family and consumer sciences agents were asked to teach, along with members and others who had lots of expertise in their fields. All fair categories were covered. Lunch was provided for the 98 attendees and each received a copy of the newest Fair Judging Manual.

White Hall Willing Workers — Stroke Vests for Jefferson Regional Medical Center — Rehabilitation Center — The club was asked by the program director for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center — Rehabilitation Center at Pine Bluff to provide six stroke vests for use there. The stroke vests were to be used to help the patients learn to use their arms and hands after having a stroke. The members had four different meetings to work on the vests and were able to deliver 10 vests to the hospital. They were thanked personally by the program director and the nurses.

Grace Willing Workers — Helping Transformation Project’s Food Pantry — After voting to supply non-perishable food items to the Transformation Project Food Pantry, the club members brought items each month to meetings. The first goal was 100 items in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Home Demonstration/Extension Homemakers work in Arkansas; however, the club eventually donated 587 items, plus a couple of the members decided to work at the Food Pantry.

Camden Road EH Club — Christmas Hats for Babies — The club members discovered that there was a need for little knitted caps for newborn babies at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The caps were needed for the babies to keep their heads warm after birth in the hospital and when they left to go home with their families. They delivered enough hats for all newborns, not just needy families, and they plan to continue this project in the future.

Information about Extension Homemakers is available by visiting the website at http://arextensionhomemakers.org or calling a county Extension office.

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.