Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association gets its own week in Boyle 

Published 10:42 am Thursday, October 5, 2017


Contributing writer 

On Monday, Sept. 25, Mayor Mike Perros proclaimed Oct.8-Oct. 14 as Kentucky Extension Homemakers Week in Boyle County.

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Of course you’re probably wondering who Kentucky Extension Homemakers are and what they do.

When you hear the word “homemaker,” you immediately think of a certain set of words. Housewife, cook, mother and maid could be used to describe a homemaker — but they are much more than that. Homemakers are strong leaders, willing volunteers, skilled educators, family and friends. They are more than just a word, they are a force for good.

The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service and education. Boyle County Homemakers has been an active part of KEHA since before it was officially founded. 

For many years,  Boyle County Homemakers have been actively serving this community through volunteer service work. Annually they find ways to give back, such as sewing pillowcases for Heritage Hospice or lap quilts for patients in the hospital. They also support ovarian cancer research by donating $1 of each member’s dues every year. 

Also, Homemakers annually award a $500 scholarship to a college-bound student seeking a degree in agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, or any extension-related field.

Boyle County Homemakers highly value family, friendship and fun. Each year they participate in different social events, such as the Living Well Seminar and the County Annual Meeting — all providing fun opportunities for fellowship. They also attend educational programs each month that address universal topics such as food, health, money managemen, and family life. Homemakers are always learning new skills and sharing them with others.

Heritage skills such as knitting, sewing and quilt making barely scratch the surface of what Homemakers are capable of. They compete in annual cultural arts contests, with many members winning blue ribbons at the state level. They also enter handmade items in Floral Hall in the Boyle County Fair. What a wealth of talent there is in this county.

KEHA welcomes members no matter what their age, race, color, national origin, creed, marital status or sex. The program is of interest to all income levels. Any full or part-time home-maker, male or female, rural or urban, teenager or senior citizen and in-between, may belong to KEHA. 

The Boyle County Homemakers consist of five clubs that meet each month. Anyone is welcome to join. Anyone who is interested in learning more about this exciting organization may attend any of the following events for Homemaker’s Week, especially the tasting party and silent auction.

A great way to meet some of the members the Boyle County Extension Homemakers is to attend an event during Extension Homemakers Week. Here is the complete list of events for this year’s celebration. 

For more information, call (859) 236-4484 for more information.

Events for Kentucky Extension Homemakers Week 

6 p.m. Monday, Oct.  9 — 76ers Club Meeting at the Boyle County Extension Office; light refreshments will be served.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 — Tasting Party and Silent Auction at the Extension Office

11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 —Perryville Club Meeting at Mallard’s restaurant; RSVP by calling (859) 236-4484.

1-3 p.m. Oct. 11 — Crafty Afternoon craft classes  at the Extension Office.

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 — Starry Night Studio painting class at the Extension Office.  

6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 — Game night at the Extension Office; light refreshments will be served. 

Alethea Price is County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences.