WHITLEY COUNTY — This week marks the 105th anniversary of the establishment of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, and has been named Indiana Extension Homemakers Association Week.
The 10,000 members in 90 counties within the state have as their mission: “to improve the greatest institution in the world — the home.”
The IEHA has actively engaged in promoting education, leadership development and volunteer community support at the local, state, national and international level since 1913.
The IEHA has five main objectives: to coordinate and motivate the membership of the Extension Homemakers clubs in building educational programs, which are relevant to the needs and interests of Indiana homemakers; to study and work in programs and activities which pertain to the development of family, home and community; to cooperate in programs which benefit people worldwide; to strengthen and develop the organizational leadership at county, district and state levels; and to encourage Extension Homemakers and their related fields in educational institutions.
In Whitley County there are 10 Extension Homemaker clubs with 122 active, eight honorary and nine associate members. Local members provide support and assistance to the 4-H program.
They spend extensive volunteer hours serving meals at the fair and other 4-H activities. Homemakers sponsor scholarships for 4-Hers and provide project awards, and also sponsor two garage sales annually.
Local homemakers also support the international water project, which provides clean water to areas in the world that do not have it readily available. In addition, individual clubs donate to other local charitable organizations such as food banks, Toys For Tots and the Salvation Army.