This week, Oct. 10-16, is Homemakers Week, and members of the Meade County Extension Homemakers say that the organization has changed a lot over the years.
In 1947, several Meade County women went before the fiscal court to ask for an appropriation to secure a Home Demonstration agent, and after several meetings, received approval. Miss Alice Pile was Meade County’s first agent in 1948, which is also the same year that the Extension Homemakers first had a booth at the fair. That year, there were 15 clubs with 293 members, and dues were two cents per member. Today, there are nine clubs with 218 members, including mailbox members, and dues are seven dollars per member.
In the past, the group likely saved countless lives by spreading information about food preservation and safety. Today, the group is still focused on community service, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of volunteer hours to community projects. The list of events and activities that homemakers have offered in the community is nearly endless. They’ve provided scholarships to students, fed the hungry, put on entertaining and charitable events, and of course, made delicious meals for community functions.
The group says that, many times, the public may just see them as a group of women that cook and bake, but Jennifer Bridge, Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, says that’s not the case.
“Homemakers are no longer just cookie bakers,” she said. “They’re decision makers.”
The proactive group is one of the main reasons the county has a recycling program today. They pioneered the project back in 1989, and it was such a success, it got adopted on a broader scale. Programs like their Backpack Program take a proactive approach to reducing food insecurity in Meade County.
For more information about the Homemakers, read Margaret McCoy’s piece on page A2 of this issue.