CROWN POINT | Sponsored in part by Purdue University, West Lafayette, the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is celebrating 100 years of services to women this year, while the not-for-profit Lake County Extension Homemakers Association Inc. celebrates 87 years of serving area homemakers.
"Our Journey Continues" has been a fitting theme for the Indiana association throughout the year.
Headquartered in Crown Point, the Lake County Extension Homemakers Association provides scholarships, educational programs, speakers, and volunteer community support.
The Lake County Extension Homemakers support projects for Riley Hospital for Children, Ronald McDonald House, Doctors without Borders, veteran hospitals, schools, libraries, town emergency funds, women's shelters, Meals on Wheels and nursing homes.
They also make items for first responders to give to children in a crisis. Past projects include sewing Christmas stocking for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq through the Army Chaplain Service, knitting scarves for the 2011 Indianapolis Super bowl volunteers, milk and threads project, children's clothing for African countries, and school supplies for the children and teens of military parents in Indiana.
The current statewide project is purchasing water filtration systems for African villages. A reading program, cultural arts, and a chorus are integral parts of the association. More than 20,000 volunteer hours were logged in 2012.
Bi-monthly county meetings are held at the Lake County Extension office, where projects are promoted, discussed and implemented. A lesson is presented by Health and Human Services Educator Corinne Powell or other Extension educators. Topics include food and nutrition, health, family resource management and human development.
These lessons are free and open to members, guests and the public. The August lesson is held during the Lake County Fair in the 4-H Building, where the homemakers staff an information booth.
Eight individual clubs hold monthly meetings in various locations around Lake County. There is a Members-at-Large membership for those who do not belong to a club.
For 75 years, the county chorus, The Noteables, has provided an outlet for those who love singing. The chorus performs two main concerts per year and upon request by businesses, volunteer organizations and other groups.
The Cultural Arts Committee locates venues of cultural and artistic value for members to tour as well as providing members and guests opportunities to learn new arts and crafts techniques. Membership is open to both men and women throughout Lake County.
An annual Achievement Day and business meeting are held the first Monday in May at Teibel's Restaurant. Accomplishments are highlighted and memorials for deceased members are held. Finally, the annual Home and Family Conference, held at Purdue University, offers members networking, a voice on state issues, classes and tours, and a Melody Makers Concert.
For sponsorship, donations or grants, call Barbara Hagberg at (219) 314-7408 or (219) 663-4663. For membership, call Linda Cook at (219) 924-5013.