May 2013HOME & FAMILY CONFERENCE
Congratulations to the Clinton Club for having the winning doll to represent Decatur County at Home and Family Conference. Thank you to Rita Hellmich for also having an entry for the county contest.
Congratulations to Bertha Head for having the winning Cultural Arts entry to represent Decatur County.
History Room - Each district will have a History Room at conference. The Madison District’s room will have history of Christmas. Alice Woodhull is assisting with the organization of the display. If you have any Christmas items from the last 100 years that you would like to be included, please contact Alice as soon as possible.
Thank you to Country Chums for a wonderful evening for International Night. The food and presentation were all very nicely done!
Help is still needed for the fair. Contact Eileen to find out how you can help! If you know of a group wanting to be a team for the pie eating contest, have them contact Marilyn Davis. You won’t want to miss the cover of this year’s fairbook - it has been designed to honor the 100th Anniversary of IEHA!
If you recruit a new member, please contact Marilyn so that you may receive a pin for your recruiting efforts. If you have recruited members the last couple of years and had not received a pin, also contact Marilyn.
Thank you to Marilyn Davis and Janet Bedel for agreeing to serve as President and Vice President. We now have all of our officers for 2013 –2014.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of IEHA a white dogwood has been planted by the Farm and Home building.
Certificate of Distinction
Congratulations to Janet Bedel for being named this year’s female recipient of the Certificate of Distinction Award. As a reminder, nominations can be made at any time. Thank you to Linda Weigel, Ruth Flack, Eileen Fisse and Bonita Hellmich for making the cookies that were enjoyed by attendees at the Open House
MESSAGE FROM MADISON DISTRICT REP.
IEHA members of the Madison District are the BEST. At the Fall District meeting, I asked those present to place any spare coins in prescription drug bottles that I passed out. This was to be given to the Purdue Cancer Endowment supported by the Indiana Extension Homemakers. I had no idea how many homemakers would take up this idea. But, I should have known that if you ask a homemaker to do something, it would be done.
At the Spring District meeting, there were two bushel baskets with the bottles filled with coins and in many cases some of that folding stuff. On Tuesday morning, after emptying all the bottles into two bags, I went to my local bank. I was wondering just how much money this would add up to be. When the bank personnel were done with the tabulations, the Madison District Extension Homemakers had $825.00. I left the bank with a cashier’s check to be sent to the State Treasurer.
Our goal was to raise $25,000 in three years. We are now at the end of the three years and have raised approximately $68,000. As I stated earlier, just ask an extension homemaker to do something and it is done. We are the best!
In the 100th year of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, there is a long history. We continue to add to that history with our membership in IEHA. I am proud to be a member of this Association.
Madison District Representative
ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Decatur County is a host site for the On Local Government program to be presented by Larry DeBoer on May 16th from 11 AM - 1 PM. If you would like to attend, please contact the office. The following is a highlight of what will be covered.
The General Assembly likely will pass a budget for the 2013-2015 biennium by the end of April. Questions remain about how much will be appropriated for K-12 education, higher education, Medicaid, and other state functions. Questions also remain about whether income taxes will be cut. By the end of April we'll know the answers.
Both the House and Senate versions of the budget make major changes in road funding, increasing state distributions available to local highway and street departments. The Senate budget, however, requires the adoption of the motor vehicle surtax and wheel tax before this added distribution can be received. By the end of April we'll know have the final amounts and rules for this added road funding.
FIRST BOOKS FOR KIDS - HELP NEEDED
First Books for Kids will be started in the fall for students at Head Start. Volunteers are being recruited at this point to read once a month to the students at head start. By volunteering you are not required to volunteer every month (unless you want to); rather you are saying you are available to assist with this program. The students will receive a copy of the book that is read. Atina is working on securing funds to purchase the books; but, if you know of an individual or business that would want to donate to this cause have them contact Atina. Also needed is an Extension Homemaker to be the program coordinator. This role would basically be the go-to-person for those who want to volunteer and making sure volunteers are secured for each month. Atina will coordinate the purchase of the books and make sure they are available each month. If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Atina.
For more information about this newsletter please contact:
Atina Rozhon, Extension Educator
Foods and Nutrition
Health and Human Sciences
545 S Co Rd 200 W
Greensburg, IN 47240
Monday and Tuesday
PO Box 365, 200 E Brown St.
Vernon, IN 47282
Wednesday and Thursday
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