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Jasper County Extension Educator
Alice Smith - Health & Human Sciences
Phone: 219-866-5741, or 219-956-3606, ext 4961
Email: smit1357@purdue.edu

Mission Statement: "The mission of Indiana Extension Homemakers is to strengthen families through continuing education, leadership development, and volunteer community support.

The Jasper County Extension Homemakers are an educational program of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.  It is sponsored by Purdue University, The U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Jasper County.  This educational program is yours for the taking!

Membership in Jasper County's Extension Homemakers Clubs is open to the public. If you would like more information on joining a club please contact the Jasper County Extension Office at    219-866-5741.


Jasper County Extension Homemakers Council

  • President:  Dorothy Justice

  • Vice-President:  Georgia Ann Sheldon
  • Secretary:  Audrey Waibel

  • Treasurer:  Marilyn Miller


Clubs in Jasper County

Carpenter Nite Outers (est. 1959)

Jasper County Choraliers

Kniman (est. 1942)

Nite Owls (est. 1964)

North Carpenter (est. 1943)

Rensselaer Jolly Homemakers (est. 1943)


Upcoming Extension Homemaker Events 


* October 15-19 2012 —IEHA Week

* Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - Jasper County Ext. Homemaker Council Mtg - 11:00 p.m., Homestead


  • * Monday, January 7 - Jasper County Ext. Homemaker Council Mtg - 1:00 p.m., Extension Office

* February 15—Ruth B. Sayre Scholarship Applications due

* March 1—County 1st Timer Award applications due to District  Representative

* Monday, March 4 - Jasper County Ext. Homemaker Council Mtg - 1:00 p.m., Extension Office (Program Book Planning)

* March 15—IEHA Career Advancement Scholarship and Jasper County Extension Homemaker Scholarship applications due

* March 26— Spring District Meeting, Jasper County

* May 15: International Coins for Friendship, Nickels for Leadership, and County Dues

* Monday, June 3 - Jasper County Ext. Homemaker Council Mtg - 11:30 p.m., Extension Office (Carry-In, Bring Your Own Tableware)

* June 12-13—Home & Family Conference




IEHA Scholarship Information

 Jasper County EH Scholarship Information (Updated Application coming soon)

Ruth B. Sayre Scholarship Information (Updated Application coming soon)



IEHA  Indiana Extension Homemakers Association


  • Below are lessons from the IEHA website that are prepared by the Educators for your use at club meetings.  There are about 10 lessons in each specialty area:  Human Development, Nutrition, Family Resource Management and Health.  If you need help printing lessons for you meeting, call the Extension office and we will gladly get them ready for you. 

  • Food and Nutrition

  • Wrap It Up
    • Tortillas are not just for burritos and quesadillas - there a many ways that this round piece of flat bread can work for you. We all know the traditional uses: tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, and even quartered and fried to make chips. The uses for tortillas are endless, creating variety and taste for consumers. Learn about the history of tortillas, buying and storing tips, preparation, nutritional highlights and easy tortilla uses and recipes. Tortillas are becoming more diversified, with innovative new sizes, packages and flavors. Your next meal you can Wrap It Up!

  • GRAINS 2.0
    • Grains 2.0 will have participates shouting out GRAIN! Participants will explore the world of grains in a BINGO formatted game. Types, facts, uses, benefits and much more are covered in this interactive lesson. If you are looking for a different format to traditional lessons, be sure to check out Grains 2.0.

  • Exploring Fruits and Veggies
    • Have you ever roamed the produce department at the local grocery and wondered about some of those "odd" looking fruits and vegetables? With the influx of immigrants, grocery stores offer a wider range of fruits and vegetables from around the world. Take your family on a trip around the world without leaving home. Specialty produce enhances meals and snacks, reflecting the melting pot of diverse taste and culture called America. Try something new tonight!

  • Make Your Heart Feel Like Dancing with Fruits and Vegetables
    • Adopting healthy lifestyle habits such as eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and getting 30 minutes of physical activity each day can help you reduce your risk of many chronic diseases. This lesson includes a heart healthy foods shopping list, recipes featuring orange and dark green fruits and vegetables and web resources for a healthier you.

  • How Sweet It Is
    • Provided by: Area 3 - Mary Duke
    • As Americans we should reduce the amounts of high sugar containing foods in our diets. Use of alternative sweeteners will allow consumers to enjoy some of our favorite foods and beverages without all the extra calories. This lesson includes recipes for reduced sugar and or sweeteners without extra calories.

  • Family Resource Management

  • Emergency Financial First Aid Kits for Natural Disasters
    • We live in a vulnerable world where it is likely that we-or someone we know-will be affected by a disaster, public health event, crime or terrorism. Emergencies often come when we least expect it, yet many of us do not think to prepare our financial interests in advance. This lesson will give you ideas and works on how to prepare your financial documents in case such an event as those listed would happen to you or a loved one.

  • Charitable Donations 101
    • There are more and more charities popping up each year. Each seems to have a good cause, but how do you know that your money goes where it's supposed to? This package lesson will help you understand how charities work and how to know who to trust.

  • Technology and You
    • MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, blogging, instant messaging, text messaging, iPod&&What are the kids talking about???? It seems it is almost impossible to stay informed of today's gadgets and gizmos. This program will give you a brief overview of some of the ways you can connect with the world, using modern technology.

  • Identity Theft
    • Identity theft is the fastest growing crime. The Federal Trade Commission survey showed 27.3 million Americans have been victims of identity theft in the last five years. This lesson will discuss what is identity theft, how does it happen, and what you can do to protect yourself.

  • What is Your Money Color?
    • Provided by: Area 1-Carolyn Stutler
      Your “money” color will help you understand what you value when it comes to money. It will also help you understand why you use or fail to use money a certain way.

  • Cell Phone OR Smart Phone: What's best for me?
    • Provided by: Area 6-Diana Stone-Shelby County
    • Learn the questions to ask yourself before buying a phone. One of the first questions you'll need to answer is which of the two types conventional cell or smart meets your needs and budget. Shopping tips will be shared for both phone buyers.

  • Three Steps to Organizing Your Medical Life
    • Area 10-Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross
    • Through this lesson you will learn the importance of preparing written questions before a doctor visit and that it enables you to receive better medical care. Organizing and maintaining one's medical records not only reduces stress but can help to make the best use of medical dollars. The goals of the program are to encourage participants to prepare for medical appointments, and empower participants to organize and maintain medical records. The lesson includes pre- and post-tests and a variety of record-keeping forms to assist in organizing your medical records.

  • Health

  • How to Work the Workout In - Walking Your Way to Good Health
    • This handy how to will spark ideas on how to work your work out, "In".
    • Topics covered will be:
      What walking can do for your health.
      How to successfully start your own walking club.
      Hints and tips on how to work walking into your busy day.
      Tool kit included to help you stay motivated and share your success with others.

  • Mindless Eating - Why We Eat More Than We Think
    • The mind makes food related decisions and many of them without pause for actual thought. Explore together the idea that we don't have to change what we eat as much as how and that by making more mindful food-related decisions, we can start to eat and live better.

  • Mold Inside Our Homes
    • This lesson discusses what mold is and how to control it in your home. Learn about mold and how to control it inside your home.
    • What causes mold to become a problem?
      How to know if there is a problem?
      What to do in case of being in a flooded situation?
      How do you safely clean up moldy materials?

  • Smilin' Feet
    • Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, over 100 tendons, 250,000 sweat glands and bears tons of weight in an average day of walking. Most people take 8,000-10,000 steps per day. 69% have never visited a podiatrist. One in four experience foot discomfort. Most believe foot pain is normal or do not realize treatment is easy. Take good care of your feet and SMILE!_x000D_ _x000D_

  • Sleep Soundly
    • Do you get enough sleep every night? With life moving so quickly these days, it is sometimes difficult to unwind and get a good nights sleep. Find out about common sleep disorders and other issues that can keep you from getting the sleep that you need. You will also gain knowledge about how to sleep soundly and prevent sleeplessness.

  • Preventing Falls: Steps YOU Can Take
    • Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can lead to injuries and can even increase the risk of early death for older adults. Fortunately, a fall is a health problem that is largely preventable. Learn the steps YOU can take to protect your independence and reduce your chances of falling.

  • The Sunshine Vitamin
    • Provided by: Area 2 - Bethany Daugherty
    • Are you concerned about keeping your bones strong? This lesson will discuss the role of Vitamin D in protecting our bones and preventing chronic diseases. In addition to sunlight, you will also learn food and supplement sources of Vitamin D and how much Vitamin D you need each day.

  • It's a Cold, it's the Flu... it's Foodborne Illness!
    • Area 7-Emily Becker, Henry County
    • Despite our best efforts to stay healthy, some form of illness is bound to occur, but how do you know what you are suffering from? Perhaps it is a cold or influenza, or maybe it is foodborne illness. This lesson will explore the similarities and differences between the common cold and flu and the flu and foodborne illness so that you will know how to best protect yourself in the future.

  • What's All This Medical Mumbo Jumbo?
    • Area 11-Ann Williams, Dekalb County
    • Have you ever left the doctor's office and wondered what they just told you? Do you feel like you are not getting your questions answered when you go to the doctor? If you are like many Americans today there is a large gap between what we are hearing or saying at the doctor's office and what is actually understood. Health Literacy (Understanding your health) is a real problem today. Use this lesson to learn to get ideas to be more proactive in your own health care, and come out of your doctor visit with clearer understanding.

  • Human Development

  • What Happens Now? The Children are Gone
    • The empty nest stage is the time in parents' lives after the last child has left the home. But, parenting does not end with the launching of children. Parenthood enters another state that requires the relationship to change. This lesson will discuss the common struggles that each individual or couple will face. The lesson will lead participants to consider the potential risks and potential opportunities for growth in this empty nest stage of life.

  • Tough Times & You
    • Most of us have experienced tough times at one point of our lives or another. How we respond to the situation/circumstance greatly influences the outcome. Communication, developing a support system, and taking care of oneself are important influences as well. Learn some habits that can strengthen communication, reduce your stress level, and strengthen your family.

  • Generations: Building Family Bonds Across the Generations
    • Maybe world peace is a little out of your reach this year, but family peace isn't. Most people think they need to do big things, but it's the small things you do on a regular basis that counts most. _x000D_ Learn five simple but powerful things you can do to reduce stress and conflict, and bring generations in your family closer. This lesson includes a group exercise that will help you evaluate your family building bonds techniques and set goals for you to strive for.

  • Supporting A Special Needs Family
    • Many of us have a family member or a friend with a special need. How can we be a support to that person, their family? This lesson looks at understanding various disabilities, unique ways to help the family and a simulation activity to put ourselves in their shoes.

  • Friendship Through the Years
    • Provided By: Area 5-Peggy Davis
    • This class will encourage all of us to take time to nourish friendships over time. Building on ideas here, we are able to add richness, strength, stability, and health to our lives. Simultaneously we expand our abilities to endure difficult times while providing support to others - -all while adding to the enjoyment of daily life!

  • There is More to Consider than the China
    • Provided by: Area 9-Alice Smith
    • Jasper County Our desire to be in control of our lives does not change when it comes to medical care decisions and treatment. We never know when we will be in a position to need medical treatment and may not be able to participate in the decision making process. Unscramble the confusion of legal terms and become familiar with how to help your loved ones as well as yourself. This program will offer you valuable information on how to prepare for the future.

  • IEHA Education Focus Group Lessons

  • Affordable Fun With the Family
    • An IEHA Education Focus Group publication new for 2010-11, Affordable Fun With the Family's purpose is to promote togetherness for families of all economic levels. Resources are provided to help you plan activities that will include the entire family. Some suggestions may be ones that you have used and would like to try again, and hopefully some are new ideas that will encourage you to plan new activities.

  • Life Made Simple
    • The simple life is best defined as a journey. It is a removal of the things that distract us; posessions and commitments that are no longer meaningful and household or other duties that are not necessary. The simple life is best approached slowly, starting with the little things.
    • Download this booklet for helpful hints and suggestions

  • Leave Your Excuses at the Door
    • Create healthy habits for you and your family and "Leave Your Excuses at the Door". Download this booklet for suggestions and activities.

  • Preserving Your Story
    • Download this latest Education Focus Group booklet to get suggestions and ideas on how to collect and save your memories, records, and heirlooms.

  • IEHA Leadership Focus Group Lessons

  • Your Image Is Showing
    • You have an image. The organizations you belong to have images as well. You project that image verbally, nonverbally and in written communications. You cannot NOT communicate. Learn tips and techniques here.