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Tipeecanoe County Extension Homemakers
Home Echoes
February/March 2012

Dates to Remember                                   icon             

Council Meeting 
    February 13 ~ 6:30 p.m
Extension Office
Pre-Council Meeting
     March 26 ~ 2:00 p.m.                                  
     Extension Office
Council Meeting
     April 9 ~ 6:30 p.m.

March 15th 2012
IEHA Spring District Meeting
Benton County Extension Homemakers invite you to:
Buttons N’ Thread
Registration 9:00 am ~ Meeting 9:30 am
Benton Co. Extension Office, 410 S Adeway, Suite A, Fowler, IN 47944

Speaker: Patti Bennett, winner of two IEHA Scholarships
Works for PREVAIL of Hamilton County which serves the community as an advocate for victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton and surrounding counties.
Updates on the 100th Anniversary Quilt Squares
Fellowship with IEHA Members

$9/person through March 2nd.
$10/person After March 2nd

Each Club should collect registration and fees and send them
By February 29th to:
Carol Smith, Tippecanoe County Treasurer
               3809 Thomas Jefferson Road, Lafayette, IN 47909

This will be Jan Harlow’s last Lafayette District Meeting as State President. Tippecanoe needs a large crowd.
President’s Page: Building a Stronger Community

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Now it seems to be time to get back to work.  We have many projects coming up in the new year. 
January 17th was the 4-H Expo and the turnout was very good. Mary Hancock put together a very inviting display and attracted several potential members to sign for addition information. We had several youth interested in our sewing workshops.  I am very appreciative of the members we have to volunteer to help these young students learn the basics of sewing. The completion rate was up last year. That has been our objective, therefore, it seems that we are accomplishing our goal. Again, thanks to all who made this a successful project in the past and willing to continue another year.
Marilyn Hammack, Connie Brown, and Martha Cox are working diligently getting the Spring Fling organized for the young girls from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lafayette. This was so well received last year, we voted to continue it another year.
Spring District will be held this year in Benton County.  It will be held in the newly remodeled Benton County Extension Office located in Fowler on March 15. There is plenty of parking, no steps and a great place to visit. I would like to see a really good turn out, as this is Jan Harlow’s last District Meeting in our District as State President. Come and be supportive to one of our very own.
IEHA Conference will be June 13-15 at Purdue.  I encourage all to attend.  If you have never attended, there is a scholarship available and I urge you to apply.  Anyone wanting to attend i-LeaD, there is a scholarship available to you by applying through Jan Harris.  There are County, as well as State winners.  Do not hesitate to apply.  You all have a chance to win.
Time goes so fast. The fair will be here before we know it. The dates for this year’s fair are July 21-28.  This Country Kitchen endeavor sometimes make some of us take a halt, but it is broken down into shifts and everyone has a good time.  We get to work and have fun with a lot of people we don’t see all the time.  This provides us with the chance to  see the 4-H projects and all the people we haven’t seen since last year.  We have those loyal customers who come specifically to the Country Kitchen. We have a reputation for great “Home Cooked” food.
I am looking forward to a busy year ahead, and will need all the help I can get.  This is a
wonderful organization that has always stepped up to the challenge.  You will never know how much you are appreciated.
Looking forward to working with everyone these coming months.

Marilyn Matlock,
Tippecanoe County
Extension Homemakers

Notes from your VP-- Attention all County Extension Homemakers.

Your Slate of Officers for Your County Council is almost complete.   There are only five spots left open.   You will not want to miss this opportunity to serve on Your Board and do what You can for Tippecanoe County Extension Homemakers.  The Year 2012-2013 will be an exciting time to celebrate 100 years of extension homemakers in the State of Indiana.  Call Nancella, 463-1141, to offer your service.  Thanks for your willingness to help!

Nancella Dobbins, Vice President
Volunteer Community Support Focus Group--Ag Days--Jan Wallace & Carol Rooze, Chair/Co-Chair

 The Volunteer Community Support Focus Group will meet Monday, March 5th at 10:00 in the small conference room at the Extension Office. We will be planning Ag Days which is held April 3th & 4th this year. We will go over the plans for cleaning, shopping and getting ready for this BIG event! Please plan on being there so we can get this off the ground on the right foot! Each club should send someone to this meeting if their representative can't attend.
I received a letter from The Cheer Guild of Riley Hospital last week. They are requesting that anything that is double layer (quilts) not be sent. They have to   x-ray all those and it slows down getting them to the kids. They are in need of single no sew fleece blankets-(sizes 45x60 or 72x60), tote bags and medium size pinafores. Each chairperson from your clubs should have the patterns or instructions as they were passed out at Officers' Training last August. Just in case they don't, I have all the patterns. Still collect your pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald house!! Bring all these items to the Spring Education Program on April 18th. Keep on sewing ladies, we have winter left yet!!

Jan Wallace/Carol Rooze Volunteer Community   Support Chair/Co-Chair

Membership, Marketing & Logo -- Mary Hancock & Sande Martin, Chair/Co-Chair

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start the New Year with enthusiasm and goal settings.
We need to move on and rebuild our Membership within the Tippecanoe County Extension Homemakers. If we do not do something today, our membership will slowly dissolve and our previous years of hard work and promotion will be lost. Have you signed in a new member? Have you asked your friends/relative to join? Every new member we get will help us to continue our Mission Statement. We need to continue to educate the present members
with our past experiences, develop new leaders and support our community with continuous voluntary work…… Ladies, it is time to truly support our Membership Drive.

Our Membership contest is moving along. Our Membership     Contest was introduced at
Sept. 12, 2011 Council Meeting. More information followed in the Nov/Dec, and Jan/Feb 2011
Home Echoes Newsletter.   As of today, we have nine (9) new members. In the lead is Gretchen
Bollhoefer with  three (3) new sponsored members. Other members, excluding myself with two
New members, we have the following sponsors involved in the contest. Martha Cox, Barb Kirkpatrick and Marilyn  Hammack. The club with the most members is L...Bugs, followed  with a tie, Immanuel and Sheffield. Awards and certificates will be presented at our April Council Meeting.

Way to go Ladies…But…We still need more members. Get on the wagon
and help us drive this contest to the road of success with New Homemakers embracing our
past experience and passing on to others what we have
all cherished-Tippecanoe County Extension     Homemakers Building a Stronger Community.

I would like to “Thank”  Janine Batta and Natalie Kanaby for helping  at the     4-H Expo.
We had 9 ladies signed up for future TCEH information. All new potential members were invited to the Winter Education Workshop.  Another letter of invitation will follow.
Mary Hancock/Sande Martin
Membership, Marketing & Logo

Membership Contest:

$50 gift certificate to Mountain Jack’s—awarded to club  member who brings in the most new members.
$25 cash—awarded to the club that has the largest increase in membership.
$25 gas card drawing—any member who brings in newmembers is eligible.
Other drawings and certificates will be given away at the April 9 Council meeting.

Leadership                                      Connie Brown/Carla Brown-Chair/Co-Chair

Have you chosen your officers and focus group chairs for the 2012-2013 year?  Now is the time to elect these important people.  Turn in your officer forms to Connie Brown by March 31. Getting these names quickly in facilitates the developing our program books.                      

Contact Connie: 743-3816 or email:  www.jerry_brown_536@comcast.net.  *Note to incoming Club Presidents-Each Focus Group needs one of your members listed  as chair of the Focus Group. If no one is listed, the president’s name will be shown in the program book


Lamplighter Homemakers

In September, of this year, the Lamplighters Club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.  The club started with an

evening gathering of 16 young women in the library of the Montmorenci schoolhouse.  Myrtle Ade led the meeting and Bea Robertson, explained the purpose of Home Economic Clubs.  At this time there was one active club in the township, the Shelby Club.  Shelby met in the afternoon and the women who gathered at the school needed a club that met in the evening.

Fast forward to today, Lamplighters still meet in the evening as we have a mixed age group and some of the members still work.  Our program book for this year lists 28 members so the club doesn’t always fit in homes for meetings.  The most unusual place that we met, so far this year, was the Montmorenci Legion Post.  The lesson that night was titled, “I’m Related to Who?” It was on researching your family tree.

When the club was formed it didn’t meet in July or August but in the last few years we have added an “August Adventure” to our meetings. 

One adventure was to the Purdue Archives, where we got to see Amelia Earhart’s flight helmet.  We then had lunch in Pappy’s Sweet Shop.  Another adventure was a tour of Samara, where we met the original owner, John E. Christian.  Afterwards we enjoyed lunch at Baker’s Peak.  This August the adventure was a trip to Market Square for lunch at Arni’s. We then explored Raven’s Roost and Interior Objects.

Card-O-Rama has been a long time project, started in 1971.  In the beginning the proceeds of this project went to Otterbein Grade School to purchase needed teaching materials and playground equipment. This project is ongoing today.  The funds raised are used for community support.

Credit should be given to Extension for providing the glue that has kept this diverse group, called Lamplighters, together over the years.

Written and provided by Jackie Ralph

Following Recipe was provided by a member of the Lamplighters-Hope you enjoy

Gift Cake

8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 C. Margarine
1 ½ C. Sugar
1 ½ t. Vanilla
4 Eggs
2 ¼ C. Flour
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ C Chopped Maraschino Cherries
½ C. Chopped Pecans

Blend cheese, margarine, sugar & vanilla.  Add eggs, (one at a time) – then add 2 C. of the flour and mix well.
Combine ¼ C. flour with cherries and nuts.  Fold into batter.  Pour into greased loaf pan, or 5 small loaf pans and bake at 325 degrees until light brown, test with a toothpick.  (Time for the 5 small pans 45 to 55 minutes)  Cool for 5 minutes.  Remove from pan and top with glaze.
1 ½ C. Powdered Sugar
2 T. Milk (or 1 T. of cherry juice)

Provided by:  Nina May

Celebrating “100” Years-
Marilyn Hammack, Chair-State Celebration Committee
The countdown has begun to our centennial celebration:

A Century of Enriching Lives 1913-2013

IEHA will kick-off a year-long 100th Anniversary celebration at the Home and Family Conference on June 12-15th   2012  The State Committee has diligently been working to make this event memorable.   A 100th anniversary song, pin, yearbook, web-site, and quilt are among those special things that are planned.  
Last week I had the opportunity to view the 100th Quilt in it’s finally stages of completion – breath-taking! How proud I am that Lois Collings and Carla Brown volunteered to make the “masterpiece” The Quilt will be unveiled during the business meeting at Conference this year. It will then begin its raffle journey throughout the State until the 2013 Conference. 
Jan Harris is serving as the State 100th Committee Treasury and of course, Jan Harlow our State President.  
Here in our County your officers are busy planning additional local events.  What an excellent opportunity to reach out into the community.  Let them know what we have done over the past century an that we are here for the future. Take pride in the fact that you belong to a great club that will soon celebrate – 100 years.
So I hope you will all join in as we Celebrate!  See you at conference!

Marilyn Hammack State Chair

Teddy Bear Picnic

“Spring Fling”
Join in on the fun and volunteer at our second annual Spring Fling. The theme is a “Teddy Bear Picnic”.   It will be held on April 13th from 6-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.

TCEH sponsors this event for girls 6-9 years old from the Boys and Girls Club and their mothers.  We have chairs for the following:
Arlene Halsema-Deck, picnic food; Edith Norward, dress-up; Pam Lockhard, picture frames; Linda Casey, Decorative Hats.

They need lots of helpers – so please volunteer
Each girl will be given a Teddy Bear to take home so if you are looking for a club project - donate a Teddy Bear.
The little girls that participated in last years evening left many lasting impression with our ladies and the ladies like-wise. Share your time and talents.

Questions and/or to volunteer/donate call:
Marilyn Hammack

Connie Brown

Martha Cox

First Books for Kids

Immanuel Club’s Gift

The Immanuel Extension Homemakers Club purchased tube for the Copper Gate Head Start. Mona  Stokes who reads to the children for Head Start, presented the tubs to the staff of Copper Gate.
First Books for Kids

Linda Hawkins, Connie Brown, and Martha Cox went to Kokomo in December and purchased 387 books at the Scholastic Book Sale. We purchased the books for half price.
There will be another sale in June at the Best Western in Lafayette. The books purchased will be for 2012-2013.

Thanks to the homemaker who read to the children at the three sites. If you have an interest for being a reading, please call Martha at 463-3463. We always need new readers.

Books in Laundromats

Extension Homemakers have books in nine Lafayette Area Laundromats. The Laundromat is a great place to read to your children while getting your clothes clean. Thanks to the Homemakers who take the books to the Laundromats.
Martha Cox/Chair

Cultural Arts Exhibit at Spring Education Meeting-Ruth Braun/Chair

A note to remind you about our Cultural Arts Exhibit at the Spring Educational Program on April 18, 2012.  I hope that many of you will bring your hand made items to share with our members.

The suggested  categories for the exhibit are: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Needlework, Rug making, Quilting, Fiber Arts, which includes; Crocheting, Knitting, Embroidery, Spinning, Weaving and other hand crafted items.  I know you ladies are talented and work on many projects.  Please share them with us, we like to see what others are making.  One exhibit will be voted to be exhibited at the Home and Family Conference at Purdue Cultural Arts Show in June.
We are also planning on having a Special Exhibit of the "Quilt Squares" that each member is asked to design and make.  These 9" X 9" squares, made from any material, will be offered at a silent auction at the Home and Family Conference in June 2012.  The funds raised will be used to support IEHA's 100th Anniversary Celebrations in June 2013. Your Club President should have information and detailed instructions.  “Let's have a bunch of squares!” 
If you have questions, Call me at: 765-448-3735.

Ruth Braun/Chair

Scholarships - Jan Harris, Chair

Senior Scholarship-
To all Tippecanoe Co. Ext. Homemaker members, do you have a child, grandchild or great grandchild who is a resident of the county, graduating from High School in 2012? Please, encourage them to apply for this $500 Scholarship. Applications are available from your Club President,the Co. Extension Office or you may contact me,Jan Harris, jcbeharris@aol.com or 765-448-9022.If you have any questions, let me know.Applications are due March 14, 2012 at the Extension Office.

All other scholarship applications, CWC/IEHA Ruth B.Sayer, i-LEaD, First Timer, and Career Advancement Scholarships were due  February 8. The last newsletter provided information about the requirements and benefits of these scholarships. If you  would like more information or to see if there has been an extension contact:
Jan Harris

  Let it Snow, Let It Snow - Winter Education Program

Yes it snowed but everyone arrived and made it home safely. It was one of the largest crowds, to attend the very interesting and educational Winter workshop.

Kathy Murray spoke on, “Coupons are Everywhere-Is It Worth the Effort”. We decided it was a great deal of work but can save you money.

Phyllis Kochert was very gracious to step in and make a presentation when one of the speakers had a family emergency and couldn’t attend. She spoke on “Make Your Cleaning Chores Easier”. She introduced everyone to gadgets and ideas for cleaning some of us had never thought of. Lots of good ideas for all of us.

Lunch was yummy. BBQ sandwiches with relishes, chips, and of course desserts to die for.

After lunch, Angie Klink, author of Divided Paths, Common Ground, spoke about the history of Mary Matthews and Leila Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue women who introduce science in the home.

Congratulation to Pam Bergland, and Arlene Deck, Chair/CoChair and the rest of the Education Focus Group for providing a great day of Education.

99th Annual Home and Family Conference - June 12-15, 2012 

Keynote Speaker:
Karen McCullough ~ June 14, 2012 ~ Loeb Theater ~ 8:30-9:30 AM

Karen is a Certified Speaking Professional who inspires and empowers organizations and individuals to evolve, grow and realize their true potential for excellence.  Her presentation is entitled “The Seven Women Project”.  For more information, please visit www.karenmccullough.com.

Opening Luncheon Speaker:
Lori Borgman ~ June 13, 2012 ~ PMU North Ballroom ~ 12:00-2:00 PM
Lori is a free-lance family life columnist with the Indianapolis Star.  Her presentation is entitled “Family Humor”.

Closing Brunch Speaker:
Gary Varvel ~ June 15, 2012 ~ PMU North Ballroom ~ 9:00-11:00 AM
Gary is an editorial cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star.  His presentation is entitled “A Morning with Gary Varvel”.

Registration Information:
To register, please go to www.conf.purdue.edu/homeandfamily
Early registration deadline is April 2, 2012.  Early registration fee is $160 for full conference.
Late registration is after April 2, 2012.  Late registration fee is $185 for full conference.

Tours (all tours will be offered on June 12, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 PM and June 15, 2012 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM)
Purdue University’s Cancer Research Center
Purdue University’s Marriott Hall
Purdue University’s Athletic Facilities
Purdue University’s Hanley Hall (Military Families Research Institute and Childcare Center)
Purdue University’s Horticulture Gardens/Flower Arranging
Cost is $10 per tour and transportation will be provided for all tours.
Transportation will be provided for ALL tours.

Program Book
Please visit the conference website at www.conf.purdue.edu/homeandfamily
for more information.
Heritage Skills (will be held on Tuesday, June 12 in Stewart Center, Room 302) ~ Fee is $7.50 per class.
Card Embroidery ~ Quilling ~ Tatting
Each Heritage Skill will be held at the following times: 1:30-2:30 PM, 2:45-3:45 PM and 4:00-5:00 PM

Parking passes ordered online will be included in your registration packet upon check-in.  Parking passes are $2/day.  Guests of the Union Club Hotel do not need to order parking passes.
For more information, please visit:
Purdue University Conferencing website www.conf.purdue.edu/homeandfamily
Purdue University Home & Family Conference Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PurdueHomeandFamilyConference
Indiana Extension Homemakers Association website http://www.ieha-families.org/
Please contact Kim Stockment or Lisa Peters at 800-359-2968 (toll free) or 765-494-2752 (locally) with any questions>

  Look here for More Conference Info-

Registering for Conference:

As it says above, the link to registering for conference is available above or is also available on your IEHA website. To assist your decision about what you want to attend at conference, I have put the information sent to educators on the Tippecanoe County website. Please visit:
When you reach the Tippecanoe website, look in the right column for Hot Topics. Click on Home and Family Conference and it will take you to a page with conference scheduling. There is even a description of all the various breakout sessions.
If you have any questions about conference, please call me at 765-474-0793.

Hope all will consider attending conference. This is Jan Harlow’s Conference and the start of the 100th Celebration. Should be informative and fun.

Kathy Murray, HHS Educator

Request for HELP - Paulette Niles/Meadowlarks 


I am trying to compile a list of programs and membership lists from the past for the Meadowlark Homemakers.  Could you please put a small notice in Home Echoes to see if any of our members have a copy of these.  They are usually distributed at the Achievement Banquet listing all the things clubs have done over the past year.  I am missing 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1995.  Please have them contact me at Paulette Niles, 321 Highland Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906 or call at 463-3475. 

Thank you, Paulette

4-H Sewing Workshops-Jan 31 and Feb 2

The Sewing Workshop Committee, chaired by Marilyn Matlock, was a huge success. Jan Harris, Anny Suter, Nancy Balser, Pat Sense, Carol Baker, Lois Collings, Phyllis Kochert, Renee Levans (volunteer from the Master Gardeners) deserve a big thank you for taking their time to assist 21 young ladies and one very special young man to sew a pillow.

They began with a treat of Pizza and then the parents were guided in a discussion of expectations as a 4-H Sewing Enrollee by Jan Harris. There were approximately 8-10 parents each evening. They were all very excited about the information they received. They are looking forward to their child completing their project.

As you can see from the pictures, the youth really enjoyed using the sewing machines to construct a pillow. The enthusiasm was such a joy to observe.

Marilyn is also planning two workshops this summer. At theses workshops the Homemakers will be assisting these first year sewers with any problems or questions about their project which will hopefully assist them in completing their project. If you are interested in volunteering for these workshops, please call:

Marilyn Matlock at:
474-8290  or email: marmat1939@yahoo.com

Meet Kathy Overmyer

Hello, my name is Kathy Overmyer. I recently accepted the position of Administrative Assistant for the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, My position will include: Scheduling and booking year round events at the fairgrounds, working within the 4-H program, helping with Extension Homemakers and participating with  daily operations of the Extension Office.

I have two adult children. My daughter Amanda is married and lives outside of Frankfort, and my son, Nick lives in Rochester, IN

Originally from Carroll Co., I now live in Lafayette. Coming from a large rural family, some of my fondest childhood memories were participating in numerous    4-H projects, including beef, swine, sheep, clothing and foods. I look forward to being involved in this atmosphere again, establishing some great friendship, and contributing to Tippecanoe county.

Kathy Overmyer

Please think about attending Home &Family Conference. There are wonderful breakout sessions and tours planned. Check the Tippecanoe Website for more information.
www.extension.purdue.edu/tippecanoe  ~ Visit Hot Topics.

Remember: This is Jan Harlow’s HFC. Make this a big turnout from TCEH.


Flowers in Bloom? Then Construction should be complete 

The Spring

Educational Program 

The Tippecanoe Fairgrounds

 April 18--10:00 am

The program is still under construction but more

information will be forth coming.

Bring your friends, neighbors, and family to a very educational program,

fun, and great food.


Don’t forget your cultural arts entry.

    See more information inside this issue.


Dates to Remember

*March 6-Country Kitchen Comm.
*March 1-VCS Record Sheet Due to VCS FG Chair-Jan Wallace
*March 14-Senior Scholarship Apps due to Jan Harris
*March 31-Club Officers lists due to Leadership FG Chair-Connie Bro2n
*March 26-Exec Council Meeting
*April 9-Council Meeting
*April 1-Club dues, Officer Lists and Membership lists due to Co. Treasurer-Carol Smith
*April 1-Newsletter Articles due
*April 3 & 4-Ag Days
*April 6 - Office closed: Good Friday
*April 18-Spring Education Workshop
*May 3-New Member Event
*June13-15-Home and Family Conference


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