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Tippecanoe County Extension Homemakers
TCES logo                              Volume 12, Issue 1----January-February 2012                           IEHA Color Logo

Ignore the weather & snow. Trek to the Extension Office for a break and enjoy:

The Winter Education Program
Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Thursday, January 19, 2012--10:00 am---Extension Office


Kathy Murray, “Coupons Abound, are They Money Savers ?”

Lenny Patterson, North Shore Seafood Store, 928 Main Street. Learn about buying fresh seafood.

Angie Clink, author of Divided Paths, Common Ground- story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue women who introduced science in the home science.

Friends and Neighbors Welcome
Pam Berglund and Arlene Deck Education Chair/Co-Chair

For More Information, Contact the Extension Office 474-0793 ______________________________________________________________________

Please put these important dates on your Calendar

Pre-Council Meeting--January 23, 2012 ~ 2:00 p.m. at the Extension Office

Council Meeting--February 13, 2012 ~ 6:30 p.m at the Extension Office

Articles Due for Next Newsletter--February 1, 2012


President’s Page
Building a Stronger Community

It’s here, Christmas Time. Hearing the sounds of Christmas before Halloween was a little too much for me. If you were like me you had too many calories during Thanksgiving. But shopping will help you take care of those calories.

We had a wonderful Fall Education program in October. It was very enlightening to learn about the Gypsies and the Circus. Thanks Pam, Arlene and committee for a fascinating program.

We gave a Certificate of Appreciation and some goodies with a gift card to Ben Anderson for all his help and kindness at the fairs and other events.

Cass County is our “Host a Hoosier” host for the program year. Carol Smith, Jackie Ralph and myself will be traveling to Logansport for their Christmas party on Dec. 6. Jackie is graciously hosting when Cass County visits us.

We undertook the selling of "Hint" books to make our contribution to the dtate project with Purdue Cancer Research. The books are paid for and money from all remaining sales will go toward cancer research. These make the most wonderful little gifts at $5.00 each, especially here at the Holidays. Your club president would be the source for more books. Please make the effort to sell more of these books. This activity is such a worthy cause. It feels so good to know we have the University right here at home working for a cure. Thanks and Bless you all.

Let's all remember the reason for the season and take this time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy your time with family and friends. If you are alone, volunteer to help those who are also alone. It will be very rewarding to know you have helped someone else, and to also fill the loneliness in your own holiday. I pray everyone will have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Looking forward to the New Year, we will have a Winter Workshop on Jan. 19, 2012. The new year will bring more workshops, Ag Days, election of officers, District Meeting, 4-H Expo and sewing workshops, Spring Fling, Country Kitchen, and finally Achievement Night.

Thank you all so much for all your cooperation

Marilyn Matlock
President Tippecanoe County Extension Homemakers


Nomination of Officers and Focus Chairs for 2012-2013

Attention all County Extension Homemakers

It is that time of year again; when your assistance is expected and needed to continue the strong tradition of Indiana Extension Homemakers in Tippecanoe County. I know you are willing to serve in your own Clubs and I am sure some of you would enjoy serving at the county level. Working with the women at the county level is a very rewarding, enlightening and fulfilling experience as each of us shares her talents “To strengthen families through Continuing Education, Leadership Development, and Volunteer Community Support."

If you are interested in serving on the County Board, please contact Nancella Dobbins, 463-1141, or at dobbinsnj@comcast.net. The nominations committee will be meeting on January 10, 2012. Thus please contact me by end of this year. Thank you for serving and sharing what you do best.

Nancella Dobbins,
Vice President Extension Homemakers

Tippecanoe County Nominating Committee: Please let Nan know if you cannot attend the meeting on January 10 in the small conference room.


Focus Groups

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

We will be contacting the members of this focus group for a meeting in January to discuss AG Days.

I came across this and wanted to share with you. It is not planting season this is good any time of the year.

How to plant a garden:
First plant 5 rows of peas: purpose, plan preparation, promptness, and perseverance.
Next plant 3 rows of squash: Squash apathy, squash indifference, squash inertia.
Next plant 4 rows of lettuce: Let us be alert to needs, let us be helpful and dedicated, let us identify problems, let us try to solve them.
And no garden is complete without turnips: Turn up for meetings, turn up with a smile, turn up with new members, turn up with determination to make everything count for good and worthwhile.
Keep this message in mind as we share Extension Homemakers good and worthwhile work in our community. Be part of the solution, not the problem and volunteer when needed!

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

The New Year is quickly approaching. This is the time to make new resolutions and promises to increase membership within all TCEH Clubs. Club presidents are encouraged to ask their club members to bring in new neighbors, relatives or co-workers.

In order for this to happen, it is necessary to have a solid base foundation within your own club. Understanding your own club’s direction, service work, educational and leadership programs will help in membership recruitment. Many of us tell people we belong to the Extension Homemakers but we never explain – “Who we are” or “What we do”. Don’t hesitate to tell this individual how happy you are to belong to this organization. Tell them how long you’ve participated in the County Extension.

If we don’t ask, we will never know if that individual will join.  You, as Extension Homemaker, need to share all your club’s success stories with others, automatically creating the grassroots of the recruitment campaign. Invite a guest by a phone call, a hand-written card or direct face to face interaction. If you are using the hand written method, do a follow up and call that person. Show them that you really care and that you are truly interested in having them in your club.


Our contest for new membership is going on until April 9, 2012.
Everyone bringing in new members will qualify for prizes listed. In order to be considered a new member, dues for this individual must be paid to Carol Smith.

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 new members is eligible.
Other drawings and certificates will be given away at the April 9 Council meeting.
Do not forget, that the Membership Committee has IEHA Logo merchandise for sale. Anyone interested, call Mary Hancock 447-0238.

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

It is the responsibility of this Focus Group to review the Constitution and Standing Rules upon request by the Executive Officers of the EH Council.

We will also be calling a meeting to assist with the development of the 2012-2013 Program Books.

First Books for Kids
Martha Cox

Children’s Literacy Coalition-First Books for Kids is a member of Children’s Literacy Coalition. On Sunday, Dec. 4, the coalition promoted early childhood literacy at Barnes and Nobles Bookstores as a fund raiser for future activities. Throughout the day a long list of guest speakers read to groups of children.

Book fair attendees were given vouchers to use in purchasing books. Marilyn Matlock represented the TCEH as a volunteer passing out vouchers and encouraging shoppers to attend the fair. Thanks Marilyn for representing First Books for Kids and TCEH.

First Books readers are busy enjoying reading to many children at Head Start.

Martha has now placed gently used books in 9 different, laundromats. Thanks to those members who helped her with this new venture. Literacy for our future generations is an important part of a Stronger Community. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Highland Homemakers

Twelve years ago when one of our members, Edith Norwood, served as Tippecanoe County President, the Highland Homemakers celebrated their 25th year anniversary. We are now in our 37th year. The members of this group which vary in age from thirties to seventies, usually meet in homes. We do, however, go on several field trips during the year.

Some of these trips include wine tasting at Purdue University, Loeb House Bed and Breakfast, The Buttery Shelf, and many others. We are looking forward to our December event to visiting McCord’s Candy Store where each person will make a candy cane. In addition we will be bringing paper products such as bathroom tissue to donate to a food kitchen.

As well as traveling, we have also learned from guests that have spoken to us. Over the past several years we had Bob Kreible from the Journal & Courier, a spokesman from the Tipmont Electric Company, a gentleman from the Delphi community to give a history to the Canal Park and the Erie Canal, and a Columbian Park spokeswoman to inform us what the Columbian park offers as well as many other local parks.

Through the years the club has evolved from lessons on crafts, cooking, and homemaking, to more emphasis on social concerns and service we can offer. Among the service work we have done is to provide Christmas gifts to children through Matrix, providing a Christmas for needy families, food and other items to the Food Bank, sewing for Riley and First Books to name a few.

During our meetings we have meaningful discussions. We also have times of humor and sadness. This summer, unfortunately we lost one of our dear members, Connie Hall. Connie lost her yearlong battle with cancer. We have felt a very deep loss. Connie would never let anyone feel sorry for her. She kept our spirits hopeful regardless of how she felt. We are lucky to have her mother, Edith Norwood, and her two sisters, Jackie Diaz and Becky Holladay with us.

Our members are very proud to have The Indiana Extension Homemakers State President, Jan Harlow, as a member of our “Little Group”. Jan represents our Club, our County, and our State in a very positive and loving way. We feel our membership reaches out to the community to help and to receive the most important information to prepare us for a stronger HOME and FAMILY.

Pat Sense, President Highland Extension Homemakers

Peanut Butter Pie--shared by Highland Extension Homemakers

3/4 C. Confectioner’s sugar
½ C . Creamy Peanut Butter
9 in Pie Shell Baked/Cooled
2/3 C. + 3T Sugar (divided)
1/3 C + 1T Cornstarch (divided)
3 eggs (separated)
2 ½ C Milk
2 T of Butter or Margarine
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
½ C water

Place confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Cut in the peanut butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Set aside 2 tablespoons for garnish. Sprinkle remaining crumbs into the pie shell.

In a saucepan, combine 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup of cornstarch, egg yolks and milk; cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat; add butter and vanilla, stirring until butter melts. Pour into pie shell.

In a small saucepan, combine remaining sugar and cornstarch with water; cook over low heat until thickened. Cool slightly. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold in cornstarch mixture. Spread meringue over the hot filling, sealing to edges.

Sprinkle reserved peanut butter mixture over top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

Source: First issue of Taste of Home Magazine


Scholarship Alert    
Jan Harris, Scholarship Chairman 

Scholarship applications are due February 8, 2012 at the Tippecanoe County Extension Office. At the November Council Meeting, each club president received scholarship applications that can be duplicated, along with a letter that gives all due dates.
*CWC/IEHA Ruth B. Sayre Memorial Scholarship for the purpose of educational development of women, due February 8, 2012 

*i-LEaD Program-for the purpose of developing confidence and leadership skills in our members, has three levels and is offered at Home and Family Conference, due February 8, 2012

*First Timer-to encourage our members to attend the annual Home and Family Conference and promote the wonderful conference experience for those who have never attended the entire conference.   Home and Family Conference dates are June 13-15. Applications due February 8, 2012

*Career Advancement Scholarships are designed to help homemakers living in Indiana, who are twenty-five years of age or older, to pay for additional training. There are eight (8) scholarships offered, applications due February 8, 2012.

Each member should be encouraged to apply for the i-LEaD or First Timer Awards and you or someone you know might be interested in the Career Advancement or Ruth B. Sayre Scholarships for advance training.

Please contact Jan Harris, if you have any questions or need more details, 765-448-9022 or jcbeharris@aol.com.

Look for detailed information about the *Graduating Senior Scholarship in the next "Home Echoes", due date is March 14, 2012.  Do you have a graduating senior in your family and a resident of Tippecanoe County? Leadership and community service are important in the selection.

Quilt Club  

The December 8th meeting of the Quilt Club was our Christmas party. Everyone was to bring 1 dozen cookies, blocks and anything else made to the meeting.  Looking forward to seeing you and remember that you can bring a friend to any meeting.  We love meeting new ladies who are interested in quilting.

Any questions, call Lois Collings at 296-5732

New email address:


Choral Club 

Ten members of Tippi Choral will join other members of the MMIA (Medody Makers of Indiana) to form a chorus of about 100 chosen vocalists to perform for the IMEA (Indiana Music Educators Association) Conference on Saturday,  January 21, 2012.
Those attending will be Janice Boes, Nancella Dobbins, Carol Goodrich, Sande Martin, Jane Massey, Shari Mooney, Coley Sharp, Margie Sharples, Kris Stith, and Nedra Zeis.

We will perform at 11:00 am, at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN, directed by Dr. Scott Buchanan, accompanied by Mr. Ted Arthur. Dr. Buchanan is the Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of the voice and choral division at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN and Director of MMIA. Mr. Arthur is Assistant Director of Purdue Musical Organization at Purdue University and serves as the director for the PMO Kids Choir, directs and arranges music for the men's specialty ensembles, accompanies the Glee Club and arranges and writes original music for the group.
Submitted by: Nan Dobbins, Tippi Choral 

 Important Dates

Office closed:

December 23 & 26-Christmas Holiday
January 2, 2012-New Year’s Holiday
January 16, 2012-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Other Dates to Remember:

January 17-4-H Expo
January 19-Winter Education Program
February 1-Newletter Articles Due
February 8-Scholarships Due~Ruth B. Sayre~i-Lead~First Timer~CareerAdvancement
March 14-Graduating Senior Scholarship Due
March 15-IEHA Spring Lafayette Dist Mtg
April 3 & 4-Ag Days
April 18-Spring Education Workshop
June 13 thru15-Home and Family Conference