Kum Join Us Extension Homemakers Club meets

The Kum Join Us Extension Homemakers Club met Oct. 4 at St. Paul Lutheran Church Borchers.

The meeting was opened with the seven members in attendance reciting the club creed and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members were asked what their favorite thing about fall was. Responses included uniquely shaped pumpkins, colorful mums, fresh apples, homemade cookies, leaves changing to bright, beautiful colors, harvesting of crops, cooler temperatures and persimmons.

Ruth Ann Hendrix read the secretary’s report from September. She also reported on the October council meeting and distributed Tele-a-homemaker booklets to those who needed them.

Hendrix also visited StoneGate Arts and Education Center in Bedford to speak with those attending about starting their own homemakers club. She left pamphlets and other information about extension homemakers and spoke about the fun things members do as a club and how the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association benefits our communities and those involved.

The annual bake sale is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Immanuel Lutheran School during the church’s annual craft fair. All county members are asked to make and donate baked goods for this event. Items from years past include your favorite homemade cookies, scrumptious cakes, delicious pies, a variety of fudge or candies and cupcakes. The bake sale is the extension homemakers’ major fundraiser event for the year.

All proceeds from this event will fund a $500 scholarship. To apply for this scholarship, students may call Purdue Extension Jackson County at 812-358-6101 or speak with their school counselor for more information.

A volunteer is still needed to coordinate this year’s bake sale. Ruby Niccum is anxiously awaiting someone to share her knowledge to make this a successful event. Contact the extension office at the above number if you would like to help.

Volunteers are still needed from every homemakers club to work the table Nov. 5 to sell goods and answer questions about joining one of our great clubs or starting their own. New clubs, such as young mothers, beekeeping, wreath making, etc., are encouraged to start their own extension clubs. For information on this, contact the extension office. This is a great way to meet people with your own interests.

The Fall Fling is planned for Nov. 7 at Brownstown Christian Church. A pitch-in dinner will be served and ready to eat at 6:30 p.m. Anyone attending is asked to bring a food item to share with your table. Also, nonperishable food items, toilet paper or paper towels also will be collected for our local food pantries. Always remember when supporting your local pantries that cooking oil, can openers and such things as condiments also are needed to make a meal complete.

The 2023 district meeting will be hosted by Jackson County on March 21 at Cornerstone Community Church in Seymour. Details will follow. Also, our annual Achievement Night is scheduled in April. The date will be determined later.

Carol Mansfield read an article from Reader’s Digest from September 2022 on things that turned 100 in 2022. Some of those included skywriting, water skiing, the Lincoln Memorial, the Rose Bowl Stadium, Eskimo pies and gummy bears, which were invented in Germany.

Ruth Ann Hendrix gave the devotions from “Twelve Months of Days” by David Rioux. The Twelve-Step Thought states that profound change doesn’t improve your life until you make self-searching a regular habit. Most people experience daily struggles with depressing days, failures and hopeless moments. Once surrendering totally to your higher power, most of us go through a great transformation, and regular discipline will enter your life with daily self-assessments.

From Colossians 3:9 and 10, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self … and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator.“

Our Scatter Kindness with Pocket Hearts campaign is off to a good start with our club making 278 of the 1,000 hearts promised from all of our county clubs. Members packaged hearts already completed during the meeting.

Hearts were left at the information station at StoneGate Arts and Education Center in Bedford for anyone to take and spread kindness. Pocket hearts also will be available at our bake sale. Anyone receiving a pocket heart is encouraged to post a picture of their heart at #IEHA to see how far our hearts travel through social media.

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