Presidential Thoughts…

We have experienced the changing of the seasons; somewhere Fall was lost but the New Year is here. Don’t let a day go by without embracing, encouraging and acknowledging “Today’s Changing Homemaker”

I have enjoyed reading the newsletters I have received from across the state. I have many new recipes to try this winter. I enjoy reading about the projects, programs and events that are taking place. I see membership
ideas coming together, families being brought together and communities reaping the benefits from the enthusiasm of the Indiana Extension Homemakers. Good job ladies and gentlemen, and keep up your good works!!

My term began with a trip to Pewaukee, Wisconsin to attend the National Volunteer Outreach Network Conference. President Elect, Anne Moore and I were the Indiana delegates; additional members of IEHA also attended. The conference allows networking among other states in the organization (NVON) through educational lessons, workshops and speakers. IEHA Immediate Past President, Stephanie Jerabek was nominated for the NVON Vice President position. When next you see her, be sure to congratulate her!

Anne and I began our 4 week tour of the state in mid August and finished in early September. All of the District Meetings were enjoyable, well planned and executed. I would like to thank the hosting counties and the District Representatives for jobs well done. Priorities, what is and is not important were the topic of the i-LEaD lesson. Anne instructed us on making a book to show how we, as members of IEHA, are also members of NVON, CWC and ACWW. With my pink Beehive hairdo, I shared information pertaining to the Zero Hunger Challenge, the Enthusiasm Award winners and the importance of bees. We even did a “bee dance” or two. By making the day a little more interactive we noticed less bobbing heads and closed eyes than in past years.

Three days after the last District Meeting, Anne Moore, newly elected Vice President, Jan Gogel and I headed for Dubuque, Iowa for the Country Women’s Council USA Meeting. Plans were discussed for the upcoming Triennial to be held in Melbourne, Australia in April 2019 as well as other important topics.

Focus Day was a success with each Focus Group and Activity Committee discussing and making plans for the coming year. A second Focus Day will be held in February.

Anne Moore and I represented the IEHA at the Consortium of Family Organizations (COFO) Family Impact Seminar held at the Statehouse. The topic for discussion was: Our Double Epidemic: Hoosier Children Caught in the Opioid Crisis. The purpose of the Family Impact Seminar is to inform Indiana policy makers of current research so they are able to make decisions on behalf of families.

Spring District Meetings will be here before you know it. Just a reminder, items made for the “ Crafting for a Cure “Purdue Cancer Endowment Fundraiser can be brought to the Spring District meeting for delivery. I
have invited any local Homemaker clubs that want to participate to donate UP TO 25 handmade items to be sold at our 2019 Conference. Currently the Warther Foundation is matching donations, so whatever monies we raise, will be doubled. Items should be priced from $1 to $20 in whole dollar amounts. Official price tags will be sent to each county president in February to be copied and given to local clubs with instructions. Keep items fairly small and easily packable. Clubs do not have to participate and should not feel obligated; less than 25 items is also appreciated. Any items left after Conference will be available for sale at the Fall District meetings before being returned to the county of origin. There are so many talented individuals in our organization I thought this the perfect way to showcase those talents while raising funds for the Endowment.

The Conference committee is hard at work planning for this years Home and Family Conference to be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. The dates for the conference are June 3-5. Mark your calendars, start saving your money and plan to be a part of a great conference.

Bee mindful of “Today’s Changing Homemaker” and encourage membership to help grow this great organization.