The annual Home and Family Conference is sponsored by the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association and Health and Human Sciences Extension at Purdue University.

June 3-5, 2019

Join us for a three day conference to learn new heritage skill crafts, i-LEad sessions, annual meeting, and more. Conference is held at:

Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Drive Indianapolis, Indiana 46241

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Some Conference details

Full Registration, early bird, $150.00
Full Registration, after May 1, $170.00
One Day Registration, Tuesday, early bird, $65.00
One Day Registration, Tuesday, after May 1, $85.00
One Day Registration, Wednesday, early bird, $85.00
One Day Registration, Wednesday, after May 1, $105.00
Gala Banquet, Wednesday, Dinner only, $50.00
Tour to Hope Center/Garfield Gardens, Monday, $46.00
i-LEad, Level 1 or 2, Monday, $10.00
Heritage Skills and Crafts will be on Monday and Wednesday.
Meals are included in the registration as well as Concurrent Sessions.

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To mail in your registration and payment: PRINT the 2019 Conference Registration To register online: Complete the following form and payment
Concurrent Sessions are included in your registration.

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Note there is a 3% convenience fee for online registration that is added to the list price.

If a heritage skill class is not listed the online registration for the class is already full.  Please select another class. If one class time is full, you may be placed in a different time slot.

Concurrent Session Descriptions

President’s Roundtable “All COUNTY PRESIDENTS Aboard! ... Charting the Course”

Presenter: Anne Moore
Tuesday, 1:45– 2:45 pm

2019-2020 County Presidents are invited to review information for the new program year. One representative per county please.

Tinker Thinking

Presenter/s: Barb Beaulieu
Tuesday, 1:45– 2:45 pm

How can adults guide young children in developing thinking skills like engineers? How do children play like young engineers? What tools are needed to help create a new generation of engineers? Answers to these questions and more will be presented from the latest research from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue. Discover how Extension is proving a new educational program in various counties to help parents and childcare providers facilitate the engineering skills development in young children as the outreach of the research.

I Can Leadership Focus

Presenter/s: Jo Almond/Barb
Tuesday, 1:45– 2:45 pm

Keyes/Stephanie Jerabek Learn more about the I Can program. See how we can teach others in a new and exciting way.

Small Plot Gardening

Presenter/s: Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, 1:45– 2:45 pm

Many folks would love to grow their own fresh vegetables, but perhaps they are short on space and/or time. This session will offer tips for creating and stretching a small garden space.

Indiana Family Impact Seminars

Presenter/s: Kate Kester
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 pm

Each year, members of the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations are responsible for the Family Impact Seminar, which works with state legislators to provide non-partisan research to inform policy decisions that will affect families in Indiana. As IEHA is a COFO member, we will take a deeper look at what the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations is; Why are Family Impact Seminars held not only in Indiana but throughout the country; how are topics chosen and what happens after INFIS. This Leadership Focus Group seeks to answer all of your questions about INFIS and facilitate discussion about the 2019 INFIS and the role of IEHA.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Roundtable

Presenter/s: Teresa Bell and Ellen King
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 pm

2019-2020 County Secretaries and Treasurers are invited to review information for the new program year. County Secretaries and Treasurers only please.

Edible Landfill

Presenter/s: Bettie Jacobs, Educator, Jay County Solid Waste Management District
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 pm

In this “hands-on” educational unit, “The Edible Landfill,” we will explain why a landfill is necessary and how much of the materials going into a landfill could/should be recycled instead. Each participant will create and eat an “Edible Landfill” of their own.

Connecting Indiana Homes

Presenter/s: Dr. Roberto Gallardo & Ryan Wynkoop
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 pm

Just as it took many years to electrify homes and farms across Indiana in the 20th century, the same is true for connecting these same homes to the Internet in the 21st century. Access to the Internet can play a critical role in the success of farms and rural communities. But there still exists a “digital divide” across the state from large cities to rural towns. This session will discuss what Purdue Extension is doing in Indiana to foster “digital inclusion” and how communities thrive when they have access to broadband internet.

Ask Angie

Presenter/s: Angie Abbott
Wednesday, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Update from HHS Program Leader and Associate Director for Purdue Extension, Dr. Angie Abbott. THIS SESSION IS FOR EXTENSION EDUCATORS ONLY!.

Preventing Falls in Everyday Life for Every Age

Presenter/s: Jan Gogel
Wednesday, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Falls can really be a downer when they interfere with our everyday lives. Learn ways to prevent falls in older adults and safety measures to take to prevent falls foe children. Learn how to get up from a fall by yourself.

i-LEaD Board Fall District Meeting Training

Presenter/s: Ellen King
Wednesday, 10:30 am-11:30 am


The Who, What and Where of PR in IEHA

Presenter/s: Shirley Jefferson and Rob White
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Writing Public Service Announcements and how to get them out. Let social media outlets drive your club to growth and success. Learn how to use the IEHA logo to further name recognition with club branding.

Snacks to Feed Those in Need—Building Weekend Food Programs and Community Partnerships

Presenter/s: Shannon Chipman-Purdue Extension Ohio County—CED/HHS/4-H Youth Development Educator
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Through a combined community effort, over 5,000 food bags have been given to students in grades K-8th in Ohio County since 2012. Learn how your Extension Homemaker group can start a similar program to help families stretch their food dollars, build community relationships and help students fight food insecurity.

Stretching: Good for the Body and Mind

Presenter/s: Megan Peterson
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Participate is a chair yoga class and learn the benefits of stretching. Stretching not only improves physical health but also mental. Participants will leave this session with a little more pep in their step.

Membership Networking

Presenter/s: Deb Sweet and Membership Focus Committee
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm

The Membership Focus Committee will be providing handouts, ideas to spur membership and an opportunity to participate in a ”Jam session” on membership networking. This will be the place to go if you need ideas for getting the word out there about the best kept secret...IEHA!

Collaborate, Build Community, engage Volunteers and Address an Identify Community Needs

Presenter/s: Linda Adams, Community Wellness Coordinator, Purdue Extension Marion County
Wednesday, 2:45-3:45 pm

The Bethany Community Garden was created with a vision to Build Community through Gardening Together on the Southside of Indianapolis. Bethany Lutheran Church, the South Indy Quality of Life Team and Purdue Extension Marion County leveraged their connections to launch a successful community garden project that addressed the need for gardening knowledge at the neighborhood level. Come join this presentation to learn how the Bethany Community Gardens’ team brought together collaborating partners and scores of eager community volunteers to build and plant community garden beds, individual garden beds and new raised garden beds for the Bethany Early Learning Ministry.

ACWW Triennial 2019

Presenters: Stephanie Jerabek, Anne Moore, Jo Almond, Linda Gause
Wednesday, 2:45-3:45 pm

Recap of the 2019 Triennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia in April 2019.

What Does Climate Change Mean for Indiana?

Presenter/s: Melissa Widhalm
Wednesday, 2:45-3:45 pm

Our climate shapes our lives. The ways we build our roads, manage our farms, move our water and use energy are all influenced by our unique Indiana climate. But our climate has been changing and it will continue changing in ways that affect our productivity, our safety and our livelihoods. In this session, we will look at why climate change is an urgent, local issue with relevance to all Hoosiers and we’ll use the best available research to dig into the question, “what does climate change mean for Indiana?”

Heritage Skills AND Crafts Descriptions


Instructor: Jan Gogel
Monday, 1:00-2:00 pm
in Fortune A & B
$4.00 (limit 10)

Explore the art of Scherenschnitte – “scissors cuts” in German. Participants will make a 3-dimensional Christmas ornament and a flat cutting mounted on card stock and suitable for framing.


Instructor: Julia Thompson
Monday,1:00-2:30 pm
in Fortune A & B
$4.00 (limit 12)

Julia Thompson, President of the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana will give instruction in the Italic hand, a beautiful calligraphy form suitable for handmade greeting cards, wedding invitations, place cards and hand-lettered flyers.

Counted Cross Stitch

Instructor: Anne Moore
Monday, 2:15-3:15 pm
in Fortune A & B
$5.00 (limit 20)

Try the technique of counted cross stitch as you make a cute ornament to display any time of the year.


Instructor: Julia Thompson
Monday, 3:00-4:30 pm
in Fortune A & B
$4.00 (limit 12)

Julia Thompson, President of the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana will give instruction in the Italic hand, a beautiful calligraphy form suitable for handmade greeting cards, wedding invitations, place cards and hand-lettered flyers.

Ribbon Weaving

Instructor: Jean Hitchcock
Monday, 3:30-4:30 pm
in Fortune A & B
$5.00 (limit 10)

Learn the technique of ribbon weaving as you create a 5” x 5” square of fabric. This square can be sewn to a tote, t-shirt, or framed.

Swedish Weaving

Instructor: Jan Gogel
Monday, 3:30-4:30 pm
in Fortune A & B
$3.00 (limit 10)

Try your hand at the art of Swedish Weaving on traditional Huck fabric. Learn to read and follow a chart as you work samples before completing a bookmark in the Swedish Weaving technique.

Alcohol Ink

Instructor: Jane Donaldson
Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 am
in Golden Ballroom 4 & 5
$8.00 (limit 15)

Explore the technique of alcohol ink as you make 2 magnets as practice pieces then put your skills to work creating a necklace with a glass pendant done using alcohol ink.

Embellished Felt Bag

Instructor: Cindy Saferight
Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 am
in Golden Ballroom 4 & 5
$5.00 (limit 10)

Have fun making a pretty embellished felt bag that can be used as a jewelry bag or coin purse. Let your creativity run free!

Pamper Yourself!

Instructor: Teresa Bell
Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 am
in Golden Ballroom 4 & 5
$3.00 (limit 12)

Learn how to pamper yourself with easy to make soaks and scrubs that are easy on your pocketbook. Recipes for several items will be provided, as well as samples to look at. Take home a Maple Brown Sugar Body Scrub that you make in the session.

Blackwork Embroidery

Instructor: Meegan Ebacher
Wednesday,10:30-11:30 am
in Golden Ballroom 4 & 5
$7.00 (limit 10)

The decorative backstitch designs of Blackwork embroidery have been around since the time of Henry the VIII. All supplies will be provided in this class and include a bonus pattern sheet and grid paper for you to create your own designs.

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