Extension homemakers host district meeting

The spring meeting of Bedford District Extension Homemakers was March 25 at Westview Christian Church in Campbellsburg. The theme was “There Are Angels Among Us.”

Six women from Jackson County were among the 81 attending.

Cathy Cook of Johnson County, state vice president, highlighted activities for the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association annual conference to be conducted for the first time in Indianapolis. The three-day meeting, June 9 to 11, will be at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.

Jeanine Arnett of DeKalb County, IEHA president-elect, reported on the National Volunteer Outreach Network conference to be conducted in July in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Indiana is a member of the network. She also described a three-year project to fund “green homes” in Mongolia to help with extending food supplies.

Marcia Dodge of Harrison County gave an update on marketing, logo and state activities. She said homemakers are averaging about $25,000 a year in a five-year Purdue Cancer Research Endowment Fund.

Brenda Johnson of the Indiana Donor Network was the afternoon speaker, outlining what her organization does in securing organ, tissue and eye donations; registering donors; providing comfort to next of kin of donors; and supporting recipients.

She said anyone can register to be a donor, regardless of age or medical history. Physicians will determine what could be donated to help others. She said it’s important to share your donation decision with your family so they would not have to make this decision on your behalf during a difficult time.

Johnson introduced a friend whose 16-year-old daughter was a donor after a fatal car accident. She told how “Amber’s Gift” resulted in multiple organ gifts to help others go on living.

Eunice Lacey of Crothersville gave the morning inspirational talk and also the invocation for the lunch.

Crawford County Homemakers presented a comedy fashion show skit.

Attending from Jackson County were county President Eunice Lacey, Aryss Beebe, Linda Booher, Carol Wait, Doris Kovener and county Extension educator Lauren Neuenschwander.