Teamwork leads to Homemakers success

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By Lyndsey Gilpin

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Teamwork leads to success on the ball field. But it can also lead to success for local homemakers. 

The Bullitt County Homemakers Club adopted a new motto last year, the “TEAM Homemakers,” which stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More.” 

Recently, the club celebrated its 62nd County Annual Day at the extension service office. Part of the day was spent discussing new projects and plans, honoring last year’s members and achievements, and installing new officers. 

“That new title, with everyone working together, really helped our growth in membership,” Delores Mudd, the county president, said. 

The club currently has 156 members, placing second in membership growth at the recent Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) meeting. Mudd challenged everyone to bring someone with them at the next meeting to help the club grow even larger. 

A special presentation was given by Mark Wourms, executive director of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, to discuss conservation and invite the club to spend more time at the forest and in nature. He appealed to gardeners, bird watchers, and volunteers, stressing the importance of tranquility, learning and creativity for people of any age. 

“We can use gardening as an excuse to connect you to nature,” he said, explaining that there will be an edible garden that will assist in teaching art, math, and science as well. 

Wourms’ presentation was part of a larger project of the homemaker’s club concerning the environment and conservation. 

They emphasized the 40 Gallon Challenge, a regional campaign to conserve at least 40 gallons of water per day by reducing shower lengths, dishwasher runs, improving yard irrigation systems

“I will refer to this challenge quite often,” Mudd said. “So please do your part in conserving.”

More projects by the homemakers include the fundraisers for the Kentucky Academy in Ghana, Africa and continuously fundraising for ovarian cancer research at the University of Kentucky. 

At the state KEHA meeting, $3,600 was raised for the academy and $2,000 was raised for the ovarian cancer fund. 

Bullitt County had 100 percent participation in the ovarian cancer research fundraiser. Two years ago, the foundation hit the $1 million mark. Today, it is well on its way to $2 million. 

The Kentucky Academy was started by a UK professor, Kwaku Addo, and his wife, Esther, who are natives of Ghana. Esther found the kindergarten school in her home village was in poor condition, so in 1999 the couple began the project to improve it.

Since then, KEHA has raised thousands of dollars and several members have visited the school to see the impact of their donations. The newest improvement to the school will be building a garden so that community members can grow their own food. 

To learn more about the organization, visit keha.org

2010 Award Winners

Reading Awards: Mary Sue Bleemel, Delores Brown, Wanda Collins, Barbara Hardy, Mallie Jo Werkmeister, Martie Korfhage, April Yates, Carol Geis

Volunteer Hours, Individual:

500 Hours: Reba Mills, Sonya Whittle, Mary Fredrick, Glenna Gilmore, Carol Wilson, Sandy Larimore, Rosa Cornett, Lucy Combest, Roxy Bishop, Lorraine Larimore, Robin Tomlinson, Anne Lang, Judy Ostrander, Kathleen Potts, Opalene Roark, Lois Whitis, Ramona Troutman, Mallie Jo Werkmeister, Doris Edgar

1,000 Hours: Madonna Cash, Juanita Lands, Edith Harp, Kathy Etherton, Carol Morgan, Barbara Handy, Joyce Crigler, Diane Russell, Pat Perkins

1500 Hours: Lillian Nichols, Fay Crumbacker, Heritage Homemaker Club

2500 Hours: Mary Weber

3000 Hours: Brenda Eddington, Delores Mudd, Alesa Redman

KEHA Cultural Arts Contest: 

Lee Hartnett, Blue Ribbon in Apparel, Accessories

Brenda Eddington, Blue Ribbon in Basketry, Cane

Susan Brashear, blue ribbon in Quilts, Novelty

Susan Brashear, blue ribbon in Quilts, Baby or Lap

Lee Hartnett, blue ribbon in Wall or Door Hanging, Fabric

Marcella Hazelwood, Grand Champion in Jewelry, Mixed Media

Linda Ellis, Grand Champion in Weaving

Club Key Person Award: 

Brooks: Reba Mills

Cedar Grove: Joyce Crigler

Friendship Circle: Sonya Will

Heritage: Delores Mudd