Extension Homemakers help feed the hungry

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FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Extension Homemakers January meeting was a transition to new membership with Anne Moody presiding. Becky Tyler of Wilton Day Extension started her new position as vice president and Wendy Ames from the Weld Extension Homemakers took the position of treasurer.

The 2012 Annual Statement was present by immediate past president Barbara Hathaway, stating that the distributed donations went to the Care & Share Food Closet, UMC Ecumenical Ministry Food Bank, Food for Kids and Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministries Heat program.

Wilton Day Extension Homemakers submitted the most news articles and most new member names for the Membership Focus. The new members will receive scholarships to attend the FCEH spring meeting.

The group gave support to a food-for-children program by bringing in easily prepared food items to present to Lori Zamboni, for distribution in local schools. Zamboni explained the ongoing program and the need for this additional assistance. Health items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo and hand cream are needed, too.

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The history of FCEH and preserving records was discussed with Hathaway encouraging each group to assign a historian to preserve their records. Hathaway suggested that old officer records should be archived and that scrapbooking techniques can help preserve the story of the Extension Homemakers and added that records can be reviewed by each group, but not removed from the Extension Office files.

The community project selected was from an idea that Tyler presented, showing a monitor bag, used from six to eight weeks, while a person is in therapy. Monitor bags completed at a future workshop will be donated to Franklin Memorial Hospital.

An announcement was made that 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the Maine 4-H Foundation. 4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension that emphasizes the importance of building life skills needed to be successful adults. The program provides hands-on education and leadership programs for nearly 30,000 youth in Maine.

Deborah Killam, Extension educator and adviser to the Franklin County Extension Homemakers, shared information about the importance of having a Web page. Barbara Hathaway and Linda Gramlich are the website committee that will work with Killam to create the site.

For more information or to join an Extension Homemaker group, call the Extension Office at (207) 778-4650.

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