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Local homemakers attend association's annual meeting

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Two local extension homemakers recently attended the Kentucky Extension Homemaker Association's 80th annual meeting.

Donna Kerr, president of the Taylor County Extension Homemakers, and Sharon Wood, vice president of the group, attended.

The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association began in 1932 as the Kentucky Federation of Homemakers. The goal of the organization was to unify the efforts and strengthen the voice of Kentucky Homemakers while helping them develop leadership skills and broaden their horizons.

Alice Brown from Greenup County is president of the statewide organization.

"The leadership training helped me learn how the county government works," she said. "Homemakers are not just a bunch of crafty ladies. They are involved in issues at community, state and national levels."

While the organization has changed over the years, the Extension Homemakers have always emphasized family, community and leadership, Brown said.

Extension homemakers have donated items and money to a lot of causes over the years, including UK ovarian cancer research, the Kentucky Academy in Ghana and scholarships to students pursuing a degree in the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences.

The extension homemakers celebrated the milestone during their recent annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency and Lexington Convention Center. They also unveiled an 80th anniversary print by Kentucky artist John Ward.

At the meeting, Taylor County was recognized for contributions to ovarian cancer research.

Edna Gunsaules won champion in clothing construction. Blue ribbons in cultural arts were won by Tara Peffer, Ann Beard, Edna Gunsaules and Sharon Wood.