Extension begins new season

13 years ago

Extension begins new season

On Monday, Sept. 26, Sylvia Harper, president of the Spragueville Homemakers Extension, welcomed 11 members to her home at Echo Lake for their first meeting of the new season.

Following Sylvia’s call to order, the Homemakers Creed was recited. Secretary LaVone Walters then took roll call followed by her secretary’s and treasurer’s reports and reading of correspondence from the Sister Mary O’Donnell Homeless Shelter. A discussion was held on the correspondence. It was voted to donate $100, at this time, to assist with the many needs at the shelter.

President Sylvia thanked everyone who participated in any way to make the Maine Extension Homemakers Council’s Fall Meeting such a huge success. The two-day event was hosted by the Aroostook Homemakers Extensions at The Crow’s Nest in Presque Isle on Sept. 23-24. Over 100 extension members from throughout the state attended the festivities. All those who attended expressed delight and appreciation for the tour of the Amish facilities in Fort Fairfield and Easton, the wonderful banquet and musical entertainment by the Presque Isle Community Players who performed several familiar folk numbers which brought about enthusiastic response from all those attending and made for a truly enjoyable evening on Friday.

The business meeting was held Saturday morning, Sept. 24, with the installation of new state officers, followed by a lovely luncheon and ending with the drawing of raffle ticket winners, who all went home with beautiful homemade items or gift baskets. Kudos were expressed to the State Meeting Committee members who worked tirelessly the past several months to showcase Aroostook.

Under old business, Sylvia reported on the Balloon Site. She said her husband, Wayne, had done spraying there over the summer months and he feels mulching should be done next spring. Sylvia suggested purchasing the mulch and hiring a reliable young man, a neighbor of hers, to spread it. It was voted to hire the neighbor to do this project.

A discussion was held on the upcoming annual potluck supper with invited guests, which will be held on Monday, Oct. 24. A site for the supper was discussed with Vice President Marianne Thomas and Ann Knight volunteering to inquire about possible locations. Members will be notified of the chosen location at a later date. There will also be a short business meeting and collection of dues following the meal. The meeting will be followed by a program of Wayne Harper speaking on the cruise he and Sylvia took to Alaska during this past summer.

This meeting was also the planning meeting for the 2012 programs. Discussions were held on each proposed meeting and activities to be held. The calendar of events was approved which will keep the group busy throughout the coming months hosting a “Stew Night” at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club in January, participating in the “Take It Outside Family Fun Day” at Aroostook State Park in February, and co-hosting the County Extension Spring Tea with the Mapleton Extension in May.

Following the completion of the planning for 2012, refreshments were served by Joyce Bither and Ann Knight.