Rushville Republican

April 30, 2013

Homemakers celebrating 100 years

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — In counties throughout the state, homemaker clubs come in all shapes, sizes and interest areas to fit the particular needs of what today’s homemakers are looking for. County by county, local clubs are joining in the 100 year celebration.

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, nearly 50 people gathered at the Root Building at the Rush County Fairgrounds to celebrate 100 years of Extension Homemakers in the State of Indiana. Although Rush County has only been affiliated with Extension for 88 years, they wanted to be a part of the celebration.

Many members and former members enjoyed visiting and looking at pictures and the books, “Memories of Hoosier Homemakers.” The films, “Rich Lives” and “Hoosier Homemakers” were playing, and several scrapbooks and other memorabilia were also there for everyone to enjoy. Former Extension educator Cathy Burkett and former part time educator Marti Mullis were present as was Gracie Marlatt, present educator.

Current District Representative Sue Fox attended and displayed logo products that are available. Past State President Linda McDaniel Lowe attended and she is also the one coordinating the history book for the state celebrations this summer.

“Rush County’s Eleanor Arnold, who is a Past State President spent the afternoon with us,” said Rush County’s Gracie Marlatt. “It was good to see everyone and reminisce about the past, but even better to realize what a heritage we have and dare to keep going on, preserving the past by expanding the future. We thank everyone who worked hard in setting up for the day, making refreshments and tearing down.”

Have you been a member or was a mother or grandmother a member in the past. Become involved again in making new memories with homemakers in Rush County by calling Gracie Marlatt at the Extension office at: 932-5974.

The Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, founded in 1913, is celebrating 100 years in 2013 and continues to build on its rich heritage by working to strengthen Indiana homes and families. While looking back and celebrating 100 years of Indiana homemakers - today’s members are also looking to the future.

The organization has a brand new vision statement - “The Indiana Extension Homemakers are dedicated to empowering and enriching the lives of individuals, families and communities.”  Membership in the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is open to all.

Joanna Sell, incoming IEHA President for 2013-2014, has chosen the following as her theme: “IEHA - Encouraging Families, Strengthening Homes”.

Jane Hallgarth organized the local celebration and pulled together all the information and pictures that have run in recent weeks in the Rushville Republican, Gracie Marlatt acknowledged. “For this celebration Jane created an update for our history books. We have booklets from 1975 (50 years), 1985 (60 years) and 2000 (75 years) documenting the history of Extension Homemakers in Rush County,” Marlatt added. The state website is

Watch for more information about Indiana Extension Homemakers in the upcoming edition of Country Roads due out in mid May at newsstands.