Rushville Republican

March 26, 2013

Extension Homemakers celebrate 100 years: Homemakers On The Go

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Extension Homemakers around the Hoosier state are celebrating 100 years of service. Each publication between now and the anniversary, April 7, 2013, we are featuring memories, stories and tributes to the many accomplishments and members involved throughout the years.

Have you been a member or was a mother or grandmother a member in the past? Become involved again in making new memories by calling Gracie Marlatt at the Extension office at 765-932-5974.

The local celebration will begin at 2 p.m. April 7 at the Root Building at the Rush County Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome.

Today, we’re pleased to shine the spotlight on the Homemakers On The Go.

In the summer of 1966, Mrs. Ben Neal, member of the Mixers Club, contacted the Rush County Extension Office to find out how to start a new club for young women in the community. Mrs. Neal had enjoyed her home economics club for many years and wanted her daughter-in-law and other young women in the community to have the same experience.

Because of this phone call, Mrs. Beverly Sprague, Extension Agent, held an informational meeting in the Carthage Community Center.

Thirteen of the 20 young women attending decided to organize an evening club for a “girls’ night out.” They called themselves “Homemakers a Go Go” and later changed the name to “Homemakers On The Go.”

They are always willing to help on the county level and four of their members have served as county presidents: Rita Leisure, Marsha Westerfeld, Judy Muir and Kay Petry.

They made 13 fleece blankets to be donated to Riley. They had a yard/bake sale in the summer and made $320, all of which will be donated to the Carthage Library to help pay for their brick renovation. They enjoyed a spring picnic and plant exchange. They are truly an “on the go” club and welcome fun-loving members.