As we are welcoming the fall and cooler weather, the members of the Van Buren County Extension Homemakers Clubs would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join one of the seven EH Clubs in the county. Read about the various opportunities available to you by participating in one of the County Extension Homemaker Clubs (EHC).

The EHC Members are completing a very active year by continuing their efforts in Community Service Projects in the county, as well as, the state. Some of these activities are:UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital: sewing preemie quilts, caps, turbans, teaching dolls, Christmas stockings and pillowsDHS: providing hygiene care bagsNursing homes: sewing lap quilts, storage bags for walkers, and clothing protectorsChildren in County: providing food for the backpack program, provided the Healthy Living 4-H Curriculum that the Cooperative Extension will use to educate 4-H youthOpportunity Scholarship: The scholarship aids a student who is studying to become a nurse or to upgrade their nursing degree and then practice here in Van Buren County.Volunteering: for Extension programs and the Van Buren County Fair and assisted with various other activities in the county such as the Care Caps that are made for cancer patients to have during their time of treatments.

In order to continue with the above projects there is a great need to increase membership.

EHC has a very rich history in the Van Buren County, beginning in December 1917 with five clubs; those EH Clubs were: Clinton, Eglantine, Formosa, Scotland, and Shirley. Formosa is the only original club still meeting today. Thelma Murray, a member of Highway 110 EHC and President of the County Council, is pleased to report that EHC membership is increasing and new members are always encouraged to join one of the seven (7) county Extension Homemakers Clubs. Van Buren EHC clubs are open to individuals throughout the county with yearly membership dues of $5.00.

The existing EH Clubs in Van Buren County are as follows: Alread, Chimes, Damascus, Davis Special, Formosa, Highway 110 and Clinton. For more information on the clubs’ meeting times and locations of the meetings please contact the Van Buren County Extension office at (501)745-7117.

Extension Homemaker members are young and old, working moms and dads, married or single men and women, and grandmothers and grandfathers. They come from diverse backgrounds and have a rich history, but most importantly, they have a bright and exciting future. EHC members meet once a month and are dedicated to empowering individuals and families to improve their quality of life.

If you would like to become a member of an Extension Homemaker Club or just find out more information, call Torrie Caston at the Van Buren County Cooperative Extension Office at 501-745-7117.