Tar Heel Homemakers January-March, 1986 issue
The Bethany Extension Homemakers Club of Alamance County has presented its third $500 lifeline unit to the two local hospitals. This unit, presented to Alamance County Hospital, has been contributed in honor of Willie Mae D. Currin, current president of the club.
Mrs. Currin, a former 4-H Club member in Granville County and Extension Agent in Nash County, is retired from the Alamance County and Burlington City Schools where she was a teacher and administrator. She has served on the local 4-H Advisory committee and the Extension Homemaker Advisory Council, is chairman of the Katherine Millsaps Educational Fund, is 4-H demonstration leader and is actively involved in numerous other community and church endeavors.
The Bethany Homemakers Club consisting of 12 members has been recognized for the past two years for its outstanding involvement in citizenship and community outreach activities in the county.
The two previous lifeline units presented to Memorial and County Hospitals honored Esther Painter and Katie B. Glenn.
Funds for the lifeline units have been raised from the sales of the Extension Homemaker cookbooks and from memorial and honor gifts.
January-March 1986 issue, Tar Heel Homemakers
Mozelle (Mrs. W.F.) Parker of Gibson in Scotland County is the 1986 president of the North Carolina Extension Homemakers Association Inc.
Officers were installed by past State President Celestine Rhodarmer during the business section at the 1985 State Council meeting in October, 1985.
Elected earlier by the delegates from the 101 councils, those serving with Mrs. Parker in 1986 are Sarah Nixon, first vice president and coordinator of the program of work; Aline Whittington, second vice president and membership chairman; Marie Evans, recording secretary; Wanda Winslow, corresponding secretary; Mable Jeffries, coordinating treasurer; Linda Bailey, young homemaker; and Ruth Cherry, advisor.
Mrs. Parker retired three years ago after 31 years as a school teacher to devote more time to Extension Homemakers and other community service. The last 10 years of her teaching career, she also was a supervising teacher for St. Andrews Presbyterian Collage and Pembroke State University. This service she considers one of her biggest rewards in teaching and she has seen many of her former students go on to take responsible positions in their communities.
Her EH service has led to recognition as her county Outstanding Leader and VEEP winner and the coveted A&P Leadership Award.
She is a life member of the National Association of Educators, was Southwestern District president of Beta State, Lambda Chapter of Kappa Delta Gamma teachers’ sorority, and was active in the county chapter of NCAE.
She is a member of the Scotland County Health Board, is her local precinct elections registrar, works with United Way and numerous other agencies, is a past president of the Scotch Gardeners Club, was an active stamp collector and served three terms on the board of directors of the NC Agricultural Foundation Inc.
A certified United Methodist lay speaker, Mrs. Parker has been Sunday School teacher, UMW president, choir member and music director, VBS director and recording secretary of the administrative board at historic St. John’s UM Church and again last fall headed the 150-year-old church’s harvest day, which served meals to 1,500 at lunch and supper and drew exhibits from the church community.
She and her husband have a weather station in their back yard and for the past five years have been official Scotland County weather reporters for the USDA in Washington, D.C.
Their home is made warm and personal by many antiques from both their families and by numerous of Mrs. Parker’s crafts and heirloom handiworks. The doors are open to visitors.
January-March 1986 issue, Tar Heel Homemakers
Margaret Decker of Asheville has received the first NCEHA Honorary Lifetime Membership. The award was made by her local club, Biltmore, in Buncombe County. She was state president in 1971 and was active for many years in her club, county, Western District and the state.
The Honorary Lifetime Membership was created by an act of the state executive board at the request of Extension Homemakers in Buncombe County who wanted to pay tribute to Miss Decker for her interest in, support of and contributions to the organization. For the past few years, she has been ill and unable to be active, and the Extension Homemakers wanted her to know how much she is loved and appreciated.
The special membership may be obtained for a member and/or agent of NCEHA Inc. who is in good standing and has given leadership and made a contribution of time and service to the association. It can be given by an individual, local club and county council paying $100 to NCEHA through the state treasurer for the scholarship fund.
By Joy Maddox, from the January-March, 1986, issue of Tar Heel Homemakers
Over the Labor Day weekend, 42 Lee County Extension Homemakers and husbands went down to Georgia. Leaving Sanford in the predawn hours, our invasion of Georgia began with a stop at the Old Sautee Store and Sautee Nachoochee, lunch in picturesque Helen, Ga., and on to Cleveland, the home of the Cabbage Patch doll, where we witnessed the actual birth of a baby from the cabbage patch.
In Atlanta that evening, we were entertained at dinner by expert chefs at the world famous Ichiban Japanese Steak House. Bright and early the next day, we made our way to Newman and 86 acres of crafts, exhibits, food and fun at the Powers Crossroads Country Fair, then on to the breathtaking Laser Show and Stone Mountain.
Monday morning came all too soon, but our journey home included a stop at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro, N.C., and the Biltmore House and gardens at Asheville, ending with a visit to the winery for a tasting party.
With treasures, both in hand and in memory, we returned to Lee County to begin plotting our next course of adventure.
Braving torrential rains and flash floods, 18 Lee County EH attended the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte.
We were accompanied by our new Extension agent, Susan Condlin, who also made the trek with us to Georgia. Susan started her newly acquired position in July 1985 and was welcomed with open arms and warm hearts.