By Mamie Jones in Tar Heel Homemakers, January-March 1986
Chatham County Extension Homemakers celebrated their 50th anniversary September 21, 1985, on the lawn of the county law enforcement building in Pittsboro.
Dr. Linda McCutcheon, associate state leader, home economics, was guest speaker. She brought smiles to our faces as she reminisced about homemaking in the past and challenged us to share our talents and skills with others for a brighter future.
Other guests included Mrs. Wilma Winstead, president, North Central District Extension Homemakers’ Association, Mrs. Carolyn Register, district program leader; a representative from the board of County Commissioners and agents.
Extension Homemakers worked diligently all spring and summer for this commemorative occasion. A sampler patchwork quilt was made and raffled. Proceeds amounted to approximately $1,500. Tote bags and barbeque aprons were also made and sold at the event, along with hot dogs and baked goods.
Three Extension Homemakers were recognized as 50-year members and presented with 50-year pins. They were Mrs. Jewel Brooks, Hickory Mountain Club; Mrs. Mabel Clark, Silk Hope Club; and Mrs. Clarice Duncan, Silk Hope Club. A plaque listing all County Council presidents from 1935 to present was presented to the past Council Presidents. The plaque will hang in the Extension Office. Mini histories from the 16 EH clubs were printed in the program.
Demonstrations of lye soap, churning, lap quilting and the traditional style of quilting were certainly eye catching to modern day homemakers. A variety of games and contests were enjoyed by all.
We look forward to 50 more years of lifelong learning in Chatham County.