Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Aline Whittington of Wilkes County 1988 President of NC Extension Homemakers Association

From Tar Heel Homemaker, 1988

Aline (Mrs. Rex) Whittington, a 34-year member of Millers Creek Extension Homemaker Club in Wilkes County, is the 1988 president of North Carolina Extension Homemakers Association. Challenge—Choice—Change has been chosen as her emphasis.

She heads the slate of new officers elected in October at the State Council meeting and installed by Mozelle Parker, chairman of the nominating committee.

As a young mother wanting to learn how to better rear her children and care for her family and home, she joined a Home Demonstration Club. She served in most offices and program of work areas in her club, as president and in other positions in Wilkes County and the Northwestern District through the years.

“Way back when I first joined, I was a youngster and there were many things I needed to learn,” she remembers. “Like making clothes and providing good nutrition for my family. My family has benefitted from my being an Extension Homemaker, and I have gained in many ways personally.”

Aline has been a delegate to several National Conventions and has been on United Nations and University of Wheels trips.

She served on the state committee to set up the Certified Volunteer Unit program; has worked with the county Extension Advisory council and the Northwestern Development Association; has been active in Girl Scout leadership; PTA and other school groups, and has taken numerous leadership positions in Pleasant Home Baptist Church.

She and her husband, who is retired from the Wilkes County School System administration unit and is chairman of the county school board, have four grown children, Sandra Schwartz of Ashe County and Florida, Susan Sander of Garden Valley, Calif., Richard Whittington of Kanohe, Hawaii, and Janice Whittington, who lives next door. They have one grandchild, Brett Whittington of Kahone.

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