QA Coun­cil of Homemak­ers cel­e­brates 80th an­niver­sary

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

SUDLERSVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil of Homemak­ers cel­e­brated 80 years of ser­vice to com­mu­nity and fam­ily this April with a procla­ma­tion from the county com­mis­sion­ers cel­e­brat­ing the month of April as Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil of Homemak­ers month.

With mem­bers from Wye Mills to Ch­ester­town — the group gath­ered for their semi-an­nual meet­ing and spring lun­cheon

on Tues­day, April 11, at the Cal­vary-As­bury United Methodist Church. Presently there are six in­di­vid­ual clubs that op­er­ate within the county, ex­plained trea­surer and mem­ber Annabelle Tay­lor. The homemak­ers have long been ac­tive within the com­mu­nity, serv­ing in churches, as elec­tion of­fi­cials, and as judges and co­or­di­na­tors for the an­nual county fair.

The procla­ma­tion read by County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran, thanked the ladies for de­vot­ing their time and re­sources to their fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity projects such as the fair, 4-H, the Queen Anne’s Museum of East­ern Shore Life, food pantries and other out­reach pro­grams.

You are “help­ing to im­prove the qual­ity of life for your­selves, your fam­i­lies, and our en­vi­ron­ment in our rapidly chang­ing so­ci­ety,” read Mo­ran.

At Tues­day’s lun­cheon the homemak­ers also col­lected 17 quilts, cro­cheted and sewn by coun­cil mem­bers, to be do­nated to the Fam­ily Cen­ter of Queen Anne’s County in Sudlersville. “If the Lord has given us a gift, I be­lieve we should share it,” said Ann Vogt, coun­cil mem­ber and sec­re­tary.

Bar­bara Han­nifee was in­stalled as the new vice pres­i­dent for the coun­cil and Mar­garet Thomas, Vir­ginia “Ginger” Jones and Han­nifee were all rec­og­nized with the Homemak­ers Award — an award pre­sented to mem­bers with more than 10 years of ser­vice who are out­stand­ing in their com­mu­nity in all ar­eas of ser­vice.

In ad­di­tion to shar­ing a love of fam­ily, faith and com­mu­nity, the women share in­for­ma­tion on health and tech­nol­ogy and spon­sor a schol­ar­ship through Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege for a young woman who is ei­ther ac­tive in 4-H or a child or grand­child of one of the coun­cil mem­bers.

The schol­ar­ship fund was en­hanced through a coun­ty­wide cook­book fundraiser, chaired by Mary Alice Casey, while she served as county pres­i­dent; which added $7,000 in 2000 to the fund. Another $7,000 was added in 2005 when the State of Mary­land matched the amount do­nated from the fundraiser. For sev­eral years, $500 was added an­nu­ally, striv­ing to reach a goal of $25,000 which was ac­com­plished in 2006. This schol­ar­ship fund will be a last­ing legacy for Queen Anne’s County Homemak­ers, said Tay­lor.

The Homemak­ers Coun­cil wel­comes new mem­bers, with the be­lief that the fel­low­ships that have been shared, over the last 75 years, have been both pro­duc­tive and mean­ing­ful and have helped form many last­ing friend­ships. To learn more visit http://www.qa­chome­mak­ers.org.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil of Homemak­ers cel­e­brate 80 years with a lun­cheon and quilts made by mem­bers to be do­nated to the Fam­ily Cen­ter of Queen Anne’s.

From left, past coun­cil Pres­i­dent Kelly Somers, with Ginger Jones, Mar­garet Thomas and Bar­bara Han­nifee, re­cip­i­ents of the Home­maker Award.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran pre­sents Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Dot­tie Greer, Trea­surer Annabelle Tay­lor, Vice Pres­i­dent Bar­bara Han­nifee and Sec­re­tary Ann Vogt with a procla­ma­tion declar­ing April as Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil of Homemak­ers Month.

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