QA Council of Homemakers celebrates 80th anniversary
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.
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.
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.