Hostilo, who works with the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service, said the local chapter was the third one in the state to be organized, with the other two formed in Christian and Muhlenberg Counties during the same general time period.
“We have a fairly strong organization here in Trigg County,” said Hostilo. “It started in 1935. Not all counties chose to have add the home economic … aspect … but Trigg County did.”
The stated mission of the organization is to work to “improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service and education,” according to the web site at www.keha.org.
Extension Homemakers is an educational branch of Family and Consumer Sciences area, and they teach skills that are needed to have a successful home, and they also teach people about community work and leadership, Hostilo said.
“We have ladies who were very nervous about getting up in front of groups who can now do that very easily,” Hostilo added.
The group also teaches people about nutrition, housing, the environment, family development, safety, she said adding that they “cover a broad gamut of things”
In regard to nutrition, they talk about the importance of fruits and vegetables to young children, Hostilo said. “It’s not just things that go on inside the home anymore,” she continued to say.
Although usually such groups consist mostly or even solely of women, everyone is invited to join, said Hostilo, who has been the agent for about 15 months.
Especially in the early days, being an Extension Homemaker likely meant that the entire family was involved in Extension, as the father was likely involved in farming and the children were probably 4-H members, Elaine Clift said at a meeting in September. She was the Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Services for about 42 years.
“It takes a lot of work, dedication and education to make house a home, said Clift.
Currently, Lisa Strader is the president, Relissa Torian is the vice president and Shirley Ingram is the secretary/treasurer.
In Trigg County, there are 11 different sub-chapters, and the Trigg County Quilters Guild is also something of an offshoot, said Hostilo.