The Vernon County Home and Community Organization, formerly called Extension Homemakers, will celebrate 88 years of existence with a reunion of past and current members. The event will be a luncheon, to be held Saturday, October 19th, in Viroqua.
The first meetings were held in 1916 and through the war years but the organization in Vernon County formally began in 1925. The height of membership was in 1932 with 1,500 women in 88 clubs throughout the county.
The organization was an extension of the university and at first information was shared directly from Madison during demonstration program days. Then as a “Home Demonstration Agent” was hired in the county, the lessons were provided by the Vernon County UW-Extension office.
These early lessons ranged from topics during the war years such as meatless and wheatless cookery, canning and drying food, child nutrition, to making dress forms and mattresses. Over the years the organization expanded to community service projects such as Books for Babes, nursing home events to sponsoring the June Dairy Month contest.
The HCE organization is looking for past and present members to celebrate the history and work of the county-wide organization.
They want to get this notice out to past members who may not be on the current mailing lists. For more information and/or to register for the event by October 4th, call the Vernon County UW-Extension office at 608-637-5276.
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