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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Wyoming Homemakers state meeting June 16-18


June 10, 2017

Tracie Mitchell

To celebrate National Homemakers week May 3-13, Washakie County Homemakers created the Wyoming Wonder Women display at the Worland Community Center Complex.

WORLAND – The Washakie County Homemakers, after saving money for two years will be hosting, for the first time, the Wyoming Homemakers state meeting June 16-18 at the Worland Senior Center. The theme of the meeting is "Wonder Women of Wyoming. "

"This is the first time since the county has had Homemaker clubs that we have felt we could house and feed the 60 or more homemakers who will be attending this meeting," Town and Country homemaker member Bonnie Schreibeis said. During the Wyoming Homemakers state meeting around 60 members from about 13 counties will enjoy skill shops, dinners, tours and educational programs, she added.

At this time the Washakie Count Homemakers consists of one club, the Town and Country Homemakers. In 1923 the Washakie County Homemakers, originally called the Washakie County Extension Homemakers, began with the South Flat Homemakers. In 1924 the East Side Homemakers joined and in 1925 the Ten Sleep Community Club and the Colter Club also joined.

According to Schreibeis, "Other clubs that joined in the years from 1949 through 1998 were Newcomers Extension Club (later named Better Homes Extension), Worland Homemakers, Today's Homemakers, Washakie 10, Rairden Club Friends and Neighbors, Friendly Homemakers, Lucky 13th, Modern Homemakers, Mess Makers, Crafty Gals, Mothers Night Out and Town and Country."

The creed of the Colter Club summed up the attitude behind the clubs. "It is not what we have, but what we give; it is not where we are, but how we do it that makes this club worth going to." The homemakers mission statement is: "To promote the importance of strong home and family values by providing leadership, education, skill building, fellowship, and self-esteem opportunities to members, their families and communities."

The clubs were started to help ranch women improve their homes through better food and better furnishings with the help of Extension educators, but expanded to include other women. "In later years they started to include women from cities and towns in the state, and they became known as Home Demonstration Clubs. Usually one or two members from a club would go to programs presented by the Home Demonstration Agent [now known as university Extension educator] to learn new or better ways to handle things that might "crop up" in their homes. These members would then go back to their Home Demonstration Club and present the information to the other members," Schreibeis said.

Over the years the clubs slowly drifted off as people were finding it difficult to juggle their time. Schreibeis said that they have people who only want to help with the homemaker activities but either can't attend meetings in the evening, are not real keen on attending meetings or can't find the spare time to attend meetings.

Despite being the soul surviving homemaker club, the club keeps busy with activities to improve community and family. They attend the Women's Expo, throw book parties for first graders, donate money to local charities, have a community booth at the Washakie County Fair and sponsor Hobby Day.

Hobby Day occurs in November at the Washakie County Fairgrounds at which there are about 60 tables of handcrafted items for viewing and for sale, Schreibeis said. "Hobby Day is our big deal of the year. It's our one way of making money. Hobby Day started way back and it was just the homemakers demonstrating things. We didn't have crafters coming in we just demonstrated, but that was our hobby day. Then someplace along the way they started asking vendors to come in. It was big when they were in the old community hall, it was a big deal but since it's been out at the fairgrounds it has grown," she added.

Anyone interested in joining the Town and Country Homemakers can call the Worland Extension office at 347-3431. "We encourage our members to be leaders no matter where they are. Family is really important and we try to stress family. Another thing is working in the community and helping any way we can that might further the community, education and family," Schreibeis said. "It is like CHEF - Community Service, Home and Family, Education and Friendships and Fun," she added.


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