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Extension Homemakers is an education and service program to improve the quality of life for ourselves and our families.

Homemakers clubs are a terrific place to make new friends, learn new skills and experience unlimited personal growth!

As a Homemaker, you can:

  • Make: Every month we discuss cutting-edge issues in foods, health, relationships, consumer protection, crafts and technology. Homemakers love to learn new skills at monthly meetings and other Extension workshops and programs.
  • Belong: make new friends to explore and share community issues, family life, international and diversity awareness, environmental issues, and healthy homes.
  • Serve: Make a difference in our community by sharing knowledge and talents, honoring veterans, helping the homeless, assisting nursing home residentsand other projects. Volunteer hours by Homemakers make a big difference in our community!

Become an Extension Homemaker

Click here for an enrollment form

2021-2022 Theme

Homemaker Lesson Trainings 

Lessons are presented at each training, then re-taught by members at their monthly meetings. All trainings are free and also open to the general public. They are held at the Fayette Co. Cooperative Extension Office. Please RSVP to 859-257-5582. ***The Bluegrass Area Family and Consumer Sciences agents are planning to test a new lesson training system that engages club leaders in person as well as virtually.  Each month, designated club leaders in each county will attend a watch party for the scheduled lesson at the extension office, presented on-screen by an area FCS agent with the local county FCS agent facilitating discussion. A lesson leader could choose to attend virtually as well as Homemaker members at large. Please note that a couple of the lessons are signified as ‘mail-out’.  This is due to county FCS vacancies.  If these positions are filled in time, there would be a watch party for these lessons.

Day Trips in the Bluegrass 
9 Reasons a Staycation Just Might be the New Vacation
   Day Trips in the Bluegrass Area
   Addtional Trip Suggestions

The Healing Power of Laughter - September 23, 6:00pm: You have probably heard that “laughter is the best medicine,” and it is true! Humor and the subsequent laughter have many therapeutic effects on the body. Laughing not only improves your mood and emotional state, it also has many social and physical health benefits. Learn the benefits of laughter and how to incorporate humor and happiness into your life in order to take advantage of these benefits.

   Laughter is the Best Medicine - PowerPoint
   Laughter is the Best Medicine: Happiness Tips and Tricks Facilitator's Guide
   10 Happiness Hacks
   Humor and Laughter

Kitchen Tools and Gadget to Put on Your Wish List - October 27, 6:00pm: Are you thinking about purchasing a new kitchen gadget such as an air fryer or an electric pressure cooker? Some days you may wish that it didn't take quite so long to clean, peel, chop and prepare meals. Discover some of the latest, popular kitchen tools and gadgets that can save you time in the kitchen. Learn how to select and use electric pressure cookers, multi-cookers, air fryers, spiralizers, sous vide and several more. 

   Kitchen Gadget - PowerPoint
   Kitchen Gadgets Guide
   Electric Pressure Cookers
   Air Fryers
   Small Kitchen Appliance Guide

Say Cheese! - November 17, 12:00pm: Cheese isvery versatile as it partners with many other wholesome foods, including vegetable, fruits, whole-grain breads, cereals and carbohydrate-rich past pastas.  Learn about the many varieties of cheeses, nutritional value of these cheeses; how to proper store each of the varieties; principles of cooking with various cheeses and how to make cheese.  Everything is better with cheese!

   Let's Make Chesse Video
   Say Cheese PowerPoint
   Cheese Basics

Communication Skills for Families of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients - Mailout Lesson: Alzheimer’s and dementia can be a devastating term to hear, but one that seems be creeping in more all the time.  Join a real-world discussion on how to make the best of a difficult situation.  Learn how to interconnect with others who are experiencing symptoms associated with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Identify the warning signs for dementia and examine what happens within someone diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.  Acquire effective communication strategies for families and
caregivers, as well as how to best respond to dementia behaviors.  There will be a little something for
everyone including tips for healthy living for your brain!

   Facilitator Guide
   10 Signs You Are Normal
   Principles of Dignified Diagnosis
   10 Signs PowerPoint Handouts

Food Trends and FAD Diets - February 16, 10:00am: What Americans eat has a tremendous impact on overall health. Personal preferences, tradition, culture, health concerns and cost are a few factors that influence our food choices. Many trending diets focus primarily on rapid weight loss, rather than on long-term nutrition and health.  Popular diets such as Keto, Whole 30 and Paleo are often trending on social media based upon stories of dramatic weight loss.  Examine the pros and cons and evaluate research based evidence and safety guidelines for these diets.  Learn how to identify potential red flags of any diet plan so you can feel empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle.
   Diet Trends Handout
   Exploring Current Diet Trends PPT Slides
   Lesson Recording

Making the Most of Garlic - March 30, 10:00am: Garlic has long been used in global cuisine and it also offers health benefits.  Learn all the basics regarding when and how to plant garlic; how to store it properly after harvesting; the meaning and use of terms related to garlic (garlic butter, chives, confit, oil, paste, powder, scapes) and the nutritional value of garlic.  Discover the difference between facts and fiction about garlic’s medicinal benefits and health benefits.  Garlic – the season you can sink your teeth into!
  Video Presentation
  Making the Most of Garlic
  Savor the Flavor
  Garlic Safe Methods
  Production of Garlic and Elephant Garlic

Stock Your Pantry the Smart Way - April 28, at 6:00pm (or mailout lesson): A fully stocked
pantry can really come in handy for preparing a healthy meal on the fly.  Keeping your pantry stocked with a few basic food items will allow you to cook a simple, healthy meal at a moment’s notice. Once your pantry is equipped with the essentials, you can simply buy fresh items from the grocery to cook with your stocked items.  Building your pantry does not happen overnight. It is important to slowly build up your inventory as needed. Many of these foods are shelf-stable for several months and can be purchased in bulk or on sale.  Helpful ideas will be shared for building your stockpile of staples for ready, on the spot, meal preparation.  
   Video Presentation
   30 Meals Staples
   30 Meals Ideas
   30 Meals Weekly Planner

Homemaker Clubs

Contact the Extension office for more information on club locations and contacts.

Bicentennial - Meets 1st Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
Clays Ferry - Meets 2nd Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Gainesway - Meets 2nd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Gardenside - Meets 1st Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
HARPS - Meets 3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Open Gate - Meets 2nd Monday Time Varies
Palomar - Meets 2nd Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Renaissance - Meets 2nd Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Slickaway - Meets 1st Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Tartan Hills - Meets 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Twin Oaks - Meets 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
WOW - Meets 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Zandale - Meets 2nd Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Specialty Clubs 
Kentucky Krafters - Meets 4th Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Lost Ways - Meeting date varies
Quilt Guild - Meets 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. 

Interested in starting a new club at your work, church, or neighborhood? Contact the Extension Office and we can help you!

Fayette County Homemaker Association

The Fayette County Extension Homemakers Association provides leadership to homemakers clubs. It collaborates with other counties, the statewide organization (KEHA) and UK Cooperative Extension Service.

2021-22 Officers

Alyce Emerson, President
Doraine Bailey, Vice President
Ruth Sharrard, Secretary
Debbie Rice, Treasurer

2021-22 Committees and Chairs

Myra Rouse, Environmental, Housing and Energy
Susan Gibson, Family & Individual Development
Carolyn Martin, Leadership Development
Rita Hardman, International
Angela Carpenter, Management & Safety
Sierra Smith, Cultural Arts & Heritage

Volunteer Service Unit (VSU) Program

Volunteer Service Unit (VSU) program recognizes individual volunteer efforts in Homemaker clubs and the larger community. It helps members grow personally in volunteer leadership skills, and demonstrates the broad service impact of Homemaker members outside of the Homemaker program. 

VSU Program Information

Individual Volunteer Service Hours Log

Click here to Submit Your Homemaker Volunteer Hours

Homemaker Club Secretaries

Click here to submit your Monthly Report

Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association

Member Resources
2021-22 Inspirational Booklet
2021-22 Recreation Booklet
2021-22 Book List
News and Notes
Educational Chair Information