Madison County Home and Community Education 11 board members who attended the 91st annual Illinois Home and Community Education conference in Decatur included (front row, from left) Joyce Cornwell, Carol Chappell, Cheryl Hackler, Vi Huebner and Kathy Staroba; (back row, from left) Eleanor Gregory, Gloria Hartmann, Maureen Betts, Wendy Brady and Beth James. (Not pictured: Claudia Harju)
Madison County Home and Community Education 11 board members attended the annual Illinois Home and Community Education conference March 17-19 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel in Decatur.
Through the years, Home and Community Education has changed with the times, trends or needs of its membership. It was first known at Home Bureau Federation, then Homemaker Extension Association and today, it is Home and Community Education. The organization’s goal is to educate members about homes and community. The organization promotes social and economic well-being in homes and neighborhoods.
IAHCE continues to cross boundaries when providing inventive ideas for lessons, providing members opportunities to learn current and relevant information. The organization strives to provide state and county officers important information that allows them to work, support and promote the community in which they serve.
Madison County received Education Awards for reports submitted to the state for membership, Joyce Cornwell; and public relations, Gloria Hartmann. Madison County International Director Eleanor Gregory received the Grand Award for her program on Germany presented in October 2014. That is the highest award in her category.
Madison County HCE continually looks for opportunities to give back to their membership with a variety of programs, events and activities as well as back to communities in Madison County with projects such as Linus blankets for children in hospitals, care bears for emergency rooms, turbans for cancer patients and items for veterans. For information on Madison County HCE, contact Joyce Cornwell at (618) 656-1331.