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October 6, 2011

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Barbara Boeh      Johnson County District Director      Ozark District

My husband, Dale, and I are one of  just a very few husband and wife teams we have working in the Extension Homemaker Program on the state level.  This work has brought us enjoyment while feeling that we are making a contribution to our community, our county and our state and doing it together.  Extension Homemakers is such a great organization to help you get involved in volunteer work. 

 I first joined EHC in 1991, just a few months after retiring and moving here from Missouri.  After retirement there were several things I had decided that I wanted to do now that I had some time on my own.  One of these things was to learn to crochet and another was to get involved in some kind of volunteer work.  EHC seemed to be the perfect place to do both.  It also was a good place to meet my neighbors, and our dinners included our husbands so they also got to know each other.

 Dale and I both wanted to help with our county fair and EHC was already involved.  By acting as a Superintendent at the Fair, I have really learned a lot about canning and food preservation.  I was also able to take a Master Clothing class which greatly improved all my sewing techniques. You’re never too old to learn new things and EHC offers so many ways to do this.

 Dale had also become very enthusiastic about helping with the Fair and the Fair always needs more people to help.  He volunteered to help in the horticulture department and the guy which the University of Arkansas usually sent to judge this department gave him lots of hints and taught him a lot about growing our vegetable garden.

 When I became Treasurer of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Executive Committee, I would tell him about our meetings in Little Rock and Ferndale.  I began asking him to come help the guys on the Staging Committee when they would plan and set up for the Training Meeting at Ferndale and the State Meeting at Hot Springs.  He is now in charge of that committee.  Putting on the state meeting is a lot of work but it’s also very enjoyable and we all have lots of fun.  I wish more husbands would become active in EHC as there are so many ways they can be helpful and I know that they, like my husband, would enjoy the work.

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  1. Kaye Green permalink
    October 8, 2011 12:26 PM

    Wonderful story! I learned a lot about Barabara I did not know.
    You might want to change Arkansas to Johnson County if possible.

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