State celebrating 100 years of home demonstration clubs Oct. 27

September 21, 2013

North Carolina Cooperative Extension will hold a centennial gala Oct. 27 in Raleigh to celebrate 100 years of home demonstration programs in North Carolina. Extension invites former Extension Homemaker Club members, current members of the Extension and Community Association and those involved with extension’s family and consumer sciences program to attend this historic event at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center.

In Duplin County, the Extension and Communication Association clubs are active in communities today. Through the educational guidance and researched-based information provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension‘s family and consumer sciences agents and specialists based at N.C. State and N.C. A&T State universities, ECA is a grassroots institution that has actively addressed the needs of families in their communities for 100 years.

The ECA centennial gala at N.C. State will begin – weather permitting – with an opportunity to see engraved bricks that have been placed in the Jane McKimmon Garden at McKimmon Center honoring the women of ECA, family and consumer sciences and their supporters. Also there will be exhibits to showcase the multifaceted work of ECA in the state and a time to reconnect with old and new friends.

The dinner, which begins at 5 p.m., will include a multimedia presentation on the history of ECA. In addition, 25 new members will be inducted into the Jane S. McKimmon Family and Consumer Sciences Hall of Fame.

Duplin County ECA members who will be attending the ECA Centennial Gala are: Wanda Clay- Duplin County Extension director; Theresa Bowles- Duplin County ECA president; Patricia Wilson; Willie Mae Williams; Olivia Williams; Rudell Brown, Ruby Brinson; Doreatha Roberts; Anna Jones, and Annie Mae Williams.

ECA members who are unable to attend send their support with their club are Olivia Carter, Ruth Etta Dobson, Ruby Farrior,Delilah Gomes, Earlend Jordan, Catherine Lovick, Annie Ruth Pickett, Mae Bell Satchell, Annie L. Williams, Nicie Williams, Argie Wilson, and Rudie Wilson.