County Quilt Squares Needed - KEHA is partnering with the U. S. Census Bureau to construct a quilt featuring one square from each county for use in promoting the 2020 Census. County KEHA organizations are asked to construct one quilt square. It should be an unfinished 6 ½ inch block made with 100% cotton fabrics. Pre-washing is recommended, as is a white background and design colors featuring yellows, blues and/or greens. Each county will select the pattern or design and should emphasize unique characteristics of the county. Each square should be mailed with a sheet of paper listing the name, address and phone number for the quilter; county name; and a brief description of the quilt block design, including any historical notes. Blocks must be mailed by August 1st to Kim Henken, University of Kentucky, 102 Erikson Hall, Lexington, KY 40506-0050. A flyer including the complete project details is available on the KEHA website under Quick Links, along with a photo of a similar quilt crafted by groups across the state for the 2010 Census. Pictures of the quilt squares are being shared on the KEHA Facebook page, so follow along to see the creative works from across the state!

NEW -- KEHA Leadership Academy - During the 2019 KEHA business meeting, the voting delegates approved a proposal to fund and hold a pilot KEHA Leadership Academy in March 2020. The goal of the academy is to strengthen leadership skills for emerging leaders within the organization and increase the pool of leaders available to hold county, area and state level elected and appointed positions. The academy will recruit up to 30 participants, with each area encouraged to provide the names of two delegates and one alternate. An application process will be utilized to select participants. Full details, along with the application form, are available on the KEHA website and accessible via Quick Links and under Member Resources. Applications are due to the appropriate KEHA Area President by October 1, 2019! Please promote within your county and encourage eligible members to apply. The eligibility guidelines are detailed on the application form.

2018-2019 KEHA Reports - It is time to submit KEHA program of work and volunteer service unit reports!  County reports are due to area chairmen by August 15, 2019.  Area reports are due to state chairmen by September 15, 2019.  Be sure to use the forms dated 2018-2019 accessible on the KEHA website under the “Reports” tab.

KEHA Officer Training Materials - KEHA officer training materials specific to the 2019-2020 KEHA year and connected to the theme “The Sun Shines Bright” are now available. The resource materials include a facilitator’s guide, evaluation, graphic, two sets of presentation slides, an installation ceremony and a “dates to remember” handout. Access these resources at: http://keha.ca.uky.edu/content/theme-materials.

KEHA Club MaterialsThe 2019-2020 KEHA Recreation, Inspiration and Book List are now available at www.keha.org, also under the Member Resources tab in the top menu. Each county will receive printed copies of the Recreation, Inspiration, and Book List – one copy per club plus one copy for the county.

KEHA Manual Updates - The updated KEHA Manual (Handbook and Appendix) posted to www.keha.org on July 1st. Click the Member Resources tab in the top menu to access the KEHA Manual page. On this page, you will find links to the complete Handbook section, table of contents for the section and a link to a PDF file with only the pages that were changed this year. Likewise, for the Appendix you will find links to the complete Appendix section, table of contents for the section and a link to a PDF file with only the pages that were changed this year. Two printed copies of the UPDATED pages will be mailed to each county Extension office. The individual web pages for the KEHA Educational Chairmen have also been updated and provide access to the most current Handbook and Appendix pages.

KEHA Marketing Banners - Counties received a new marketing item at the 2019 KEHA State Meeting. Voting delegates picked up new mini-tabletop banners for county use in marketing. If your county did not have voting delegates attend the meeting, the posters will be distributed to the remaining counties this summer and early fall through various area meetings and activities.

2020 KEHA State Meeting - Planning is underway for the 2020 KEHA State Meeting to be held April 21-23, 2020 at the Owensboro Convention Center. Lodging room blocks at the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn, both located adjacent to the convention center, are now open for reservations. The room rate at Hampton in is $129 per night + tax and includes a free breakfast daily. To reserve by phone, call 270-685-2005 and request the KEHA rate. Reservations may also be made online, and the link is posted on the KEHA website under the “State Meeting” tab. The room rate at the Holiday Inn is $134 + tax and includes fresh breakfast daily. To reserve by phone, call 270-638-1111 and request the KEHA conference rate. Reservations may also be made online, and the link is posted on the KEHA website under the “State Meeting” tab.

2020 KEHA State Meeting – Learning Session ProposalsLearning session proposals for the 2020 KEHA State Meeting are due by October 15 to Sharon Wood, KEHA 1st Vice President, 11 Cindy Ann Avenue, Campbellsville, KY 42718. The form is in the KEHA Manual Appendix. KEHA members are encouraged to consider presenting a learning session at the state meeting next year!

Dates to Remember

  • August 15 – County Program of Work Reports and Volunteer Service Unit Reports due to area chairmen
  • August 15-25 – 2019 Kentucky State Fair. Be sure to stop by the UK FCS Extension Exhibit in AgLand in the South Wing!