The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) convened at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, Kentucky May 7-9, 2018 for their 85th Annual Meeting.  More than 590 attendees from across the state, including 110 first-time attendees, took part in the three-day meeting which focused on “Exploring Our Mountain Heritage”.

KEHA Choir

The annual state meeting provides a time for learning, celebration, recognition and networking.  Attendees participated in educational seminars addressing topics ranging from social media to floral design to understanding addiction.  A series of concurrent workshops provided training in each of KEHA’s eight educational program areas of emphasis. Miss Kentucky Molly Matney shared her experiences as Miss Kentucky and entertained attendees during the opening banquet. Dr. Steve Isaacs encouraged members to chronicle their heritage through storytelling. The KEHA Choir performed for the third consecutive year, continuing the renewal of a tradition dating back to the organization’s early years. The thirty-seven member choir includes KEHA members from twenty-nine counties is coordinated by and under the director of Wendy Hood, Mercer County KEHA president.

Audience

KEHA continued the tradition of providing support for the University of Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Research and Screening Program.  This year, a check totaling $44,549.30 was presented to Dr. Edward Pavlik, Ovarian Screening Research Director.  This marked KEHA’s 41st year of involvement with this program, and the members remain committed to the partnership.

Miss Kentucky Molly Matney

Three fundraising activities conducted as part of the meeting yielded more than $6,600 to support designated projects. Through a silent auction, $2,400 was raised to support the final phase of construction of a library in the village of Adjeikrom in Ghana, Africa. For ten years, KEHA members have supported infrastructure improvements in the village, including renovations for a kindergarten and construction of a school dining pavilion in addition to the library project. A raffle generated $2,400 to add to the contributions to the UK Ovarian Cancer Research and Screening Program. More than 240 handmade quilt squares were displayed and auctioned, providing $1,700 to support the meeting program.

The KEHA Annual Meeting concluded with an awards luncheon and the installation of newly elected officers. <insert information about awards for your county, state board members from your county>

KEHA is a membership organization dedicated to volunteer service, and the achievements realized each year are noteworthy.  To learn more, visit www.keha.org.  <insert information about joining in your county>