June 2023 News and Notes
Welcome New KEHA Officers – Welcome to the six newly elected KEHA state officers and chairmen who will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2023.
- 1st Vice President: Ann Porter, Mason County
- Treasurer: Patsy Kinman, Grant County
- Leadership Development Chair: Nancy Snouse, Greenup County
- Environment Housing and Energy Chair: Rhonella Chaffin, Lawrence County
- Food Nutrition and Health Chair: Esther Bailey, Lincoln County
- Marketing and Publicity Chair: Sharon Fields, Greenup County
State Meeting Recap – Thank you to everyone for a successful state meeting! It takes every area across the state fulfilling their assignments to make this meeting happen. Here are a few highlights from our week:
- Total attendance was more than 430. There were 95 first-time attendees.
- Voting delegate packets are available on the state meeting webpage. There were no bylaws changes this year.
- Cultural arts judging results are available on the state meeting webpage.
- More than $6,600 was raised to support designated projects through the basket raffle, silent auction, and quilt square auction.
- KEHA presented a check for more than $40,000 to the UK Ovarian Cancer Research and Screening Program.
- At least 15 counties donated more than 60 twin-sized bed quilts to the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville.
- Additional state meeting details are included in a feature story on the KEHA website.
State Meeting Evaluations Summary – About 47% of attendees completed evaluation forms and rated the conference very highly, indicating a wealth of knowledge they will take home to implement locally. On average, respondents rated the overall meeting as an 8 on a 10-point scale. The majority of respondents enjoyed starting the event with a luncheon rather than a dinner and also enjoying having more free time in the evening. They noted free time allowed for rest after a full day or provided time to meet with others from the area, county, or new friends made at the event. Evaluations indicated they enjoyed educational sessions, officer and chairmanship trainings, craft sessions, cultural arts, and the chance to network with other homemakers and share new ideas. Homemakers learned a lot from sessions such as emergency health information cards, edible plants, herbalicious cooking, who we are versus how people see us, and weather and climate. One attendee noted, “The officer and educational chairman workshops were extremely informative. They provided lots of great resources.” Many resources will be shared in home counties, particularly information from sessions and crafts, Volunteer Service Unit information, and ideas for growing membership.
Save the Date for 2024 State Meeting – Next year’s KEHA State Meeting will take place May 7-9, 2024, at Sloan Convention Center and Holiday Inn University Plaza in Bowling Green. Watch for details coming soon!
Reports Are Due for Individuals and Clubs – Visit the Reports webpage for a detailed process timeline and links to fillable forms. Please be aware of the following deadlines and submit reports on time. Be sure to use forms dated 2022-2023 to cover the period from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.
- July 1 – CLUB-level reports are due. Program of work reports for the eight educational chairmanships are due to the county educational chairmen or designated officers. Volunteer Service Unit (VSU) logs are due to the county.
- August 15 – COUNTY-level reports are due. The county tallies the club-level reports received in July and submits the totals online by Aug. 15, printing a copy to share with the area educational chairmen. Online forms will be coming soon. County VSU reports are due via paper forms. See https://keha.ca.uky.edu/content/impacts for details and to access the county reporting links beginning in July.
- September 15 – AREA-level reports are due. Area VSU Reports are due to the KEHA State Leadership Development Chairman.
One way to make preparing reports more fun is to host a “reporting party.” Clubs and/or county organizations can choose to set a date to meet and gather all reports at one time. Stations can be set up for each point person to gather information for each type of report due. Snacks and a party theme may make the event enjoyable.
Coming Soon! Updates to KEHA Manual – The process of updating the KEHA Manual Handbook and Appendix is moving forward. The updated pages will post to the KEHA website after July 1.
Coming Soon! 2023-2024 Theme-Based Officer Training Materials – KEHA officer training materials specific to the 2023-2024 KEHA year and connected to the theme “Let’s Take a Hike with KEHA” are in final review. The resource materials will post to the KEHA website after July 1. Materials include a PowerPoint presentation, facilitator’s guide, installation ceremony, dates to remember handout, evaluation, and other resources. Please review and use these materials as best fits with your county and/or area officer training sessions. The new theme-based installation was debuted with the state board during the awards luncheon of the State Meeting.
Book List Now Available – The annual Book List for 2023-2024 is now available on the KEHA Club Materials webpage.
Cultural Arts Contest Winners – The 2023 KEHA state cultural arts exhibit and competition was held at the 89th KEHA State Meeting in Louisville, Ky. KEHA members from across the state were recognized for their outstanding and beautiful exhibits. Lists of all blue and purple ribbon winners are available on the KEHA Cultural Arts Chairman web page. Also linked on that page are the 2023 Creative Writing Contest winners.
Choir Accepting New Members – Congratulations to the members of the KEHA Choir for an outstanding performance at the KEHA State Meeting. Choir Director Wendy Hood wrote lyrics to a special song to honor the FCS Extension Agents. KEHA members interested in joining the choir should contact Choir Director Wendy Hood, Fort Harrod Area President, at 859-613-2575 or email@example.com.
National Volunteer Outreach Network (NVON) Conference – The 24th annual NVON Conference will be July 18-20, 2023, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Any KEHA member is eligible to register and attend. Meeting details are available at https://www.nvon.org/nvon-conference/.
Dates to Remember
- June 17 – Postmark deadline for NVON Conference registration at regular rates.
- June 30 – KEHA year ends.
- July 1 – Due date for club reports to be submitted to the county (paper forms). This includes both program of work reports and volunteer service logs.
- July 18-20 – NVON Conference in Parkersburg, W.V.
- Aug. 15 – Due date for county reports to be submitted, including both program of work reports and volunteer service logs.
- Sept. 15 – Due date for Area VSU logs to be submitted to state chair for Leadership Development.