Homemakers at conference

Danny and Kristin Adams of Speedway, viral video creators, with Pat Boldman, Newton County Extension Homemaker President.

INDIANAPOLIS — Newton County Extension Homemaker President, Pat Boldman of Kentland and Nancy Jo Prue, Past President have returned from a three-day conference held June 3 to 5 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel. Twenty sessions related to health and wellness, building communities and embracing technology were offered by outstanding speakers. Ribbon weaving was a heritage skill class that was taught by Jean Hitchcock, past state president from the Evansville District. The students went home with beautiful designs to finish by sewing to a shirt or apron.

Several members were shuttled from the hotel to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, to the Melody Makers Choral Concert Tuesday evening. Twenty-two counties of individual choruses make up the Melody Makers and come together to sing each June for a total chorus of about 300 heavenly voices.

State President, Cindy Saferight, of Morgan County presided at the business meeting when new officers from Madison, Henry and Dubois Counties were elected and installed. Cindy asked each of the 653 Indiana clubs to create 20 crafts for sale at the annual conference. Profits will go to Purdue Center for Cancer Research and the Walther Foundation will match the Homemaker donation. At the closing banquet, Cindy proudly announced that a profit of $4,407 was earned for her project “Crafting for a Cure”. Remaining items will be sold at the Indiana State Fair and Fall District Meetings.

The Cultural Arts room was full of quilts, needle craft, miscellaneous crafts, crocheted and knitted items and the special project, bird houses. Janice Fagan of the Lafayette District, Montgomery County won people’s choice for her intricate handmade basket. Members voluntarily brought items for the Silent Auction and those 90 items profited $1,730 to defray conference expenses. When the rain came late afternoon, many blue umbrellas with the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association logo were sold.

Wednesday morning, Danny and Kristin Adams, viral video creators entertained the crowd of 209 conference delegates with “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. With an online following of over one million people, they are best known for their funny lip-sync mashups. They are passionate about finding the funny in life and relationships, and travel across the country as speakers, emcees, and entertainers. Six audience members were invited to come on stage and tell an improvised story, wearing costumes and using items that Danny provided, which created peals of laughter. Another group of six volunteered to make an animal sound, which ended up to be a hilarious ‘concert’ with Danny acting as conductor. Robert White, Terre Haute District Representative from Owen County imitated a pig and Pat Boldman a bear. The other four members were a goat, chicken, cat and another pig.

A full report was given of the Associated Country Women of the World April 2019 Triennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia. ACWW has members from 72 countries. Delegates discussed and voted on many resolutions and recommendations, namely, iron deficiency, pollenation protection, registration of old landfills, domestic violence, human trafficking, and dog mediated human rabies.

The conference date for 2020 has not yet been announced.