Monday, July 12, 2010

Not Your Mama's Homemakers Clubs

I joined the Homemaker Association in my county in March 2009. I had taken a class through the county extension office program known as SOS (Sharing OurSelves) on sewing, and the teachers mentioned that they had a sewing club if you joined the association. It was only about $7 to join ($7.50 now), and I really needed the help. I didn't go to sewing club every month, but I really enjoyed it and learned a lot when I did get to go. The club members were instrumental in my finishing my daughter's Halloween costume on time and in wearable condition.

Since May, I have started attending more of the Homemaker Association clubs in order to meet people and learn more about the community. I started going in part so I would have topics and sources to write about for the Spencer Magnet, but I've enjoyed going so much for myself too. I am meeting wonderful people and learning so much about the community where we live and about the topics each club is devoted to. Our county has nine clubs. Two are "business" clubs that are reminiscent of the Junior League (I say as someone who knows little to nothing about Junior League). (The other clubs are all devoted to specific crafts such as sewing, quilting and basket making. I will feature each of them over time.)

I was invited to join the Junior League by an alumna of my college when I first moved to Kentucky (because we don't have an active alumnae association) and declined. Who wants to wear a suit and sit around having stuffy teas? I don't know about the Junior League, but that is certainly not what I found when I went to the Loyal and Waterford Homemaking Clubs.

I found ladies who care about each other, who are part of one another's lives. Women who know how to get down and have fun, but are active in the community. They raise money for scholarships, help the elderly, and make curtains for the school.

Most importantly, they do not judge. Some of them are lifelong homemakers (or "housewives"). Some of them worked outside the home, and joined the club when they retired. Some of them still work outside the home and meet with the club when they are able. They don't all like housework or even crafts. They all believe that making the home inviting is important and that the home is an important part of the surrounding community.

To learn more about each of these clubs, read my articles for the Spencer Magnet:
The Homemakers Association is an outreach of the county extension program, and is available nationwide. Not all counties have multiple clubs, and from what I can tell, not all counties even have Homemakers clubs. They are a great way to plug into your local community, and get involved on a regional and national level, though. Especially if you are in a rural area, this may be something you'll want to look into.


Anonymous said...

That is awesome. Especially the not judging part. I think community is what our modern culture is so lacking. Community of women/families.

Amy said...

Very cool! I wonder if Jefferson Co. has any homemakers clubs? Did you go to The Whistle Stop with them in June? Love that place!!