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A look at Waterford Homemakers Club

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By Deanna Godman

The Waterford Homemakers Club meets the third Wednesday of the month. Some members, like Rena Baird and Kitty Miller, have been coming for over fifty years, while a few have joined within the last year. Each meeting is hosted by a club member who brings the meat and the drinks and provides a center piece that becomes the door prize. The host also decides whether the potluck will be breakfast or lunch.

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The meetings are organized around a schedule created by the state Homemakers program, which includes a thought for the day, reading and approving the minutes from the previous month, and roll call. Instead of simply checking off each member’s name, roll call consists of asking a question and having each member answer it, in the order that they signed in.

The question for May was “What do you remember most about your mother?” and brought laughter and tears as it was answered. Occasionally, the club will play a game.

Last month, the club had a plant auction – then later in November they hold a White Elephant auction. These auctions raise money for the treasury to donate to community projects such as scholarships or Project Graduation.

Club members collect loose change for the Coins for Change program at each meeting. This money is sent into the state organization each December and is used to help women throughout the world. The money has, among other things, helped to purchase water pipes for villages so that the women did not have to carry water for miles.

Waterford Homemakers do not do a craft at every meeting, but Vice President Donna Bulf plans the crafts when they do. In September, she will have the club start making ornaments out of antique lace for their entry in Main Street’s Christmas tree program.

The club will not have regular meetings through the summer, but does have several trips planned. They went to Irish Acres June 9, and plan to go to Glendale for lunch and shopping July 21. They are also hosting a picnic for all of the Homemaker clubs June 18 at Cedar Hill.

If you are interested in joining Homemakers and attending these gatherings, please contact the Spencer County Extension Office.

Judy Broyles is the current president of the Waterford Homemakers. She joined the club about eight years ago when member Lois Platt invited her. They met at the bazaar at All Saints Church. Broyles had moved to Spencer County a year earlier from southern Indiana, and without a local church and having no kids in school, she was having a difficult time meeting people in her new community. She joined just hoping to make new friends, since she didn’t believe she fit with the traditional concept of a homemaker. She learned that Homemakers is much more than doing crafts. “I’m not someone who does crafts. I’m an officer. Leadership is my niche,” said Broyles.

Bulf joined the Waterford Homemakers about seven years ago. She got involved because she enjoyed crafts and making new friends. Her mother now belongs to the organization too. The club meetings keep both of them active and involved with the community.

“It’s made me appreciate everything I have,” said Bulf.

Lois Platt has been involved with the Waterford Homemakers for nearly nine years, was the president for four years, and is currently serving as treasurer. She continues her membership because of the camaraderie.

Platt said that it’s not the same as going to church, but she gets that level of caring from the members. “It makes you think of what’s important in life.”

Bulf stays involved partly because of the community projects, which have included making the curtains for the Taylorsville Elementary School cafeteria. She hopes that the Waterford Homemakers service inspires others. She said, “It’s good for our grandkids to watch us.”

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For a personal perspective of the Spencer County Homemakers, see Deanna’s blog at http://blog.funmama.net.