As the Consumer and Family Sciences Purdue Extension Educator of Montgomery County I have the honor of working in partnership with the Montgomery Extension Homemakers. This organization was founded in 1913, with a mission of strengthening families through continuing education, leadership development, and volunteer community support. Its history is rich, and its future is bright. Here in Montgomery County our membership is, as of the 2011-2012 year, 16 clubs with 208 individual members. This club's membership is open to anyone who has an interest in furthering the mission of the organization.

As an Extension Homemaker you have opportunities to...

LEARN . . .

Meet with friends and neighbors in educational and social settings

Share experiences and information

Keep up-to-date on new knowledge and research

GROW . . .

Experience personal growth and develop skills

Form lasting friendships while sharing leadership responsibilities for programs and projects

CARE . . .

Make a difference in today's world.

Support projects that help children and families live better lives


Clubs meet in members' homes as well as local churches and, as well as areas of interest. Many clubs are often comprised of members who are also neighbors. Club membership allows for individuals to work within the organization to make a difference in the communities that make up the county, as well as the county, state, and internationally. At club meetings you will find the agenda includes an introduction of each member, educational lessons formal and informal, as well as sharing of personal stories and experiences related to the lesson topic or current events. Clubs have volunteer projects they work on that benefit the county or state. Many clubs work to collect pop tabs to donate to Riley Hospital, or they might make goods or purchase goods to fulfill the Cheer Guild list published by the Ronald McDonald House. Some clubs have an interest or focus such as the Crescendos who are a singing group who tour around the country and sing at many types of events. Other clubs are forming around other interests as well such as scrapbooking, and weight loss.

International Project

The NVON Project in Common for 2013-2015 is "Water around the World." The objective of the three-year international project is to present an overview of how water is an essential resource and fundamental building block of life, present an awareness of problems that could arise when clean water is lacking in communities and how we can help those in need around the world.

The world's water crisis has many faces. A girl in Africa walks three miles before school to fetch water from a distant well. A teenage boy in China is afflicted with terrible skin lesions because his village well is contaminated with arsenic. Impoverished slum dwellers in Angola draw drinking water from the local river where their sewage is dumped.

The United Nations has declared 2005-2015 as the "Water for Life' decade. The goal is to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015 and to stop unsustainable exploitation of water resources.

Literacy Attainment

Individuals may participate in projects that benefit the county; such as the Literacy Attainment Grant. This is a county wide project that has allowed for parents of preschool children to gain more knowledge about their child's literacy. The first event was in the spring. The event included a presentation to parent's of preschool age children that discussed how, as a parent; they can help to further this developmental area for their children. Children are read to during the presentation by members of the Junior Leader organization of Montgomery County and other service organizations, as well as a craft provided that works to build understanding of the subject matter of the book being read. All of the children take home a book from each of these events. This summer preschool children were given a tour of the Montgomery County 4-H Fair. Children concluded their tour with reading in small groups as well as a snack of chicken scratch. All children were gifted a book from the Montgomery Extension Homemakers, Jean Ann Behney Endowment Fund, and Purdue Extension to take home with them. Literacy attainment events are held in coordination with Head Start as well as Even Start agencies. This effort has also allowed for Extension Homemakers to assist with Title One family nights for all three school corporations in the county. They also participate in Everybody Reads Montgomery County event hosted by the Gamma Phi Sorority.


Indiana Extension Homemakers Association also offers a career advancement scholarship. Each year eight $500.00 scholarships will be given throughout the state. These Scholarships are to be used to complete education or to upgrade skills. Applicant must be 25 years old and admitted to, or cleared for admission, to an academic or vocational school, which is state licensed or accredited. Application can be picked up at the Purdue Extension Office of Montgomery County, or is available on line at: under the tab program/forms, scroll down to Scholarships. You do not have to be a member of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association to apply for this scholarship.

Whether you are interested in Education, in the areas of foods and nutrition, human development, family resource management, or special interest lessons, or Leadership opportunities, and or Volunteer community support; you can find these opportunities by becoming a member of this most vital organization, the Montgomery County Extension Homemakers.

As Andrew Carnegie once stated;

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

The notion of allowing common people to accomplish uncommon results is the essence of Extension Homemakers. Membership in this tremendous organization allows for persons to join together to accomplish a multitude of projects and services for the local community, State of Indiana, as well as International projects.

If you would like more information about membership to this organization, please contact Purdue Extension-Montgomery County Office at 765-364-6363, or via email: Joy at or Autumn at Like us on face book to keep up with our educational offerings!

Joy Dugan is the Health and Human Sciences Purdue Extension Educator for Montgomery County. She has a Bachelor of Science in Consumer and Family Sciences Education with a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty area of Consumer and Family Sciences and Extension Education.