Making dresses for African children and celebrating the centennial of the beginning of Home Demonstration/Extension Homemakers work in Arkansas were among the outstanding record book projects recognized during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council on June 5.

The Sebastian Extension Homemakers Council and the Randolph Extension Homemakers Club of Sebastian County were among the 83 local clubs and county councils honored during the awards ceremony held at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The 5,000-member state Council is a volunteer organization associated with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. During 2012, the members contributed 600,000 hours of volunteer service statewide for an estimated value of more than $13,000,000. The Extension Homemakers organization offers its members opportunities for education, leadership development and service.

The theme for the annual meeting is "The Next 100 Years." During 2012, the Council celebrated the 100th year of Home Demonstration/Extension Homemakers work in Arkansas. Those honored from Sebastian County and their projects are:

Excelsior Extension Homemakers Club – Dresses for Africa – The club members made 70 little dresses from pillow cases for African Children. Most of the materials such as pillow cases, elastic, bias tape, scarves and ribbons were donations to the project. They also made or bought 40 pair of shorts for little boys. These clothing items were delivered by a missionary to Africa.

Sebastian County Extension Homemakers Council – Celebrating 100 Years – During the year of 2012 the Sebastian County clubs participated in several projects to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Home Demonstration/Extension Homemakers work in Arkansas. They took part in interviews for history of some of the members with longevity in the Home Demonstration clubs. Club members wore red T-shirts with the 100th anniversary logo on them to many functions; celebrated the 100th birthday of a member, Ms. Alice Buckley; and 16 members from Sebastian County attended the 100th anniversary celebration meeting at Hot Springs. Information about Extension Homemakers is available by visiting the website at or calling a county Extension office.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.