Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 8, 2013

Extension homemakers celebrate 100 years


Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Extension Homemakers of Decatur County gathered at First Baptist Church Tuesday for an evening of food, camaraderie and tea, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association (IEHA).

The ladies dined on ham-salad and egg-salad sandwiches and cookies and then sang “I’m a Little Tea Pot” and “Tea for Two,” before keynote speaker Jan Hubbard took the podium to talk about her childhood in England and her passion for tea.

Hubbard is a UK transplant who migrated to Greensburg upon marrying her husband, who’s a Decatur County native. Although there’s no trace of her English accent remaining, Hubbard still holds tea-time dear, associating it with family, friendship and togetherness.

“I have one brother and one sister,” she told the Daily News after her presentation, “but I come from a large extended family. My mother and father each come from a family of seven.”

In her childhood, Hubbard explained, tea time was a chance for family and friends to come together, visiting and enjoying each other’s company.

“The social aspects of tea are very important in England,” she said.

Hubbard’s also fascinated by the history of tea and loves discussing it.

“A lot of people don’t know,” she explained, “that the history of tea in England only goes back to the 1600s. Of course, tea has been consumed for thousands of years in Asia, and that’s where the English found it. It took off in a big way though and it’s an important part of our culture now.”

The event was attended by 158, and Decatur County IEHA President Marilyn Davis was pleased by the turnout.

“There are 10 counties in our IEHA district,” Davis explained, “and we had six counties present at this meeting.”

Clinton Club President Connie Fruchtnich led her club in presenting the evening’s entertainment.

Davis has been president of the Decatur County IEHA district for six years, and sees herself continuing in that capacity until she dies or until the organization goes under.

Despite Tuesday’s brisk turnout, Davis conceded that the end of the Homemakers in the coming decades is a real possibility.

“We have many members dying off,” she said, “but they’re not being replaced with new, younger members. It’s a different world out there these days. Younger generations of women just don’t seem to be as interested the kinds of stuff we do as once they were.”

 

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