to be held in Smithfield, Ky.
to be honored with award
Helen E. McKinney
SMITHFIELD, Ky. (May 2010) Faye Korthaus joined
the Poplar Grove Homemakers club more than 20 years ago to network with
her neighbors and meet new friends. In May, she will be inducted into
the Kentucky Master Farm Homemakers Guild, a goal not every member is
eligible to attain.
on her familys 30-acre
farm in Henry County.
Its an extreme honor to become a member of
the Guild, said Korthaus. Its an exclusive guild only
open to farm women who generate some income from farming.
Korthaus and her family live on a small 30-plus acre farm, MFK Shorthorns,
on Hwy. 22 in Smithfield, Ky., in Henry County.
From her farm, Korthaus and her family raise pure-bred shorthorn cattle
that live their entire life on the farm. She has established a freezer-based
market to sell their homegrown beef products.
Korthaus, originally from northern Illinois, came to Kentucky 30 years
ago as a new bride. She joined the Poplar Grove Homemakers, which will
be celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. It was the first Homemaker
club formed in Oldham County.
The Homemakers have come a long way over the years. Its
a good organization, Korthaus said.
From sharing with other members, Korthaus said she has learned valuable
leadership skills. Leadership and education go hand-in-hand for
me, she said. In addition, she has learned to deal with
everyday issues better.
Korthaus will receive her honor at the upcoming Kentucky Extension Homemakers
State Association meeting, to be held May 10-13 at Lexingtons
Hyatt Regency. The state meeting rotates locations between Louisville,
Lexington and northern Kentucky. This years theme is All
Homemakers from county clubs will have a variety of educational opportunities.
Jane Proctor, Cooperative Extension Agent for Family & Consumer
Sciences for Trimble County, said homemakers will be able to take tours
while in Lexington to experience notable sites such as the Kentucky
Horse Park, Shaker Village, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, the
Lexington Arboretum, and the University of Kentuckys School for
the Humanities and Environmental Sciences.
A series of educational seminars will be held, said Proctor.
Guest speakers include University of Kentucky President Dr. Lee Todd
at the Thursday Awards Breakfast and a Wednesday afternoon tea with
First Lady Jane Beshear.
Its a chance to see old friends and make new acquaintances,
said Christine Duncan, Cooperative Extension Agent for Family &
Consumer Sciences for Oldham County. She is excited that Korthaus will
be honored. Shes been a very active member of the Homemakers
and 4-H, said Duncan.
Korthaus' children have always been involved in Cooperative Extension
Services and 4-H activities, while she has served in a leadership role
on county fairboards.
There are more than 150 Homemakers in 11 clubs in Oldham County, Duncan
said. The Oldham County members have more than 53,000 volunteer
hours. Thirty-three members recently went on an overnight Leadership
Retreat to Jabez, Ky.
Joining a Homemaker club is a great way to become more familiar with
the organization, said Duncan. We stress leadership in the community,
and ways to gain skills to become a leader. Many Homemaker members
are extremely active in local churches, and civic and government organizations.
The skills that women have acquired in Homemakers clubs can be
used to develop a business, said Duncan.
The state meeting includes a Cultural Arts competition, with nine Homemakers
representing Oldham County. Its very competitive,
Members compete at three levels: county, area and state. The local competition
was held in early March. Korthaus said she has three entries for Scrapbooking.
Homemaker members are always seeking to better their community. Last
year, the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association donated over $1
million to the University of Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
For more information about the Kentucky
Extension Homemakers Association state meeting please visit www.keha.org
or contact Jane Proctor at (502) 255-7188 or Christine Duncan at (502)
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