Major Gathering

Statewide Homemakers meeting
to be held in Smithfield, Ky.

Henry County’s Korthaus
to be honored with award

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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.

Faye Korthaus

Photo provided

Faye Korthaus lives
on her family’s 30-acre
farm in Henry County.

“It’s an extreme honor to become a member of the Guild,” said Korthaus. “It’s 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. It’s 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 Lexington’s Hyatt Regency. The state meeting rotates locations between Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky. This year’s theme is “All Things Kentucky.”
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 Kentucky’s 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.
“It’s 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. “She’s 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. “It’s very competitive,” said Duncan.
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) 222-9453.

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