During World War I, fifteen emergency home demonstration agents began work in Wisconsin to teach the use of wheat, sugar, and milk substitutes. By 1932, 690 clubs were organized in 43 counties. Many things have changed since these clubs were founded, but the Association for Home and Community Education (HCE) continues to provide an opportunity for community residents to build leadership skills, become involved in community improvement activities, and learn about the latest research on family living education from the University of Wisconsin and USDA.
Recent Richland County projects include “Reading Grandparents” visiting area schools, collecting supplies for Passages, support for international drinking-water filters, and sewing needed items for local and international charities such as baby-blankets and mittens. Every two years, Richland County HCE elects its Executive Board to lead their operations on behalf of the 4 county clubs.
Pictured left to right:
Chelsea Wunnicke, Richland County UW-Extension Family Living Agent; Eileen Eberle, HCE Secretary & Community Outreach Chair; Cecile Haugh, HCE Treasurer; Yvonne Chapman, HCE President; Bonnie Clift, HCE outgoing President & Cultural Arts Chair; Anna Cunningham, HCE Membership/Marketing Chair; Kathy Fanta & Charlotte Page, HCE International Co-chairs and Yuba Club Representatives.
If you have an interest in joining the HCE or would like to know more about HCE projects, please contact:
Chelsea Wunnicke, Richland County Family Living Agent
phone: 608-647-6148 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org