Members of the Jackson County Home and Community Education organization (HCE) met for their annual Fall Round-Up Oct. 24 in the basement of the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church.

HCE President Joan Staffon provided a warm welcome and asked for a moment of silence to honor the memory of past members no longer with us and for the safe return of those serving our country.

Mary Woods was the guest speaker and provided a program called “In my merry Oldsmobile” complete with a slide show presentation which showed how the availability of the automobile changed the way of life for rural women and their families. One of the last slides showed a picture from years ago of a gathering of members of the Trout Run Homemakers, which included current HCE member Lillian Hart. This photo was part of the Speltz negatives collection at the Black River Falls History Room.

It was announced during the meeting that HCE week will be Nov. 5-11, and members were encouraged to invite friends to club meetings, pass out brochures or setup displays to get the word out about HCE.

Members were invited to continue to be generous in support of Nicaragua. Recently 20 boxes full of kitchen and sewing supplies and three sewing machines were ready to be delivered to the local office to be shipped. Another idea to donate—gently used stuffed toys. These would be given to hospitals to pass along to children, many of whom are burn victims.

Staffon reported that three from Jackson County joined other members from Wisconsin in attending the HCE State Conference in Wisconsin Dells. Next year’s conference will be held in Pewaukee.

The annual HCE Holiday Party will be held Nov. 27, and the white elephant Christmas auction is always fun and monies go toward a good cause.

Family Living Agent Luane Meyer told of the changes that have been and will be implemented at the UW-Extension office. An addition to the staff is Julie Peterson as a support staff member and another change will be Meyer’s retirement effective Jan. 3. Monica Lobenstein’s position will be Youth and Family Educator, Trisha Wagner will continue as Agriculture Educator, April Duval as FoodWise Coordinator, Lisa Listle as Project Director for Together with Jackson County Kids, Alex Galston as 4-H Program Assistant and Outreach Education Coordinator until June 2018 and a 4-H Program Coordinator will be hired. The area extension director for Buffalo, Pepin, Trempealeau and Jackson counties, Pat Malone, will provide administrative leadership.

Membership chair Patsy Elrod reported that there were 109 members in Jackson County HCE and encouraged all to invite friends and neighbors to meetings so they can see what HCE is about and pass out brochures.

Scholarship Chair Millie Evenson reported that there were no applications for the HCE scholarship this year and reminded members that their children or grandchildren do not have to live in or go to college in the area to apply.

Young Family Chair Jan Eckles reported that the Bookworm Project is entering its 20th year. A total of 143 sets of books were ordered, ensuring that 1,144 books are being shared. Readers Joann Adsen, Janet Anderson, Karen Byrns, Lorraine Calhoun, Pat McGowan, Rita Meyers and Geri Muth have a combined total of almost 90 years of serving this program. Thanks to Lunda Charitable Trust, Ho-Chunk Nation and the HCE clubs for their continued support. A set of eight books cost $24 for those who might care to donate.

Several individuals were recognized for their awards won at the State Cultural Arts Competition.

Joyce Grunlien had five entries in photography place: “Marshmallow Clouds” received a first, “White Flower” received a second, “Boat Ride, Anyone?” received a second, “Country Church” received a first and “Hungry Deer” received a third.

Cheryl Gabrielson had four entries place: her red purse in sewing took first, a petal design in the table topper category took first, a pumpkin design in the table runner category took first and a green pot holder in knitting took second.

Joan Staffon had two entries place: a wildlife quilt took first and a glass star craft entry took second.

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