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HCE members attend state event

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Nancy Heisner, Mary Lu Strack, Carol Keneway and Pat Sloan, local members of the Illinois Association of Home and Community Education, recently attended the group’s annual Spring Conference in Effingham. The theme of the event was “The Many Hats of IAHCE.”

Workshop topics included technology, quilting, candy-making, use of pork, debunking diet myths, monarch butterflies, joint replacement and flour varieties for baking. Sessions with tips for fulfilling their duties were provided for local officers and project chairs.

The four attendees joined with 369 other women representing more than 8,500 members throughout Illinois who have contributed volunteer hours with a total value of more than $12.5 million. A statewide project has been knitting caps for children with cancer and providing “little dresses for Africa.” DeKalb County has contributed 115 caps and 21 dresses.

The women were entertained by an Elvis Presley impersonator at the closing banquet of the three-day event.

DeKalb County has 109 local members in eight units across the county. Anyone wishing to join this dedicated and fun group of volunteers can call Pat Sloan at 815-758-8313 or the University of Illinois Extension office at 815-758-8194.

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