Home Improvement Association began in Champaign County was started in September 1917 by Florence E. McConnell, Home Demonstration Agent for District VII. Any woman in the County was eligible for membership. The units were organized by were townships. All farm and village women within the township formed the members of a Unit. By January 31, 1918, 500 Champaign County women had signed cards pledging to support the new organization. Thus Champaign County Home and Community Education was incorporated as the Champaign County Home Improvement Association on May 15, 1918. Mrs. Nora Burt Dunlap, the wife of State Senator Henry M. Dunlap, was one of the main force in organizing Champaign County women of 1918 into the Champaign County Home Improvement Association, which soon became “Home Bureau”
in 1920. In 1962, Home Bureau was changed to “Homemakers Extension Association (HEA)”, in 1993 was changed to “Family and Community Education” and 1996 was changed to “Home and Community Education”. Our core beliefs have not changed, as noted in our homemaker’s aim.
Champaign County Home and Community Education –
100th Anniversary – History
Units celebrating 100th Anniversary .
Dewey/Fisher Unit – Celebration is April 16th – 12:45 – 3 pm – Farm Bureau Auditorium;
Dewey/Fisher Unit celebrated the 100th Anniversary on April 16th with a power point about the Unit’s history. On display were scrapbooks, unit minutes books, past programs booklets and poster with the Unit’s past history. Special guests were IAHCE President, Jane Chapman, IAHCE First Vice President, Sharon Middleton. Other guests were Kathyn McNeely, McLean County HCE, Mary Stampini, Vermilion County HCE. Dewey/Fisher members received a certificate in recognition for the number of years in HCE. Entertainment was David Fulton, with old time country music and music he had written. Several door prizes were given out. Program ended with Singing “Happy Birthday”.
Front row: Marilyn Collins, Bobbie McEntire, Eve Springer, Ruth Lutz, Leatrice Helbling, Lynn Trotter. Back row: Melvina Heap, , Kay Rayburn, Virginia Welborn, Beverly Lee, Joyce Kerkstra, Marge Probasco, Jane Foster
Savoy Unit – organized Spring 1918 by Nora Dunlap
Somer Unit – organized 1918