By Mary Lambert

HEEA Chairperson


When you arrive at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton at 8:30 a.m. Monday March 12, one thing you’ll probably notice is that Extension Education members wear many hats to get this delightful day ready for your enjoyment. 

Our small group of women can do so much with so little for so many to like. And we love doing it!

At the registration desk where you pick up your program — which will have a prize drawing ticket attached — the names of our four distinguished presenters will pop out at you:  Joy Alexander, Hamilton attorney, on estate planning; Linda Lehmusvirta, producer for Austin PBS station KLRU-TV for Central Texas Gardening; Sensei Jon Hodge, Master Tai Chi Instructor at Hamilton Wellness Center; and Christine Schroeder-Morren, Education and Family Care Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association, Waco.

If you’ve arrived early enough, you’ll have plenty of time to browse our substantial silent auction and visit our featured vendors before I open the program. But of course, we will also have breaks throughout the day for you to shop and visit some more. Your last auction bids must be made by the 1:45 p.m. cutoff, and we will announce the winners at 2:45 for collecting your purchases.

There are also designated times throughout the day when we will announce door prize numbers, so be sure to hang onto that ticket you got at registration. We love to give presents away, and you just might be one of the many fortunate people to get one!

Lunch break is at 11:45, and I’m sure that as some of our members arrange all the homemade veggie, fruit, meat, and pasta salads on the buffet tables in the Family Life Center, you can find plenty to fill your plate. 

Then top it all off with iced tea and dessert, spend more time shopping and visiting with new and old friends, and settle in for the rest of the program starting at 1 p.m.

The vendors are always a big hit with our guests, and we’re sure they will be again this year. They include Amanda Baehler with Scentsy, David Kinsey with DK Metal Art, Chris Durfey with Color Street, Jan Green with Scrubbies, Farmer's Market of Hamilton with plants, fresh vegetables, etc. and Anita Adams with Hamilton Floral and Gifts.

Also, Roy and Jacqueline Jordan with Jacquie’s Pallet Furniture, Marla Knutson with her crafted items, Michael Langford with, Jerrie Cage and Lone Star Iris Society, Betty Miles with homemade goods, Pottsville Extension Education Club with baked and other goods, Ed Rhue with Trans Aero MedEvac and Jane Patrick and the United Methodist Women of Hamilton FUMC.

This is HEEA’s major fundraiser for the year, and we lend support to the 4-H kids in Hamilton County, notably in the form of scholarships. And it only costs you $10.

As the Hamilton chapter of the Texas Extension Education Association (formerly labeled “Home Demonstration Clubs”), we work with Texas A&M Extension to strengthen and enrich families through educational programs, leadership development, and community service.  Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 254/386-8396 if you would like to know more about us.

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