Locals Win, Represent at NCECA State Conference

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Over 230 North Carolina Extension and Community Association (NCECA) members gathered in October in Asheville, NC for their ninety-fourth state meeting. Theme for the conference was “ECA Still Leading The Way”. This annual gathering provides the opportunity for NCECA members to reconnect, hear inspirational speakers, to attend leadership training and to hold their business meeting.

Highlights of the meeting were the numerous educational workshop the members attended and the awards and recognition programs. From the state cultural arts competition Lee County returned with 4 ribbons. Rose Nykiel of the Hearts and Hands ECA Quilters won second place for her quilted table runner. Rosemary Gregurich also with Hearts and Hands ECA Quilters won third place for her Fall acrylic painting and first place for her butterfly water color. Ann Blakely, ECA member at large won a second place for her recycled woven tote bag. Lee County ECA members received a bronze certificate, Award of Excellence for their educational and organizational achievements in fulfilling the mission of NCECA. Brenda Willett, past ECA County President and member of the Lemon Springs Club, who recently passed away, was recognized for her outstanding volunteer service in Lee County.

Attending the conference from Lee County was Angela Jenkins, Valerie Johnson from the Lemon Springs ECA club; Sharon Raschke, President Lee County ECA, Mildred Smith, President Elect Lee County ECA and Susan Condlin, County Extension Director.

Founded in 1920 and formerly known as Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers, NCECA has membership representing seventy-two North Carolina counties. NCECA extends the outreach of North Carolina Cooperative Extension by supporting local Extension programs. Additionally, NCECA supports many local projects and provides thousands of dollars in student scholarships. If you would like to join Lee County ECA contact the County Extension Center at 919-775-5624.

Lee County ECA members attend the NCECA State Meeting. Pictured L-R are Angela Jenkins, Valerie Johnson from Lemon Springs ECA club; Sharon Raschke, president Lee County ECA, and Mildred Smith, president elect Lee County ECA