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Story last updated at 1:41 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FCE Homemakers clubs meet in Homer

By Deborah Townsend
Special to the Homer News

Celebrating more than 60 years of membership, the Homer Homemakers FCE club hosted the Kenai Peninsula FCE District Council meeting with their counterparts from Seward and Nikiski at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on Oct. 8. The Marathon, Redoubt and Homer clubs are members of the Alaska and national associations for Family and Community Education. FCE partners with the Cooperative Extension Service in providing information and leadership opportunities throughout Alaska and the nation.

The mission of FCE is to strengthen families through continuing education, leadership development and community service.

The homemaking groups on the Kenai Peninsula use their skills in a wide variety of service-related projects. The Seward group chose to tend the Pioneer Cemetery with new fencing, markers and correct names on plots; members also work with Special Olympics participants.

The Redoubt club is a charter sponsor for Cub Scouts, sent packages of fresh fruit and other items to the Nanwalek School, and participates in highway clean-up.

Homer FCE participated in Relay for Life, provides Raise-A Reader packets for newborns and continues to maintain one of the community beautification gardens on Pioneer Avenue. Clubs raise money to provide scholarships to FCE members and high school seniors for continuing education.

Oct. 9-15 was National FCE Week — still going strong after 75 years. If you would be interested in visiting or joining this service and educational organization, please contact Anita Harry in Homer, 235-8033, Lorraine McCauley in Seward, (907) 224-3064, or (907) Patty Hert in Nikiski, (907) 776-3789.

Deborah Townsend is a member of the Homer Homemakers Family and Community Education Club.