Most Homemaker Clubs wrapped up the first part of the year with summer picnics. As their next activity, most clubs will attend the fall board meeting, to be held Sept. 10 at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Center, with a potluck luncheon and a program from SHIP.

For information on Frederick County Homemakers Club’s meeting dates, times, and contact information, visit the Homemakers website at

Gambrill Park Homemakers Club met April 23 and May 28. Both business meetings were held at Homewood with nine members present and Beulah Pennington as the hostess. Dolly Crum said the blessing and gave a Thought for the Day. Secretary Donna Bowles read the minutes from the previous meeting. Martha Moser gave the financial report.

On April 23, Donna Bowles shared the lesson from the Extension office that was given on April 2. Karen R. Smith presented her book “I Didn’t See That Coming.” Trevalla Foster, from the Mtount Pleasant Club, shared information on another book, “We the Widows,” since author Pati Redmond was traveling. Dolly Crum (environment and family) shared some information on the benefits of drinking spring water and natural sunlight for Vitamin D.

On May 28, Martha Moser shared the Lesson from the Extension office that was given on May 7 by Suzanne Hill, a Master Gardener, on how to attract beneficial wildlife. Members played a game showing how our senses change as we age.

On June 25, the club met at Homewood with eight people in attendance. Members enjoyed box lunches made by Homewood. Eve Whibley made cookies. Joyce Gregory brought three paper games to play and prizes. Members also played dominos.

Glade Valley Homemakers Club met May 3 at LaPaz Restaurant but with only three club members and a guest, it was not an official meeting. The Homemakers then met at the home of Susan Wolfe on June 13 for their annual salad supper with 10 members in attendance. The Club discussed its fall meeting schedule and also agreed to collect items in the fall for the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs for its charitable giving for the year.

Jefferson Homemakers Club met May 9 for a business meeting at the United Church of Christ in Jefferson. On June 13, Joan Boyer, president, welcomed nine members and five guests at Fratelli’s Restaurant in Middletown for a summer luncheon. Jane Smith gave the prayer. The club will meet again in September.

Johnsville Homemakers met May 20 at the Johnsville Ruritan Hall with seven members present. Carol Cartwright did a program on attracting beneficial wildlife. The meeting was opened with the pledge and creed. Kathy Smith had the thought of the day. Linda Parker, president, discussed the directors’ report. Anita Fraley won the guess bag. On June 17, the club met at the Main Cup in Middletown with five members attending.

Mid-Valley Homemakers Club’s 10 members and one guest departed from Zion Lutheran Church early in the morning May 1 for a field trip in place of their regular May business meeting. Debra Chucran arranged for the group to visit the Patsy Cline House in Winchester, Virginia. They visited the Winchester Frederick County (Va.) Visitors Center, where Patsy Cline’s original piano was on display, along with many record covers, and posters highlighting her life; and toured the small white two-story clapboard home where she lived. After the tour, the group had lunch at Brewbaker’s Restaurant in the old town area of Winchester.

Eleven Mid-Valley members met June 5 at Wiles Branch Park for the club’s summer potluck picnic. The members will gather again in August at a local restaurant, and resume regular meetings in September.

Pleasant Walk Homemakers met May 20 with 18 members at the home of the club president, Kathy Amidon. She also is a Master Gardener and gave a tour of and her yard, where the meeting was held. A former member, Phyllis Heuerman, was one of two guests. Lunch was followed by a talk on attracting beneficials and pollinators, given by Dawne Howard, another Master Gardener.

On June 17, 15 Peasant Walk Homemakers and seven male guests met at the home of Sandy Brown for the club’s annual picnic. A food auction of pies, cakes, candy and other baked goods boosted the club’s treasury. Club members will meet again twice this summer to sew the projects to be donated to FMH and various nursing homes.

Urbana Homemakers met in May 21 at the Urbana Library. Members reviewed the events at the Frederick County Homemakers April spring luncheon, the Homemakers May board meeting minutes and the Maryland State FCE May board meeting minutes. The lesson was on attracting beneficial wildlife. On June 18, Urbana met again at the library to discuss ideas for presentations at the Frederick Fair in September as well as for programs for next year. The lesson was on authors and books — “We the Widows” by Pati Redmond and “I Didn’t See That Coming” by Karen Smith.

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