Jasper County
Association for Home and Community Education

About Us:

Established on April 24, 1945, Jasper County HCE (formerly called Home Bureau, Home Extension and Homemaker's Extension Association) is an independent, not-for-profit organization which supports the Clay/Effingham/Fayette/Jasper - University of Illinois Extension Unit.

From 1939 until April 1945, women from Jasper County originally were members of Effingham County Home Bureau; however, as more women became interested in joining, Jasper County made plans to form their own organization.

Our first Executive Board Members (1945) were Vera Hetzer, Dorothy May, Rose Apple, Nita Heady, Lela Ochs, Bernie Zuber and Lucy Trimble.  In the early years, our HCE Board Members met in the Jasper County Farm Bureau on the square in downtown Newton, Illinois, and later at the newly built Farm Bureau west of Newton on South Hutton Drive.

These ladies worked very hard to pave the way for us all through the years to provide educational lessons and programs, service projects and social activities to enhance the lives of members and all in the community.

Today, our JCHCE Board meets monthly in the Sunrise Community Center in Newton, Illinois.  We continue to carry on the spirit of home and community education in our county that began many years ago.

Contact:

Judy Millsap,  millsaps@psbnewton.com    (618) 455-3584

2018 - 2019 Jasper County HCE Board Members:

  President Judy Millsap
  1st & 2nd Vice President Kathy Yager
  Secretary/Public Information Donna Richards
  Treasurer Marge Thompson
  4-H, Family & Community Connie Elliott
  International &
   Cultural Enrichment
Amy Tarr
  HCE Board Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month a 4:00P.M., at the Sunrise Community Center, Newton Illinois

Upcoming Lessons for 2018 - 2019 Year:

  September Breakfast Foods/Muffins
  October Instant vs. Slow Cooking
  November How Illinois Became a State
  December Christmas Parties
  January Humor in Families
  February Inflammation & How Diet Influences the Process
  March All About Australia
  April Succulent Gardening
  May Cinnamon Rolls
  June Cheesecakes
  We are starting "HCE Plus" lessons this year, which are open to the public, and held in October, February and May at the Sunrise Community Center.  Members have the choice of attending the "HCE Plus" lesson or attending both.  The "HCE Plus" is a more in-depth lesson with a speaker/presenter covering the lesson of the month.  Our October session is Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm with Mary Liz Wright, U of I Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness, presenting on Instant Pots vs. Crock Pots.

Service Projects:

Books 4 Beginners ...  We purchase a book for each kindergarten in Jasper County.
HCE Board members visit each class during HCE Week in March and read the book to the students.  Then, each kindergartener is presented with his/her own book to take home.  In 2016, 115 kindergarteners received a book.
Toys For Kids ...  We purchase Christmas gifts for children (age birth to age 13) who qualify so that they may have gifts under their tree at Christmas time.  In 2016, 209 children received gifts (91 families) to brighten their holidays.
$500.00 Scholarship to the child/grandchild of a member of Jasper County HCE.
The student with the highest GPA wins.

Fundraisers:

  July We partner with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles to sell pork burgers, bratwurst and hot dogs.  Proceeds go to our Toys for Kids project.
  September We host a Painting/Craft Party open to the public with the proceeds benefiting our Toys for Kids project.
  October We partner with The Hill to serve pulled pork sandwiches featuring special Kansas City and Texas BBQ sauces.  Free will donations go to our Toys for Kids project and we sell Butter Braids to everyone in our community with proceeds going toward either out Toys for Kids, or Books 4 Beginners projects.
  November We sell RADA Cutlery to the public with proceeds going to our general fund...to be used for a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior from Newton Community High School who meet our qualifications and have the highest grade point average, or for our Books 4 Beginners project.

Jasper County Units and Meeting Information:

  Monday Morning
      (7 members)
Meets 1st Monday of each month, 10:30 A.M. at the Villas of Holly Brook in Newton, Illinois
  Smallwood
     (12 members)
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month, 11:00 A.M. at the Senior Citizen's Center in Newton, Illinois
  Sainte Marie Night
     (16 members)
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in member's homes.  If the lesson is on food and a meal is planned, we meet at 6:30pm.
  Mailbox Members
     (10 members)
 

Annual Meeting of Jasper County HCE:
       The 4th Monday in April ... at Parklanes Banquet Room in Newton, Illinois

Annual Membership Dues:  $15.00
       Everyone (women and men) is welcome to join a unit or join as a Mailbox Member,
       allowing members to receive a monthly newsletter and attend all the educational
       programs.

Our Mission Statement:
       Jasper County HCE enhances the lives of individuals and families through educational
       programs and experiences that encourage responsible leadership and service to the
       community.