Lake County Close-Ups Celebrating 86 Years of Service to Lake County

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1 Lake County Close-Ups Celebrating 86 Years of Service to Lake County Newsletter of Lake County Association for December 2018 Home and Community Education Volume 86 No. 4 A publication of the Lake County Association for Home and Community Education (LCAHCE) LCAHCE Board President Angela Hicks 1st Vice Pres. Betty Wertke 2nd Vice Pres. Carmella Marshall Secretary Candace Keegan Treasurer Sandy Henke Directors Family & Community Issues: Ann Drevalas Cultural Enrichment: Pat Weitzmann International: Margaret Hilliard Public Relations/Newsletter Editor: Dianne Glozier Online version of Close-Ups: Click on Links. Scroll down and look for Other Links of Interest. Send Newsletter information and address changes to: Dianne Glozier Newsletter Editor Mark Your Calendar November 30 HCE Membership Dues Send Dues to Carmella Marshall December 7 Holiday Cookie Sale Drop-Off All Day Extension Auditorium December 8 Holiday Cookie Sale 9:00 AM 12:00 PM/or until all Cookies are sold out Extension Auditorium December 10 HCE Board Meeting 9:30 AM Extension Auditorium December 24-January 1 Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Extension Office Closed January 14 HCE Board Meeting 9:30 AM Extension Auditorium January 14 Program Booklets & Package Lesson Ready for pick up Extension Auditorium February 11 HCE Board Meeting 9:30 AM Extension Auditorium From the President s Desk Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Baby It s Cold Outside, It is Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas, so let s Deck The Halls, and bake some cookies for the LCAHCE Cookie Sale, Saturday, December 8, 9:00 am because It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Lake County Members it is that time to turn in your dues! Please refer to the 2nd VP, Carmella Marshall s, article for details. It is time to ask your friends, family, and acquaintances to join. There is plenty to do, plenty to learn, and plenty to share with others! So continue to ask your friends and acquaintances to attend your unit meetings, programs, and/or events! Let s see just how bright Lake County will shine with new members! Page 1

2 ******************************* LCAHCE Units do you have someone in your Unit that would be deserving of the Member of the Year Award? Do you have someone in your Unit that is a big help to your unit, who is always there to help, who has the heart of a dedicated HCE member? Why don t you complete the application in this newsletter and send by January 1, 2018 so this valued person can be honored? ******************************* Stay positive! Smile! Be enthusiastic about HCE! Invite someone to become a member of LCAHCE! Angela Hicks President Bake those cookies and support this fund-raiser for HCE. The success depends on all of us participating in some manner. Help is always welcome on Cookie sale day also. Call Margaret Hilliard, Chair, as many hands make light work. As we wind up 2018 and look forward to 2019 may we be mindful of the true meaning of Christmas and the Holiday season. My wish for you is good health, joy and the love of family and friends and a great year as a HCE member! Betty Wertke 1 st Vice President Nomination Committee First Vice President The Tea Tasting by Theresa Griffin, owner of Napoleana Tea Company held November 1 was super. I think one of the best lessons we have had all year. This lesson will be given by the units in January. This winds up the lessons for The February lesson will be a package lesson titled Cooking for 1 or 2. This should apply to many of our members and shared with older parents and Grandparents. All the lessons for 2019 will be in the new program books available in January. I hope you have enjoyed the lessons and programs this year and with your unit s choices. I feel we have some good lessons for next year. As our numbers get smaller we all have to be more willing to volunteer so we can continue with providing excellent material to all our members. Even if you are not too interested in a topic, it does not mean you cannot take a lesson and share the information with your unit. Do keep this in mind when time to sign up for taking a leader lesson. Nomination Committee for 2019 annual meeting. Presidents I still have not heard from any unit that has a member willing to serve on the County Board. Nominations will be accepted right up to Annual Meeting when a call will be put in for nominations. If you have questions please contact Betty Wertke, Pat Weitzmann or Alva Thompson. Nomination Committee. Betty Wertke Nomination Committee Chair *************************************** 2019 Annual Meeting information will be coming in the January 2019 Close-Ups. Location will be Maravela s Banquets in Fox Lake. *************************************** Page 2

3 Hello everyone! Second Vice President I have received several unit dues and I m sure I will be receiving the rest of the units dues by the first week in December. Once all the dues are collected we can all relax and enjoy the holidays that are fast approaching. Please let me know of any changes, so I can update my list for accuracy. Remember our goal is to continue welcoming new members. We are going to start 2019 with a few new members, however we have lost some members. With the help of each of you, we will and can increased our membership in Our membership at the end of December 2018 is at 106 members. I plan to send a summary of the membership changes in our January newsletter and would love to include more new members, so please continue to think of people who could join us and try to set a goal to bring people to our meetings or events. Thank you in advance for your participation and commitment. Christmas comes every year, whether we are ready or not. Christmas is a time for rejoicing, but it also can be a stressful time. Love and appreciation for our family and friends is so valuable, not only during the holiday season but all year long. I would like to wish you and your families a happy and blessed holiday season. Carmella Marshall 2 nd Vice President Membership Cultural Enrichment In December, our American Culture seems to show its multi-faceted heritage more than at any time of year. There is Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah to celebrate. We Americans incorporate food, decorations and rituals from places our ancestors or we once called home. So ham, tamales, roast goose with red cabbage, crawfish jambalaya, roast pork, seven fishes seafood salad, gingerbread, luminarias, parranda, Mkeka mat, Umoja/unity, dreidel game, lighting the menorah, gift exchange, Hanukkah gelt. Santa Claus, holiday greeting cards, Christmas trees, etc. help make the American patchwork quilt of December. Wherever and whenever your family and friends gather, or whatever religious, spiritual, secular traditions are followed, may there always be joy, love and a feeling of togetherness. See other articles and notices in this newsletter about gingerbread houses, and the What s your Story summary. Pat Weitzmann Cultural Enrichment Director Milk Marbling Start by pouring milk into a plastic storage container. It doesn't matter what type of milk you use. Add some food coloring to the mix. We recommend using 5-7 drops. Pour some dish soap into a separate container. Using a Q-tip, dip the tip of one into the soap. Tap each of the dots of food coloring in the milk and watch the color explode! Swirl the food coloring around to make a marbleizing effect Cut out some cardstock to fit into the container and dip it in the colored milk mixture! Lay flat to dry. From Submitted By: Ann Drevalas Page 3


5 Gingerbread House History Food historians ratify that ginger has been seasoning foodstuffs and drinks since antiquity. It is believed gingerbread was first baked in Europe at the end of the 11th century, when returning crusaders brought back the custom of spicy bread from the Middle East. Ginger was not only tasty, it had properties that helped preserve the bread Gingerbread, as we know it today, descends from Medieval European culinary traditions. Nuremberg, Germany was recognized as the "Gingerbread Capital of the World" when in the 1600s the bakers guild started to employ master bakers and skilled workers to create complicated works of art from gingerbread. In many European countries gingerbread bakers were a distinct component of the bakers' guild. Gingerbread baking developed into an acknowledged profession. In the 17th century only professional gingerbread bakers were permitted to bake gingerbread except at Christmas and Easter, when anyone was allowed to bake it. The tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses started in Germany in the early 1800s. According to certain researchers, the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known Grimm's fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" in which the two children abandoned in the forest found an edible house made of bread with sugar decorations. After this book was published, German bakers began baking ornamented fairy-tale houses of lebkuchen (gingerbread). These became popular during Christmas, a tradition that came to America with Pennsylvanian German immigrants. According to other food historians, the Grimm brothers were speaking about something that already existed A gingerbread house does not have to be an actual house, although it is the most common. It can be anything from a castle to a small cabin, or another kind of building, such as a church, an art museum, or a sports stadium, and other items, such as cars, gingerbread men and gingerbread women, can be made of gingerbread dough. A group of building design, construction, and sales professionals in Washington, D.C., collaborate on a themed "Gingertown" every year. In San Francisco, the Fairmont and St. Francis hotels display rival gingerbread houses during the Christmas season. If you would like to join our organization: Lake County Association For Home & Community Education Please contact: Angela Hicks, President OR Carmella Marshall, 2nd VP Membership dues are $18 per year. Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through quality educational programs and experiences. To encourage responsible leadership and service to the community. Membership is open to all people. Please send your Membership Dues to Carmella Marshall by November 30, Deepest Sympathy Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to the Heller family on the passing of Linda Heller, sometime in October. Linda was a long time member of the American Unit. Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers! Submitted By: Pat Weitzmann LCAHCE Board Members Page 5

6 Family & Community Issues Did you know that every year we produce enough plastic film in this country to shrink-wrap Texas? Or that although Americans recycle more than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic each year, it only makes up around 27 percent of the waste stream? While plastic offers the advantages of being flexible and lightweight, it also consumes fossil resources for its manufacture and contributes waste in our environment. MAKE SURE IT'S CLEAN! Does that plastic lunch container still have yesterday's pizza in it? Don't recycle it until it's clean! One dirty product, or one with food waste still in it, can contaminate an entire bale, containing thousands of pounds of collected plastics. This can cause thousands of recyclable items to go to a landfill instead of being recycled. Cleanliness is essential. WHAT'S ACCEPTED? Plastics come in a variety of shapes, colors and chemical formulations - all with different recycling needs. The code number does not mean the plastic can be recycled. It is simply a way to identify the resin, or plastic type. How can you tell what kinds of plastic to put into your recycling bin? The code number on the bottom of your product is not a reliable indicator of whether something can get recycled. Recycle by shape! Bottles, jars, and jugs is the best way to know what is accepted. LEARN ABOUT RECYCLING PLASTICS Remember to keep dirty containers out of your recycling bin. One partially empty soda bottle in a bale of plastic can spoil the whole load. Plastic grocery and produce sacks are commonly placed in recycle bins. These bags can shut down an entire recycling plant and should be kept out of our recycling bin. Plastic bags are often collected in barrels at grocery stores, and usually end up as plastic lumber. Community Volunteer Hours (CVH) Time is approaching for turning in your volunteer hours. Please use the form in last month Close-Ups. Deadline to get to me is first week of January If you wish to estimate the last month s hours, you can send to me early. Please give your list to the unit CVH or president and they can turn in to me. I am hoping that every member will turn in some hours. Any amount counts and goes on your record with the state chairperson. When you get enough hours you will receive a certificate or seal for each 500 hours. Every member who has taken a lesson or given a lesson, been a hostess at meetings, contributed to any county event in any way has volunteer time. You are important and the state needs to know how much time you devote to helping others. It would be great if we could have 100% participation so I will look forward to your reports. BettyWertke CVH Chair Ann Drevalas Family & Community Issues Page 6

7 Schwan s Fundraising Opportunity It is time again to think of an easy way for HCE to raise some needed funds. In the comfort of your own home, you can help by ordering and having delivered wonderful restaurant quality foods. It s the wave of the future and most consumers are happy with this kind of service. Your local grocery stores are finding it a successful way to do business also or they wouldn t be offering the same type of service. However, the grocery stories don t give your favorite organization (LCAHCE) a part of the profits. With the Holidays fast approaching there should be ample opportunities for you to buy a few special things to help with your celebration. Please go to to place your Online order. When you get to the site, go to the Red Line to Find A Campaign. Put your zip code in and you should find our Lake County Association for Home and Community Education box. Scroll down to the bottom to Browse Full Catalog to see all great items for purchase. Our important Campaign ID number is # You can also call your order in using the same ID number at The first 45 days of the Campaign, we will earn 20% on purchases and 40% on gift cards (1 per customer) and 5% on purchases for the next 90 days. Our Campaign will be starting on October 15. Please share with everyone you know about the Campaign, the name of our organization and the campaign # Let s use Facebook, Twitter and to let our many friends help make this a great success. Always thank you for your support. Margaret Hilliard Ways and Means Page 7

8 Traveling Quilt Raffle The Cultural Enrichment Committee will sponsor a Traveling Quilt Raffle in October of this year. The quilt (a 44 x 62 work of art depicting cute Campbell Soup girls on the front and the stitching pattern of three different cupcakes on the back) will start its journey in October on Cultural Enrichment Day. From there it will travel to International Day in November, on to the Christmas Cookie Sale in December and finally arrive at our Annual Business Meeting in April of 2019 where it will go home with one lucky winner. Tickets are priced at (a donation) $1.00 each. Please feel free to buy as many tickets as you want and as often as you would like up to the closing date. The tickets will be available for purchase at the events listed above or you can send the money to me and I will fill out a ticket for you. The quilt will be on display at each event. All funds raised will go into our general fund. Patricia Weitzmann is donating the Quilt, which was made by a member of Our Lady of Lakes Parish/ St. Peter Church. Feel free to call me if you have any questions. Sandy Henke Treasurer What s Your Story? This questionnaire completed at the Cultural Enrichment Day October 4 asked about Heritage, Other Artistic, Communication and Technology skills - Most Unusual Job - Favorite Job - What would you like to learn in the future? Of the 65 attendees, 22 members and 8 guests completed the questionnaire. Here are a few interesting responses: Your Other Artistic Skills: Comedy; Your Most Unusual Job: Cleaning summer homes for the elite on an island as a youth; Installing Burglar alarms; Teaching riflery at 4-H camp; parking cars; Washing furniture after fires; Teaching tap dancing to seniors; To Learn in the Future: Recycled creations; International cooking; Healthy cooking; Patience; Making floor cloths; Photography; More tech knowledge; updated paper mache techniques. Information shared by respondents will help the LCAHCE Board plan lessons and events. Pat Weitzmann Cultural Enrichment Director Page 8

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10 Lake County 4-H Recognition Event Sabrina Huley (4-H Program Coordinator) asked the HCE board members to assist with judging their 4-H (Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian) record books after our October board meeting. It was great to get a peek at what all the 4-Hers are doing in their clubs and community. Sandy Henke and Candace Keegan had the honor of presenting a $25.00 award to the following winners on November 3, 2018 at the 4-H awards program held at the State Bank of the Lakes in Grayslake: Treasurer - Nicole Tauchen Adventurous 4-H ers, Secretary - Addison Gjelsten - Chain O'Lakes, Historian - Brighton Callaway - Chain O'Lakes. Each winner had the highest points in each category mentioned above. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to LCAHCE for our efforts in assisting their program. Sandy Henke Treasurer Page 10

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