The 89th Annual Meeting President's Report (held July 26-28th, 2017)
NATIONAL MASTER FARM HOMEMAKERS GUILD
July 28, 2017
Thank you Kentucky Master Farm Homemakers for hosting the 2017 National Conference! You have welcomed us with heartwarming hospitality and we look forward to viewing the surrounding beauty and history of Lexington. Each year we are fortunate to see a different section of the country and enjoy the unique sites of that area.
Following the discussion at the 2016 annual meeting, members made the decision to continue meeting annually as a National organization. The discussion concluded with renewed hope and excitement to build a stronger Guild and I bring that excitement with me. In preparing for the 2017 annual meeting, I had the opportunity to communicate with a number of members who responded with a willingness to serve and show their commitment to the Guild. Thank you for your support as we move forward.
The new National MFHG President, Mary Henneck, began her term January 2017. In March she fell and suffered a neck injury that required surgery. Due to a slow recovery and limited physical activity, she has resigned as National MFHG President effective July 15, 2017. As Vice President of the Guild, she delegated her responsibilities to me in April to carry out the duties of President and prepare for the annual meeting.
After compiling the International report for this past year, I was impressed with the amount of traveling that members have done (over 20 countries were visited) and the interaction with guests that were invited into their home, and welcomed to farms and ranches for tours. Members have fostered lasting relationships with international students and their families. The Guild believes that mutual understanding through international contact contributes greatly towards world peace.
Pennies for Friendship has been faithfully supported by the states. The projects that reach third-world countries have given hope and a sense of pride for families struggling to survive. Members have volunteered and supported local 4-H & FFA programs that help build the future generations in our communities. Scholarship opportunities are made available for students to pursue educational goals through the generous support of state Guilds.
I'm proud to be a member of the MFHG and value the friendships that have been made. A special thank you to the Executive Board officers that have faithfully served the organization and supported me through my term as Vice President.
Vice President, NMFHG